Zu Zu's Petals - Babblin' Mules/Shipwrecked (Susstones IMS 547, 1990) Zu Zu's Petals were 3 girls from Madison, WI. They started in the "riot-grrrl" era, but even in this (their first) single, I can see that they tried to be different. They managed to put out some 7s and two LPs, until 1994, when they disbanded. Their singer Laurie Lindeen wrote a book about those years (Petal Pusher) and is now married to Paul Westerberg. You can see a video of her here.
Tav Falco's Panther Burns - Surfside Date b/w Have Love Will Travel/Fun Mob(Sympathy For The Record Industry SFTRI 62, 1990)
Tav Falco needs no introduction. This single contains his versions on three classics - dig 'Have Love Will Travel' - although for me his version on 'How She Dances" is the absolute best he did on remakes.
Crawlspace - August/Africa (Sympathy for the Record Industry SFTRI 13)Earth shuttering single from the mighty Eddie Flowers and Co. This is the 70s noise travelling through the decades (of course Eddie has earned the right to this through all these years - over 30!). If there was any justice in life, Africa should belong to the classic rock songs of all times.This is from their site: Released July 1989. Recorded 1989. Edition of 700 copies. With Eddie Flowers, Mark McCormick (Ven. Bede), Keith Telligman (Doc), Billy Ray McCarter, Sarge Adam, and Bob Lee (Bobzilla). Produced by Todd Homer.
Pink Slip Daddy - Junkyard/Live Sex & Violence (Sympathy For The Record Industry SFTRI 144, 1990) This one is from 1991, but it could have been from anytime in the last 40 years. Ben Vaughn is Sal Mineo's Only Son on gitbox, Mick Cancer is the loudmouth, Palmyra Delran on tubs & vocals and Barb Dwyer on bottom and vocals. Classic twanged sounds with the appropriate titles: Junkyard and Sex & Violence (live at the Khyber Pass Pub, Phila., PA). Check them on myspace.
The Cattle - Cattle Call(3 track EP, Dionysus ID074508). Well, Al perry is a legend in Arizona's music scene, whether he likes to be called a legend or not. From punk to psychedelia and from country to rock'n'roll, with his band, the Cattle, solo or with Dan Stuart, he is always great! This 7" from SFTRI and 1989 contains what I consider the best song he ever wrote: On The Patio is a desert fried cow-punk-psyched-out track with the most amazing guitar solo, but don't take my word for it - hearing is believing! You can also listen to Cattle Call - complete with yodeling!
Loafin' Hyenas - Scatter/Move It (Sympathy For The Record Industry 008) Another cow-punk classic from the late 80s is this single from the Loafin' Hyenas, the band of mr. Tex Edwards. "Leadbelly did'nt have a Marshall Stack , but he' ll ALWAYS be harder that 80's Metal" - from their myspace site, where you also can read this: Putting together a strange , murky , though thoroughably enjoyable concoction of Blues , Garage , Rockabilly and even fiddle - fueled Traditional Country. (t.tex edwards - lead vocals, click mort - guitar, hermann senac - drums & percussions, bass guitarists - rob ritter, ron botelho, marco fox, dionne sparks - fiddle/vocals, followed by - tom blaylock - fiddle/mandolin)
New Left - All For You/Show Me Around/People Feel Pain (Kingpin No. 002) New Left were from NY, this single is from 1985 and it could have easily paired with the aussie bands of the mid-80s (Died Pretty for example). Three songs made with care and passion from these young boys, successful use of saxophone and good vocals. As far as I know this must be their 2nd single - self-produced and self-released, like their first.