Ted Dougherty aka Teddy Spaghetty; And the room was spinning.

For me personally, record collecting has always been somewhat of a tribal ritual.           As someone who has collected, owned and yes, hoarded everything from cassettes to vinyl, to CD’s and ultimately, back to vinyl. I have been a part of this tribe. As both a member and a a curious observer. I strangely  find that I am often more at peace thumbing through friends collections than spending quality time enjoying my own.        My quest and my feverish quest to replace the record collection I sold some fifteen years ago has more than quadrupled that of the original. Regardless of any retainment. I constantly find myself digging, searching and investing time and money for records new and old.  I have come to realize that the hunt is just as, if not more rewarding than the capture. How, there is no end, completion or end to the ultimate race to acquire. So, in what I hope to be a running feature on this blog. I plan on reaching out to some of my favorite vinyl junkies. Ask about their collections, favorite records and just what it is that fuels that endless quest. 

The following interview was done with long time friend Ted Dougherty (aka Teddy Spaghetty) An avid record collector, DJ and the man behind the newly formed ‘Spaghetty Town Records’

James: What was the first band / record you really gelled with as a kid? Does it still hold up? 

Ted: I actually remember this pretty well. I remember making cassette copies of my sister’s records like the Cars and Bryan Adams. But the first record I remember buying with my own money was Van Halen “5150”. I don’t know why picked that record specifically. Does it hold up? Eh, not so much. Had my first record been “1984” the answer would be a big yes. That record is still great!

James: You were born in Australia. Did you form any connection to the music that was coming from there? I can recall countless Australian bands who influenced me early on. The Divinyls, The Easybeats and the Church immediately come to mind, but there are so many more.

Ted: Oh yeah totally. I got into the Easybeats and Church in my 20’s. But growing up AC/DC of course, INXS and Midnight Oil. I’d read about The Saints and Radio Birdman in MOJO and I remember going to Mondo Kim’s to buy the CD’s. When I would visit Australia I’d look for the vinyl, it’s a little easier to find there. Cosmic Psychos, another great Aussie band.

James: What’s your usual method of acquiring records?

Ted: Ha, the first thing I thought when you asked this was “by any means necessary!” I still prefer the old fashioned way, going to record stores, flea markets and yard sales. I’ve found some amazing records at yard sales. I’ll still check the record section at the Salvation Army. Occasionally mixed in with Christmas and polka records you can find something. I travel quite a bit, so I pack an cloth LP bag in my luggage. My customs form is usually just records. I do use discogs.com occasionally. But it’s all about the thrill of the hunt and that feeling you get when you finally got your white whale record.

James: What’s the most obscure, rare or valued record you own?

Ted: I have a few that are rare. I’m normally not even aware when I get them that they are hard to find. But my favorite story , I was at the Englishtown flea market and this guy had stacks of records in a wagon. I started flipping through them and he had some pretty solid stuff for sale, Stiff Little Fingers, X, The Clash , stuff like that. But i’d noticed a Misfits “Walk Among Us” record. I’m from NJ and it was one of my earlier punk cassettes, so I was pretty excited. At the time it hadn’t been repressed for a while, so it was hard to find. I brought about 20 records to the guy , he said he brother in law had been a DJ in Staten Island in the 80’s and asked him to sell the records. They were $1 a record. So i paid him $20 and carried on with my day. It took a while, but I gave the Misfits record a good look later. It turned out to be a first pressing, it’s pretty valuable to Misfits fans. I’m not sure what they go for now, but I have no plans to sell it.

James: The most elusive. (Something you have been unable to attain.)

Ted: I’m always on the lookout for first pressing Hellacopters, Zeke and Turbonegro reocrds. When i got to a record store I check the H, T and Z sections first. My white whale of a record is oddly the “Fire” by Electric Six, the first album. There are a few really great songs to play when you DJ, Danger High Voltage, Gay Bar and Dance Commander. It’s a crowd pleaser. I’ve never seen it in a store , aside from when it came out. I can buy it online, but where is the fun in that.

James: The most you ever paid for a record?

Ted: Really man! I try not to think about it. Ummm, somewhere close to $100. Probably some Soul 45. I’m not sure.

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James: As a DJ what type of music are you generally known for spinning?

Ted: Usually a little bit of everything really. Punk, hardcore, RnB, Soul, glam, garage, 80’s new wave, metal, whatever is appropriate for the crowd. I’ve been collecting records for over 20 years and I’m still surprised by things I’ve acquired over the years. I do a monthly night here in Atlanta. I usually do RnB and Soul for the first half. It’s fun, people seem to enjoy it and it sets a nice vibe. As the night progresses I usually transition into more garage or punk. I could do a 4 hour set of just punk or hardcore but most of those songs are short. A lot of those RnB songs are 3 to 5 minutes. “Sailin’ On” is less than two minutes long!

James: You’ve mentioned due to your overflowing stash of records, there was no available flat spaces in your home. How do you go about or, perhaps in your case, avoid properly storing your records?

Ted: It’s true! There are records everywhere. I have one of the big ikea record shelves. But between buying records, DJing and just playing records at home I have a bad habit of not putting them after I play them. My 12 inches are alphabetical, the 45’s are by genre, kind of. It usually makes is easy when I’m looking for something though. There are those times when I’m looking for a specific 45 and I have to go through nearly every stack of records to find it. Oh, that’s the other thing. It’s bad to stack records on top of each other, so they are all sitting upright and on every flat surface in the house. We also have cats, so if I leave them on the floor they’ll likely pee on them, or use them as a scratching post. If I could leave them on the floor my life would be so much easier.

James: Is there a particular genre that dominates your collection?

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Ted: 20 years ago the answer would be largely punk and hardcore records. But now it’s a lot of everything. There is still a lot of punk and hardcore records. You’ll also find a lot of RnB and soul records, metal and garage I guess is the bulk of it. I own a bunch of Yes and Grateful Dead records, which is weird because I don’t even like those bands. I think someone just gave them to me. I said earlier that everything is alphabetical, but I had to make a section for sound tracks, compilations and twelve inch singles to help keep my sanity.

James: You recently decided to start your own label. What inspired you to invest your money and time in this quick and easy money making scheme? Tell me about the band?

Ted: Yeah, I’m really excited about it, Spaghetty Town Reccords. My nickname is Teddy Spaghetty, so it just made sense to name it Spaghetty Town. I’d been telling my wife that I always wanted to have my own record label. I said I needed a band though, if I could find a band then maybe I’d do it. It took a while, but I remembered this band I’d heard at a friend’s house in Lima Peru the year earlier, Motosierra. 12794350_729509223853106_4431866949627785067_nThey’re a sleazy punk band from Uruguay. Remind me a bit of              The Dwarves and Turbonegro. Latin America has so many raw punk and metal bands. Just tiny scenes with hardcore fans. It’s amazing. So, I started messaging Motosierra on Facebook. Turned out they were looking for a label, they’d never had a release in the US before. They just finished recording some songs and we should have a 7 inch out by the summer of 2016.            The dream is to get them to North America, but I’m focusing on getting the record out and trying to build a fan base in the US. It’s going to be a labor of love. But it’s exciting to turn people onto a band they’ve never heard before and otherwise may have never heard.

James Five records in your collection you could not live without?

Ted: I’m going to list a few, and later change my mind.                                                             Misfits “Walk Among Us”, you know the story.                                                                             Cro-Mags “Age Of Quarrel”, it was kind of hard to find for a while and just a classic.
Queens of the Stone Age , the first album. It still blows me away.
Saints, the first two records. Early Aussie punk, and two awesome records.
Bronx, the first record. I had fallen out of love with hardcore and then I heard this.                       All records should sound this good.

James: So, in the end, when it comes to collecting records. What’s more exciting? The chase or the capture?

Ted: The chase, all day. Lemmy knew it, the chase is better than the catch. The capture is satisfying, but the chase, the uncertainty, that feeling of not knowing what you’re going to find, that’s where the excitement is.

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Revelation Records announce limited color vinyl reissues for Record Store Day.

With the annual Record Store Day less than a month away. Revelation Records have announced this years exclusive, limited edition color reissues of several classics. Included are Kill Holiday – “Somewhere Between the Wrong is Right.” Shades Apart “Save it” LP and BURN’s               “Last Great Sea” 7″. Whether or not you already own these. It’s still a great opportunity to upgrade your old copy with some sweet looking/sounding slabs of vinyl. While I’d rate each pretty high for musical content. I highly recommend not sleeping on that Kill Holiday record. More the Smiths than Youth of Today. “Somewhere Between the Wrong is the Right” is an under the radar classic. JD

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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.”

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
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Breaking the Seal

When most people use the term “Breaking the Seal”. They are most likely referring to having to take a wicked piss. And while I’ve had to “Break the Seal” on numerous occasions. That has nothing to do with this particular post. What I’m referring to in this case is the number oSealed !!-0969f records I come across that I’ve yet to break the seal on.           A recent exploration my largest record shelving unit yielded a shocking forty one sealed records.             As a matter of fact. I was just about to order a vinyl copy of Strife’s “In this Defiance” when I found a sealed copy I bought less than a year ago. An album I claim to love but already had a CD version of from years ago. As I’ve gone from replacing my vinyl with CD’s in the 90’s to my updating my CD version with vinyl. Add to it my obsession with updating as many Discord and Revelation Records colored vinyl reissues as possible and things have gotten a little out of hand. In the end, I think a lot of good can come out of this. If I look at the upside, I have over a months worth of “A record a day.” material to keep me busy. On the downside, I will probably be deaf, if not dead before I ever have the chance to listen to all these beautiful records. Until the next record store or mail order. Keep piling up those records. J.D. 

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Pulling Records From the Pile.

Afrika-Bambaataa-Electronic-Standards-Photos-Afrika-Bambaataa-James-Brown-UnityAfrika Bambaataa & James Brown – Unity

Okay, let’s see what we have here. Unity brings together two pioneers of their respected genres.         Hip Hop innovator and founder of the Zulu Nation, Afrika Bambaataa joins forces with the Godfather of Soul himself, James Brown. This was an amazing all around find and pull. I remember finding this in a bin at Brooklyn’s Permanent Records some years ago. Considering Afrika Bambaataa was my introduction to Hip Hop and it’s culture. This rates very high on my finds list. A thoroughly good listen all the way through. Sadly though, it seems that, more than thirty years later. We’ve learned nothing from the message. The condition is excellent. Especially considering it’s age. (Originally released in 1984.) Not a nick, scratch or bump to be had. ***** JD

  • A Side; Unity Part 1 (The Third Coming) Unity Part 2 (Because it’s Coming) Unity Part 3 (Nuclear Wild Style)
  • B Side; Unity Part 4 (Can You See it) Unity Part 5 (The Light) Unity Part 6 (World III)
  • Year; 1984
  • Format; 12′ Maxi SIngle
  • Label; Tommy Boy