my loveliest vinyl, part 44

Schleprock ‎– (America's) Dirty Little Secret (Warner Bros. Records  9-46277-1, 1996)
Schleprock ‎– (America’s) Dirty Little Secret (Warner Bros. Records 9-46277-1, 1996)

There are a couple of records that just came left field and took me by surprise or just made a huge impression on my humble self. For me it was Upstarts, Rejects and SLF (all say 1979) followed by Cock Sparrer, Neurotics and Toy Dolls (all say 1983) plus Descendents, Meat Puppets, Zero Boys (all say 1982) – and in 1996 it was Schleprock with their LP on Warner. I did follow Schleprock since their initial 7″ output, loved “Darkest Days” from their 1994 effort on Dr. Strange and little did i know that in the wake of all that Major signing of decent punk bands in the 90s  they where also signed by a Major.

And then came “(America’s) Dirty Little Secret” and it was a perfect album. From “We need an Anthem” as a kick off it turned out to be one hell of a versatile record with a lot of nods to old UK punk incl. a cover of “Runnin’ Riot” from Cock Sparrer. Stunning. Just Stunning. And – from where i sit – without a bad song at all, loads of sing-a-long and not pop punk (which was what the Major labels in the US where actually trying to ca$h in on) but a Ruts/Members/Specials type of brew. Wow!

The verdict:

1977 – 1979 rather but just puurrrfect!
published by a cool label – no, Warner. Trying to ca$sh in. Little did they know…
found in a cool shop – Drugstore i believe
catching sound – Members. Ruts. Do i need to say more?
the lyrics – Take any song – nothing bad out there.

My loveliest song is “Can’t hold me down” but that is just by inches:

Somebody wants to put my brakes on
Better sit down and hear my song
Sell out, not here, get out
My passions burning like the Devil's night out
My integrity's packing a punch
The bleeding truth doesn't call no bluff
This goes out to all the cheerleaders
Who talk too much

You can't hold me down
You won't slow me down
You can't hold me down
You won't slow me down

Displace me, erase me
It won't go away
And I don't want a part
Of your fashion parade
I don't wanna play in your
So called brown nosing games
We're making up our own rules
Doing things our own way

You can't hold me down
You won't slow me down
You can't hold me down
You won't slow me down

Somebody wants to put my brakes on
Better sit down and hear my song
Sell out, not here, get out
My passions burning like the Devil's night out
My integrity's packing a punch
The bleeding truth doesn't call no bluff
This goes out to all the cheerleaders
Who talk too much

You can't hold me down
You won't slow me down
You can't hold me down
You won't slow me down

(c) 1996 Warner Bros Rec./Schleprock

Now listen to the alternate version from the 2005 retrospective:

And what happened next? They broke due to the major pressure, the drugs and other issues from being together since 1989. This is actually the version from “Learning to Fail” (2005 retrospective) and represents part of the demo tape that go them signed to Warner. The liner notes say it all:

This original recording was on the demo that got us signed and it set the tempo for the attitude of "(America's) Dirty Little Secret"; nearly a year later we would record this again, but this time for Warner Brothers Records. In the end we wound up scamming the big boys for nearly a million dollars, but we also found ourselves self-destructing.

Some parts of Schleprock formed The Generators and are going strong until today but that is a different story!

… surprise Thursday: of drummers, enchanting pop and furious Punk fucking Rock!

You know what is a tad bit annoying? If a great band of that you believe it is really great only ever draws small crowds when it visits your humble home town. The Swingin’ Utters are one of these and one of me mates was so determined to get an as large as possible crowd for them that he printed 200 flyers and distributed them ahead of the show – at own cost. Did it help? 50 tickets went out prior to the show, at then end the Hafenklang at least was not empty but also not packed at all, damn!

toyGuitar (Hafenklang, 19.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
toyGuitar (Hafenklang, 19.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

First on toyGuitar and someone in the know mentioned “… half of Swingin’ Utters is in there but i’d rather wish that Johnny would drag Druglords of the Avenue along on the road“. Whilst both parts of the statement are true Toy Guitar from the first moment on made the audience listen. Why? Not only because of the surprise drumming (that was less the girl behind the drums, i’ll fill you in later) but specifically the almost perfect blend of fast paced pop. Thrown in was a scent of Surf and sure an undercut of punk rock. Wow – stunning. A lot of smiling and surprised faces in the audience! I was so taken left field that i did not take a quick video, something that i regret so much.

And what was special about the drumming? It was only snare, bass and floor tom – and that and the style of drumming create something special, reduced to the bone and just puuuurrrfect. Their record is now mine and it is also a great piece of pop music in the best and literate sense of it. Stunning! And a surprise!

Swingin' Utters (Hafenklang, 19.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)
Swingin’ Utters (Hafenklang, 19.03.2015 (c) gehkacken.de)

Next on Swingin’ Utters and they kicked off with “Brand New Lungs” from their 2011 effort:

And that was the theme for the evening: Johnny screamed, banged and the band did drive, drive and fucking drive. I have seen them now many times and they are not only the ones i would recon to be “always tight to the max” but also giving, giving … and then some more. And, frank, on my 16th birthday in 1980 is saw Stiff Little Fingers and they did blow me away for many years (and their early records even more) but they have been super-seeded now by them Utters: I would call the legitimate successors (and, sorry to say, that is too because SLF nowadays are not really … hot). So listen for yerself!

 

And true to their style they came back with actually a couple of encores, one better then the other i would dare to say!

Sure thing “The Dirty Sea” was added too, one of my “loveliest” songs ever:

And then they came back one last time to give it all and finish a great show:

And drumming? Besides being late on stage for the start the drummer of the Utters had one item that made him “stand out”: Check out how he jumps up from his stool almost out of rhythm – that was so funny to watch!

So what are the cold facts? toyGuitar are a might pop force. Period. The Swingin’ Utters do deserve a so much larger audience. Fact. So next time please come around, you will be treated class with some extras thrown it. Ain’t that worth it?

Bücher, schnell gelesen: Teil 1.099

Nic Pizzolatto - Galveston (Metrolit, 2014)
Nic Pizzolatto – Galveston (Metrolit, 2014)

Gelesen: 11. – 18.03.2015, netto 236 Seiten.

Mist, zu viele andere Dinge haben mich vom schnellen Lesen abgehalten – dieses Buch wäre normalerweise in “einem Rutsch” drangewesen. Nic Pizzolatto ist Drehbuchautor für “… die gefeierte HBO-Serie True Detective” – das ist etwas mit dem ich nix anfangen kann, da ich keine amerikanischen TV-Serien gucke. Aber das er Drehbuchautor ist merkt der Leser schon – gute und prägnante Zeichnung der Figuren, Sprünge durch die Zeit die Spannung aufbauen und ein Blick für Details.

Der Mafia-Killer Roy Cady ist ein übler Kerl aber als ein Arzt Lungenkrebs diagnostiziert und sein Boss ihn wegen eines Mädchens umbringen will tickt er aus. Von da an geht alles so wie bisher (Leichen pflastern seinen Weg) aber in eine ganz andere Richtung. Er wird sentimental, er rettet ein kleines Mädchen und … zwei großartige Überraschungen sind die Story gewoben, das darf ich nicht verraten!

Klasse Buch, supercooles Setting und spannend zu Lesen. Bonus: Großartiges Cover Design!

Soundtrack dazu: Black Lungs / Cancer Bats split EP, was sonst?