my loveliest vinyl, part 2


The Pack - King of Kings (Rough Trade, 1979)
The Pack – King of Kings (Rough Trade, 1979)

Now this is a great one, from way back! I only realized what gem it is when i re-discovered this upon hitting the follow up of The Pack, Theatre of Hate and their cool singles „Rebel without a brain“ and „Do you believe in the Westworld?“ (watch out for young John Peel!) …

But back to The Pack. This 7″ has it all:

1977 – almost ticked, this is 1979
published by a cool lable – ticked, Rough Trade back then when i started to listen to Punk was one of the key sources and a name to look up to
found in a cool shop – ticked, found back then „Konneckschen“ or better „Unterm Durchschnitt“
catching sound – ticked, esp. the start-up/signature riff
not too bad words – more than ticked, one of the best lyrics ever
great cover – tick tick tick, this package is timeless (hence shown in full here)!

Singer/Songwriter Kirk Brandon went all the way from fame to bankruptcy and recently also into ill health. Damn, he was a great great singer and did write a couple of catchy tunes i’d love to see covered by some bands today! Volunteers anywhere?

Enjoy young Kirk here:


Record Covers never made, part. 276

No babies allowed
No babies allowed

This is a picture that should  have been a record cover. In case your band is called „NO BABIES“ and you want to put out a record – that should be yours. If you then play decent, let’s say, crustcore or something to that extend…perfect for the angry young ones.

i’d guess this US by the looks of the cars, anyone being able to single this out?

my loveliest vinyl, part 1

Overwhelming Colorfast - It's tomorrow (SFTRI 177, 1992)
Overwhelming Colorfast – It’s tomorrow (SFTRI 177, 1992)

where to start? that is a tough one, but lets count on what i do adore

1977 – almost ticked, this is SFTRI 177 (i am a number guy)
published by a cool lable – ticked, SFTRI where cool and are cool
found in a cool shop – ticked, found back then in Martin Stehr’s Drugstore
catching sound – ticked, esp the hookline
not too bad words – ticked „…everybody wants to bring me down…“

so by all counts (let’s claim 5 out of 5) i took this gem home and it sure ended up on one of the famous „Songs from the Holy War Archive“ compilations. later efforts where not that great and they soon took the road downhill. the internet (damn internet, never forgets) states:

Much overlooked CA band. Overwhelming Colorfast was signed to a major during the post-Nirvana „sign everybody and see what catches on“ period. Sound-wise O.C. are much endebited to Hüsker Dü. After being ditched by their major O.C. managed an EP and a full Length before breaking up. 

More about them over at Rescued From Obscurity

still, today, i consider this a real asset and esp. „It’s tomorrow“ still cheers me up.

if there is one thing though that sucks, big time, check out the hairdoo…