If you were fortunate enough to grow up in or around Los Angeles in the 80's, you probably remember the LA Street Scene. Once a year, downtown LA would transform into a giant street fair, with about 30 stages set up and bands playing all day long and into the night. I was lucky enough to go to the last few years of it, until the final year when my friend and I got caught in the "Great White" Riot (but that's another story) that essentially put an end to what was a great tradition. I remember watching Jane's addiction and Gene Loves Jezebel play under the afternoon sun, making Jane's seem much less dangerous and Gene much less mysterious. I remember being sixteen and sitting on the grass watching Mary Poppinz try to be Motley Crue, with Kery Doll and his band sitting next to me doing hilarious commentary throughout the set. But mostly I remember the first time I went to Street Scene and saw Candy for the first time "Whatever Happened to Fun" had recently come out, the late afternoon crowd was relatively hostile, and it had just been announced that special guests Run DMC would perform after Candy. Now this was 1985 mind you, and the mainstream Street Scene crowd were far more familiar with the Kings of Rock then they were with Kids in the City. Cue the hostility. Luckily for you, I was a little bootlegging asshole back then and took my tiny tape recorder to many of the shows I went to. But it really wasn't about bootlegging at all, it was because most of the local bands didn't have records out and wouldn't sell their demos to you, so the only way I could listen to the songs whenever I wanted was to tape the shows. So here's the scene...a sixteen year old kid who loves glam rock and power-pop is standing in the middle of a street in downtown LA, afternoon is fading to dusk as Candy step on stage about 30 feet from me. I hit "record" and over two decades later you get to experience something you never thought you'd get to hear....Candy live in LA, literally right in the middle of the 80's. This is for the ten of us out there who loved the band. As for the quality, its far from perfect, and if you have a problem with it....well, fuck you. You're just damn lucky this document exists in the first place and that I took my own valuable time to give it to you.
Candy Live @ Los Angeles Street Scene - 09/29/1985
Kids in the City
Turn It Up Loud
Whatever Happened to Fun
Somewhere between Candy and Electric Angels & Kill for Thrills lie the great lost Candy months. After Kyle Vincent, but before the split, Candy gave it one more go with Gilby Clarke moving to lead vocals and Ryan Roxie coming in on guitar. But the next record deal never came and all we were left with were some rough home demos of what would've been the second Candy record.
As with the Candy record, the Gilby demos featured classic Jonathan Daniel lyrics wrapped around some of the catchiest melodies put to tape. And there are even a few Gilby originals in there as well, which show how good a songwriter he is in his own right. The real jewel here for Candy fans is the early version of "True Love & Other Fairy Tales", which ended up on the Electric Angels record as a wonderful, string-laden ballad, but here it gets the power-pop treatment. Also, hidden in the lyrics of one of the songs is the future band name for some of the guys...can you find it? Leave me a comment if you did! Now, for possibly the first time on the internet, taken from an original first generation demo tape, here are one set of Candy demos for the second record....
True Love & Other Fairy Tales
Johnny Was an Angel
Red, White & Blue
My Favorite Star
You Only Go Around Once
Everyday is Saturday Night
...used to stand for "The Sleazy Rock Manager", but these days you can just go with the Sleaze Rock Man I reckon. As a companion to my blog "The Hair Up There", where I post rare records and demos of the most obscure 80's hair metal I have, I present "Walk the Strip", featuring scans of original band flyers from Hollywood's 80's hairday...I mean heyday. Growing up in LA, my friends and I used to walk the Sunset Strip every weekend, the hallowed sidewalks between the Whiskey and the Roxy (but not as far as Gazarri's, that's where the Warrant fans hung out). You couldn't walk two feet without a band member shoving a flyer in your hand, and luckily for you, one of my friends saved some great ones. In addition I'll be adding scans of band ads from local rags such as BAM magazine and L.A. Rocker fanzine. Click on the flyers for high-res versions to print out. Enjoy your walk down the Sunset Strip...
As for "The Hair Up There", I only post records that I believe to be so obscure they're not commercially available. If you are the legal copyright holder and wish to have the content removed, please contact me and I'll remove it immediately if that's your wish.