I think most people cringe when they see top whatever list. I tend to assume that it's someone's opinion and they had no clue, but I know what the top of whatever is. I have seen a ton of these and some actually have some awesome songs or albums, but some are lacking. If I decide to read a list I go into knowing that it's just one person's idea of what they like. I think I cringe more at that the comments. Where it seems they everyone else know's more and has better knowledge of whatever is listed. I can't say that I hate friendly discourse about subjects, but that's just it. Keep it friendly. No need to just tear someone a new ass. If you don't like their choices create your own. As I am doing right now.
It's been almost a year since I updated blog. Where have I been? What have I been doing? Truth. I have had a lot of health issues and for the most part, people don't wanna do email interviews. I have about 300 hours of digital interviews, but with health issues and with trying to run our in house label, B.H.J. Records, also trying to keep the radio station up to date, my time is all over the map.
I love punk music, the people, the message, the 'lifestyle'. Like the song 'the list' by Filth, punk is that never ending roller coaster we you start seeing things happen and fall apart and then happen again. The last ten years were not like that, in some respects. Everyone wanted to be Nirvana in the 90's and then they found out you invest money, time and sometimes family and relationships suffer, so you just walk away. Things have changed. Tattoos and over-sized earlobes are the norm, now that we have survived 2012 and our impending doom. We are no longer a third-world global economy, we are a world of people that wanna be different and try new and different things. Bands, venues, etc. The only real thing we have lost besides the metal bars, are our record stores. You rarely see a record store anymore. If you do, they sell everything from books to DVDs, music to video games and systems.
Last year, I went to buy a gift for X-mas for a friend, I went to all the places people go to buy such a thing and I was surrounded by $25 systems for N.E.S. and Atari games and USB record players. Records and Pitfall cartridges as far as the eye could see. Every record that used to litter thrift stores were now being sold in nice neat frames with the ability to remove and burn to mp3 and then place on the wall as modern art. I don't wanna think of music as modern art to be cheaply displayed as tacky wall coverings. I wanna remember the good times. The feeling when you go to the record store and ask who are these guys? Then you race to open the neatly waxed plastic, like a gift on X-mas day and then read all the liner notes, about all the people that the band had a beer with while putting the album together and then the moment of playing the album over and over until you have it carved into your brain.
So, I decided what is your list of the best 100 of these moments? 100 stories of record store glory and maybe just maybe that one or more times you were let down by a band you liked, a record store owner that thought this was the next Black Flag, etc.
Please fill the comments, here is my list....
100 Skankin Pickle - Skafunkrastapunk
Mike Park and his band of misfit college friends must either be the most fun group of people on the planet or just have had too much free time. This album was hilarious. I had this on cassette and I think I played it so much the tape I used to hold the tape together was all that was left after two Walkmen (you remember those over weight beasts that played tapes and struggled to get FM radio) all I had left was just scotch tape.
99 D.I. - Team Goon
This was originally released as a self-titled 4 or 6 song EP and then more songs were added and at some point it was released with more songs as Richard Hung Himself. This was one tape I had, that I played until there was maybe 30 seconds of a song on the tape. One of the first songs I got on a mixed tape was Richard Hung Himself, so I raced to the store and bought the tape. Lots of memories from this tape, including the first time I got jumped. Told that story to Casey at Club Red in Tempe right before they played, I always wonder if people remember that, you know, when folks walk up and tell some story of this album or that album. Kind of like a folk tale of the album.
98 Bad Brains - Self-titled
This is the first punk cassette I have ever owned. I think like most people I was shocked that 4 black guys could produce such a large robust shred of punk, ska and reggae music. Hardcore to the H, my friends. Just completely blew up my speakers. 100% ear candy. I think like most of my punk cassette this tape was a victim of Walkmen. In the end it was scotch tape with a thin spread of cassette that require a No. 2 pencil to navigate.
97 Circle Jerks - Wild In The Streets
Again, like most of my first punk cassettes, this was drawn down to just slivers of actual cassette and a mile of scotch tape before it was retired. I always liked Keith Morris's lyrical style, maybe not so much him as a person. This album is by far the cornerstone of my collection, which rests mainly on my computer but, also in CD format. I still like to go through and read the liner notes from time to time. Just plain powerful '80's punk. We called it hardcore, which by today's standard has changed. This is simply fast 3-chord music with powerful and sometimes political lyrics. I like the fact that Keith is very republican in ideals, but maintains a strong distance from it's members and religious overtones.
96 The Vandals - Peace Thru Vandalism/When In Rome Do As The Vandals Do
Still going through my original first punk cassettes. This is by far the best Vandals album and just plain awesome. I doubt anyone ever got the irony that a group of Germans known as the Vandals destroyed Rome in less than 24 hours, thus, the phrase vandal was created. Still an awesome name for a punk band and the reason skateboarding almost became a crime. Silly, yet a great satire on American life and culture of the 80's.
95 The Freeze - Land Of The Lost
OK. OK. The first actual punk CD I ever owned. This classic gem is by far one of if not the best of the band's releases and top of the list of 80's Hardcore punk from the east coast. I currently manage the band and go to every practice, every time Cliff gets to the chorus on American Town my heart skips a beat. Very political at times, but with a personal spin from Cliff and Bill Close's personal lives. This probably the most political of their albums.
To be continued....