Saturday, December 10, 2011


"Early on, they were thrown out of a local restaurant for singing along to the jukebox. "We'll be on that jukebox someday", they vowed. The girls first met Lou Christie in 1961 at a concert where he was performing in the band "Lugee and The Lions". He took them for a ride in his Cadillac. He sang while they did back-up harmony. He told them "If I ever get discovered, I'll call you", and they said the same to him. A year later Lou hit it big with his single "The Gypsy Cried" and he brought the girls in to sing backup for him. He also signed them to a contract with United Artists and they recorded three singles. Despite local airplay, the weepy "Take Back Your Ring", the sweet "Gypsy" and the absolutely insane "Egyptian Shumba" all failed to chart nationally throughout 1963-1964. By 1965, Lou Christie was using another tough sounding girl group to back him, Jessica James and the Outlaws, which consisted of Bernadette Carroll, Denise Ferri and Peggy Santiglia. Meanwhile, The Tammys continued to play local shows and sing background tracks until later in the decade; but with three no-hit singles to their credit, their waxings became impossibly rare and the group became a footnote in music history."


Sunday, July 17, 2011

all my calories go to my dick

Pink Reason - Cleaning the Mirror (2007)
Pink Reason - Shit in the Garden (2011)

You Weren't There: A History of Chicago Punk 1977-1984

Wham Bam Son of Sam - Tutua and the Pirates
Gacy's Place - Mentally Ill
Who Are the Boys - Buzzards
Surf Combat - The Way-outs
Dark Rooms - Da
Eyesore - Subverts
Spy Guy - Toothpaste
They Love War - End Result
Rocks of Sweden - Trial by Fire
I Got Mine - Articles of Faith
Anti-Pac Man - Negative Element
Slump Shot - Verboten
Big Big Sky - Savage Beliefs
Bounty - Nadsat Rebel
Lipsynch to the Go-Gos - Seismic Waves

it rules!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Press Color (1979)

"In the course of the three weeks she first spent here she'd moved me and removed me and then moved into me, leaving me gasping--I can still feel it in my stomach when I think about it--like I was the invaded victim in a space-parasite movie, as if my heart and lungs were furniture she might be throwing out but would certainly rearrange at whim. She seemed to come from another dimension.

She was little, with matted hair. She had--she has--a strong jaw and these big marshy lips. Eyes like drains, like reality drains, like in Psycho where Janet Leigh's blood whirlpools away down the tub along with everything else in the movie. Her nose is flat, her whole face is flat. A slim body, nearly hipless

She was a spectacle: carnivore and prey in one, like a walking wildlife film, with that riveting amoral charisma of nature. A complete mystery. At 17 she was more sophisticated than anyone I'd ever known, while also seeming utterly unaffected. Or at least her affectations came from such a stubborn confidence and will to defy convention that they were irresistible"

- Richard Hell on LMD