I Have Never Heard These Bands That Start With The Letter S

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any good?

scott seward (scott seward), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 10:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Splogenessabounds - 2 pints of lager and a packet of crisps please

its on most punk compilations ... um .. its not that good

re (rde), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 10:40 (fifteen years ago) link

Scars were all right. Check out their "Author Author" LP.

zebedee (zebedee), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 10:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Norman Salant

"New wave" saxophonist. I have heard something that sort of reminds me vaguely of Bowie's "Art Decade."

RS, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 10:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Sandii & The Sunsetz - Japanese new wave, David Sylvian is on 3rd? album

Scars - Scottish post-punk. Banshees-esque guitar sound. "Adult/ery" is their classic.

The Secret - 'whacky' ie: 'crap' (power?)pop

The Senders - blues-y NY band. French singer.

Shake - Ex-Rezillos powerpop?

Sheena & The Rokkets - Japanese rock band. Big in Japan?

Shox Lumania - amazing NYC art/synth performance art band. You can find their videos on Man Parrish's website (I think).

Slow Children - New Wave w/female singer. 1st album is recommended

T.V. Smith's Explorers - Sounds like late period Adverts w/1981-style synth

Starjets - Irish punk/pop/powerpop

Stinky Toys - 2nd LP is recommended. Existential French post-punk

Swinging Madisons - Kristian Hoffman's post-Mumps band. Featured Joe Katz from the amazing Student Teachers. (Ask Arthur!)

mnm, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:00 (fifteen years ago) link

Swollen Monkeys - I have not actually heard, but it's a Ralph Carney (of Tin Huey, etc.) band.

dave225 (Dave225), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:02 (fifteen years ago) link

systematics = early 80s aussie post-punk on the m squared label. the little i've heard has been a decent example of the genre i suppose

shine headlights on me (electricsound), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:04 (fifteen years ago) link

Armand Schaubroeck Steals I have the live double album. Imagine a mad bloke like that hippie from "The Producers" made real. Check JulianCope's website for a longish article. http://www.headheritage.com

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:08 (fifteen years ago) link

SL&G - Richly atmospheric paisley post-punk pop band who sound like a cross between the Smiths, the Chameleons, the Cure and Rain Parade. one of my favorites. rarely put a foot wrong; reunion mLP is as strong as their classic opening salvo, Epic Garden Music and Feeding the Flame. shared members with The Snake Corps.

echoinggrove (echoinggrove), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:08 (fifteen years ago) link

i remember the sic fuks were one of john belushi's fave bands. and i used to giggle when i saw their name in the village voice when i was a kid. but i guess they were just goofy/dumb fakepunk kinda. right?

scott seward (scott seward), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:12 (fifteen years ago) link

The Sic Fucks appeared in 1982's Alone in the Dark, playing "Chop Up Your Mother" during a memorably nihilistic coda set in a punk club. one IMDB noted "These guys are an absurd cross between Gwar and Shonen Knife and were far scarier than the violent criminals who have escaped from the institution [in the film]."

echoinggrove (echoinggrove), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:20 (fifteen years ago) link

"Scars - Scottish post-punk. Banshees-esque guitar sound. "Adult/ery" is their classic."

AHHHH! OOPS! I have them on the great & wonderful mutant pop comp with GO4 & Mekons. I love adult/ery. i knew it looked familiar when i typed it.

scott seward (scott seward), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Secret Affair - Pop/Mod combo, horn section, "Time for action" and that's it.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Didn't the Sic Fux revolve around two women, Tish & Snooky, who famously owned the Manic Panic clothing shop on St Marks Place?

Walter Steding was a violin player/performance artist who also worked as an art assistant to Andy Warhol in the late 70s and released at least one single on Andy's Earhole Records.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:36 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw a bootleg video featuring Sic Fux doing a song called, I think "I am a Frog". Afwul! Tish & Snooky had a cheerleader thing goin on.

Chris Stein was a friend of Walter Steding, right? He produced his album(s). Have'nt heard them, tho.

mnm, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 11:47 (fifteen years ago) link

Secret Service - I suspect that there may be more than one but...
swaggering power pop with often bawdy lyrics. The singer/ rhythm guitarist is a Detroit expat with a penchant for aviators and white jumpsuits. Sounds balls on paper, but they're really pretty good.

About 12 years ago, Skeleton Crew had a schmaltzy regional hit -"U.V.A. (Unrequired(?) Visual Affection)" - which has haunted open mic nights in Starkville ever since. And again, there may be more than one.

Will(iam), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 12:10 (fifteen years ago) link

Scars - they had a gold flexi-disc on the front cover of i-D magazine, which was a live rendition of "Your Attention Please", lyrics taken from the Peter Porter nuclear-nightmare poem of the same name. File next to Josef K and the Fire Engines in your "Sound Of Young Scotland: April 1981" section.

Secret Affair - two great "mod revival" singles: "Time For Action" and "My World". Formed from the ashes of the power-pop band New Hearts. Singer ended up working for the Daily Telegraph.

Shake - formed by Jo Callis, post-Rezillos and pre-Human League. Don't think they did anything particularly distinguished.

T.V. Smith's Explorers - didn't they do "Tomahawk Cruise"? That was good... and post-Adverts, T.V. was still doing a good live show in 1980.

Spherical Objects - bit like Swell Maps, weren't they?

Splogenessabounds - Hell no. Garry Bushell dubbed that sort of thing "punk pathetique", along with Peter & The Test Tube Babies and the Not Sensibles (whose "I'm In Love With Margaret Thatcher" had a certain charm).

Squire - more mod revivalism.

Stadium Dogs - contained XTC's original keyboard player, pre Barry Andrews. I've got a single of theirs called "Easybeat", which cost me all of 10p. Quite good. Sort of melodic new wave/power-pop, agreeably unhip.

Stinky Toys - the only band from the line-up of the legendary two-day 100 Club punk festival in 1976 who never went on to achieve any further measure of recognition (in the UK at least).

Suburban Studs - original 76 punks who did one good single: "Questions". It had a sax on it, which was awfully daring for the times. The follow-up was called "I Hate School" and was awful.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 12:27 (fifteen years ago) link

Stadium Dogs, weren't they Pete DeFreitas' "Sex Gods" renamed by a nice record company, or was that "Balcony Dogs"?

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 12:30 (fifteen years ago) link

It was "Balcony Dogs". Beg pardon, as you were.

Yeah, Johnathan Perkins of "I'll bet my silver spurs she's wrong" fame.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 12:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Safety Last = Very good Minneapolis rockabilly band. One album includes future Jayhawk Gary Louris.

Sussman Lawrence = another Mpls band, led by a very young Peter Himmelman. Debut extremely derivative of Elvis Costello, but the double album followup was more eclectic and interesting. Still, meh.

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 13:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Sideway Look - Pretty awful Scottish lot, who mined sort of bad U2/Simple Minds territory but with some unexpected and frankly unpleasant accordian on some tracks. Horrible.

Silent Running - Irish U2 wannabees, bit like their compatriots Zerra One, but heavier on the synths though. Avoid!

Secret Affair - dodgy mods, couple of alright-ish singles, but mostly pretty weak. I think I had their second album, but I dont think I ever found one decent song on it.

Armand Schaubroeck had an album called RATFUCKER. Dunno what he sounds like though.

NickB (NickB), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 13:53 (fifteen years ago) link

Scruffs - US power pop band from '77. I've got their revola reissue CD and it's pretty good. A punkier Raspberries.

Silent Running, Tears for Fearsish synthpop from Northern Ireland.

Richard Strange (solo), once in a much hyped band during punk (whose name escapes me). Went solo and founded a club called Cabaret Futura, typically Bowiesque vocals, possible influence on Cud. Had greater success as a character actor,he's the executioner in Robin Hood:Prince of Thieves.

Starjets, another rock and roll revival act.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 13:56 (fifteen years ago) link

Richard Strange

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:12 (fifteen years ago) link

Richard Strange out of the Doctors of Madness (without using symbols that delete the rest of what I said before)

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:13 (fifteen years ago) link

Awwwwww! Where are The Smirks?!?

Stewart Osborne (Stewart Osborne), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:19 (fifteen years ago) link

Doctors of Madness, that's them. Glammy, punky, slightly threatening, then The Pistols came along and everyone lost interest in them.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:23 (fifteen years ago) link

Sorrows - do you mean *The* Sorrows. Of 'Take a Heart' (much compiled Freakbeat single) fame? If so, they invented Adam and The Ants 15 years before Adam invented himself. They included Don Fardon of 'Indian Reservation' and 'Belfast Boy' fame.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Armand Schaubroeck Steals - Wasn't he some bizarre loner who started putting out his own new wave like albums in 1974 or something, on his own label? Never heard him, but I think Byron Coley was a big fan.

Scruffs - Not-awful powerpoppers who put out an indie album in 1977 or so that I believe Xgau liked. It was reissued on CD a couple years ago, and it was nice, though not nearly the holy grail that silly powerpop collectors pretend. They were kinda average, seems to me. Probably not even as good as Blue Ash, though I'm not the one to ask.

The Secret -- Had a totally hyper high-pitched Sparksabilly track on A&M's *No Wave* comp that I kinda loved at the time, though in some ways it seemed totally inept and phony. Maybe I liked it *because* it seemed inept and phony. Not to mention hyper and high-pitched, I guess. I never took the time to investigate who the hell they were.

Secret Affair - Mod-clothed Jam wannabes, I think. Never heard 'em.

Shox Lumania - Very silly, insanely outer-space-alien-haired proto-proto-electroclashers from New York; what Fischerspooner only wish they could be. No Zoltan X, though. I still own their ROIR cassete.

Sic Fucks - "Offensive" surf-punks from LA, maybe? Or maybe not.

Single Bullet Theory - Probably from Boston, or maybe I just think that because their name has to do with Kennedy getting shot.

Skeleton Crew -- Something to do with Fred Frith or somebody like that? Aging proggers making a new wave move; doubt I ever heard 'em.

Slow Children - Husband/wife duo doing better-than-Soft-Boys (maybe because slightly verging on, I dunno, Robin Lane and the Charbusters? Quarterflash, even?) new wave pysch pop stuff. I found their album for a dollar last year, played it a couple times. Liked it alright.

T.V. Smith's Explorers - The Adverts guy goes solo, and judging from the album I have at home, does it well. I really kinda love his voice.

Splogenessabounds - Weren't they a joke band included on some oi! compilation? Not as funny as Peter and Test Tube Babies, either way.

Starjets - George Smith hates this band. I kinda liked "War Stories" and, um, I think they did a song about school too, at the time (University of Missouri's radio station KCOU used to play them), for some reason. Totally half-assed post-Buzzcocks/Undertones/Stiff Little Fingers Belfast teen pop-punks, w/ a black and white LP cover.

Walter Steding - An older guy, played guitar. I probably have him on some other people's records at home, but damned if I know which ones.

SVT - Wasn't this some old Jefferson Starship hacks making a new wave attempt that, well, wasn't actually a new wave attempt at all, really?

Swinging Madisons - Rockabilly, I think. Pretty bad, probably.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:33 (fifteen years ago) link

Sunset Bombers -- L.A. hard rock band that sort of got passed off as having a new wave slant. One album. Very average. Later were connected with Karen Lawrence and 1994.

SVT -- SF hard rock/metal band with members from Hot Tuna, tried to pass off as new wave/punk influenced. They weren't but the records were pretty good and I wish I still had them.

Starjets -- UK new wavey/pub band. Poor man's Jam. I had one record which has recently been reissued.

George Smith, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:35 (fifteen years ago) link

i started a doctors of madness thread, but then basement jaxx or somebody came along and people forgot all about it:

Doctors Of Madness - Figments Of Emancipation

scott seward (scott seward), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Ok, I was apparently wrong about the Sic Fucks' city of origin, Walter Steding's instrument of choice, the Skeleton Crew's and Swinging Madisons' something-or-other....But I swear to God, the Scruffs were NOT punkier than the Raspberries. Not unless by "punkier" people just mean "shorter songs." The Raspberries defintely rocked a lot harder, for whatever that's worth. And had sweeter melodies too. But like I said, Scruffs are still not bad.

xhuck, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:39 (fifteen years ago) link

I mean, I kinda get the idea that, before 1978 or so, critics (maybe rightly? I dunno) totally cut artists slack just for putting out records on their own, since it was relatively rare at the time. This probably made people think that the Scruffs and Armand Schaubroeck Steals were better than they actually were. I could be wrong, though.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:41 (fifteen years ago) link

"They included Don Fardon of 'Indian Reservation' and 'Belfast Boy' fame."

And "Belfast Boy" invented acid-house 15 years before acid-house invented itself (okay, maybe not, but that synth intro roolz and was way ahead of its time.I love Don Fardon.)

scott seward (scott seward), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 14:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Scientific Americans -- kind of smarty pants new wave and quirky stuff. I used to always lump then in with the Shirts, who were much better. One album, opening cut on it was decent, the rest inexplicably horrible.

George Smith, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 15:01 (fifteen years ago) link

The SecretS - absolutely amazing track She's Dangerous on the compilation Justafixation - nifty garage, fire alarms, crazy stalking woman oooh she's dangerous, biff baff boff on the drums yeah...

emil.y (emil.y), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 15:18 (fifteen years ago) link

swollen monkeys -- ralph carney led horn group with mars williams and mark kramer -- on the goofy side, of course, but fun though hardly groundbreaking. they had one album and one ep on cachalot. if i remember correctly, i think some of their stuff was produced by hal willner. so, in short, your basic pop-circus-jazzy Carney stuff -- I like it, but then I like Ralph Carney, who is understandably not to everyone's taste.

jack cole (jackcole), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 15:44 (fifteen years ago) link

Steding was somehow associated with the no wave scene. I have the single where he plays "Hound Dog." (I think Robert Fripp plays on it!) Stigliano swears by the album! (There was an album on Red Star.)

Tim Ellison (Tim Ellison), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 16:19 (fifteen years ago) link

xgau on the scruffs:

"Wanna' Meet the Scruffs?" [Power Play, 1977]
Only a sucker for rock and roll could love this record, and I am that sucker. A middle-period Beatles extrapolation in the manner of Big Star (another out-of-step Memphis power-pop group on a small, out-of-step Memphis label), it bursts with off harmonies, left hooks, and jolts of random energy. The trouble is, these serve a shamelessly and perhaps permanently post-adolescent vision of life's pain, most of which would appear to involve gurls. To which objection the rockin' formalist in me responds, "I wanna hear `Revenge' again." A-

Midtown [Northern Heights, 1998]
it's Memphis, it's the '80s, and darn it, Big Star lives ("Machiavellian Eyes," "Judy [She Put the Devil in Me]") ***

xhuxk, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 16:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Aging proggers making a new wave move; doubt I ever heard 'em.
There were actually 2 Skeleton Crews--one was a Fred Frith/Tom Cora duo, later a trio w/Zeena Parkins. The other was some band whose records kept getting my hopes up that I'd found something new from the former, with a quick, steep letdown following.

Skeleton Crew were unbelievably great live. The idea was that Frith and Cora would perform the parts of 6 or 7 musicians (hence the name), simultaneously playing percussion, guitar, bass, fiddle, cello, keyboards, tapes, etc., and singing playfully leftist lyrics. First album, "Learn To Talk," is poorly recorded but classic prog-pop (Recommended/ReR sensibility). Second album, "The Country of Blinds," (with the not-so-interesting Parkins) is even worse recorded and less successful. I'd be happy to yousendit a sample.

These Robust Cookies (Robust Cookies), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 17:01 (fifteen years ago) link

>Ok, I was apparently wrong about ...Skeleton Crew's...something-or-other<

Unless I wasn't! Though yeah, I think I must have confused them with the other Skeleton Crew (not to mention Skeleton KEY) at some point.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 17:04 (fifteen years ago) link

hey scott if you want to hear those belgian honeymoon killers you mentioned on the H thread, email me for some MP3s.

nathalie doing a soft foot shuffle (stevie nixed), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 17:06 (fifteen years ago) link

The Spoons - We've brought up the Spoons several times alone on ILX. 'Nova Heart' is one of the best singles to ever come from Canada. The album Arias and Symphonies is worth whatever price they wanna charge for it. There is a greatest hits cd (Collectible Spoons) and a recently released [probably] bootleg eurotechno mix of 'Nova Heart' for sale online. The video for Romantic Traffic is really great in cheesy way.
Canadian New Romantic/Synth Pop POX

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 17:13 (fifteen years ago) link

ahh, THOSE
Scruffs (halfway down page)
Still haven't heard this one. Does Chris@MemphisFlyer still post here? He could probably give you plenty of background.

Will(iam), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 18:14 (fifteen years ago) link

**Splogenessabounds - Weren't they a joke band included on some oi! compilation? Not as funny as Peter and Test Tube Babies, either way.**

They had a sizeable hit in the UK with 'Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Please'. B-side was the wonderfully named 'Michael Booth's Talking Bum' IIRC. I thought they were funny for about five minutes anyway.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 18:23 (fifteen years ago) link

Wait, ok, I just checked; *Oi! The Album* has a guy named Max Splodge doing a song called "Isulbeleeeene", which in my heavy metal book I describe as "ducky daffiness along the line of Plastic Bertrand's 'Ca Plane Pour Moi'.") Is that the same guy? I would think it might be. The titles of those single sides above soung like something I'd like.

xhuxk, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 18:27 (fifteen years ago) link

*Volume: International Discography of the New Wave* says Max also did a song called "We're Pathetique" on *Strength Through Oi*, so yep, probably the same guy. (And I have just figured out that "punk pathetique", if it actually existed, may well be the most interesting musical trend to emerge from England in the past several decades!!)

xhuxk, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

I also think it says something for all those fascist oi! skinheads that they not only tolerated, but apparently may have even embraced, their pathetique pals (who, okay, being so pathetique and all, maybe just paid for pints of ale for all the 4 Skins to quaff. But still!)

xhuxk, Wednesday, 13 April 2005 18:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Funny how the only two Scars songs I've heard are "All About You" and "Fear Of The Dark". Heh. I was also wondering why it is that their sound reminded me a bit of Simple Minds -- it's the Scottish New Wave connection! But... wow... people over here DO know about EVERYTHING. Shit.

Now I feel like asking if anyone here knows more information on Scary Thieves and where I might be able to acquire that lost LP of theirs. I tried looking at this one location and they were all sold out! But I LOVE everything I've heard from Scary Thieves and I *kinda* know their story but... yeah. OH! And if anyone knows anything about The Sights and what else to check out from them aside from "So Much For Everlasting Love" (which I've become addicted to), that would be really cool.

C'mon people, be my obscure-ish New Wave database for me. ;)

(Also, wasn't Sandii of Sandii & the Sunsetz actually from Hawaii?)


Oh look! More info on Sandii & the Sunsetz:

Sandii & The Sunsetz found some success in Japan and Australia in the 80's (where they had a top 5 hit) but after a few changes of direction and problems with international record companies, began to release albums just under Sandii's name. These began with 1990's "Mercy" which is a stunning collection of ethnic club pop and established her as a successful artist in Malaysia, the Phillipines, Thailand and China, plus it was a big seller in Japan. Sandii's albums "Mercy", "Pacifica" and "Dream Catcher" are excellent, in my opinion, well worth buying if you have the opportunity. She mixes Bhangra, Hawaiian, J-pop, techno, R&B and dub styles to great effect and is comparable to Madonna in a lot of ways. The next album "Watashi" (1996) featured Brazillian styles and was released in France to critical acclaim. Increasingly interested in Hawaiian music and life, Sandii has pursued interests away from the mainstream music industry in recent years and has qualified as a teacher in Hula dance. Her album "Hawaii" has been released in the USA. Sandii owns a dance studio, store and restaurant in central Tokyo.

And apparently there's an official Sandii website. So there.

I am that unhip, naive nobody you always avoid. (Dee the Lurker), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 18:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Max Splodge : Same guy, yes.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 19:00 (fifteen years ago) link

I had forgotten about that new wave discography. I just went to alibris.com to see if I could find a copy. They have one for $1,187.45!

Daniel Peterson (polkaholic), Wednesday, 13 April 2005 19:25 (fifteen years ago) link

I should add that Sons of Champlin are not good, if my description tempted you to spend a lot of money on one of their albums. (xp)

dr. phil, Friday, 14 March 2008 14:29 (twelve years ago) link

Soho were those twin black chicks who scored with "Hippychick", constructed from samples of "How Soon Is Now"? back in '90 or so...

I'm surprised you haven't heard Savage Grace, who played the Detroit bar circuit sporadically in the 70's...I wanna say they had something to do with either Frost or the Amboy Dukes, but I could be wrong about that...so I won't...

henry s, Friday, 14 March 2008 14:39 (twelve years ago) link

"The Storm" I'll hazard a wild guess that this isn't the band I was in which gigged sporadically around Reading for a couple of years in the early '90's.... anything to do with Pauline Murray & The Storm???

Stewart Osborne, Friday, 14 March 2008 14:58 (twelve years ago) link

School of Fish had a "modern rock" hit in 90/91 with "Three Strange Days." I remember liking it at the time but haven't heard it in forever.

EZ Snappin, Friday, 14 March 2008 15:44 (twelve years ago) link

Sadat X - Brand Nubian rapper. I heard his debut (I think) which was pretty snoozeworthy.

Smif-N-Wessun - Brooklyn rappers best known for "Bucktown." Later became Cocoa Brovaz due to hounding by the copyright stormtroopers at Smith and Wesson (cf. Kleenex ------> LiLiPUT).

Souls Of Mischief - Jazzy, Native Tongues-esque Oakland rappers who get a lot of love. Their '93 'til Infinity frequently shows up on best hip-hop albums lists. Mutated into Hieroglyphics.

Steady B - Bland 1980s Philly rapper currently serving life.

Streets - Not THE Streets, right? Teachers of the fine art of hotel expressionism?

Sweet Tee - Was JUST listening to her not even half an hour ago in the form of "The Feeling" by Tin Tin Out featuring Sweet Tee. Good late 1980s rapper.

The Shamen - Classic early ravers from Scotland. "Move Any Mountain," "Make It Mine," etc. Vocalist Mr. C (cute!) always reminded me of The English Beat's Dave Wakeling (cute too!).

Stargard - Funky disco which Escort does much better today. Best known for being sampled in Peter Heller's majestic "Big Love." And didn't they have something to do with the odious Sgt. Pepper flick?

Sunscreem - I saw their name last night on a thread about bands that will never be discussed on ILM. Alors... Trancey, very white Brit dance. "Love U More" was a hit. I used to spin their "Catch" towards the end of the night since it was speedy but felt quite "driving home along in the rain."

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 14 March 2008 16:10 (twelve years ago) link

along = alone

Kevin John Bozelka, Friday, 14 March 2008 16:11 (twelve years ago) link

Remember Sunscreem

Debut album is pretty good, never heard any of the later stuff.

Shamen - same period (more or less) as Sunscreem. Kind of written out of history but En-Tact and Boss Drum are fantastic pop-dance records. Earlier more indie/psyche stuff is less sucessful but has it's moments, especially 'Jesus Loves America'.

Soup Dragons - Indie chancers going dance, hit big with I'm Free then went off to try to crack America. Drummer went on to join Teenage Fanclub. Lead singer Sean Dickson formed the far more interesting 'High Fidelity and Sushil Dade post rock/jazzers 'Future Pilot AKA'.

Silencers - worthy, Scottish pop-folk-rock act. As dull as it sounds.

Shakespears Sister - Siobhan Fahey's post Bananarama project. Second album and mega single 'Stay' are utterly fantastic slices of glam-gothpop.

Sweet Tee - made the impeccable 'I got da feelin'' in 1987 which was produced by Salt N Pepa head honcho Herby 'Luv' Bug. Surprisingly she's till going and looks very rowr on her myspace page.

Billy Dods, Friday, 14 March 2008 16:33 (twelve years ago) link

I found a CD copy of Sweet Tee's album that accompanied "I got da feelin'" in Music & Video Exchange a year or two back. Rather endearingly entitled It's Tee Time. As others have said, she was pretty good.

Jeff W, Friday, 14 March 2008 16:52 (twelve years ago) link

Swingle Singers: doo-be-doo a capella arrangements as RS suggests - I have their very first LP, Jazz Sebastian Bach - BUT it's not all cheese; they've also been involved in some ultra cred modern compositions, e.g. they provided the vocalists for the first performance and first recording of Luciano Berio's "Sinfonia". They've been around since the 60s, and are still going, although the line-up has altered considerably over the years with singers coming in and then leaving. I think even founder Ward Swingle may have retired now.

Sounds Orchestral: British studio based easy listening group, again started in the 60s and kept going. John Schroeder was the mastermind behind them. Had a big US hit with "Cast Your Fate To The Wind". Best known now for ladies in various states of undress on the covers of their albums (most of which you can pick up cheaply second hand in thrift stores and charity shops).

Jeff W, Friday, 14 March 2008 17:07 (twelve years ago) link

I think "Swingle" is actually someone's name, but it still sounds so awful.

_Rockist__Scientist_, Friday, 14 March 2008 17:08 (twelve years ago) link

Strunz & Farah - New-Agey world-music stuff, Latin/Carib rhythms with a pair of hotshit Gipsy Kings-style flamenco guitarists on top. Vocals in Spanish? or entirely instrumental? Can't recall at all. (Why do I own this?)

Stampeders - Everyone knows these Calgarians for "Sweet City Woman" from '71, right? The rest of the time, a poor man's James Gang minus much of the funk. Still, a "Best Of" is worth a buck or two.

Salty Dog - Last-wave hair metal from 1990 or thereabouts. Closest thing to a hit was "Come Along", which I thought was pretty great (rocked like Collective Soul's "Gel" five years early). Can't remember anything else.

Myonga Vön Bontee, Friday, 14 March 2008 17:28 (twelve years ago) link

Saraya -- shitty pop metal band with sexy chanteuse of singer, Sandy Saraya. Saw 'em too many times, had a little mileage on radio and MTV in late Eighties. Were harder to take than Bad English in front of 500 little girls at a Phillipsburg theatre.

Scruffy The Cat -- horrid poppy roots rock indie band from Massachusetts or thereabouts. My ex-wife used to like them.

The Silencers -- poor to vile New Wave act. Had one album, they were dressed like Mafia gunmen.

Silver Condor -- hard rock band full of 70's-80's session aces -- Earl Slick, Kenny Aaronson, etc. Singer was leased to Blue Oyster Cult for making of Imaginos. Have both of two albums. Second is best. Solidly fair.

The Souther Hillman Furay Band -- poor man's Eagles.

Spiders From Mars (sans Bowie) -- imagine Man Who Sold the World without any of the punch, played by your block party band.

Stone Fury -- singer doing his Led Zep thing before he started Kingdom Come and really did his Led Zep thing.

The Storm -- California metal band, passed off as poor man's Queen. I didn't think they sounded like Queen.

Susan -- Made one major label album of poppy hard rock. One song, "Marlena," stood out. Were on Live at the Rat too. Guitarist Ricky Byrd went into the Blackhearts and was heard by a zillion.

Sea Hags -- Denim & leather metal band from soCal. Leader died of drug overdose almost immediately upon release of major label album. Also might've been the guy Inger Lorre of the Nymphs infamously blew onstage at some Cali gig.

7 Seconds -- the most preachy of the early army of very dull extremely politicized hardcore punk bands and enshrined for it.

Gorge, Friday, 14 March 2008 17:43 (twelve years ago) link

Anyway, the Silos are boring-as-all-get-out Americana with a violin that Weisbard liked in the SPIN guide, so I wound up with two of their cassettes

Once had an opportunity to do a bill with the Silos and declined because they were boring-as-all-get-out American and beloved by Weisbard in the SPIN guide.

Gorge, Friday, 14 March 2008 17:51 (twelve years ago) link

Special Ed -- no idea but everyone knows they want to hear a band crazy and tasteless enough to name themselves in this way. Was there ever a band called The Retards and should they have been filed under "R" ?

Gorge, Friday, 14 March 2008 17:55 (twelve years ago) link

Scruffy The Cat -- horrid poppy roots rock indie band from Massachusetts or thereabouts. My ex-wife used to like them.

-- Gorge, Friday, 14 March 2008 17:43 (7 minutes ago) Link

I can understand this evaluation through the lens of an ex-wife, but they were actually a quite entertaining mid/late 80's roots rock band with a taste of jangle/power-pop. Charlie Chesterman was very good with his joyful guitar and endearing lyrics. They did lose the plot near the end of their run with Moons of Jupiter, so anyone only familiar with that release isn't getting the whole story.

zaxxon25, Friday, 14 March 2008 18:00 (twelve years ago) link

Was there ever a band called The Retards and should they have been filed under "R" ?

Boyd Rice and Adam Parfrey had a band called The 'Tards, the joke being that the musicians were supposed to be retarded. More liberal baiting I guess.

Matt #2, Friday, 14 March 2008 19:02 (twelve years ago) link

Strunz & Farah - New-Agey world-music stuff, Latin/Carib rhythms with a pair of hotshit Gipsy Kings-style flamenco guitarists on top. Vocals in Spanish? or entirely instrumental? Can't recall at all. (Why do I own this?)

I have one of their albums too. I still play it occasionally. It's a little New Agey perhaps - but not too much for my taste. Some songs are instrumental and some have Spanish vocals. Mostly flamenco with Afro-Cuban rhythms as you mentioned, though some songs are more atmospheric with a Latin folk vibe and traditional instruments.

o. nate, Friday, 14 March 2008 19:28 (twelve years ago) link

School of Fish had a "modern rock" hit in 90/91 with "Three Strange Days." I remember liking it at the time but haven't heard it in forever.

I liked this one at the time too. It's got that crunchy, early-90s Butch-Vig guitar sound with croony vocals, like contemporaneous releases from Smashing Pumpkins and Overwhelming Colorfast (don't know if Vig was involved though).

o. nate, Friday, 14 March 2008 19:31 (twelve years ago) link

I have still not heard these bands filed under "S" in J&O's International Enclycloped of Hard Rock & Heavy Metal

Screen Idols
Sid Rumpo
Silver Train
Slack Alice
Speedway Boulevard
Split Beaver
Richard Steep

Gorge, Friday, 14 March 2008 20:01 (twelve years ago) link

707 were a Detroit band...did the theme song from the classic Barry Bostwick sci-fi thriller Megaforce in the mid-80's...also had a regional hit with "I Could Be Good For You"...they were neither hard rock nor metal...

henry s, Friday, 14 March 2008 20:22 (twelve years ago) link

Saracen - 80's hard rock / prog types, somewhere between UFO and Rush style-wise. Not exactly what the public wanted to hear at the time, hence they sank like a stone after one or two albums.

Shiva - see above.

Silverwing - early 80's attempt to ape Van Halen and Kiss on a budget of about £1.50. "Rock and Roll Are 4 Letter Words" was a good title I guess. I think they changed their name to Rox or Roxx and dropped the visual horror elements in favour of more mascara, then disappeared.

Snopek - is this Violent Femmes keyboardist Sigmund Snopek III? If so he had an ok-ish line in keyboardy prog a la early Utopia.

About half of those bands I remember from Kerrang's "Armed And Ready" new bands column, but can't say I ever really heard them.

Matt #2, Friday, 14 March 2008 20:23 (twelve years ago) link

Split Beaver is a really stupid name for a band.

Matt #2, Friday, 14 March 2008 20:24 (twelve years ago) link

It's right in there with the Special Eds and Hairy Clams of the world.

Gorge, Friday, 14 March 2008 20:28 (twelve years ago) link

Skunks (first list)were an Austin trio featuring Jesse(not Ned)Sublett and pre-True Believers Jon Dee Graham.

And the Silos do not either suck. Their first full-length record, Cubais tremendous.

ellaguru, Friday, 14 March 2008 20:57 (twelve years ago) link

If you've ever seen a late-night commercial for a CD comp of the greatest power ballads then you've heard Canadian one-hit wonder Sheriff and their song "When I'm With You" ... or more accurately you've heard "BAY-BAHHHH AYEEE AYEEEEAHH AYEEE AYEEEEAHHHH oh i get chills when i'm with you OOOOOWEEEEOOOHH OOOOOWEEEOOOOOHHHHAAAAHH"

zaxxon25, Friday, 14 March 2008 21:54 (twelve years ago) link

^^^pretty accurate

henry s, Friday, 14 March 2008 22:02 (twelve years ago) link

Streets - Not THE Streets, right?

Nope. Atlanta rock quartet, 1983, featuring Steve Walsh of Kansas. How he got to Atlanta I don't know.

xhuxk, Saturday, 15 March 2008 01:19 (twelve years ago) link

The Skunks from Texas did "Earthquake Shake" (which is on Bloodstains Across Texas, by far the best Bloodstains comp!) and then changed their sound to new wave/power pop - this is off the original list but never mind. I have their power pop album, it's not that good really unfortunately.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 15 March 2008 01:22 (twelve years ago) link

7 Seconds I think were (slightly) underrated - hardcore fans hated them because they sold out and went pop in the late 80s (where pop means sounding a bit like Dag Nasty/Descendents) - their early stuff is good old school hardcore.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 15 March 2008 01:25 (twelve years ago) link

7 Seconds = "Walk Together, Rock Together" -- hand-wringingly sincere hardcore punk, for those who needed a daily dose of an alternative Kumbaya. And a version of "99 Red Balloons" that makes you want to listen to the entire Nena album in its place.

Gorge, Saturday, 15 March 2008 03:22 (twelve years ago) link

Yes, "Walk Together, Rock Together" is all those things. Like I said, their early stuff as collected on the "Alt.Music.Hardcore" CD and the "Old School" CD or even the "The Crew" CD is all worth listening to.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 15 March 2008 03:39 (twelve years ago) link


fantasimundo, Saturday, 15 March 2008 03:46 (twelve years ago) link

Now there was a great band. Sort of a cross between Splodgenessabounds and Showaddywaddy.

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 15 March 2008 04:17 (twelve years ago) link

Yes, you're quite right. Somwhere between Shut Up You Cunt and Who Gives A Fuck.

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 15 March 2008 04:19 (twelve years ago) link

Spdfgh sold millions of records so obviously someone gives a fuck, sister.

Kevin John Bozelka, Saturday, 15 March 2008 04:21 (twelve years ago) link

I saw Max Splodge the other day!

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 15 March 2008 04:24 (twelve years ago) link

Godammit i hate rapidshare

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 15 March 2008 04:30 (twelve years ago) link

i loved 7 seconds. especially the first 7-inch with i hate sports on it. but i still hold on to my copy of the crew. they lost me with new wind, their crossover attempt. we in connecticut took pride in one member of the band wearing a violent children t-shirt on the cover of walk together rock together. (which i also liked despite the nena cover)

scott seward, Saturday, 15 March 2008 16:00 (twelve years ago) link

"Snopek - is this Violent Femmes keyboardist Sigmund Snopek III? If so he had an ok-ish line in keyboardy prog a la early Utopia."

his band The Bloomsbury People made one of my all-time fave early 70's psych records. you can get it on cd now:


and his later-70's power/pop/prog stuff is neat too.

scott seward, Saturday, 15 March 2008 16:03 (twelve years ago) link

Shox Lumania were very Klaus Nomi-influenced, led by a an artist named Lari Shox. Lenny Kaye's wife was in the band. If there was any sort of New Romantic movement in New York, they were it. I think part of their act was to pretend that they were from some obscure Eastern European country called Lumania.

I'm pretty sure Shox Lumania were actually purporting to be from some undersea country analogous to Atlantis. It was a sci fi concept for sure. I got a great deal of enjoyment out of that cassette. Always wanted to know more about them. Glad to find those video links!

Nate Carson, Saturday, 15 March 2008 18:43 (twelve years ago) link

The Secrets were comprised of former members of the band, The Brats

Though I could be wrong, I'm pretty sure The Secrets from Scott's list is The Secrets* (with the asterisk), whose self titled album from 1982 is #81 on John Borack's Top 200 Power Pop albums book. It was reissued in 2000. Here are some details:

* Missouri-based group
* Band's first single in late 70s was "It's Your Heart Tonight" on Titan Records
* Only full-length album was issued in Canada only
* Album was co-produced by former Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers drummer Stan Lynch

MC, Saturday, 15 March 2008 18:53 (twelve years ago) link

Sid Rumpo - is it just me or has anyone else just conjured up a mental image of Sid James as "The Rumpo Kid" in Carry On Cowboy???

Stewart Osborne, Monday, 17 March 2008 09:31 (twelve years ago) link

Savage Grace -- from Ann Arbor, they were in the second wave of 60s Dee-troit sound along w/Brownsville Station. did two -- or maybe three? -- albums on Warner Brothers. don't think they're on CD. sound pretty eclectic judging from the five songs I've streamed on my computer. prog and country influences though 1 track, "Come On Down" delivers the motor city mojo thanks to guitarist Al Jacquez.

Seatrain -- folk/jazz/flute hybrid with former members of Blues project.

Sadat X -- Brand Nubian were brazen anti-semites who ended up getting bounced from Elektra for hassling their (Jewish) publicist. Rolling Stone once quoted -- approvingly! or at least neutrally -- some pretty disgusting christ-killer lyric of theirs in a record review. just thought i'd share that.

m coleman, Monday, 17 March 2008 10:03 (twelve years ago) link

What I wrote about 707 (from George's list) on Rolling Metal last year:

707 Greatest Hits Live (GB Music) -- Liking this a lot, too. Know nothing about the band. New Rolling Stone Record Guide (blue 1983 edition) dismisses them as "second-rate Toto." Jasper and Oliver's International Enyclopedia of Heavy Metal raves about their "classic heavy-pomp sound with brutal drumming" and says their second album (apparently called 2nd Album!) went top 20 in the U.S., in 1981, and then they got Angel's bassist Felix Robinson. I thought Martin Popoff might be a fan, but realized I was confusing them with 54-40, whoever they are (Canadians, apparently) by mistake.
Anyway, the live album shows they did indeed make truly catchy hard-pop rock with plenty of smart pomp in the arrangements. Closest of maybe just laziest comparison I can think of would be Prism. But the first cut, "Live With the Girl," is a total ringer for "On Top Of the World" Cheap Trick. Some Babys and early Loverboy in there too. Most brutal (and funkiest) drums are in "Millionaire," one of the two heaviest cuts along with the Zep-like (or okay, I dunno, Fastway-like? Paris-like?) "Pressure Drop" (which is not a Toots and the Maytals cover.) Every other cut sinks its hooks in real quick. "Rockin is Easy" might be a protest against protest songs, but I might have heard its words wrong (defintely stuff in there about people wasting time seeking gainful employment and keeping up with the Joneses, and not knowing about the state of the nation and foreign relations, so let's just rock easy instead okay?)
-- xhuxk, Sunday, May 27, 2007 6:37 PM (9 months ago)

xhuxk, Monday, 17 March 2008 15:20 (twelve years ago) link

special ed - eighties hiphop. i only know his I'm The Magnificant, but in a version with a completely different beat than the one on youtube.

sleeze beez - glam-y dutch hardrock from the late eighties/early nineties

Joris Stereo, Monday, 17 March 2008 15:57 (twelve years ago) link

If you've ever seen a late-night commercial for a CD comp of the greatest power ballads then you've heard Canadian one-hit wonder Sheriff and their song "When I'm With You" ...

That song was a hit TWICE up here! First time in '83, later in '88. There was some weird kinda epidemic in 1988-89, with three different songs ("Red Red Wine" and "Send Me An Angel" being the others) all being rereleased & charting higher than their first go-round 3-5 years previous. Weird...

Myonga Vön Bontee, Tuesday, 18 March 2008 00:53 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

Suburban Studs - original 76 punks who did one good single: "Questions". It had a sax on it, which was awfully daring for the times. The follow-up was called "I Hate School" and was awful.

I wonder if this band got their name from the scene between Janice Rule and Burt Lancaster in "The Swimmer".

Is Lou Reed a Good Singer? (Tom D.), Wednesday, 20 May 2020 15:26 (one month ago) link

The version of the Sports' Don't Throw Stones is actually a composite of the same-titled Australian release with some tracks from the preceding album, their first---so it goes from more of a pub rock, rootsy, even rockabilly (and other 50s) sound, updated to and from the mid-70s, since they picked it up on the late 70s, from Graham Parker & The Rumor (with whom they toured), transitioning smoothly to the hookier newer tracks---so it's kind of like Graham Parker & The Attractions: Stephen Cummings' voice was deeper than Costello's, raspy around the edges, like Parker's, also not as nasal as EC, but sill kind of, so Parker plus early Richard Butler. A somewhat strict sound, not pompous, but no BS young schoolteacher or coach, with crisp combo incl. versatile guitarist, good LP! I've still got it somewhere.

dow, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 18:11 (one month ago) link

The Stiff-to-Arista version is what I'm talking about.

dow, Wednesday, 20 May 2020 18:13 (one month ago) link

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