Lyrically Speaking; Signal To Noise

In the second installment of what I hope to be a regular feature for Document. I’ve asked Jerry Lardieri to provide the lyrics for what has long been my favorite Brixton Riot song. “Signal to Noise” has been a rallying cry as well as a call to seize the day for quite some time now. Having sang, spun and hummed this song for so long now. I felt it was time I knew the lyrics word for word. In the four plus years of United By Rocket Science. Both Jerry and The Brixton Riot provided a steady flow of memorable moments. One can only hope for more as we move forward. Only time will tell. J.D.

Signal to Noise – The Brixton Riot

Dim the lights
And wind the cables
Cut the power on the stereo
There is no time
This session’s over
Signal to noise ratio

You’ve been acquired
Incorporated
They’ll grease the wheels til they just won’t roll
Then you’re retired
From circulation
Signal to noise ratio

Keep my head down til I hear that sound
Keep my head down til I hear that sound
Keep my head down til I hear that sound
Keep my head down til I hear that sound

Pop filter sheen
On every station
Flickering static on the stereo
A hollow sound
Across the nation
Signal to noise ratio

Keep my head down til I hear that sound
Keep my head down til I hear that sound
Keep my head down til I hear that sound
Keep my head down til I hear that sound

The Brixton Riot

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Results of a Recent Record Haul.

Earlier this week  I stopped over at my friend Dave G. place to check out some of the records he’s selling. A good friend and co creator of my other blog United By Rocket Science. Dave has the most impressive and obsessive record collection I’ve ever seen. In recent months I’ve missed out on a number or record shows he’s sold at and wanted to catch up with him before what he was selling got into the wrong hands. As I find myself greying out of my crate digging and my gas eating record store runs. I am reminded that the best source for records is just up the road at Dave’s. Here’s a brief rundown of what I acquired. J.D.

Uppercut – Four Walls

1280x1280While I often find myself thinking my love for Hardcore music has gone the way of the three finned shark… Uppercut, as well as Alone in a Crowd were two bands I missed the chance to score on vinyl when they were originally released. Not for any lack of interest or appreciation. Let’s just say, shit got busy that year. When it comes down to Uppercut. After acquiring Blackout Records “Where the Wild Things Are”. I found myself stretched for an answer to worst New York Hardcore ode to Straight Edge (pro, con, undecided) While BOLD’s “Nailed to the X” and the Project X laugh track “SXE Revenge” shared the crown. Uppercut’s “Am I Clear” garnered  points with it’s non committal, non relevant and strangely Unclear lyrics.

No For An Answer – A Thought Crusade

California’s No For An Answer were one of the major powerhouses of the late 80’s Straight Edge movement. Often grouped with West Coast contemporaries Insted, Chain of Strength and others, R-412872-1162304874.jpegThey’re sound, to me at least to me, was like Uniform Choice on steroids. While NFAA’s music was driven by testosterone driven guitar leads and aboriginal rhythms. Dan O’Mahoney’s lyrics were always smart in introspective. Along with Insted and Chain of Strength. No For An Answer were guests during my short lived residence at “The Straight Edge House.” They were one of the five bands I interviewed for the second issue of Unite Fanzine and I had the displeasure of driving them to LaGuardia Airport for their departure shortly after their set at CBGB’s “Free For All” with Token Entry, Rest in Pieces and Boston’s Wrecking Crew. I say “Displeasure” considering the experience led me to pen the song “Dan O’Mahoney don’t tip.” Still, this is a great record that I feel eclipsed the Revelation Records 7′ “You Laugh”. Selling this back in 2,000 along with all of my other HXC and Punk records still remains as one of my only regrets. Retrieving it for less than I sold it for is a nice reward.

Mission of Burma – 5 Song S/T 45 RPM 12′

Total eye candy and one of the first records I put aside to purchase. Mission of Burma were an essential part of my indoctrination to melodic punk and hardcore. For reasons that can only be described as “Just listen to any and all Revolution Summer releases on Dischord Records.” I always pegged Mission as a DC band. And why not. The bands melodic, smart post punk sound fit the bill of bands like Embrace, Rites of Spring and 3. Yet came about almost ten years prior. Needles to say, this was a nice pick up. One that will get some serious playing time.

The Clash – This is Radio Clash 12′ Promo 

It’s been some time since I’ve thought of the Clash as anything more than a vehicle for consumerism and cash. Funny since they were my first love and most important band of Punks I’d ever lent my ears to. Regardless of my disgust in hearing songs that changed my life being used to sell anything and everything. Seeing an old Clash record in a bin still gives me a sweet chubby. As I fondly recall “London Calling” being the first record I ever bought with my own money and the first concert I convinced my mom to take me to. “This is Radio Clash” as one of the first 12′ inch singles to find a home within my cassettes, 45’s and albums. Still a personal favorite. “This is Radio Clash” comfortable sits somewhere in the midst of my top ten songs the Clash released in their time. That apocalyptic theme and those cattle prod beats. I always felt it had a “Planet Rock” funky appeal to it. Safe to say, I am hyped to have this one back amongst the classics I still hold dear.

Superchunk – Fishing / Cool

One can never have enough Superchunk in their life. And while I often catch myself musing over how “On the Mouth: and “No Pocky for Kitty” changed the way I viewed life and listened to music. It was the early singles that first made me fall head over hind for Superchunk. Back then or at any time for that matter. Throwing down a few bucks for a Superchunk EP, LP or show was like getting a money back guarantee that would always be too good to ever want your money back. And while both “Fishing” and “Cool” are by no means new to me. Hearing them both on 7 inch format made them even more endearing to me.

Laughing Hyenas – Here We Go Again / 

OOH, looky here! The one and only John Brannon at what could very possibly be his very best. While John and his former band Negative Approach were key influences in my early days of Hardcore and a much cherished indoctrination to the dark side. Laughing Hyenas, his post NA band somehow managed to elude my ears. Having heard so much about this band in recent years. I’ve felt somewhat of a loss to what I might have missed out of. So when I saw this record amongst the piles of goodies being offered to me at a reasonable price. This beauty made it to the top of the pile. Just seconds in I’m being reminded of how much I, indeed missed out on. “Here We Go Again” is a rip your throat out to spare your heart goliath. I’m already on my forth listen in one sitting and I’m already geared up for the fifth. Side B’s “Candy” stops just a few steps away from “just as good” while just as savage. Blast this over the speakers on Halloween and you’ll be able to eat all of that candy by yourself. I feel as if this will inspire me to pick up everything I can and more from this band. Someone please point me in the right direction,

Lemonheads – Luka B/W Strange/Mad

Lemonheads-Luka-Black-Yel-482571Fuck, it’s hard to believe or remember The Lemonheads were once Punk, let alone on TAANG records. Lucky considering how great they were as both Punks and Indie Pop darlings. Listening to this reminds me of all the awesome singles we used to pick up at places such as Pier Platters (R.I.P.) and …. Side A features a cover of Suzzane Vega’s “Luka”. This is so damn good. Lots of sneered distortion meets garage rock grime. I would put this up against any Nirvana track, sit back and watch and watch as Evan put Kurt to shame. Side B keeps the garage party rocking with “Strange” and “Mad”. This is a single to get dirty with. No doubt about it. This is the Lemonheads I was introduced to via cassette by high school friend Gilbert Hoffman while tearing around the streets of Wayne, NJ.

Outspoken – Survive

A recent shipment from RevHQ included the all encompassing “Spotlight” featuring the band Outspoken’s entire recorded output. At the time of the order I had no recollection of what the band sounded like. While I remembered having a copy of “Survive”. It was one of the records whose image stuck with me more than the music ever did. Par for the course when you start buying too many records. Fortunately for me, “Spotlight” turn out to be one of my favorites from that particular bulk order. Even reconnecting me to a long time favorite song from the 1996 Anti-Matter compilation. One I had no idea who recorded. Needless to say,FullSizeRender when I scoped it one of the many crates and boxes Dave put on display. I felt the need to reacquire. Visually, it brought me back to the days when every SXE kidded was a vegetarian and every SXE record and fanzine included enough P.E.T.A. propaganda to make even the most dedicated carnivore feel a little bad about themselves. Overall this is pretty good stuff. I record I might have held on to longer if I had listened more than once. A nice reminder of why I love the 7 inch EP format so much.

Shelter – No Compromise

Here’s another record I owned in the 90’s and sold on Ebay years later. As I recall, I shot down every opportunity to embrace Shelter as a band or Krishna Conscious as a way of life. At the time HXC had already become more about rules and boundaries than music and despite the fact that many of my friends were trading in their combat boots for saffron and krishna beads.4409519782_237a4eeb28 I wasn’t the least bit interested. Eventually though, due to a close friends descent towards becoming a devotee. I gave the band a listen. Looking back while listening years later. “No Compromise” wasn’t that bad a record. “Freewill” still has that fast, tempered energy with lyrics that anyone in the throws of rebellion can identify. And while “Sarangati” is by far, the weaker track. It’s not a bad one at all. Having done my share or reading and researching. LIke most religions, you take the best parts and apply them to your own beliefs. There’s no need to join a commune and spend your life begging for donations while playing shitty Indian music.

Spinanes – A Handful of Singles from the band

The Spinanes are another 90’s Indie act I kind of missed the boat on. (I missed a lot of boats in the 90’s.) Having had a recent interest in tracking down some of the groups records over the past year. I should have known I need to look no further than my friend Dave for these. As I’ve already listened to two of the four singles I picked out of the pile. I realize that I’d best had steered clear of this act. For me personally, this is just flat out boring, After two singles I’m reminded why everyone was on heroin in the 90’s. Not my thing, might be the biggest understatement you’ll ever see on this blog. To quote Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed “Why don’t you just give me a bottle of scotch and a handgun.”

Sulynn’s Propagandhi Audition Footage

Last week we all heard the great news that our old friend and guitar god Sulynn Hago (Feral Babies, Ink & Sweat) would be joining the legendary Canadian band Propoghandi. While we were all pretty excited about the news. I never  thought I be watching the audition as it took place. This is just some amazing footage worth everyone’s attention. I’d be a fool not to share it. Enjoy, J.D.

Pulling Records From the Pile

51w6lSAdSnLKim Wilde – ST  Wow, my luck made a major comeback with this one. Kim Wilde’s self titled 1981 debut is a time tested synth pop classic that has both New Wave appeal, a bit of Blondieesque pout and street wise punch. While those beautiful eyes and pouty lips always seemed to take center stage in a sexist, male dominated and manufactured music industry. Wilde’s music output was nothing to fuck with. The album opens with the undeniable classic Kids in America. A track that’s been the opener to a number of mix tapes, CD’s and podcasts over the last hundred or so years. I myself have bookended Kids in America with Berlin’s The Metro and Gary Numan’s Cars on numerous occasions. I’d imagine a trip to the mall being less of a trip to hell if they started sparking the loudspeaker with this one. This was the first time I’ve listened to the album uninterrupted and in it’s entirety since forever. As I reach the albums final track Tuning In Tuning on. The only conclusion I can come to is, I’m glad I did. Considering it’s release date and the fact that I found my copy in a dollar bin. The record is in impeccable condition. ***** J.D. 

  • Side 1; Kids in America, Water on Glass, Our Town, Everything We Know, Young Heroes,
  • Side 2: Chequered Love, 2-6-5-8-0, You’ll Never Be So Wrong, Falling Out, Tuning in Tuning on
  • Year; 1981
  • Format; 12′ LP
  • Label; EMI America

Pulling Records From the Pile.

light-of-day_-music-from-the-original-motion-picture-soun-1Light of Day Soundtrack – V/A                   Strangely enough I recall the excitement of Joan Jett not only appearing in, but co-starring in a movie about Rock & Roll. Talk about art imitating life. While, at the time, I had little to no knowledge of her history with the Runaways, I was a hardcore, dye in the wool fan of her solo work. I had each of her prior releases, as well as a wall of posters and magazine clips. Thanks to my mom’s connections at work. I had the chance to see her perform at a Hell’s Angels benefit when I was thirteen, maybe fourteen. Needless to say, my fandom was legit, Then came the movie “Light of Day”and let me tell you. the Fit hit the Shan, thus forever staining any Hollywood version of Rock & Roll.

Aside from some of the Rock & Roll stinkers often featured on modern day Viagra and Dong Control medication commercials. The album features a couple of Joan Jett classics, including the Bruce Springsteen written “Light of Day” and the Halligan, Jr./Jett/Laguna/ penned “This Means War”. However, it’s the insufferable and contrived contribution by the fictional Barbusters (a.k.a. The Meanest Mullets) and The Hunzz. As well as the most fictional rocker of all Michael J. Foxx that make this record almost as bad as the movie itself. Till’ this day, I still recall shrinking in the seat of a West Village theatre as my beautiful co-pilot Aliki laughed hysterically through the bad acting and blue collar rock & roll clique’s that were “Light of Day”. And while the record itself is in great condition. A mere glance of the cover serves as an uncomfortable reminder of my questionable past. ** J.D. 

  • A Side;  1. Light of Day – The Barbusters 2. This Means War – The Barbusters           3. Twist it Off – The Fabulous Thunderbirds 4. Cleveland Rocks – Ian Hunter
  • B Side;  5. Stay with me Tonight 6. It’s All Coming Down Tonight – Frank Miller,      The Barbusters 7. Rude Mood – The Barbusters 8. Only Lonely – Bon Jovi 9. Rabbit’s Got the Gun 10. You Got No Place To Go – Michael J. Fox                         11. Elegy (Instrumental) – Rick Cox, Chas Smith,  John C. Clark and                           Michael Boddicker
  • Year;  1987
  • Format; LP
  • Label; Blackheart Records

“I Always Keep the Stubs.”

I was watching the film “Sleepers” last night for what might have been the umpteenth time. There’s a climactic scene towards the end of the film where Father Bobby testifies on behalf of John Reilly and Tommy Marcano. During that scene he produces the tickets stubs from the Knicks game he alleges taking the two murder suspects to. “I always keep the stubs” he responds. When asked why. Father Bobby responds, “Because you never know when someone might want more than your word.” It’s a classic line from a great film which features some of the best characters you’ve ever seen on the big screen.

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Fast forward a day or so and I pull a Run DMC CD out of the pile. Within the CD tray was the ticket I purchased to see the first rap act I ever followed closely. While this particular show took place long after their peak had taken a major hit. It allowed me to pay respect to an act that somewhat paved the way towards my love of Hip Hop. It gave me a quick opportunity to meet the band afterward and have them each autograph my Adidas Run DMC shirt. Something that would not have taken place during their arena days. That ticket has remained in it’s original state inside that CD tray for close to twenty years now. If I had only done that with all of my tickets. Let this serve as a reminder to “Always keep the stubs.” J.D.

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Pulling Records From the Pile.

f2e251f2bcec38614382dce3d193a0cdSometimes the back story is a lot better than the story itself. And when it comes to Tytan and their album “Rough Justice”. The back story is really the only one worth telling.

Back in 2012, my wife and I returned to Japan for the second time together. My wife, a native of the Tokyo area where the entirety of her family still calls home, doesn’t go back nearly as often as we’d like. So when we do manage to visit. We make sure to spend plenty of time with her parents, sisters and nephew. On that last visit, we spent four days in the home where she grew up. One day while cleaning up her old bedroom. We came across a few bags of records from various NYC record stores. Two of which closed by the mid 90’s. Within the bags were numerous Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden and Thin Lizzy records. All of the classics. Most of which were still sealed in their original state, complete with the store bags and the yellowing receipts. The story goes that while still fresh off the boat and attending college in Missouri. She hopped a bus to New York to catch a few concerts, take in some sights a do a little record shopping before Greyhounding it back to school. After graduating she returned to Japan with said records to work before eventually returning to the USA and New York City to work towards her Masters in Computer Science at Columbia University. Amazingly enough the records she bought during her trip to downtown NYC had travelled back to Missouri and on to Tokyo Japan where they rested in the cabinet of her bedroom bookcase for a good twenty plus years.

Since returning home with vinyl in tow back in January 2013, Those records have gone unheard and untouched. That is until today when I picked Tytan’s “Rough Justice” out of the pile. Honestly, I knew nothing of this band before pulling it from the shelf and dropping the needle on it. One song in and I felt as if I’d heard more than I ever wanted. While the albums cover brings to mind Judas Priest, Iron Maiden and Molly Hatchet. The music itself is lame, tame and bane. Reminding me more of Pop Metal acts like Europe. Lucky for me, this platter had so many bumps, bruises and scratches. I wasn’t able to get much further. While this 1985 release remains their sole full length to date. The band, one that was a big part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal Movement in the early 80’s. Seems to have an interesting history. I left a link below where you can read more about the album, the band and it’s membership. For me personally, one song was two songs too much. I might decide to keep this around as documentation of my wife’s questionable taste in music. Let the blackmail begin. JD

  • Side A; Blind Men and Fools, Money For Love, Women on the Frontline, Cold Bitch, Ballad of Edward Case, Rude Awakening
  • Side B; The Watcher, Far Cry, Sadman, Forever Gone, Don’t Play that Way, Far Side of Destiny
  • Year; 1985
  • Format; 12′ LP
  • Label; Metal Masters
  • Encyclopedia Metallum