Aug 22, 2013

PUBLIC IMAGE LTD


Public Image Ltd. (aka PiL), are an experimental band which formed in 1978 in London, England. Its original lineup was John Lydon (vocals) (formerly of the Sex Pistols), Keith Levene (guitar) and Jah Wobble (bass), although by 1983, the band’s lineup would become a fluctuating one, revolving around Lydon. PiL are often cited as one of the most challenging and innovative bands of the post-punk period; John Lydon is quoted as saying he wanted to form an anti-rock band. They were influenced by a wide range of artists, especially esoteric artists like CanCaptain BeefheartTim Buckley & various dub artists.

As the years progressed, the PiL line-up would change, adding renowned drummer Martin Atkins in 1979 as the direction of the band evolved. Compared to their first three albums, the later 1980’s/early 1990’s period saw a more conventional sound to the musical aspect, but still retaining Lydon’s biting lyrics. The album Compact Disc (aka Album or Cassette, depending on what format you have it on), recorded by Lydon with a slate of studio musicians organized by producer Bill Laswell, is considered the artistic highpoint of this period of PiL’s evolution. PiL reached their commercial zenith with their aptly titled ninth album, 9, during 1989/1990.



PiL kept going as a Lydon project until 1993, when Lydon disbanded the group. Their final lineup consisted of Lydon, Ted Chau (guitar, keyboards), Mike Joyce of The Smiths (drums), John McGeoch of Magazine and Siouxsie and the Banshees (guitar), and Russel Webb (bass). 

In September 2009, Lydon announced that the band would reform, including earlier members Bruce Smith and Lu Edmonds, for a number of Christmas shows in the UK. The One Drop Songfacts reports that Lydon financed the reunion using money he earned doing a UK television commercial for Country Life butter. This is PiL, the band’s first album for 20 years was recorded at Steve Winwood’s studio, which is located in a barn, in the middle of the Cotswolds in southern England. It was released on May 28, 2012.









Aug 20, 2013

FRANK BLACK



(1992 – 2007)




Lead songwriter and vocalist of the now reunited Pixies, Frank Black was born Charles Michael Kittridge Thompson IV. After the 1992 breakup of Pixies, Frank Black adopted a reversal of his former alias, Black Francis, and embarked on his solo career with the debut of his 1993 self-titled album, Frank Black - which contains his biggest rock radio hit, Los Angeles (#4 US Modern Rock), followed a year later by the critically acclaimed Teenager of the Year. 

Frank Black’s solo career covers a much more diverse range of styles and genres compared to his time with The Pixies. His works have feature a much more melodic touch, yet his lyrics are still often spiced with his quirky and inventive touch.

Frank Black regularly posts and responds to questions on the forums of his official fan site,frankblack.net, under the alias “frnck blck”.

He began recording and touring as Black Francis in 2007, with the album Bluefinger, an album about the late Dutch musician and painter Herman Brood, and the mini album Svn Fngrs in 2008. On this tour he abandoned encores in favour of precores; a free mini gig at a public location earlier in the day. The gigs proper featured only recent songs, the precores being more flexible.






Aug 18, 2013

THE BREEDERS


The Breeders are an American rock band, formed in 1988 by Kim Deal of Pixies and Throwing Muses’ Tanya Donelly in Boston, Massachusetts. After those original bands became less active, The Breeders became more important to both artists. A tape was sent of their original demos to Ivo Watts-Russell, who immediately signed the band to his 4AD label in 1989. Their debut album, “Pod”, was recorded by Steve Albini and released on 4AD in 1990. Deal’s influence is obvious, but bassist Josephine Wiggs and Slint drummer Britt Walford (credited here as Shannon Doughton) add to the ensemble sound.

By the release of the four-song EP “Safari” in 1992, Deal was done with Pixies and had enlisted her twin sister Kelley Deal to play guitar for the Breeders. Donelly exited the band to form Belly, and drummer Jim MacPherson joined in time for “Last Splash” in 1993. The album spawned the hit “Cannonball.”





In 1995, Kelley Deal was involved in a drug bust, so sister Kim formed the side project The Amps with MacPherson, bassist Luis Lerma (member of DaytonOhio band The Tasties) and guitarist Nate Farley, who later joined Guided by Voices. The Amps released the album “Pacer” in October of 1995. Following drug rehab, Kelley started the The Kelley Deal 6000 and also formed the unlikely Last Hard Men with Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach, ex-Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, and Jimmy Flemion of The Frogs.

Rumours of Kim Deal reuniting with the original band continued to circulate in the 90s, although the only material to surface was a cover of “Collage,” recorded for The Mod Squad soundtrack in 1999. The Deal sisters recruited new personnel to play several live shows in 2001, and returned to the studio with guitarist Richard Presley, bass player Mando Lopez and drummer Jose Medelesto record the third Breeders studio album “Title TK” with Steve Albini.

The Breeders were also recruited, in early 2002, to perform in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. They were approached by the production staff, after they had been performing the show’s theme, originally written by Nerf Herder, as a regular part of their concert set for a long time. The episode is entitled Him, and aired November 5th of 2002.

In 2004, Warner Music Group announced plans to drop the Breeders from their label following low album sales of “Title TK.” The decision came with Warner’s plans to drop several other artists as well.

The new album called “Mountain Battles” was released in the first half of 2008. The band lineup is the same as Title TK, minus Richard Presley.

The Breeders’ third EP, Fate to Fatal was released on April 21, 2009. It contains a Bob Marley cover (“Chances Are”) and a song with vocals by Mark Lanegan. The title track was recorded at The Fortress Studios, London, by The Go! Team producer Gareth Parton. The music video featured the Arch Rival Roller Girls, a St. Louis roller derby league.

The Breeders were curators of an edition of the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival taking place in May 2009 in Minehead, England. They played the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York, in September 2010.








Aug 15, 2013

THE CLASH




The Clash were a punk rock band from London, England, United Kingdom, active from 1976 to 1985. One of the most successful and iconic bands from the first wave of punk in the 1970s, they incorporated rock and rollreggaerockabilly, and eventually many other music styles into their repertoire. They were legendary for their uncommonly intense stage performances.

From their earliest days as a band, The Clash stood apart from their peers with their musicianship, as well as their lyrics; the passionate, left-wing political idealism in the lyrics by frontman Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones contrasted with the nihilism of the Sex Pistols and the simplicity of the Ramones. Their 1979 album London Calling is considered by critics as one of the greatest albums in the history of rock music; Rolling Stone declared it the best album of the 1980s, even though it was released near the end of 1979 (technically, Jan 1980, in the United States).

The Clash’s attitude and style, as much as their music, has influenced countless bands, both within and outside the sphere of punk rock. Often lauded as “the only band that matters,” The Clash were canonized as rock saints even before they broke up. This was officially confirmed in 2003, when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Mick Jones went on to form Big Audio Dynamite after being fired from The Clash, and more recently has produced albums by The Libertines and Babyshambles. In 2004 he formed Carbon/Silicon with Tony James of Generation X and Sigue Sigue Sputnik fame.

Joe Strummer went on to form and front Joe Strummer and the Latino Rockabilly War and then Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros. He died on December 22, 2002.

Bass player Paul Simonon went on to form Havana 3 A.M., before quitting music in the early ’90s in favour of becoming an artist. He has recently (2006) returned to music as bass player in a musical project together with a.o.Damon Albarn. The project is often referred to as The Good, the Bad & the Queen, the name of the recorded album.

Drummer Topper Headon released a solo album, Waking Up in 1986, before leaving the music business to become a taxi driver and escape the heroin addiction that cost him his legacy in The Clash. He is currently residing in the seaside town of Dover, England.









Aug 11, 2013

DEVO


Devo is an American rock group formed in Akron, Ohio, United States in 1972. The band split in 1991 and returned in 1996. The band currently consists of Gerald Casale (vocals, bass), Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals, synthesizer), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar), Bob Casale (guitar, keyboards) and Josh Freese (drums). The band released their first album in 20 years, “Something for Everybody” on June 15, 2010.

Their style has been variously classified as punkindustrial and rock, but are most often considered to be the 70s/early 80s New Wave band that ushered in the synth pop of the 1980s, along with other acts such as Gary Numan and The B-52s.

Devo’s music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary, often dealing with the concept of De-Evolution, in sometimes-discordant pop songs that often feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures.




Their work has proved hugely influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave,alternative and grunge music, they created some memorable music videos popular in the early days of MTV.The name “Devo” comes from the concept of Devolution (also referred to by the band as “de-evolution”). This idea was developed as a joke by Kent State University art students Gerald Casale and Bob Lewis as early as the late 1960s. Casale and Lewis created a number of art pieces in the vein of Devolution. At this time, Casale had also performed with the local band 15-60-75. They met Mark Mothersbaugh around 1970, who introduced them to the pamphlet Jocko Homo Heavenbound, which would later inspire the song “Jocko Homo”.

The pivotal moment for the formation of Devo was the Kent State shootings of May 4 1970. Casale knew two of the murdered students, and even saw one student, Allison Krause, with exit wounds from the M1 Garand rifle. At this moment, Casale claims he changed the idea of Devolution into a serious concept.

The first form of Devo was the “Sextet Devo” which performed at the 1973 Kent State performing arts festival. It included Casale, Lewis and Mothersbaugh, as well as Gerald’s brother Bob Casale on guitar, and friends Rod Reisman and Fred Weber on drums and vocals, respectively. This performance was filmed and a part was included on the home video The Complete Truth About De-evolution. This lineup only performed once. Devo returned to perform in the Student Governance Center (featured prominently in the film) at the 1974 Creative Arts Festival with a line-up including the Casale brothers, Bob Lewis, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Jim Mothersbaugh on drums.

Devo later formed as a quartet focusing around Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale. They recruited Mark’s brothers Bob Mothersbaugh and Jim Mothersbaugh. Bob played electric guitar, and Jim provided percussion using a set of homemade electronic drums. This lineup of Devo lasted until 1976 when Jim left the band. The lineup was occasionally fluid, and Bob Lewis would sometimes play guitar during this period. In concert, Devo would often perform in the guise of theatrical characters, such as Booji Boy, and The Chinaman. Live concerts from this period were often confrontational, and would remain so until 1977. A recording of an early Devo performance from 1975 with the quartet lineup appears on DEVO Live: The Mongoloid Years, ending with the promoters unplugging Devo’s equipment.

Following Jim Motherbaugh’s departure, Bob Mothersbaugh found a new drummer in Alan Myers, who played a conventional, acoustic drum set with mechanical precision. Casale re-recruited his brother Bob Casale, and the popular line-up of Devo was formed. It would endure for nearly ten years.







Aug 7, 2013

GENE LOVES JEZEBEL

Gene Loves Jezebel is a Welsh gothic rock band from the early 1980s founded by twin brothers, Michael and Jay Aston.

Michael Aston (vocals) was the poetic, goth-leaning side of the twin brothers while Jay Aston’s distinctive banshee-like, wailing vocals supplied Gene Loves Jezebel with one of their many trademark quirks.

Originally called Slav Aryan, Gene Loves Jezebel began in 1980 with the brothers, guitarist Ian Hudson, and a drum machine. The Astons grew up in Porthcawl, South Wales, making the move to London in 1981. With a new home, and shortly thereafter, the new name, the trio played several live shows and was signed by Situation Two. In May 1982, the label released Gene Loves Jezebel’s demo and a single “Shaving My Neck.” The band then added bassist Julianne Regan followed, Regan was replaced by Ian Hudson on Bass (and Albi DeLuca took over the guitar role) and went on to form All About Eve, Gene Loves Jezebel underwent a dozen or so line up changes between 1981-1985 alone! The band was really about the twins after all.


The band released two more singles in 1983 before their debut album Promise peaked at number 8 in the U.K.’s indie charts. In 1984, the group recorded a John Peel radio session for BBC and toured America with fellow Welsh artist John Cale. The second album, Immigrant, was released in mid-1985. However, during an agonizing American tour for Immigrant, founding member Ian Hudson suffered a nervous breakdown and was replaced by former Gen X guitarist James Stevenson.

During 1986, the group moved contract to Situation Two’s parent company, Beggar’s Banquet Records and distribution rights in USA to Geffen Records. The subsequent promotion increased pop-chart success for the group. The single “Sweetest Thing” briefly hit the Top 75 in U.K. and the album, Discover, reached number 32 in UK Albums Chart. At this time, the group also found heavy rotations on college and alternative radio stations across America. The band had slowly turned their attention to dance music. The slick and catchy guitar hooks of singles “Desire” and “Heartache” leapt to #6 and #72, respectively, on Los Angeles’ famous New Wave station, KROQ. Later that year, Chris Bell became the band’s fifth drummer.

Gene Loves Jezebel’s fourth album, The House of Dolls, was released late in 1987 and yielded the singles, “20 Killer Hurts” and “The Motion of Love” that grazed the U.S. pop charts. The third single from The House of Dolls, “Suspicion”, for the first time, surfaced on The Billboard Hot 100. Despite rising mainstream success, the new pop-oriented direction proved to be too polished and commercial for the poetic and more goth-like brother, Michael. He parted ways with Jay in 1989.

While Michael pursued his solo work, Jay continued using the Gene Loves Jezebel name and recorded two albums, Kiss of Life in 1989, followed by Heavenly Bodies. reached #68 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Three years later, Jay Aston and company released Heavenly Bodies, which did well in Europe and on American college radio. Unfortunately, after dispointing record sales record sales and the collapse of Savage Records (David Bowie) American label folded one year later, and, after a few more live shows, so did Gene Loves Jezebel.

While Jay performed occasional acoustic shows under his own name, Michael played with members of Scenic, then formed a new band called the Immigrants (re-named Edith Grove) and later released a pimarily acoustic solo album, Why Me, Why This, Why Now. Michael and Jay began working together again throughout the 90’s , and also recorded two songs for a GLJ best-of compilation “from the mouths of Babes’ on Michael Aston’s label Bonnaire records , released in September 1995.

A reunion tour followed in 1997, but the brothers’ reconciliation was short-lived. In October 1997, Jay sued his twin brother over rights to the name “Gene Loves Jezebel” after leaving the band. After a protracted court battle, Jay eventually dropped all charges “with prejudice” meaning Michael can never be challenged for the name again and consequently Michael owns the exclusive rights to the mark. Michael also trademarked “Gene Loves Jezebel” and toured both the U.S. and the U.K. extensively supporting Gene Loves Jezebel releases: Love Lies Bleeding (1999) - Live in Voodoo City (1999) - Giving Up the Ghost (2001) – and Exploding Girls (2003)








Aug 5, 2013

RAIMUNDOS




Raimundos is a Brazilian band, based in Brasília, Distrito Federal. Their genre mixes hardcore with elements of forro, a popular type of music and dance from Brazil’s northeast.
The name Raimundos is derived from one of their greatest influences, the Ramones.
The band was formed in the late 80s by Rodolfo Abrantes (vocals), Digão (guitars), Canisso (bass) and Fred (drums). After doing some demo tapes, they released their first record by Banguela Records:
Raimundos (1994).

Raimundos became popular among the younger audience because of their “weird” appearance and their funny and sarcastic lyrics, full of profanity and slang. They broke into MTV Brazil, making their first hits “Selim” and “Puteiro em João Pessoa”.

Lavô Tá Novo was released in 1995, and became the most successful act of those days. “I Saw Your Saying (That You Say that You Saw)”, one of the hit singles of their records, dealt with a fictitious meeting with Madonna. Other singles like “Esporrei na Manivela” and “Eu Quero Ver o Oco” easily appeared on radios and MTV.

It was followed by Cesta Básica (1996), a rarities album and then Lapadas do Povo (1997). “Lapadas” was heavier than the previous albums, changing the usual “forrocore” style of the band. “Andar na Pedra” became the most known music of the album.

Só no Forévis (1999) became the most sold album of the band, and made Raimundos known by audiences other than the ones which usually patronized them. “Mulher de Fases”, “A Mais Pedida”, “Me Lambe” e “Aquela” went to the top positions of the charts and MTV. The name of the album was a “spoof” on popular Brazilian music styles (including the members of the band dressed as a “pagode” group).

The last record with the original line-up was Mtv Ao Vivo, a live album recorded for MTV, with all their hits and some covers. The album included a cover of “20 e Poucos Anos”, from brazilian popular artist Fábio Jr.. The song became the theme of MTV’s reality show “20 e Poucos Anos” ([loosely translated as 20 something] the Brazilian version of “The Real World”). The song was recorded in studio.



2001 saw the dismissal of Rodolfo from the band. Converted into an Evangelical Christian, he decided to quit the band because his life wouldn’t fit anymore with the band itself. He formed in the same year Rodox, a christian rock/hardcore band, like Raimundos, but with more “christian-like” messages in the songs. The remaining members released Éramos 4 (translated as “we used to be 4”) in the same year.

The name was directly related to Rodolfo being gone from the band. It included 13 Ramones covers and “Sanidade”, song originally recorded in the earlier times of the band, featuring Digão in the vocals. Some people say that the song was included there as an “answer” to Rodolfo.

In the same year, Digão decided to definitely assume the vocals and call Marquinho, who was in the underground band Peter Perfeito. In 2002 the new formation released Kavookavala. Putting into the sound more hardcore influences, the album wasn’t so successful as the others, but the reputation of the band wouldn’t be damaged. Canisso left the band in 2002, saying that he was tired of being with the band. ALF, vocalist of Rumbora, was brought in to be the bassist.

The last release of the band was an independent EP .Qq cOisAh EP, in 2005. The band still tours around Brazil, showing their hits and new songs, apart from the fact of some fans being more attuned with the original and most famous line-up of the band.




Raimundos: Billy (Biohazard)































Aug 2, 2013

OFFSPRING

The Offspring is a punk rock band formed in Huntington Beach, California, United States in 1984. Since its formation, the band’s line-up had included Dexter Holland (lead vocals, guitar), Noodles (lead and rhythm guitars, back vocals), Greg K. (bass, back vocals), and Ron Welty (drums, percussion), who left in 2003. Their current drummer is Pete Parada, formerly of Face to Face and Saves The Day, who has been with the band since 2007.


Along with fellow California punk bands Green Day and Rancid, The Offspring have been credited with reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States during the mid-1990s. To date, The Offspring has released eight studio albums, one compilation, four EPs and three DVDs. They have sold over 34 million albums worldwide, making them one of the best-selling punk rock acts of all time. Each album since the release of their 1994 album Smash has sold over a million units.

Since the release of Smash, which is the best-selling independent label album of all time, The Offspring has achieved commercial success over five albums, with singles such as “Come Out and Play”, and “Self Esteem”. 


The band’s next three albums, Ixnay on the Hombre, Americana and Conspiracy of One, were also successful, with Ixnay on the Hombre and Conspiracy of One reaching platinum certification, and Americana achieving multi-platinum status. Longtime drummer Ron Welty left The Offspring in early 2003, and was replaced by Atom Willard. Later that year, the band released their next album, Splinter, to moderate sales and fairly warm reviews. In 2005, The Offspring released a greatest hits album and toured in support of the compilation. Their eighth studio album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace, was released on June 17, 2008 with the hit singles “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” and “Hammerhead.” 
Days Go By is the band’s ninth studio album and is due to be released on June 26, 2012. The Days Go By Songfacts reports that the title track was released as the first single and was premiered on KROQ on April 27, 2012.