Tuesday, February 28, 2012

The Stick Figures (1981)

Surely music this good should be better known. The Stick Figures were from Tampa, Florida. This arty post punk EP has a few different textures, so I'll try to explain a bit. N-Light reminds me of an early odd Minutemen song. Ellis Otivator Dub is more like Dub for epileptics. Crayola Bowling is close to Pylon, V; or Egoslavia. September has the sort of Velvet Underground influence that many of the 90's "indie" bands displayed. 

Two of  The Stick Figures, Bill Carey and Dave Bowman also played in N.E.M.B. Get that here.

Link removed, they're on Bandcamp now https://the-stick-figures.bandcamp.com/

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Bpeople - You at Eight / Weather to Worry / M.P.C.D. (1981)

This is an absolute classic art punk wave 7" Bpeople bring the best of all worlds together here. Arty weirdness with punk energy and new wave sensibilities. From the angular, off the wall riffs on Weather to Worry. To the manic dirge of You at Eight. The band switch instruments and come up with the almost no wave M.P.C.D.


The Tunes - She's My Girl / Something Strange (1980)

A follow up to The Tunes E.P. I put up here. The a-side finds them trying to write a hit song (or so it seems). The b-side sounds closer to the E.P. They still have the same catchy synth/organ fronted wave sound here, but I think the E.P. has better songs. As far as I know the singer and songwriter Colin Thorpe hasn't put out anything else. Which is a bummer, as I want more of The Tunes tunes.


Friday, February 17, 2012

Unknown Gender - Exposé (1982)

Outstanding post punk from NYC. This was also released as Girls Have Rhythm later. Which is more of a clue in. It's something like Lizzy Mercier Descloux meets Au Pairs or Gang of Four.
They've got it working on all cylinders. Bass work reminiscent of Dave Allen, creative drumming, unique guitar lines, treated sax sounds, and great vocals. I put up an early live tape and single here.