Well, apparently he heals quickly and changes his mind even quicker. Yes, Kurac is still Kurac. He still is all man, all the time, and we with that shocking piece of news, we have delivered our first VS for 2014, entitled ‘No Way, Get F*cked, F*ck Off’ in honour of the Doc Neeson and the legacy he left us, most notably, how to appropriately answer the question ‘Am I Ever Gonna See your Face Again?’
We start with the wonderful Alan Hawkshaw at his dirty best matched with the sleazy sounds of San Francisco adult bookstores, recorded by the Golding Institute (well, that’s my life). Next we have the mysterious Miss X and her bawdy little jig called S-E-X. Apparently according to the internet (we let SCSI-b do all the tech stuff), Miss X is pseudonym of Count Don Jaime De Mora Y Aragon. Sounds like it to us. Next up is the straight out filthy weirdness of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Bite it, which was released in 1970 on the ‘Because Is In Your Mind’ LP and finally a mother delve in the garage rock nuggets with the Barbarians and their track, Moulty released on Laurie in 1966 Right ho, now it gets loud, grotty, snotty and pinky as we gob out three tracks, with the first being US hardcore band The Frantix from 1983 with their binge and purge of family issues. Apparently this single is worth over US$100. Not interesting, but I needed a fact to keep the whole thing balanced. I am like that. The second single is by Melbourne band Grong Grong and their cover of the Mortein Fly Spray commercial jingle, Louie the Fly. Aussies can sing it, anyone else will just think we are weird. Released on the Aberrant label in 1986, this little ditty scored an international release on Jello Biafra’s label Alternative Tentacles, more on him later. Finally we notch the punk up to 1979 and Melbourne’s The Chosen Few and their tribute to Radio Birdman leader Deniz Tek.
Now, this is the part of the show where all the filth and fury vanishes. SCSI-b is in charge of the decks now. Well, I say that all the perversion vanishes but I couldn’t really tell because we are going Espanol with this bracket. First up Mexican songstress Mariel Mariel and her cover of a Juan Cirerol song. Next we have French-Chilean artist Ana Tijoux with her track Volver, which roughly translates as ’Name of Almodovar film’ or the verb ‘return’ and finally, we El Anillo Del Capital Beto by Argentinian star Fabiana Cantilo, who recorded this track in 2012 and went big guns in Argentina. Not so big in the Malvinas.
Enough kulcha for now. Teen Love by hardcore noise band No Trend was released in 1985 on the Touch and Go label. Does God fill Teeth is a spoken word piece which morphs into a Ministry style metal track featuring Jell Biafra on vocals (and yes, the Ministry reference was kind of ‘oh der’ because Al Jorgenson from Ministry is part of LARD). Two more from Kurac now and we Kitchen and the Plastic Sppons and their eighties track ‘Happy Funeral’. Would you believe they are a Swedish post punk and this track came from 1980 and was on a,limited release of only 300 which I bet Kurac has in his ‘B-Collection’. Next up is Comix who were a French new wave band from 1981.
Let’s take it home because ole Ringfinger here is getting tired, getting annoyed that they wouldn’t let him put any of his prime cuts on the barbie this week and getting worried that the beer is down ‘Premium Quality’ label on his imported Heineken. Swish, eh? Money is of course a Pink Floyd song, from the “Dark Side of the Moon’ record. All things easy there, so far. But Galactic Symposium are not, as far as I know, Pink Floyd, there were in fact a favourite of John Peel and there is a far funnier description of them here http://peel.wikia.com/wiki/Galactic_Symposium. Next up is Sampson. Oh we have waited so long to bring you this. This comes from the very dark ages of internet music distribution, from the wonderfully eclectic MP3.com. Back in the days when you would queue up 10 songs to download overnight. MP3.com was a free site of thousands of home made tracks, think Soundcloud without all the wanker DJs. Sampson put out three tracks. This is the best and it is a tribute to why America is and always will be great. Please, enjoy this song.
Finally we pay tribute to legends of Australian music, Jim Keays from Masters Apprentices and Doc Neeson from the Angels who passed away last week. Our musical tradition is poorer without but so much richer because of them. MA were one of the early Aussie psych bands and this song never fails to get moving and the Angels were a good rocking outfit and this song is certainly one of the unofficial anthems of the country, especially the refrain from the audience, which secretly EVERY AUSSIE KNOWS. Until 2017, VS out.
Sounds of the San Francisco Adult Bookstores b/w Beat me until I am blue – Alan Hawkshaw
S-E-X – Miss X
Bite it – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
Moulty – The Barbarians
My dads a fucking alcoholic – The Frantix
Louie the Fly – Grong Grong
Disco Tek Wreck (dedicated to Deniz) – The Chosen Few
Toque y Rol – Mariel Mariel
Volver – Ana Tijoux
El Anillo Del Capital Beto – Fabiana Cantilo
Teen Love – No Trend
Can God fill teeth – LARD
Happy Funeral – Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons
Walkman Video – Comix
Money – Galactic Symposium
America is my home – Sampson
Turn up your radio – Masters Apprentices
Am I ever gonna see your face again (Live 1988) – The Angels