Friday, January 25

Star, Big - Cambridge, MA 1974 + bonus

Performance Center 
Cambridge, MA 
March 31, 1974

early show (opening for Badfinger)

audience recording, in mono (sound quality VG++; recorded and transferred by Steve Hopkins)

ROB SEZ: When this recording surfaced last year, B.S./LX fans swooned at the thought of a previously-unheard live show from 1974 … and deservedly so, because this is a solid performance and impressive sound quality for a mono audience recording 30+ years old (the performance is even more impressive when you hear what happened to the band's instruments and equipment just before they went on). 

THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN The dB's, LX Chilton and B.S. are explored HERE

Enjoy!
 
Andy, Jody, LX: Back of a Car, indeed!
SAMPLE: "September Gurls (Cambridge 1974)"

01. In The Street 
02. Baby Strange (T. Rex cover) 
03. Mod Lang
04. Candy Says (Velvet Underground cover) 
05. Till the End of the Day (Kinks cover)
06. O My Soul 
07. Motel Blues (L. Wainwright III cover)
08. Thirteen 
09. Way Out West
10. September Gurls
11. Come On Now (Kinks cover)
 

artwork included in download

B.S. and LX Chilton rarities (1974-1980)

NONE of these has been commercially or officially released

ROB SEZ: There just aren’t many rarities out there that weren’t included in the amazing Keep An Eye On the Sky 4-CD B.S. box set. If you’re a fan, go find the money (or just add it to your credit card debt) and plump for this puppy. I’ve included the only two listenable tracks from the otherwise utterly shambolic WLYX Memphis 1975 radio session (just found out that Jody Stephens was so disgusted with the session that he quit Big Star afterwards). The rest are quite enjoyable studio outtakes.  

01 Another Time, Another Place, and You (studio instrum.)        
         Star, Big, circa 1974
02 Femme Fatale (live)        
         Star, Big, WLYX, Memphis, TN 1975
03 Jesus Christ (live)        
         Star, Big, WLYX, Memphis, TN 1975
04 Surfer Girl (studio)        
LX Chilton, Sun Studios, 1980 outtake, "Like Flies on Sherbert" sessions
05 Lovely Day (studio; this version does not appear on the KaEOtS box)        
         LX Chilton, Sun Studios, 1975 studio session

BY REQUEST: complete WLYX 1975 radio performance (such as it is!!):
  

The Individuals - West Haven, CT 1982

Brothers III
West Haven, CT
April 23, 1982

audience recording (sound quality VG+; transfer from master tape; as usual, the house sound needs a little time to get adjusted; there’s some crowd noise, but not much for what must've been a club show…)
  
complete artwork included in DL
Repercussion: In the early 1980s, Gene Holder produced the debut EP and subsequent LP by The Individuals (with the latter engineered by Mitch Easter at Mitch’s Drive-In Studio). Later, Gene cut back his involvements with The dB’s (and eventually departed) in order to join The Wygals, which was formed with two members of The Individuals after the latter disbanded. Not long after The Individuals broke up, Glenn Morrow became an early-in-the-game business partner at Bar/None Records — the same label that released The dB’s Falling Off the Sky in 2012. Clear enough for you??

BIG THANKS to Alex Butterfield and the uploader for sharing. (This recording is Alex Butterfield Archive No. ABA-026-2) 

SAMPLE: "Dancing With My 80 Wives (West Haven 1982)"

01 • MY THREE SONS
02 • JOHNNY'S IN THE MINES
03 • I CAN'T GET STARTED
04 • WHITE
05 • JACKIE SAID, "SO..."
06 • SWIMMING IN THE STREET
07 • MONKEY
08 • OKAY CHORALE
09 • DANCING WITH MY EIGHTY WIVES
10 • LEAP OF FAITH
11 • WALK BY YOUR HOUSE
12 • HOOKS AND LADDERS
13 • THE ARGUMENT
14 • OUR WORLD
15 • YOUNG AND DANCING
16 • THINKING ALOUD
17 • DANCING WITH MY EIGHTY WIVES
18 • THIS IS MY HOUSE
19 • MOUNTAINS OF LOVE
20 • PILEDRIVE
21 • CAN'T PLAY ANOTHER SONG
22 • KUNG FU FIGHTING

TT: 79:12

The Individuals:
Glenn Morrow – guitar, vocals
Doug Wygal - drums
Janet Wygal – bass, vocals
Jon Klages – guitar
The Individuals (above) sorta kinda

morphed into The Wygals (below)
that’s Gene Holder, back left
 Learn more about The Individuals and 
The Wygals at AllMusic
   

Thursday, January 24

I NEED YOUR VOTE, dear readers!

I'm going to be broadening the focus of the blog this year, so:

Which of the following artists/groups would you most like to see here at The dB's Repercussion blog?? Any you want to suggest that aren't here?  

PLEASE USE THE COMMENTS SECTION & let me know...
 
(By the way, I'm really not interested in posting stuff by widely-known artists like R.E.M. 

even if they otherwise would fit.)

SPEAK UP now's the time to chime in!

Ryan Adams
Richard Barone
Big Star
The Blue Nile (& Paul Buchanan)
The Bongos
Alex Chilton
Lloyd Cole
Marshall Crenshaw
Crowded House (& Neil Finn)
The Feelies
Game Theory
Guadalcanal Diary (& Murray Attaway)
Robyn Hitchcock (&/or The Soft Boys, Egyptians)
The Hollies
Freedy Johnston
The Long Ryders
Bob Mould
The Move
NRBQ
Graham Parker
Sam Phillips
The Plimsouls (just posted one of their shows)
Rockpile
Teenage Fanclub
Velvet Crush
The Windbreakers
World Party
Yo La Tengo

Friday, January 18

Letch Actively - Rutger's Univ., 1986

The Rose Room
Rutger's University
New Brunswick, NJ
March 4, 1986
 
He had a hunch that, eventually, I would use
the watermelon photo. Sorry about that, Mitch…
Creem magazine photo
Audience recording (sound quality VG; transfer from first-generation tape).

REPERCUSSION: I got an unexpected surprise when I was digitizing dBF’s tape and heard Mitch welcome Gene Holder as part of the show’s live ensemble. I’m guessing L.A. didn’t have a bassist at that point and, since Gene was probably living in Hoboken by 1986, Mitch called up his old friend from Winston-Salem to play the gig. Nice little coincidence…

Highlights: Mitch & Co. put the emphasis on tunes from the about-to-be-released Big Plans for Everybody (my fave L.A. album, so no problem there). Gotta love those encores, with 3 killer covers in a row!

THANK YA KINDLY to the taper and the usual HUGE THANKS to dB’s Fan for the share.

SAMPLE: "Reflecting Pool (Rutger's 1986)"

01 Waters Part
02 Ornamental
03 Writing the Book of Last Pages
04 Leader of Men
05 Talking to Myself
06 Still Dark Out
07 Crows On a Phone Line
08 In Between
09 Every Word Means No
10 Reflecting Pool
11 In Little Ways
12 Won't Go Wrong
13 Last Chance Town
14 Prey
15 Hush (Deep Purple cover)
16 Back of a Car (Big Star cover)
17 He's a Whore (Cheap Trick cover)

TT: 65:37

Letch Actively:
Mick Ersatz – guitars & vocals
Angie Carlson – keyboard & vocals
Eric Marshall – drums
Gene Holder – bass
   

Friday, January 11

Hollywood, CA - 1984

The dB's
The Palace
Hollywood, CA
Nov. 2, 1984

audience recording (VG quality; house sound is on the "boomy" side, but not severely so) 

HIGHLIGHTS: solid performance from the band and a relatively rare cover of Neil Young's "Heart of Gold" 

THANKS A BUNCH to the taper and dB’s Fan for sharing!
 
Unfortunately, captions for this photo are not allowed 
by law in some U.S. states and territories...
SAMPLE: "Bad Reputation (Hollywood 1984)"

01 Que Sera Sera --> Neverland
02 Love Is for Lovers
03 She Got Soul
04 Lonely Is as Lonely Does
05 Bad Reputation
06 Amplifier
07 Not Cool
08 Spitting In the Wind
09 Suspicious Minds
10 A Spy In the House of Love
11 New Gun In Town
12 Black and White
13 See No Evil (Television cover)
14 pH Factor
15 Big Brown Eyes
16 Heart of Gold (Neil Young cover)
 
The Palace in Hollywood, CA

The dB’s:
Will Rigby – drums & vocals 
Gene Holder – bass
Peter Holsapple – guitar & vocals
Rick Wagner - guitar
 

Friday, January 4

The Plimsouls - Malibu, CA 1984

Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA
Nov. 21, 1984

soundboard recording (quality VG++; minor imperfections attributable to the age of the source tape)
The Plimsouls' original lineup (back cover, Zero Hour EP)

REPERCUSSION: I know of no direct connection between The dB’s and The Plimsouls. But if you’re looking for an approximate West Coast equivalent to The dB’s, you don’t have to look much further than The Plimsouls — whose music and talent deserve the kind of superlatives I’ve lavished upon The deeBs.

BIG-TIME THANKS to "plimsouls" and TheCommish for sharing this one!
The Plimsouls’ 1984 tour was a reunion after band leader Peter Case left in 1983 to pursue a solo career. Case has said the 1984 tour was prompted mainly by the need to pay back taxes. As you’ll hear, though, The Plimsouls nonetheless played with their usual energy and gusto.

SAMPLE: "Hush Hush (Pepperdine 1984)"

01 Shaky City
02 Nickels and Dimes
03 I'll Get Lucky
04 I Shook His Hand
05 Great Big World
06 Glory
07 Now
08 Hush Hush
09 Lost Time
10 Oldest Story In the World
11 Magic Touch
12 Lie, Beg, Borrow and Steal
13 The Mood I'm In Tonight
14 Women
15 Zero Hour
16 Just Like That
17 A Million Miles Away
18 My Lonely Sad Eyes
19 You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover
20 Jumping From Love to Love 

TT: 79:20 
  
The Plimsouls (Robert Matheu photo)

Musicians:
Peter Case - vocals, guitar, harp
Eddie Munoz - guitar
Mike Bannister - drums (filling in for Lou Ramirez)
Dave Pahoa - bass, vocals
Gurf Morlix - pedal steel 

Learn more about The Plimsouls' music at AllMusic, WIkipedia, or Facebook