|Pat Smear, Ruthensmear (SST, 1987)|
|The Rub, Bikini Gospel (Happy Squid Record, 1987)|
39 Tender Fury — Kill Cindy (1988) 3:16
I haven't given any credit as of yet to the many amazing music blogs that long predated mine, and from which I've drawn a lot of my material prior to purchasing a turntable. My rationale has been that I think some of them would not too much attention drawn to them due to legal consequences, especially as most of them contain entire LPs and EPs for download. As it is, a lot of these blogs have been somewhat gutted by legal actions during the years that I've been visiting them, especially those sites that housed their files on Megaupload.
Dream 6 renamed themselves Concrete Blonde upon the suggestion of Michael Stipe. This track opens their first EP, while "Joey," their biggest hit, comes from their final album of the 80's, Bloodletting. I find singer/bassist Johnette Napolitano incredibly engaging as a performer (as in this cover of Leonard Cohen's "Everybody Knows"), kind of in that vein of the sexy abject that I associate with early Martha Davis performances with the Motels. Their guitarist is another alumnus of the various bands supporting Sparks.
The Crowd were pretty good power-pop band who seemed to absorb a lot of post-punk influences from overseas (the usual suspects, Gang of Four, the Clash) without sounding derivative, but also without quite finding a sound of their own. They lasted one LP, but as with many of the bands covered here, it would have been great to see where they could have gone had they a contract. Likewise, Claude Coma and I.V.'s were a compelling band from San Diego and could have had some national reputation with their populist leanings. I found a copy of their very rare LP Manslaughter online that I plan to rip soon.
The Rave-Ups (originally from Pennsylvania) had a minor hit with "Positively Lost Me" which, thanks to fan Molly Ringwald, was featured in the John Hughs movie Pretty in Pink. The folks at Allmusic think they were ahead of their time with their country-rock elements, but I don't know much about country rock. I would have included the single mentioned above, which is pretty catchy, but it's way too long and the initial hook just becomes obnoxious after a few spins. But these two tracks are really good and give you an idea of what the fuss was about.