- L.A. In
- A collection of Los Angeles rock and new wave
- (1979) Rhino
- Various Artists
- 1. Can't Have You
- The Kats
- (F. Moore)
THE KATS Writing in the Herald Examiner, Ken Tucker summed up what
the Kats are all about when he said, "The Kats are the rock and roll equivalent
of a prime Loony Tunes cartoon, one of those trash delights in which a character
is flattened by an anvil one second but immediately revives to make mischief...
The cartoon star is lead singer-songwriter Freddy Moore, a runty fireball
who looks like Frank Gorshin after being hit on the head - by an anvil, undoubtedly."
Link to the official Kats /
Freddy Moore website.
- 2. I'm Afraid
- Oingo Boingo
OINGO BOINGO "Light years ahead of narrowly focused
groups... could be a groundbreaking force for rock in the 1980's." So wrote
the L.A. Times' Terry Atkinson about high energy rockers Oingo Boingo. With
their novel use of theatrics and knack for inventing bizarre instruments,
they have developed a large, fanatic following on the West Coast, where they
continually play to packed houses at the likes of the Boardinghouse, Whisky,
and Roxy. Says spokesman Dan Elfman: "There's one thing that we all share,
we're all mutants, but we just don't care."
- 3. Stranded
- Charm School
- (Daddy - Maxfield)
CHARM SCHOOL Hollywood's foremost power poppers, Charm School is based
around songwriters Graham Daddy and Louie Maxfield. Among many other credits,
guitarist Maxfield recently joined Joan Jett in the recording of the soundtrack
for The Runaways movie.
- 4. Young and Dumb
- Rubber City Rebels
- (Clic - Firestone)
RUBBER CITY REBELS Writing in the L.A. Weekly, Nina Fiore summed up
the Rubber City Rebels when she said, "...the Rubber City Rebels are sneering,
arrogant, and slightly stupid -- and the funniest act I've seen for quite
a while." Transplants from where else but Akron, Ohio, they have been galvanizing
the L.A. scene for the last eighteen months. Among other projects, the quartet
will soon be recording a song written for them by the Knack's Doug Fieger.
Produced by Jack Lee.
- 5. Elementary Dr. Watson
- Low Numbers
- (Bronson - Daddy - Maxfield)
LOW NUMBERS Rory Metcalf, writing in Ohio's Daily Guardian, compared
the raw quality of Twist Again with Low Numbers (Rhino RNLP004) with
the Who's My Generation. The selection from the LP heard here is from
their UA demos, and is heavily influenced by the Kinks and Elvis Costello.
Produced by Harold Bronson.
- 6. Show Me
- Denny Ward
DENNY WARD After seeing Needles and Pins, ex-Quick (now Falcons) Steve
Hufstetler suggested recording a solo single with Denny Ward (and Page Porrazzo,
whose Vox organ sound he also liked). Members of the Quick, Dickies, and the
Pop pitched in to create this modern-day Spector-influenced sound. Produced
by Hufstetler and Allan Rinde; and leased from Company Records.
- 7. Heartless
- The Twisters
THE TWISTERS The Twisters are perhaps the first American Mod band of
1979. With a fanatic following in the South Bay area where their regular stints
at the Sweetwater have been compared to the Beatles at the Cavern - The Twisters
sprinkle their sets of originals with enthusiastic versions of 1960's hits.
Engineered by Phil Brown. Produced by Harold Bronson and Paul Wexler.
- 8. My Wave
- Surf Punks
- (Surf Punks)
SURF PUNKS Combining the punk stance with surf music, the Surf Punks
are the first known surfing band that actually surfs. Living their entire
lives by the ocean, the Surf Punks music protests the ruining of their once
natural paradise by greedy, polluting city dwellers whose only interest in
the beach is for their own economic gain. "My Wave" was produced by band member
Dennis Dragon and is from their album Surf Punks on Day-Glo Records.
- 9. Have I the Right (Come Right Back)
- The Ravers
THE RAVERS "Have I the Right" is the Ravers follow up to their underground
classic "Punk Rock Christmas," and is among one of four cuts from their Rhino
Records 12" EP (Rhino RNEP 504). Originally conceived as a California version
of the Move, after a long reassessment of the music industry, they are readying
plans to make their reappearance. This cut features the debut of Lee Jackson's
"bubble guitar," and was produced by Harold Bronson.
- 10. Ahead of My Time
- The Droogs
- (Albin Clay)
THE DROOGS "Ahead of My Time" was the third Droogs single, released
in 1974, and if ever a band were ahead of its time, this was the one. Pre-dating
the current movement by five years in spirit, attitude, and ideas, Rich Albin
and Roger Clay epitomized the late 70's American New Wave Band.
- 11. On My Radio
- (Popkin - Zuro)
SPOCK Three years after her introduction to the L.A. on stage scene
as the original bass player of the all-girl band, Backstage Pass, Spock is
striking out on her own. Backed by Muertobeat, "On My Radio" is her
second self-penned Rhino release; being a follow up to "Legend" from Saturday
- 12. Say Goodbye to the Black Sheep
- The Furys
- (Wolfe - Embrey)
THE FURYS The late-1976 punk boom spearheaded by the Sex Pistols was
the catalyst that incited the formation of the Furys, Orange County's most
beloved New Wave-rock band. Flaunting influences along the lines of Dylan,
Springsteen and the mid-period Who, The Furys are one of the favorites currently
playing the L.A. club circuit.
- 13. Beat Her With a Rake
- The Weasels
- (Connelly, Brophy, Sakai, Durschlag)
THE WEASELS Culver City's The Weasels caused quite a stir when local
radio station KROQ played their "Beat Her With a Rake." Although the cut inspired
numerous requests and for a time was the best selling new wave single in many
of the local record stores, the station dropped the record when members of the
Women's League charged into the station one day and broke all the existing copies.
The cut survives today with occasional spins by femme jock Dusty Street. Licensed
from Siamese Records.
© 1979 Rhino Records Inc.
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