GaragePunk Hideout Unknowns Pt. 2

The 2nd volume of GaragePunk Hideout Comp Series leftovers. Dig it!

Featuring music by the Suspiros, the Lovesores, Party Lights, the Fabulous Go-Go Boy From Alabama, Jesus & the Groupies, T. Tex Edwards & the Saddletramps, the Revox, the Night Jars, the Meatballs, Fire Bad!, Photoroman, the Bad Joke That Ended Well, the D-Rays, the 99ers, Northside Garage, the Bluebirds, the Deltics, the Heartbeats, Invaders From Verdelha, the Spook Lights, the Frankenstein V, and more.

GaragePunk Hideout Unknowns Pt. 1

So several years ago when I was accepting and assembling songs for the Hideout Comp Series, I got a lot of submissions. Way more, in fact, than I ended up using. Some of the songs that got cut for one reason or another were definitely still good and worthy of being heard, they just never made it onto one of the volumes in the series. Recently I dug up a good number of these tracks that had been left on the cutting room floor and decided to throw them together mixtape-style and post ’em on Mixcloud. I probably have enough of these to do several volumes (I’m guessing four), but I don’t know if I’ll get around to making that many or not. In any event, here’s the first. It’s pretty rockin’. Hope you dig it!

Pipeline Radio Fanzine Tapes on Mixcloud

Pipeline Radio Fanzine on KYMC

Sometime around 1987 or maybe it was early ’88 I renamed the KYMC radio show that I would host over summers and holidays away from CMSU. It had been known as Ground Zero for several years dating back to the early ’80s and this OTHER radio show on KWMU called Pipeline had recently been booted off the air (see below). I had even used the name of that radio show for a short-lived punk ‘zine that my girlfriend Erica Fischer and I had done during my senior year in college.

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Pipeline Radio Fanzine was hosted primarily by myself and Scott “Scooby Dü” Corvey, with help from a couple other people, until I moved away to work in Professional Radio at KCHI in Chillicothe, MO, in the late summer of ’89 (thank you, Broadcast Center).

I recently unearthed some long, lost cassette recordings of my KYMC shows, including several of Pipeline RF, and have begun digitizing them and posting them on my Mixcloud account. Here’s one from sometime in ’88 or ’89. Several others are on Mixcloud, so check ’em all out for a taste of late ’80s “underground rock’n’roll.”

KYMC Ground Zero

KYMC Skunk Punk

During my senior year in high school, my buddy Bruce Clayton brought me into this tiny little radio station near our school that was run by the local YMCA. This was the ONLY radio station in the country to be owned and operated by the Y, and it was where my interest in radio really took off. The station had a very tiny power output, something like 10 watts originally, which was later increased to 120 watts, if I remember correctly. Anyway, Bruce got me started early in ’84 and I was soon hosting my own reggae/ska/new wave show called Reggae Rampage. It was really my first foray into radio, and it was truly a lot of fun. I found myself filling in for other shows and DJs at the station and even hosting at least one “mobile DJ” event. The station was inside this tiny shack that doubled as a daycare center, and, believe it or not, this was the place where I lost my virginity that spring on one of my late-evening radio shifts (while Duran Duran’s Rio LP played over the air—I recall having to stop midway through the encounter to flip the album to the Side B). Ah, memories.

Not too long after I started, I got the opportunity to take over doing a punk/underground music show called GROUND ZERO. I don’t even remember the name of the person who hosted the show before me , but Ground Zero lasted for at least a couple of years until I changed the name to Pipeline Radio Fanzine (more on that later). I was away at college in Warrensburg (where Bruce was my roommate for the first semester of my Freshman year) beginning in the fall of ’84, so my only opportunities in hosting any shows on KYMC were during winter, spring, and summer breaks until I graduated in May of ’88.

So I’ve unearthed some old cassette-tape recordings of Ground Zero and have been uploading them to my Mixcloud account. Check there for more of these, including one especially goofy episode of Pipeline where I “interview” Ultraman in the studio. The episode embedded below is from mid-1986. Enjoy.

“I Love Living in the City”…

My house smells just like the zoo,
It’s chock full of shit and puke!
Cockroaches on the walls,
Crabs crawlin’ on my balls!
Oh, but I’m so clean cut,
I just want to fuck some slut!
I love living in the city
I love living in the city
I’ve spent my whole life in the city,
Where junk is king and the air smells shitty.
People puking everywhere!
Piles of blood, scabs, and hair.
Bodies wasted in defeat,
Young people dying on the streets.
But the suburban scumbags they don’t care,
They just get fat and dye their hair!
I love living in the city
I love living in the city

Great song by Fear, eh? Brings back memories of college for me… drinking cheap beer, smoking clove cigarettes and driving long distances in beat-up, old cars to see punk shows in some dingy, faraway venue (usually in the middle of a cornfield). But as nasty and abrasive as the lyrics were in that song, I personally couldn’t wait to actually LIVE in the city, once I was done with college and could move away from the parents’ nice prefab house in the suburbs. All my life I’d been intrigued by city living, and when my wife and I moved back to St. Louis from Kansas City (where we’d also lived in the central city), we immediately began looking for an apartment on the south side. That was in the spring of 1994, and we’ve been here ever since. As anyone who lives in the city and has close friends or relatives in the outlying suburban areas can probably attest, you often have to defend your decision to live in such a “dangerous” area. It used to come up quite frequently with some of my family members early on, but hasn’t really been an issue lately. Anyway, I wanted to post a link to this great blog entry on called “Why I Live Where I Live.” I think it pretty much nails it for my feelings on why I live in the city. Please check it out.

Monsters From the Surf!


Goddamn, I’ve been enjoying this CD way too much lately, so I’ve just gotta post about it. This College Park, Maryland band puts the “F” and “U” in FUN. Here ya have five rockin’ retrodorks mixing up surf and garage party tunes in a way that’ll transport you back to, oh, I dunno, the mid-’90s when this kinda shit was a lot more popular? Something like that. Hell, questioning the timing of this release isn’t what I’m here to do. Nope. This is just a really great self-released CD (sorry, don’t think it’s out on vinyl) and may actually end up making my Top 10 for 2005. Yeah, that’s right, I don’t always like to hype just the bands on record labels. Some of the best ones out there can’t seem to “get signed” at all (or don’t give a rat’s ass about it in the first place). Take Monsters From the Surf, for example. These middle-aged, beer-drinkin’ surf punks seem to be just happy to play stupid, fun rock’n’roll. And they’ve been doing it since, get this… 1985! (They’ve also shared the stage with such greats as Dick Dale, The Slickee Boys, SCOTS, The Swingin’ Neckbreakers, The Untamed Youth, The A-Bones, and The Car Thieves, among others.) And the best thing about all of this is you can tell from the minute you hit the play button that these guys don’t take themselves at all that seriously. No pretenses here, chumps. No overly snobby and boring “musicianship” either. They’re obviously not out to reinvent the wheel, just to see how far they can get it to roll down the hill. The band’s website is a real treat, too. Takes you back to around 1997. Pure “primitive” HTML silliness, with bad animated graphics (dancing hoola girls and bouncing heads, anyone?), outrageous colors, crappy layout, and goofy soundbytes. But what these guys lack in cutting-edge Web design skills they more than make up for in their music, which is just as archaic… BUT THAT’S WHY IT’S GREAT! The songs here range from snotty ’80s-style punk rock (“Cheap Beer,” Hunt Fish,” cover of Supercharger’s “Ice Pick”), beach party romps (“Beach Blanket Bimbo,” “Pajama Party,” “Watusi Underground,” “Bedrock Twitch,” a cover of Redd Cross’ “Annette’s Got the Hits”), cowpunk (“Spurs in Your Face”) to seriously good, reverby instro surf (“Kamehamea,” “Hangman,” “Kamikaze,” “Mr. Gassy”) and garage rock stompers (“Caveman,” “Shake,” “National Bohemian,” and great covers of The Haunted’s “1-2-5” and April March’s “Chick Habit”). Seriously, if there’s one problem this band must be faced with every time they order a keg of Natty Boh before practice, it’s what style they should focus on that particular night. They’re too damned diverse! Pick a style already!! Heh, kidding, of course. These guys can come play for a crowd of a dozen or so people here in St. Louis any day, and I’ll be right up front spraying ’em down with the PBR. Do yourselves a favor and check out their site and order a copy of the CD. You’ll be glad you did…

Monsters From the Surf – Caveman (MP3)
Monsters From the Surf – Beach Blanket Bimbo (MP3)