V/A “Music For Maniacs”

coverAs everybody knows, it is hard to sell records nowadays, and even harder to sell compilation records! If you want to be able to sell more than a few to your family and friends, then  you have to offer something that not only sounds good, but that also looks very good, a fine product. German record label Wanda records know that well and brings us this crazy looking 50 spike shaped coloured vinyl for Christmas time! You don’t see that very often, do you? I don’t think I’ve ever had a vinyl record that looks like this, killer!
Musicwise, you’ll get 12 exclusive songs from the record label favourites: The SHOEMAKERS, DIME RUNNER, KEVIN K BAND, PRIMA DONNA (covering PARALISIS PERMANENTE “Autosuficiencia”!) The NAZI DOGS, LOS PEPES, MÖPED, The RICKY C QUARTET, The NOT AMUSED, BARETTA LOVE, EROTIC DEVICES, and 2ND DISTRICT, some of the finest ’77 punk/punk rock’n’roll around!
You might think that’s enough, but you also get a bonus download card for 12 mp3 songs from bands like RADIO DEAD ONES, SOCIAL DISTRUST, DIE HITCHHIKERS, MESSENGERS, HOLY KINGS, OSTBLOCK, etc.
This is all about passion and true love for punk rock’n’roll, and you should start the new year with a great record like this one!/Laurent C.


Ashtones “Let Us Be The Legends… (You Think We Are)”

LetUsBeLegendsVinyl suits them better! I wish I could say this about any other rock band that releases an album nowadays. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that polished sounds and perfect (boring) productions don’t deserve the vinyl format.
Here, you can’t go wrong: Simple black vinyl, black and white pictures of members wearing HANOÏ ROCKS, LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH, CRAMPS and TURBONEGRO shirts on both front and back covers, and 10 songs keeping the rawest, wildest punk rock’n’roll spirit alive. Names such as The DEAD BOYS, The STOOGES or The DAMNED come to mind while listening to this album, the smell and sound of late 70s rock’n’roll dirt can be found in songs like “Harlot Trick”, “Hobo Of Loboten”, “They Drowned Billy Doll” ; and some rather poisonous choruses (“Waiting For The Century Drug”, “Holy Ride”…) make sure you will sing along when you see the band live.
The ASHTONES also offer us a cover of TURBONEGRO‘s “Rendez-vous With Anus” that perfectly fits on the album, and you’ll even get some cool 60s garage rock guitars on “Legend, You Think I Am”, a song that leaves you wanting more, but these guys know that you don’t need more than 10 songs on a rock’n’roll record.
Let them be legends, right! But most importantly, let them rock and roll!/Laurent C.

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