Category: "Music"

Ventures in Space and the Love goddess of Blondie

February 12th, 2011

I'm just listening to the "Ventures in Space", which is probably their best offering after the first couple of Ventures LP's. It's an outstanding record, way beyond the usual Ventures album and it rarely gets the notice it deserves...  It's highly collectible now, so some people know how good this is…  Here's my review…

side one:

"Outer Limits", a good take on the theme song.

"He Never Came Back", strange and eerie like a Frankie Stein and the Ghouls track.

"Fear" wordless jazz, creepy guitars, what else do you want?

side two

The track "The Bat" is amazing, much like "The Cramps", so very dark...

"Love Goddess of Venus" sounds to my ears a lot like Blondie's "In the Flesh" off of their first LP.

"Solar Race" is science-fiction by way of spaghetti western.

"The Fourth Dimension" has being featured on a lot of garage punk and instrumental compilations, but never credited to the The Ventures.  Are they are too mainstream for these guys? Still a great tune...

"The Twilight Zone" is a great take on the theme song.  With a different pacing and eerie female vocals.

SPK - Gold and Poison

December 18th, 2010

A lot of people think this LP from 1987 was the end of  SPK.  The reality is that there are very few commercial tracks on this LP, basically it's the first three on side one.  Everything else is great and you should give this a listen

YMO VS OMD

December 5th, 2010

I've always been a big of Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark, but I'm just listening to Yellow Magic Orchestra from 1979 and I swear the track La Femme Chinoise contains the best riff from OMD's Genetic Engineering.  and it's just a throwaway…

Even more record reviews

November 21st, 2010

Electronic Music: Turnabout 1965

Interesting artifact with meeping, UFO sounds  and noise, includes some very dark moments from the dawn of the synth.  Good test for your turntable.  Features Walter Carlos.  Some of this sounds current.

Susan Jacks: I Thought of You Again 1973

On the Poppy Family label, Goldfish.   I really love Susan Jacks voice.  Produced by Terry Jacks.  Thanks to Yamaha Canada for the Arp...

MC5: Kick Out the Jams 1968

I've been holding off on buying this for a long time, trying to get the uncensored track, but this is the "brothers and sisters" version.  Heavy heavy stuff.  Detroit of this era had a sound like no other.  The Stooges were the other big band from Detroit, and are originals in their own right.   You can hear this sound as a  big influence on early Alice Cooper and Kiss.

More Record Reviews from the recent additions

November 20th, 2010

Roches - Another World LP

Wow, what happened here?  The first LP is SO sweet and raw and unproduced and that was the whole appeal of The Roches.  This one has an over-produced eighties "sound" including synths which doesn't work with these beautiful female vocals at all.    Heavy guitar too!?   Warner made a real misstep with this one.  The lyrics are still clever though...  Bottom line, there's a great LP in here somewhere, buried under all this production...

Gina X 45 RPM single

Around 1980, I purchased an album by the German artist Gina X called Nice Mover, which was very different for the time… It was a combination of punk and electrobeat mixed with a little disco… There is very little about Gina X on the internet.  English was her second language by a long shot, but still the LP had an interesting Grace Jones feel to it.  Finally found an additional 45 rpm single of hers after 30 years.  As I bought it someone else remarked "she's good", so I'm not alone.  Still interesting after all that time.  "Maybe my lover is a microphone" "You are perfect you are shear"...

Cardboard Brains 45 RPM EP

OMG, how rare is this?  Sealed copy of  the original 1979 12" 45 RPM ep which includes "Caesar Drives a Fast Car".  Favourite Toronto art punks and featured on CFNY back in the day, I haven't heard this since it came out...   Still holds up, almost goth, before there was goth.  Amazing EP, these guys were great...  "Rescue Crew" is almost psychobilly.  They've already tossed out the punk roots which made their first single so great, but this is a great disk and way ahead of it's time.

OMD - Telegraph 45 RPM single

I still love these guys.  Telegraph is a steampunk anthem featured here, as is the B side.  BTW, So is Tesla Girls released elsewhere...