It’s difficult to figure whether or not people would still be talking about the Vaselines if not for the insanely vigilant fan boy antics of the late Kurt Cobain. Between his name checking them in various interviews and Nirvana covering something like three of their songs, it’s safe to say that even if the Vaselines were to be culturally relevant today, it would be in a completely different way. Cobain’s push for Sub Pop to release an anthology for the band over fifteen years ago resulted in a huge resurgence of the Vaselines music. And if you can even find a copy of that disc, collectors would be impressed. The Way of the Vaselines, though, is about to get a price bump with the impending release of Enter the Vaselines.
Tortoise is a group that resists easy metaphors and analogies, who can be described as sounding like only themselves and no one else.
Growing up, Nickelodeon seemed to be my only friend (awww…). But the cartoons as well as the Mark Mothersbaugh scored themes were ample company for me. As TV raised me, my analog friends came and went, but some stuck with me in memory. Of course Rugrats is still on and Pete and Pete was released on DVD not too long ago – although I dare you to find a copy. But I have no idea if Doug made it to the digital revolution. Him, Skeeter and Patty Mayonnaise (who may have been my first love), are missing in action as we speak.
Rose, who founded Pelt during the ‘90s, has gone on to ply the depths of pre-ware blues to great affect, even earning the opportunity to tour with Peter Walker a few years back. But whereas his newer works have been focused on acoustic playing, his label mates, both Chris Corsano and Mick Flowers, have worked in a more noisy dispensation. The former having cut his teeth along side Paul Flaherty, maintains much the same fervor that the sax player worked within.
Fortunately (or not) for Iggy, David Bowie had stayed by his side as the duo worked on their respective albums. For a time, it even seemed that Bowie had, to a certain extent, hijacked Iggy’s career and steered it to his liking. Of course, even if this was the case, it proved to raise Iggy’s level of fame and yielded a few post-Stooges classics.
Recently, the smart asses at Chunklet found it necessary to taut a band that went by the name Hackamore Brick. A few songs were posted over there that made clear that the quartet - Chick Newman, Robbie Biegel, Bob Roman, and Tommy Moonlight - were more than simply a ramshackle group of pseudo musicians. But that certainly doesn’t portend any sort of greatness.
As the Warped Tour continues to age, the crowds remain the same age. It’s kinda like that dude’s quote from Dazed and Confused minus the perversion. But regardless of that, even if you were an attendee of the festival during its formative years and have grown frustrated with the line ups of subsequent years, there are a number of old tyme bands slated to play this year. I can’t say that the following list of folks would make me want to shell out the ticket price, but it at least made me think twice about it.
Before independent labels copped business models and started acting like scumbags – not all of ‘em, but you know if you’ve screwed someone over – the early ‘80s laid waste to band’s dreams. Releasing a record, at that point, was tantamount to a bloody political coup. However, after a full length was released, its success was basically dependent upon the band doing enough leg work to get the nation abuzz about it. And again, Black Flag would easily be the best example of this. They encompassed all aspects of the indie music biz back in the ‘80s.
After redefining and expanding what punk can and should be able to do, Jones founded the well intentioned, but really rather awful Big Audio Dynamite (B.A.D.). In some ways that group worked with the same source material as the Clash, or even its contemporaries in John Lydon’s Public Image Limited. B.A.D. was adventurous the way that these other acts were – not as noisy, but it just didn’t turn out that well. Again, though, the commercial success that Jones garnered with that act could have sent him into retirement. It didn’t though.
He began producing records.