Talking In The Canteen: CITY LIMITS

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CITY LIMITS
Morse Code Messages Straight To Berlin

Dear esteemed Vibrator Buzz followers and international record junkies blessed with the refined Powerpop taste of gods !
Are you ready for the comeback of the year, for an auditory adventure shot of Sixties Pop Jetage on a fast lane fight ride with the LAMBRETTAS qualitatively reeving in right beside THE FANS, DISTRACTIONS and REALLY 3RDS with an Costello aim that is true ?
Then set your alarm clocks to the 13th of May to jump directly into a sweaty hot pot live experience with the Leeds Powerpop Legend CITY LIMITS celebrating the release of their ultimately recommended “To Hull And Back” digest LP on Queen Mum Records with an exclusive return to the boards that mean the world at the Wild At Heart in Berlin !
Best known for their teenage fever anthem “Morse Code Messages” from the EP of the same name havin´ seen birth on the Luggage Label in 1979 this is your exclusive chance to save the 500 Euro that this EP is fetching up on the collectors market and reinvest them for train or flight ticket to Berlin and still havin´ a whole lot of quid left to broaden your barfly horizon while shaking your booty to the real thing.
Accompanied by Switzerland´s one and only BUZZCOCKS nougate covered Chainsaw Poppers ESCALATOR HATERS bringin´ in their tasty OUTCASTS / RUDI / UNDERTONES nut mix recipes and Bank Holiday Mod-Snot Berlin residents THE NOT AMUSED with their rampant Modern World middle-finger response take on THE CROOKS, CHORDS, SEVENTEEN and obscure Bored Teengagers residents alike, this one´s sure to be a night to remember and tell your grandchilds to.
On the occasion of this sabbath day I took the chance to have a chat with CITY LIMITS man of the match Ted Waite telling me about the way from founding the band in Leeds 1973 to playing in Berlin 2017.
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Audiophiles: V/A – Terminal Teenage – Pubescent Powerpop Wonders & Petting Pervs

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Terminal Teenage – Pubescent Powerpop Wonders & Petting Pervs
Vibrator Buzz Compilation Series

As the Record Reviews are still in the making (due to general laziness, time tunnels, parties with myself, cooking gulasch) I thought I´d throw in another compilation to satisfy your needs until further review update note.
This time I´m back again with what I can do and know best, teenage terrors and their stories of misconduct, noise annoys, adultery, hangovers and burst condoms.
Times of total levity when you thought you´ll stay sixteen forever, times when your main focus has been on a couple of pints,  a pile of records to annoy your parents with and staying out late waiting to be finally deflowered by Sheena, Roxy, Rhonda or one of her random girl gang friends.
Be part of the mission and revive your personal teenage kicks with this 28-track compilation monster of pure Powerpop virginity. Put your AGNOSTIC FRONT records aside and listen to some real music, take off your muscle shirt and pop in some candy to your hard-nosed soul, your wife will be thankful for it !

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Audiophiles: V/A -Mullets & Snot Mops – A Collection Of Toilet Rockers and Testicle Bruisers

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Mullets & Snot Mops – A Collection Of Toilet Rockers & Testicle Bruisers
Vibrator Buzz Compilation Series

You didn´t ask for it, so here it is, a massive collection of heavy rockin´ crunchers, hard poppin´ pissers and motor-oil glammy gunk.
With thirty songs reporting for noise duty this is the most massice collection I´ve worked out so far and the first one delving onto the scary shores of NWOBHM. Don´t be afraid though, guitar solos and ecstatically howling vocal hounds on acid aren´t my six-pack of personal choices as well, so I´ve focussed on the early days of NWOBHM when the music still had no genre boundaries, no rules and regulations and was wanking around somewhere inbetween the poles of Hard Rock, Punk and Powerpop resulting in an output that I´d describe as Toilet Rock in the best sense possible.
Raucous Moped Rockers equipped with ammunition belts and testicle bruising skintight denims whooped by cheap alcohol, pills and teenage hate, post-punkish lo-fidelity garage slop farts on amateur speed with a glammy undertone and oily haired Powerpoppers with an instant dependence potential playing darts in stinky pubs and goosing older women´s ass.
All the ingredients you need for a noisy night-out trip back in time are, as usual, listed and available for downfiling pleasure below…See you next week when it´s time for another part of the BACKSTREET FEVER Glam Series and a batch of Record Reviews !
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Audiophiles: V/A – Terminal Boredom Vol. 1 – TransWorld Punk & SnotPop

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V/A
Terminal Boredom Vol. 1 – Trans-World Punk & SnotPop
Vibrator Buzz Compilation Series

Hell Yeah, the inauguration is coming tomorrow and therefore here´s the accurate final shot of Killed By Grandpa Punk and SnotPop treats before the drops to melt our lazy dumb ass existence…and what a shot is is !
As you lousy snorters didn´t make any suggestions but just consume what you are served I just compiled what I can compile best, 25 tracks in a whole, the last chance before apocalypse to grapple with classic lifetime themes like “Short Haired Rock And Roll” eloquently summarized by the TERRORWAYS, the autopsy techniques of KRIS METHE & THE MISTAKES or a quick “We´re Ok Sod You” Fuck Off kick to bourgeois squares and philistines by the other BLITZ.
Naturally the riddle of love is taking it´s toll too, multiple times, from different views. We´ve got the heartbreaks, men treaten bad to worse from their girlfriends with PETE THE MEAT AND THE BOYS “Look What She´s Doing To Me” and not even being phoned or just hanging´it up (back then when telephones could been hang up) via STRYKER “On The Phone”, the first delicate plant of teenage lust evolving with TEACHER´S PET “Meet Me At The Hot Dog Stand” and the MARC THOR BAND representing the opinion that plain out “Love Sucks”.
We´ve got Teeny Boppers like SPIDER with “Back To The Wall”, criminally overseen razorblade kissers like THE CRABS with “Victim”, BAD ACTORS with “Are They Hostile ?”, DEAF AIDS with “Bored Christine”, ZIPPS with “Friends”, Toby Redd who, like me, “Can´t Get A Job” and we´ve got two of my personal alltime favourites on here: The Rumblers from Ramsgate, RIVALS with “Weekdays”, goosebumps friends “…Everybody´s started the game now, growing up and looking older but you´ll never get me in row ´cause I..wanna stay young, in my mind, in my mind, in my mind…”   and the BODGERS with “Stutter” which will make you forget your wowowowowowowowowowowords.
As for the rest you´ll have to find out yourself below and in case not everything´s is going to blow I still accept compilation requests, not that anyone cares. The first one to request will receive a 7″ vinyl single on black vinyl that I don´t listen to anyway.
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Singles Going Steady: RPM # 1 – CRUISER / FASHIONISM / JONESY / TENEMENT RATS / RIK & THE PIGS / TRASH KNIFE

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CRUISER
s/t 7″
Surfin Ki Records

The cover may tell you Suzy Quatro, Joan Jett and RUNAWAYS of course but though those hints don´t bluff you up to a certain point, CRUISER ain´t your sugar pie girl fronted band for sure. Equipped with ragged flea market trousers, skintight leather and a holey HEARTBREAKERS shirt with all L.A.M.F. chords enlisted, they´ll instead just rip your balls off Bators style and wear them as a decorating earring accesory for their next rowdy stroll around the block. Their New York home is unmistakeable present in their sound and within´ this legacy those naughty CRUISER brats are beating their way through the rat infested backstreets of the 70ties Bowery up to the 53rd & 3rd where the Warriors are hiding in a Donut Shop, overjoyed of not having to pick a fight with that savage rebel rousing gang.

7/10

 

 

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FASHIONISM
Subculture Suicide 7″
Dirt Cult Records

You could easily label FASHIONISM as “…catchy Mod-/Powerpop with BUZZCOCKS…blablabla” and get away with it in Vice Magazine but let´s be honest, not only would this be a total understatement but also an embarrassingly reduced point of view that is only scratching the surface.
So let´s face the band´s latest single, as it deserves, with the enhanced scientifical methods of a four-eyed record junkie.
So what´s outstanding about this band whose chartbuster production line seems to be driven by an own inexhaustible nuclear Teen-Bop reactor ?
First there´s an absolute advantage named Jeffrey McCloy who´s bringing in the distinctive Pop sensibilities of Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe paired with an addictively crooning Dion “The Wanderer” nostalgia bust feel with the exception of having removed just the right amount of pompous slickness and replacing it with the nerdy odd bird charme school of Wreckless Eric and Jilted John. I don´t know if the band will also be including a 12×12″ boardgame of Ropes & Ladders once they´ll put a full-length out or if they dislike anyone successful with girls and gardening like J.J. did but I definitely love those pictures popping up in my head when listening to FASHIONISM.
That´s still not the full package though ´cause second as important is the fact that the      band in a whole is able to revive the irresistible vibe and atmosphere of a teenage dancehall where the hopes and dreams of desperate adolescents searching for their role in life are reflected by the candy beat of the SHIVVERS and SPEEDIES and by the switchblade pop bites from the likes of MOONDOGS, AUTOGRAPHS or PROTEX who simply atomized a feeling of unconditional joy and an atmosphere of departure while still reflecting the problems and severe disappointments we all have to mess with.
Therefore the music of FASHIONISM is nostalgic in the way that it will make you feel like being sixteen again but for sure it isn´t decrepit or musically reactionary.
So don´t let any MRR writers with a childhood trauma for cheap Bay City Rollers records fool you, FASHIONISM is alive and kicking, FASHIONISM is now !

9/10

 

 

 

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JONESY
s/t 7″
No Front Teeth Records

Either there´s a lot of sizzling sexual energy in the canadian air that us ignorant euro trash inhabitants haven´t been used to from those bear huggers so far and that needs to be channeled through bands like JONESY and NERVE BUTTON (who´ve already been celebrated excessively in another review on those pages) or it´s just an honest and heartfelt love for cum noir blockbusters like “Waterpower Teenies” and “Beverly Hills Copulator”.
One way or another, with pubescent lyrical excursions into the nasty shakespearean world of (I Wanna) Bang Bang You  and (I Just) Wanna Cum On Your Face, JONESY are a band handbuzzed to fit for the filthy little community of this blog.
Devoid of all inhibitions they just let their inner Ron Jeremy beast loose and send it straight into a rollercoaster gangbang with Mr. T of SLOPPY SECONDS fame, the MODERNETTES virgin Barbra from Teen City and the high heels and straps cunnilingus licks of the “Trash” NEW YORK DOLLS peaking in a sexual accident with a BOYS bubblegum machine that you´ll refuse to hear more details of.

8/10

 

 

 

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TENEMENT RATS
s/t 7″
No Front Teeth Records

Always wondered what it would have felt like to wake up in GG Allin´s butthole with a ranting GIZMOS dick still stuck in from the lunatic party on acid the night before ?
That´s not the type of question you keep asking yourself when having your vegan poppy seed bagel and low carb scrambled eggs for breakfast ?
Oh dear, you gotta face the disturbing stuff in this world too, you gotta face Trump and you gotta face GG´s reception area because there´s no escape anyway.
It´s the same with the TENEMENT RATS from the city of badly bruised and slightly stoned angels. Once you´ve dropped the needle on that rabid rotter the booze oozing beatings of those human garbage disposals will dastardly crawl into your brain through the VILETONES “Backdoor To Hell” and zonk it out with the initially mentioned sickoid truth before resoldering your neurons with WEIRDOS “Solitary Confinement” and the ART ATTACKS first two 7″ big ballers bitten by the fleas & lice of VOM´s incestious mother. What a wonderful world, “Hurts & Noises” haven´t felt that soothing anymore since the GUILTY RAZORS crept out of the sewerage.
Yes, that´s a compliment. Now gimme more TENEMENT RATS.

8/10

 

 

 

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RIK AND THE PIGS
Life´s A Bust 7″
Feel It Records

Enviromental Contamination and Toxicology Punk pukes for the cheesy feet KBD generation of the modern age caught in the cheap speed pass winds of LUMPY & THE DUMPERS, BUCK BILOXI & THE FUCKS, CAL & THE CALORIES and their assorted troops of Bummer Bitch survivors recording their songs with a Toys”R”Us tape player in a trashcan pool of piss with the SLUGS, MAD and MENTALLY ILL, cataclysmic jaunts into the boyscout side of  LSD trips and the SCREAMERS synthesizer interiority included.
Music to do the Jockstrap Shuffle with your girlfriend and family to on Thanksgiving.

7/10

 

 

 

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Trash Knife
Trash Life 7″
P.Trash Records

Sweet sweet Philadelphia, the town of fraternal love ? Well, maybe for your flower power child but sure not for TRASH KNIFE who are bursting right into your mulleted mug from the rancid shithole toilet in Mickey´s Gym to toast your aural waffles with a Riot Core infested Teenage Hate hydrogen bomb from the garbage dump of bad morals. As wonderfully vulgar and dirt filled as a multiple crash collision bred by Kathleen Hanna and Darby Crash in the bumper hell of Solid Sex Lovie Doll Records.

7/10

 

 

 

Review: ESCALATOR HATERS – s/t LP

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ESCALATOR HATERS
s/t LP
Wanda Records

Salute the New Wave of the New Wave of the New Wave with me for another fizzy flurry of JACK & THE RIPPERS Snot Pop adventures ringing at your front door backpacked with a double dosed pint of BUZZCOCKS sherbert crackers.
Comin´ from the land of milk and tax dodging these three chord and a half veterans are buffing up their punky crew cuts with a gloopy domestic handful of  NEGATIV “Glitter Hair Cream” and just the right amount of Howard Devoto veneration grumpily snarling in his Top Of The Pops lead pencil looking microphone.
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Buzz Of The Month: PENNYCOCKS – Fake Gold & Broken Teeth LP

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PENNYCOCKS
Fake Gold & Broken Teeth LP
Contra Records

Back in 1977 SLAUGHTER & THE DOGS frantically raised the question “Where Have All The Bootboys Gone”, thirty-nine years and many worry lines later they finally receive the proper answer to satisfy their elementary needs by the PENNYCOCKS from Barcelona. Here they are, Latin Lover Bootboys from Catalonia cracking up bubble gum automats for their dear concubines and skipping out on a tab instead of beating up their opponents with handmade Millwall Bricks, allover handsome fellas going out for a Marlon Brando memorial spin through town on their rusty mopeds with the gold dust sound of music from the Fifties to the Seventies ringing in their ears.
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Buzz Of The Month: THE NOT AMUSED – Flat Broke MLP

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THE NOT AMUSED
Flat Broke MLP
Wanda Records

Put up or shut up, it´s no secret that I simply fell in love with the THE NOT AMUSED both on a personal and on a musical basis since having heard their “Flaunting Their Talents” 12inch back in 2007 and luckily being able to organize some gigs with them back in my tiny booking activity days. But seriously folks, even from an objective perspective, how could one not love them ?
Not only do they have the perfect musical suss belting out a monster mash blizzard of record collector´s Powerpop wet dreams shaking some punked up Teenage Treats action with the cream of the Gin Tonic intoxicated Mod Revival crop,  but also the appropriate style and attitude reflecting this music they play. A definite treasure that cannot be valued highly enough in times of bands really daring to wear tracksuits on stage !

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Audiophiles: V/A – Ultimate Entertainment For The Mentally Disabled

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V/A
Ultimate Entertainment For The Mentally Disabled
Vibrator Buzz Compilation Series

There ya go you lousy Snotters and Skinny Tie Swingers, it´s the third installment of the Vibrator Buzz Punk & Powerpop Compilation Series that will mae you shake you beer tits and bacon bellys. Exclusively endorsed by Joy Rider, Avis Davis and Jeff Hill we´re going to enhance your razorblade and polka dot knowledge with the MISSPENT YOUTH, GOING RED, AMBULANCE, EPPU NORMAALI and the JET STAXX´ “French Girls”. So stop wasting any more time listening to modern day crap recopies and get hooked on the originals below the dotted line.
Will there be more go getters like this posted on this, your least favourite blog ?
Of course, there´s only one thing left to say that you should remember before spiking your download mop head the next time: There are also Reviews of actual bands posted on here which a worth a read, worth a listen or even, Sid Vicious beware, worth spending your money on a physical recording medium that you can touch. Is that crazy or what ?
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Review: THE PISSED ONES – Piss In Your Pocket LP

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THE PISSED ONES
Piss In Your Pocket LP
Eat The Rat Records

I can’t quite put my finger on what exactly makes this band so different from countless like-minded acts of the ’77 revival imprint. All I know for sure is that you’d get hooked instantly within the first 20 seconds of the album, with the powerfully simple Wilko Jonson’esque riff of „Don’t You Get it“ blasting through the speakers. Having said this, it shouldn’t take you by surprise that THE PISSED ONES in my book are definitely making it onto the short list of the best contemporary bands outta Germany, if not certainly pulling ahead to the top of that list. Recently, this Dresden based outfit has just released their second release, „Piss In Your Pocket“, succeeding last year’s tape debut „All Pissed Up“, and now, with a proper LP under their belt, THE PISSED ONES once again successfully enter the rough-edged terrain of the late 70s UK punk explosion and deliver this sound in full effect.

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