Saturday, January 31, 2009

Pet Hate "The Bride Wore Red" - 1984

Good, not great, debut LP from Pet Hate. To their credit, these dudes really did know their way around a melody and always found the chorus, so its confusing to me why they never made a dent in the states. The timing was right, their tunes where catchy, and their hair was tall enough, so if anyone has a theory as to why they remain so overshadowed when talking about this brand of 80's rock, please leave a comment and let me know.

Track Listing:
The Bride Wore Red
Moya's Comin' Out
How Can (I Carry On)
Love Me Madly
Wanting You
Caught (Red Handed)
The Party's Over
Roll Away the Stone
First Kiss
Real Good Time

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pet Hate's "Bad Publicity" - 1984

Here's a record I never seem to find online, although I'm not sure anyone cares other than me, the band, and maybe three other people. Still to this day one of my favorite glam/power-pop records to come out of the UK in the 80's, I'm talking about Pet Hate's "Bad Publicity". Formed from the ashes of Silverwing, Pet Hate's first record "The Bride Wore Red" was followed up by this rarely talked about gem. Not only did they borrow the title of the record from white-clad US rockers Angel, they went one step further and hired the same guy who produced Angel's "Bad Publicity" record. And if you're an Angel fan, you know their record company made them change the original cover of the band strewn about with liquor and Pet Hate took that too and made it their cover. I could go on and on about nothing here, but all you need to know is this record is a classic (cover of the Stones' "Street Fighting Man" can be forgiven). But the one track that still gets me to this day is "Girls Grow Up Too Fast", which sounds like it would fit perfectly on Candy's "Whatever Happened to Fun...?" LP. But you really don't care what I think, do you? If you're reading this at all its because you've been searching forever and you just want this damn record. So here it is...

Track Listing:
I'm Not the One
Girls Grow Up Too Fast
Cry of the Wild
Street Fighting Man
She's Got the Action
Stale Lipstick
One Step Ahead
For Sex Sake
Wreck the Radio
Dancing On My Heart
Teenage Party

Friday, January 16, 2009

The Rise of Kery Doll

Before Kery Doll, there was Rise. And Kery played drums for 'em before moving to vocals. At least I think that's what happened. They were before my time and I never got to see 'em live, but thankfully at least one person held on to their indie single and gave it to me many years ago. And now I'm sharing it with you. But if you're actually reading this and plan on downloading the single, you're even more damaged than I am, and in your quest to find the most obscure glam rock records, may you not fly too close to the sun like Icarus. But I digress. Mainly because I have no real info on Rise and I'm just stalling. Fine, here's their Mystic Records 7"....yes, the same Mystic Records that released the early Mentors records.

Track List:
"Future Love" b/w "Rock and Roll Heart"

Friday, January 2, 2009

And a Doll Shall Lead Them....

Let me tell you about the first time I saw Guns & was 1985 and the only reason I was lucky enough to catch them so early on was because they were opening for one of my favorite bands on the scene, the one and only Kery Doll. Coming on like Alice Cooper from Cudahy Street in Maywood, CA., Kery Doll were the first local band who showed me that you didn't have to be playing a 20,000 seat arena to act like you were. Shows routinely opened with Kery rising from a coffin and shooting a sawed-off shotgun over the crowd, while dangerous homemade pyro clipped the roofs of clubs like Raging Waters, already death traps in their own right without the pyro. After numerous line-up changes, Kery shortened the band's name to DOLL and the image went from black lace goth/glam to florescent pink latex and leather glam, and DOLL were the prototype for Pretty Boy Floyd who came years later. And when I say "prototype", I really mean PROTOTYPE. Not only was PBF's image nicked from DOLL, but early DOLL shows even included the songs "Leather Boyz with Electric Toyz" and "Wild Angels", both which would end up on PBF's debut on MCA. To be fair, guitarist Ariel Stiles of DOLL would go on to be in an early incarnation of Pretty Boy Floyd, but it was Kery Doll himself who created the blueprint as far as I'm concerned. Kery Doll only released one 5-song picture disc, "Til Death Do Us Part", and DOLL officially released nothing but some demos, but their stamp on the early 80's LA glam scene is unmistakeable. After DOLL Kery did time in the LA "supergroup" Demolition Gore Galore and his one-man pre-NIN industrial project Trust Jesus. And before Kery Doll there was the even more obscure glam/prog of Rise (which you'll be seeing and hearing on this page soon). But for now, its time to treat yourself to what those of us lucky enough to be in Hollywood in 1985 got to experience. It isn't a great record by any means, but when you're sixteen and looking up to the local glam stars, believe me, its a great record.

Track List:
Too Good for Heaven
After the Fire
Til Death Do Us Part
A Child Shall Lead
Baby Boy