Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery
"...Although this under-recognized punk rock quintet had already called it a day when they recorded this 24-song vinyl slab, compelling testimony to the glory days of sweaty bodies and flying beer at the Blue Flamingo abounds in its K-Tel-sized grooves. All of the usual suspects (Stooges, Ramones, Black Flag, etc.) are handily referenced, but the Reclusives had a driving, surf-bop dynamic that works as a secret weapon on songs like "I Can't Hear You" and "Hogs of the Road." Kan Manivong and Dean Von Folmar's dueling guitars helped distinguish the band from the umpteen other one-axe punk acts of the day, while vocalist Tim Storm scored points for his rather convincing Mick Jagger turn on the band's excellent cover of the Stones' "I'd Rather Be With the Boys." It's not quite like being there, but we'll take it...."
"...No matter what he would say, we would just do it. We felt like since he was one of the Ramones, whatever he said must be right...."
"...Besides a one-off gig for a high school talent show -- which his band won with three Van Halen tunes -- Bernard's first real band was a group of friends who performed mostly Red Hot Chili Peppers covers with some Kinks and Ramones thrown in at a Shreveport bar called The Killer Poodle, which was owned by the brother of a friend. The club was the only place in the city that was hosting live music at the time, especially the kind that interested a growing alternative rock audience..."
"...From there, the titles ride the Les Pauls, "Self Destructo Bust," "Get It On," and "Don't Say Motherfucker, Motherfucker" romping with cartoonish metal glee, until something's not quite right. "Rock Against Ass," "Rendezvous With Anus." Whoa! These are men's men, and that's no sock in those leather chaps! Take "Prince of the Rodeo": "Rhinestones, homo rock & roll, buns of steel -- Geronimo"! After cruising for da Ramones in "Back to Dungaree High," Turbonegro finally come out and ask all good men, "Are You Ready (For Some Darkness)." With the bulge these Apocalypse Dudes will leave you with, the answer is yes..."
"...But all in all, it's still very flattering when somebody does your song. I liked the Ramones doing that "I Don't Want to Grow Up." I liked Jeffrey Lee Pierce doing "Pasties and a G-String" and -- there's a couple..."
"...THE QUEERS: Conceived in the punk rock mecca of New Hampshire, the Queers have been delivering the goods since 1982. The Joe Queer-led quartet revels in Ramones-style disposable pop hooks revved up by punk attitude and volume, and are guaranteed to pull yucks from the fart-joke crowd..."
"...They have studied with the Hi-Fives and Groovie Ghoulies, though. To earn their Lookout! diploma, they'll be instructing you in the finer points of L7, the Runaways, and Ramones..."
"...Too bad. Those guys sure knew how to jazz up the Ramones......"
"...2: Seasonal Employment Project for the Bandless. Joining Lukather on this collection of electrified Christmas classics are Journey stringer Neal Schon with an ultra-slick blues version of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"; Billy Idol sideman Steve Stevens holding out for almost two minutes and 45 seconds before shredding "Do You Hear What I Hear"; Whitesnake/Thin Lizzy alumnus John Sykes outdoing Stevens by waiting only a minute and a half before turning "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" into a bitchin' metal guitargasm; and somewhere inside onetime Yes-man Trevor Rabin's creation is supposed to be "O Come All Ye Faithful." Is it a surprise, then, that the best performance on the album, a guitar album, comes from a bass player, that being Stu Hamm with a light and bouncy take on "Sleigh Ride"? If not for Robin Trower and Al DiMeola putting in appropriate and restrained performances of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Carol of the Bells" respectively (as well as Ted Nugent's immature but damned good Ramones impersonation), Hamm's upstaging would an embarrassment for the six stringers...."
"...Enter the Long Ryders. With chiming Rickenbacker 12-strings, pedal steel, Chuck Berry chops, and down-to-earth songwriting, they found themselves in a netherworld that wasn't quite Paisley Underground, cowpunk, Sixties garage rock, or Ramones-style punk..."
"...Hearing the Standells' "Dirty Water," the Remains' "Don't Look Back," and the Magic Mushrooms' "It's-A-Happening" in one sitting lends stunning cohesion to this musical era which spawned an obsessive cult dedicated to unearthing all the lost garage punk gems of the Sixties. In the face of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, the obvious response for others in Nuggets' tiny coterie was to start bands like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols..."
"...In addition to the "outlaw country" acts that called the hall home -- Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Steven Fromholz, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jerry Jeff Walker and such -- the Armadillo welcomed touring acts ranging from Count Basie to Bette Midler, Ravi Shankar to the Ramones. Freddie King, Commander Cody, and Frank Zappa all recorded live albums at the Armadillo, while Gary P..."
"...I'd have to call this an impressive show, even for someone who's only familiar with about four or five of Yes' songs. Of course, as far as getting your money's worth, four or five songs by Yes adds up to about three Ramones concerts..."
"...Horton Heat. Former Ramones accomplice Daniel Rey serves the Speedealer well with a clean-cutting chainsaw production aesthetic..."
"...BEDWETTER: Although garage bands trying to find the middle ground between the Ramones and Cheap Trick are a dime a dozen, few come as consistently close as Bedwetter, a San Antonio trio that recently relocated to Dallas. Their recent Wet Sounds release is a real lo-fi pisser - full of MC5 hooks, Jawbreaker melodies, and El Flaco boogie..."
"...(Steamboat, 1am) - Andy Langer GAUNT: The only reason the Seventies were any good is because of bands like Ohio's Gaunt. Good old FM rock & roll, arena-style, lives in the two-chord Ramones tempo of this fast-faster-fastest quartet, but if someone replaced the broken tempo nob, and slowed it down to normal speed, you'd find the glorious riff rock of beer-littered Camaro nights gone by..."
"...Like San Antonio's Drop Outs and the Sons of Hercules, Dallas' Mullens are a Texas two-chord punk band with just enough melody to balance all that velocity. Neither as rabid as the former band, nor as Sixties garage rock as the latter, the Mullens cruise comfortably at a respectable Ramones roll and plow it home with aplomb - 14 tunes in a raucous 32 minutes..."
"...Remaining on the charts the entirety of 1978 while selling millions and millions of copies worldwide, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack ushered in a new musical era distinctly at odds with what was going on in jolly ol' England. Audience-wise, the chasm between these two exploding subcultures wasn't so deep that good old American Yank punks like the Ramones, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, and Patti Smith couldn't co-exist with the Studio 54 disco crowd, and a third exploding pop culture movement, cocaine...."
"...It's a movement borne out of popular music's continual cycle; when things get too fat and bloated, along comes something new (in most cases something old) to tear it down. Working with a man who rode herd on just such a movement when he signed the Ramones to Sire 20 years ago -- Stein -- Villanueva and Hofeldt are ready to take their music to a country that's hungry for it..."
"...Amberjack Rice, for example, has fashioned his full-length debut into anything but an acoustic solo piece. From the opener, "I'm Crazy', which sounds like the Ramones if they'd come of age in the Thirties, Bicycle Vigilante is a flat-out barnburner all the way through; it may also be the all-time record-breaker as far as the number of musician bartenders to appear together on one album..."
"...Still, Dolenz proved himself an accomplished drummer, and Tork threw a nice slide guitar solo into his take on Little Richard's "Lucille," but mostly this gig was about showmanship and working an audience. Not that I'll be tossing out my Ramones, Sons of Hercules, Pixies, and Replacements albums anytime soon, but I left feeling sad that these guys were pretty much the last successful extension of pre-rock pop, matching great songwriters who might never be heard with performers who know how to do more than grumble into a microphone..."
"...Sumner does make a couple of appearances here, the notable one being with Ziggy Marley on "One World (Not Three)." Shinehead's slick, scratchy take on one of Sting's better Cole Porter-isms, "Englishman in New York" (done here as "Jamaican in New York") even manages to remind you why they play Sting in elevators -- the man can write a song. Still, is it just me or does the Ramones play Green Day sound like a bad idea? 2 Stars -- Raoul Hernandez..."
"...Before long, the Skunks were not only touring as headliners, they were also opening for acts like the Clash, Ramones, and John Cale. A few singles and a self-titled album followed, but even back then -- and almost despite their success -- Graham says he began feeling stifled...."
"...More pleasing is the band's current Happy Birthday To Me album, which will surprise no one who wasn't already tapped into the band's trademark blend of Ramones/Zeros melodipunk aggression and British Invasion pop smarts. No new ground is really broken, but the Muffs have refined what the Muffs do to a fine art, and Happy Birthday....."
"...On the campiest end of the scene, a band like the Recliners, who works up Murph and the Magic Tones-esque arrangements for songs such as AC/DC's "Back in Black" and the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated," has a very firm grasp on what it's actually doing. Recliners' guitarist Eric Calistri quips, "People always ask, `Oh, do you guys play any jazz?' And I always say, `Never on purpose.'" In fact Calistri, who describes himself as "basically out of touch with reality at all times," claims that he's only heard of more prominent national acts like the Squirrel Nut Zippers and Combustible Edison through the fans that come to his band's gigs...."
"...Check your rock & roll manual, and about four graphs down on page one you'll find the word "taut: having no slack; tightly drawn." Pretty important stuff. Without it, the Ramones are merely another pair of sneakers and torn jeans while the Clash are just a bad accent..."
"...Joining in the fun with Lolita No. 18 was Austinite Sheri Lane (the Horsies), who delivered sizzling organ accompaniment on "Shakin' All Over." The band also won kudos with impressive Japanese versions of "Hang On Sloopy," "Summertime Blues" (as performed by the Who), and the Ramones' nugget "Wart Hog." This is all well and good, but what really takes Lolita No..."
"...ELYSIAN FIELDS: Gary Kurfist, Radioactive godhead, is no dummy. He knows a good thing when he hears one (Ramones, Live, etc.), and Jennifer Charles is so good she's scary..."
"...And a Whole Lotta You has 16 songs (including a cover of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love") and the band runs through 'em all in just a shade over 28 minutes, breaking the 2-minute barrier exactly twice. It looks leisurely next to the Ramones' 10 songs in 10 minutes, but the whole album ends as soon as it happens..."
"...AT EMO'S & EMO'S JR. TENGOKU JACK (Yokohama, Japan): "Ah-so, Let's go! Ah-so, Let's go!" Okay, it's not entirely the Tengoku Jack Bop. The band has a bit of hardcore attitude, punk speed, glam metal pomp, and art-rock circumstance, but that first riff is all Ramones..."
"...Gabba Gabba Ho! The cream of Austin's Gabba Gabba scene (Wannabes, Sixteen Deluxe, Tallboy, Hormones, Handful, El Kabong, Spot, and Miss Xanna Don't) all pogoed what was left of their brains out this past December for a good cause. This Ramones Hoot Night benefited the Blue Santa Project, punk..."
"...Just why Chicago melodicore vets Screeching Weasel's back-from-the-dead platter is such a good one is a puzzler. Perhaps it's the in-depth study three of these guys put into Ramones LPs one through four as members of the Riverdales..."
"...Neither chief Queer Joe King nor his scratchy vocal chords and iron rhythm guitar hand can figure out why the entire world's just now waking up to his tripartite obsessions with Brian Wilson, Sixties pop, and the Ramones. Maybe it's because Don't Back Down, this longtime Boston band's best since its first, is also the first to emphasize those qualities over the tuneful thrash that had become their trademark..."
"...The Hole in the Wall reports that the Ramones Hoot Night exceeded even the expectations set by the previous Devo hoot. A grand total of $842 was raised for charity at the event, which included a recorded announcement from Joey Ramone himself......"
"...On record at least, the Misfits collaborated with muscle and efficiency, providing an economical blitz of tight, viciously downstroked fuzz guitar, pressure-drop rhythm section work, and hoarse, goon-squad choruses. They may've been that meeting of Kiss, the Ramones, New York Dolls, and Manner Films you never realized you'd been eagerly awaiting..."
"...Gabba Gabba Ho! Johnny Wannabes, Dee Dee (16) Deluxe, Tommy Tallboys, Joey Hormones, CJ Handful, Marky Kabong, Spot Ramone, and Miss Xanna Ramone all hop up and down in place for a good cause, Sat, Dec 7, 9:30pm at the Hole in the Wall. Proceeds from this Ramones Hoot Night benefit the Blue Santa Project. Cough up the $5, punk..."
"..."Roxanne" lends itself especially well to The Recliners' laid-back arrangements (y'know, there's really no reason for Frank not to do this number), and the melody of Radiohead's "Creep" similarly translates well to the genre (ditto here for Tony Bennett). The problem this band has is that they don't seem able to learn the lyrics of the songs they cover! I mean, "Twenty-twenty-twenty-four hours ago, I wanna be sedated"? How difficult can it be to learn Ramones lyrics? Still, the band's delivery and sound is solid, as is the all-important crooning, and even their originals aren't half-bad..."
"..."Do you remember Murray the K, Alan Freed, and high energy?...Do you remember rock & roll radio?" -- Ramones, 1980..."
"...Think epic-length tunes like "In Gadda Da Vida," the Allman Brothers' "Mountain Jam" -- almost anything by the Grateful Dead. Thirty minutes used to be half a Ramones' show..."
"...Maybe Slop would serve such casual listeners better, with at least 75 percent of the definitional slop excised, probably due to inherent needs of presenting music on record. Producer Seth Tiven gets focused and powerful performances from Pork without sacrificing their rough-hewn charm, and what embellishment is there (the occasional shot of horns and whatnot, from guests like Bill Jefferey and Walter Daniels) is unobtrusive. All in all, a good, solid, raw pop record from three ladies who understand there's not but a hair's difference between bands like the Ramones, Beach Boys, and Jesus & Mary Chain. HHH 1/2 -- Tim Stegall..."
"...Today's pop-minded revisionists would have you believe that Cheap Trick is the seminal under-recognized post-punk influence of the Seventies. Not an entirely unfair claim, but before you clear a space at the table next to the Ramones, let's separate the band's output from the nostalgia of roller skating to "I Want You to Want Me" or calling the Top-40 station to dedicate "She's Tight" to stuck-up junior high school girls..."
"...The band's impact, after debuting Marsh-less at a Halloween backyard party, was fairly immediate. The usual growing pains inherent from starting a punk band from scratch were apparent, but it was evident they were on to something. For all the cheap amp clang and Johnny Motard's throat-shredding vocal gymnastics, underneath it all lurked a collective songwriting genius best summed up by Marsh, who prefers writing "songs that are as catchy as any Ramones or Rezillos songs, and try to make `em short and sweet and something that people wanna listen to." There was also a rather off-center lyrical slant: how many punks do you know who'd pen paeans to Johnny Tremaine? (Although, to be fair, "Johnny Tremaine" actually honors not the classic children's literary hero, but Steve McDonald's sleazebag manager character in the trash cinema gem Desperate Teenage Lovedolls.) Then there's the, uh, human explosion known as Johnny Motard...."
"...NoMeansNo sound like the kids in the audience who actually enjoyed the poorly received pairing of Blue Öyster Cult and the Ramones in 1976 Long Island. They're obviously punk rockers, but the influence of art rock hangs over them like a methadone habit. So even though they attack the music with the feral core of punk, they also tend to elevate their songs to proportions worthy of Charlton Heston..."
"...The compound had suffered extensive flood damage earlier in the year, and between the two incidents, the Ministry gang packed up and moved back to Chicago. Pearl Jam finally made up their Austin date, though many preferred their opening act, some band called The Ramones...."
"...The Iggy item's an odd one, essentially a gospel piano romp padded with tracks from Kill City and coupled with a photo of a dead donkey sent as an audio Christmas card from Bomp! Records in the late Seventies: not an actual Christmas record, per se, but close enough. The Rhino package ties up many punk chestnuts-roasting-over-an-open-fire (The Damned's "There Ain't No Sanity Clause," The Dickies' "Silent Night," The Ramones' "Merry Christmas (I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)") with stuff which should become chestnuts, like the Humpers' V-8 cover of Chuck Berry's "Run, Rudolph, Run" and El Vez's "Feliz Navidad," which sounds oddly similar to the first weird Public Image, Ltd. single..."
"...It's criminal how small asegment of this planet knows of these 12-year punk & roll veterans and their volatile update/refinement on American protopunk. Sure, you can call out that holy sextet of the Stooges/Dolls/MC5/Ramones/Dictators/Rolling Stones just as surely as you can with Sons of Hercules and loads of other cool bands, but the ferocious authority with which these Angelenos (by way of Vincennes, Indiana) manhandle those seminal influences is all their own..."
"...And for a punk rock band, Fear hardly fit either the two-barchords-and-a-leather-jacket, sub-Ramones idea of punk, or the inept Bad Brains impersonations of the hardcore bands that followed in their wake. Ludicrous time-signatures were set to breakneck tempos. Lead guitarist Philo Cramer made vomitory noises over Ving's viciously jacked rhythm guitar, suggesting a familiarity with Captain Beefheart made plausible by Cramer's off-the-record tales of hanging out with the Magic Band as a pre-adolescent in the Trout Mask Replica days..."
"...Of course, if the band's brand of molten R&B -- Screamin' Jay Hawkins meets the Cramps -- doesn't do it, then the wax thing just might be show enough. And what a show it is. KARP, APE HANGERS Emo's, Tuesday 21 Don't expect to stand still and nod your head for L.A.'s Ape Hangers, whose CD, Ultrasounds, has two speeds; fast and didja-git-the-license-number? Do expect to be totally charmed by some of the brightest guitar pop this side of the Ramones..."
"...They've honed a tough, well-crafted brand of powerful punk-pop, much in evidence on their new Rise Records CD Duh!. But even though calling a band "pop" can be the kiss of death, especially in Austin, Miss Universe is pop like Blondie or the Ramones: pop with a bite and without being retro...."
"...Doris Miller Auditorium, Sunday 17 The shows are coming fast and furious as students settle back into a new semester and the night life. In one Austin weekend, you've got Pearl Jam, The Ramones, R.E.M., Peter Case, Ronnie Dawson, Storyville, Medicine, Los Pinkys, Toni Price and Sue Foley, Seaweed, El Vez, The Derailers, Wayne Hancock, etc....."