Squeeze

The book didn’t have any really ‘good’ birthdays today, but I’m sure there are some by now. Uh, Danny Seraphine (of Chicago)? (1948).

On 8/31 Happy birthday to Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze (1957)!

Squeeze are a band that is mainly about their 45’s, for me. John Cale produced their debut LP!

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN                                                     A&M UK                          AMS 8259    1982

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

 

ANOTHER NAIL IN MY HEART / PRETTY THING          A&M UK                          AMS 7507    1980

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

BLACK COFFEE IN BED (PS) promo                              A&M UK                          AMS 8219    1982

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

 

CHRISTMAS DAY / GOING CRAZY (PS) white               A&M UK                          AMS 7495    1979

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, white vinyl

 

COOL FOR CATS (PS)                                                       A&M DE                          AMS 6899    1979

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

COOL FOR CATS (PS) pink                                              A&M UK                          AMS 7426    1979

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, pink vinyl

 

GOODBYE GIRL / SAINTS ALIVE                                     A&M UK                          AMS 7398    1978

1978 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU (PS)                                               A&M US                          AM-1616-S  1980

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, 5″ disc

 

LABELLED WITH LOVE (PS)                                            A&M UK                          AMS 8166    1981

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

PACKET OF THREE (EP) (PS)                                         DEPTFORD FUN UK   DFC 01        1977

1977 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; debut

 

PULLING MUSSELS (FROM THE SHELL) (PS)            A&M US                          AM-2247      1980

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

PULLING MUSSELS (FROM THE SHELL) (PS) red     A&M UK                          AMS 7523    1980

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, red vinyl

 

SLAP & TICKLE / ALL’S WELL                                          A&M UK                          AMS 7466    1979

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

TEMPTED / TRUST (PS)                                                    A&M US                          AM-2345      1981

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

TEMPTED / YAP YAP YAP (PS)                                         A&M UK                          AMS 8147    1981

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

 

UP THE JUNCTION / IT’S SO DIRTY                               A&M UK                          AMS 7444    1979

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

WHEN THE HANGOVER STRIKES (PS)                        A&M UK                          AMS 8237    1982

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

Jim Donato

Happy birthday Daryl Dragon (aka The Captain of Captain & Tennille fame) (1942, Los Angeles, CA) – older brother to a member of The Surf Punks! Happy birthday to Phil Shulman of Gentle Giant (1937); Willy “Mink” DeVille (1950); Glen Matlock (of Sex Pistols fame).

 

A year ago today, I was sitting in my old office at work – dreaming of my ‘retirement’. It was an ordinary day – some work actually got assigned! I came home at lunch, put the lock back on the gate after the gardeners had been…and went about my usual ‘way’.

 

And what ‘way’ is that? I try and sleep for 8 hours a night – not always successfully; I am still bolting awake quite early. It’ll take some time to stop waking up to go to work!

 

I still spend a lot of time up in Los Angeles, at the home of my GF of many years. Easier access to L.A. record stores like Rockaway, Amoeba, Record Surplus

 

In October, Jim Donato is headed to California for a visit. He’s a vegetarian and I’m not quite sure he even drinks coffee! (Much less anything else). Still, it’ll be fun to entertain more visitors!

Murray Cammick

Happy birthday to Billy Rush (arranger / player for Serge Gainsbourg) (1952)!

8-26-66 The Who release the 45 “I’m A Boy” b/w “In The City” (A Keith Moon, John Entwistle co-write!).

I have a special guest at my home this week, Murray Cammick, the former publisher of Rip It Up magazine in New Zealand! I’ve known Murray for 30 odd years, and we get on like a house on fire. He’s mainly interested in R&B / soul music, and I can discuss that style, with a certain degree of authenticity / authority. We also discuss New Zealand artists, mostly of yesteryear; he’ll tell me who died, I’ll know who he’s talking about; what’s been re-issued on CD etc.

 

None of us are ‘late night folks’ anymore. We’re usually asleep before midnight, so it’s mornings a-go-go around here! I’ll get the espresso on as soon as I wake up, and a plan for the day will somehow emerge. When guests stay here, I usually offer to take them to a grocery store, so they can get whatever they want to eat (or snack on).

 

And as I don’t get many guests here, I know I can take Murray to record stores all day every day! We might go up to Ventura (to Salzer’s or Grady’s), or out to Claremont (Rhino Claremont remains formidable); certainly the “local” stores aren’t useless – Soundsations in Westchester, Fingerprints in downtown Long Beach, Port O’ Sound in Costa Mesa etc.

 

So, if you’ve got any questions for the former publisher of Rip It Up, ask away. Yes, he saw Split Enz in 1973, at the time of their EMI & Vertigo 45’s.

Variant Pressings

Yesterday 8/24, Happy birthday to keyboard player / songwriter Ken Hensley (of Uriah Heep) (1945); singer / songwriter Jim Capaldi (of Traffic) (1944)!

 

I’m only about 100 miles north of the Mexican border, but I almost never see Mexican LP’s here in California. Yes, the pressings are notoriously ‘not great’, but the cover variants are amazing – at times. Even in San Diego, I can’t easily find Mexican pressings of records I enjoy!

 

One of the aspects of record collecting I have always enjoyed is variant pressings of neat titles. This goes all the way back; my late older brother was who introduced me to imported pressings of Beatles & Rolling Stones LP’s. I never looked back!

 

I can extrapolate this to: Are there any records that were never – to your knowledge – promoted? I used to think that the O.S.T. to “You Are What You Eat”, the 1968 John Simon produced soundtrack LP on Columbia Records was never promoted…but recently, I found a “My Name Is Jack” promo 45! It was promoted!

 

I ask my readership, such as it is, can you name a rock music LP from 1963 –1993 that doesn’t have a variant pressing that you know of? By variant pressing, I mean any alternate to the original non-promo LP. I have British pressings of many US artist LP’s, just because the sleeves are nicer; maybe the UK pressings seemed better? Nearly every US LP I can think of had a British pressing. There are even British LP’s by The Firesign Theatre – did you know that? (On CBS UK!)

 

Do you collect anything that there is positively not any alternate pressings of? I used to think UK Charisma LP’s didn’t have alternates – as such – but I recently found Big Mark a Mexican pressed Rick Wakeman LP (“1984”) with a variant label, for that LP.

 

My friend Dana gave me both US & English Skid Row LP’s (on Epic Records), so there’s a variant pressing. Sometimes it seems like everything on Columbia Records in the US came out in England on CBS – at least, for many years. Why on Earth would the English release the first two LP’s by The Firesign Theatre? Curiosity? Yes, I have the mono copy of “Waiting For The Electrician (Or Someone Like Him)”, and it’s not a promo!

 

So, what doesn’t have a variant? (If a CD exists of a title, that’s a variant – to me.)

Playlists

Happy birthday to Irish singer / songwriter Van Morrison (1945)!

On 8/22, happy birthday to Ian Mitchell of The Bay City Rollers (1958); Kenny Rogers (1938); Joe Strummer (of The Clash, British punk rock band) (1952).

On 8/23, Happy birthday UK drummer Keith Moon (of The Who) (1947)!

One of my numbered playlists (#247) accidentally got erased – so I am sort of starting over, with my playlists. I’d also gotten lax with writing everything down, typing it up etc.

So, this is what I’ve been listening to over the last 2 weeks or so…

999 – Homicide

ALPERT, HERB / TIJUANA BRASS – Mexican Road Race

AMERICA – Sister Golden Hair

ARTISTICS, THE – Girl I Need You

ASSOCIATION, THE – Along Comes Mary (“Fake” stereo)

AZTEC CAMERA – Orchid Girl

BAKER, GINGER – Something Nice

BARRETT, WILD WILLY – Nigel Pringle

BLANCMANGE – Feel Me (Instrumental)

BLUE RONDO A LA TURK – Heavens Are Crying (12″)

BOOKER T. & THE M.G.’s – Boot Leg

BOW WOW WOW – C30, C60, C90 Go!

BOWIE, DAVID – Breaking Glass (Live)

BOWIE, DAVID – Watch That Man

BROUGHTON BAND, EDGAR – Call Me A Liar

CAPALDI, JIM – Keep On Trying

CARAVAN – If I Could Do It All Over Again…

CARPENTERS, THE – Hurting Each Other

CELENTANO, ADRIANO – Il Tangaccio

CHANDLER, GENE – There Goes The Lover

CHARLES SINGER, RAY – California Dreaming

CLASSICS IV – Everyday With You Girl

CLOUDS, THE (UK) – Scrapbook

COCKER, JOE – That’s Your Business

COMATEENS – Late Mistake, The

COYNE, KEVIN – Take On The Bowers (with Robert Wyatt)

CREATION, THE – Girls Are Naked, The

CZUKAY, HOLGER – Persian Love

D.A.F. – Der Rauber Und Der Prinz

DAMON BROTHERS – Collection ’85 (Instrumental)

dB’s – Judy

DEE, KIKI – More Today Than Yesterday

DELUGG, MILTON – Theme For “The Thing”

DEVO – Come Back Jonee

DEVO – Snowball

DURY, IAN / BLOCKHEADS – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

E.L.O. – Showdown

EAST OF EDEN – Ain’t Gonna Do You No Harm

ELECTRIC FLAG – Mystery

ELLIS – Good To Be Alive

EURYTHMICS – I Could Give You (A Mirror)

FELICIANO, JOSE – Hi-Heeled Sneakers

FIFTH DIMENSION – Working On A Groovy Thing

FOUR SEASONS – Let’s Hang On

FRANKIE & JOHNNY – Life Line (with Al Kooper)

GUESS WHO, THE – No Time

HACKETT, STEVE – Spectral Mornings

HENDRIX, JIMI – Little Wing (Live)

HENDRIX, JIMI – Stepping Stone

HENRY, RICHARD – Oh Girl

HUNTER, IAN – I Get So Excited

IMPRESSIONS, THE – Keep On Pushing

JACKSON, JOE – Another World

JACNO – Rectangle

JAH WOBBLE / HOLGER CZUKAY – Snake Charmer

JANKEL, CHAS – Glad To Know You

JETHRO TULL – Song For Jeffrey, A

JUNIOR’S EYES – Circus Days

KING CURTIS – Ific

KING, JONATHAN – King Of The Hooks

KING, JONATHAN – My Boy Lollipop

LAUREL & HARDY – You’re Nicked

LEWIE, JONA – Guessing Games

LEWIS, DAVE – Givin’ Gas

LINDISFARNE – Mandolin King

MACKAY, ANDY – Inexorable Sequence, The

MARCHING GIRLS – Answer, The

McCOY, VAN – Theme from “Star Trek”

McLAREN, MALCOLM – Buffalo Gals

MODERN EON – Euthentics

NICE, THE – Happy Freuds

NOTES, THE – Awake

OLDFIELD, MIKE – Guilty

ORANGE JUICE – Rip It Up

ORCHESTRA LUNA – Heart

ORCHESTRA LUNA – You Were Dancin’ On Paper

ORIGINAL MIRRORS – Time Has Come

OZARK MOUNTAIN DAREDEVILS – You Know Like I Know

PABLO, AUGUSTUS – Guiding Red

PABLO, AUGUSTUS – Marabi

PAGE, GENE – Theme from “Star Trek”

PRESTON, BILLY – Will It Go Round In Circles

PRITCHARD, BILL – Black Souls Under White Skies

QUATERMASS – Up On The Ground

QUICKSILVER – Fresh Air

RARE BIRD – Hey Man

RARE BIRD – Turning The Lights Out

RARE EARTH – Born To Wander

RAYMONDE SINGERS – Your Mother Should Know

REED, LES – There’s A Kind Of Hush

RHODES, EMITT – Live Till You Die

RICO – Sea Cruise

ROMANS, THE – Greed, Hate & Drinking

SAD CAFÉ – Every Single Day

SAM THE SHAM & THE PHAROAHS – Ju Ju Hand

SCRITTI POLITTI – First Boy In This Town (12″)

SEALS & CROFTS – Summer Breeze

SEALS & CROFTS – When I Meet Them

SECOND HAND – Hangin’ On An Eyelid

SEEDS, THE – Mr. Farmer

SEVERINSEN, DOC – Bottleneck

SIMON, CARLY – That’s The Way I’ve Always Heard It Should Be

SIMON, PAUL – Kodachrome

SLITS, THE – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Live)

SPOOKY TOOTH – Cotton Growing Man

SQUEEZE – Cool For Cats

STACKRIDGE – Hey Good Looking

STRANGLERS, THE – Was It You (Live)

SWEET, THE – Love Is Like Oxygene (short vers.)

TROWER, ROBIN / JACK BRUCE – What It Is

TUBES, THE – Don’t Touch Me There

TURTLES, THE – Story Of Rock ‘n’ Roll

ULTRAVOX – Wild, The Beautiful & The Damned, The

UPP – Dance Your Troubles Away

UPP – Friendly Street

VanTIEGHEM, DAVID – These Things Happen

WAKEMAN, RICK – I’m So Straight I’m A Weirdo

WAKEMAN, RICK – Swan Lager

WAR – Me And Baby Brother

WAR – Slipping Into Darkness

WILLIAMS, MASON – Classical Gas

WIZZARD – Bend Over Beethoven

WOOD, ROY – Beatles Medley (“All This & WW2”)

Y.M.O. – (Snakeman Show song)

ZIMMERMAN, TUCKER – Red Wind

Collecting C&W Records

Happy birthday Jim Reeves (1924); Phil Lynott (of Thin Lizzy) (1951); and to Robert Plant (of Led Zeppelin) (1948).

 

I went through quite a spell collecting 50’s & 60’s country & western LP’s & EP’s!

 

My favorites were Ernest Tubb, Jim Reeves, Floyd Cramer, Grandpa Jones, Kitty Wells, Sue Thompson, Don Bowman, Chet Atkins, Billy Edd Wheeler – and, to a lesser extent artists like Skeeter Davis, The Browns, Doug / Rusty Kershaw, Buck Owens, Jimmie Driftwood, Jerry Reed, Stringbean…

 

It was exciting to be getting real 60’s albums for $1 or $2! It was weird to hear 45’s by Willie Nelson or Roger Miller on RCA! Is that a Junior Samples LP?   Can I have it, please? I think I got all of the Don Bowman LP’s that were released, except for the 2nd album in stereo.

 

Yes, I bought expensive C&W stuff from Buckaroo Records, up in Oregon. Where else am I gonna find that Hickory Records “Treasure Album” with all those songs in real stereo? I even own an Ernest Tubb Record Shop keychain!

 

Well, I got about a 3ft shelf with C&W stuff and then it all came to a grinding halt. You can hit the glass ceiling pretty quickly, with C&W LP’s, let me tell ya. The 16CD Jim Reeves Bear Family CD boxed set sure seemed to answer a lot of prayers, but that “Kimberly Jim” O.S.T. LP wasn’t easy to score!

 

I was goin’ great guns on Floyd Cramer collecting, until I discovered that he released around 100 (or more?) LP’s on RCA alone!

 

These days, I still look, but I don’t really see a lot of C&W LP’s at the swap meets I go to. The one in Newark, CA is a really neat swap meet, but I’ve mostly had really excellent luck buying old UK 45’s & EPS’s!

Sorting my LP’s

Happy birthday Peter “Ginger” Baker (of The Cream) (1939); Ian Gillian (singer of Deep Purple Mk. II) (1945); John Deacon (bassist of Queen) (1951)!

 

I have begun the somewhat monumental task of sorting my approx. 60 x un-sorted cartons of phonograph records. The first 20 cartons I had to carry down a hallway, to sort in my ‘music’ bedroom. After that, I tried to keep the cartons in whatever room they were in, when sorting – so I didn’t have to carry quite as much.

 

Boy, really putting a lot of titles into the out-going stack! Whenever I can find a variant on a common title, I try to buy it, if it’s a record that I enjoy. So, what use do I have for a US pressing Warner Brothers LP of a David VanTieghem “These Things Happen” when I just found a German pressing for really cheap? Another one I saw a few times were A&M copies of “Tapestry” by Carole King.

 

Seriously, it is amazing to take a look through the un-sorted stuff; only titles that bugged me a bit were the many 12” singles which don’t typically have spines to read. Dana gave me those records, Brian / Jim sent me those from Florida / North Carolina. Where would I be without my record collector friends?

45 Finds in San Diego, CA

Happy birthday Carl Wayne (of The Move) (1944).

I went to San Diego, CA right before my birthday and found these:

AZTEC CAMERA – OBLIVIOUS, ROUGH TRADE UK 7″ W/PS

BLANCMANGE – FEEL ME, LONDON UK 7″ W/PS 2nd single

BOOKER T. & THE M.G.’s – GREEN ONIONS, ATLANTIC UK 7″ W/PS ’79 re-issue, to coincide with Two Tone releases

BOW WOW WOW – C-30, C-60, C-90 GO!, EMI UK 7″ W/PS pre-RCA 45

BOWIE, DAVID – BREAKING GLASS, RCA UK 7″ W/PS “BOW 1”

DB’s – JUDY, ALBION UK 7″ W/PS

DEVO – COME BACK JONEE, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS

DOWIE, JOHN – ANOTHER CLOSE SHAVE, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS pink vinyl

EURYTHMICS – SWEET DREAMS, RCA UK 7″ W/PS

FAITHFULL, MARIANNE – SWEETHEART, ISLAND UK 7″ W/PS

JACKSON, JOE – STEPPIN’ OUT / ANOTHER WORLD, A&M UK 7″ original issue

KAOMA – LAMBADA, CBS NL 7″ W/PS

MADNESS – PRINCE, THE / MADNESS, TWO TONE UK 7″ original issue

OLDFIELD, MIKE – MOONLIGHT SHADOW, VIRGIN DE 7″ W/PS

OLDFIELD, MIKE – GUILTY, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS never saw a UK 7” of this before

OLDFIELD, MIKE – SHINE, VIRGIN DE 7″ W/PS

ORANGE JUICE – RIP IT UP, POLYDOR UK 7″ W/PS ’83 original issue

ROLLING STONES, THE – TERRIFYING, CBS UK 7″ W/PS

SAD CAFÉ – EVERY DAY HURTS, RCA UK 7″ ’79

SADE – YOUR LOVE IS KING, EPIC UK 7″ their UK debut 45

SCRITTI POLITTI – WOOD BEEZ, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS Virgin Records debut 45

SIMPLE MINDS – AMERICAN, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS

SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES – HONG KONG GARDEN, POLYDOR UK 7″ W/PS

SQUEEZE – COOL FOR CATS, A&M UK 7″ W/PS pink vinyl

Music Week

Happy birthday to Larry Graham Jr. (of Sly & The Family Stone and Graham Central Station) (1946)!

On 8/16 Happy birthday Kevin Ayers of The Soft Machine (1945, Herne Bay, England). Happy birthday David Crosby of The Byrds and Crosby Stills & Nash (1941, born David Van Cortland, Los Angeles, CA). And a big kiss to Susan St. James, the wonderful actress in “The Name of the Game”! (1946).

 

On 8/17/1985 I was working for Tony Harrington @ USS&M in Studio City, CA. We’d get Music Week magazine from England, which is sort of like the British equivalent of Billboard magazine. Best thing about this is the release schedule!

 

17 AUGUST 1985 – important releases in England

 

Vinyl:

 

PETER BLEGVAD – Nights Like This Knight (Virgin UK LP V 2352) also issued on cassette, 3.40 pounds

 

JOHN CALE – Artificial Intelligence (Beggar’s Banquet UK LP BEGA 68) also issued on cassette, price unstated – both this title and the above remind me of being in Europe in 1985! And, yes, I have LP’s, cassettes and CD’s of these two titles!

 

THE DAMNED – Phantasmagoria (MCA UK LP MCFP 3275) picture disc issue, 3.85 pounds

 

SLY & ROBBIE – Language Barrier (Island UK LP ILPS 9831) also issued on cassette, price unstated

 

 

Cassette:

 

BUZZCOCKS – Another Music In A Different Kitchen (Liberty UK Cassette re-issue) price not indicated

 

6 volumes of ROD HULL & EMU (VFM label) 62 pence each volume

 

 

Compact Disc:

 

CAMEO – Single Life (Phonogram UK CD) 5.75 pounds, a midline CD

 

THE EXPLORERS (Virgin UK CD) 6.70 pounds, full price CD

 

TALKING HEADS – Little Creatures (EMI UK CD) 6.70 pounds, full price CD

 

U2 – The Unforgettable Fire (Island UK CD) 6.70 pounds, full price CD

The 80’s

Happy birthday Alfred Hitchcock (1899)!

 

Starting in 1976, I worked at a record store. I went from store to store, following my manager, usually. It never occurred to me to look for work in any other record store, actually. Having the job, I had access to other jobs within that company. I sometimes drove the truck that delivered the records, so I got to see all of the stores in the chain (30 in all), to see which ones had punks; hippies; straights!

 

It didn’t take long until I landed a gig at the record distributor that owned the Licorice Pizza chain, Superior Music, Glendale, CA. I worked with many neat people and some folks I can’t even be arsed to name, real creeps. My friends: Steven Wolloch! Steve “Mott” Hernandez! Dana Madore! (Of Moby Disc fame).

 

At Superior Music, there was a real problem with drugs – there simply wasn’t enough around to keep the whole building fueled and burning! I remember hearing crap like “He’s going on a special assignment for a few weeks” = “He’s going into rehab for cocaine addiction” or thereabouts. Guys high up in the company! Hey, I don’t do (or condone) any of that crap – I remember guys bragging about how their friends wouldn’t let me croak if they ‘did too much’ – they wouldn’t be your friends otherwise! Really, it probably meant that they didn’t want to have to explain a dead body in their house to the cops – who were probably more interested in busting them for having drugs!

 

I first met Tony Harrington about 1977 or so; he came into the Licorice Pizza store I worked at in Bellflower, to put a display for whichever LP he was releasing first. Took a few years, but he eventually offered me a job. Which I took, as the record distributor / importer I was working at was “shonky”, to paraphrase Norman Gunston.

 

Ever buy an LP with a red / white sticker on it that said “United States Sales & Marketing”? That was Tony & I. I got the catalogues and decided what to import, to sell to the Americans. We tended to shy away from rock music, as there seemed to be many people doing that. So, we stuck to easy listening music, new age music (which wasn’t call that yet), soundtracks…

 

The run with Tony was from approx. 1981 to 1987; I had a wife, a newer car; I got to travel quite a bit. It was a great time in my life! But – as we all know – when stuff goes well, there will always be some skunk waiting to trip you, just to see how far you will fall. Which did happen. I don’t even want to name the guys who I worked with who put Tony under; they never appreciated his kindness (he gave them all jobs!) or intelligence. You creeps know who you are – the scumbags who stole client lists, or product (which I watched you sell to Platterpuss in Santa Monica). “You know who you are!” You are not part of the happiness I have been describing.

 

Thank you, Tony Harrington!