It’s All Rock & Roll to Me – Part 2

rock n roll

 

I mentioned yesterday that I have days at work when I barely do more than turn on my computer, but then there are those days when I’m in front of it for 8 to 10 hours. BMFBV1D1 & BMFBV1D2 are my soundtracks for days like that.

There is a little of something here for just about every musical taste so Enjoy! 

 


 

BiteMeFanBoy-Vol 1 Disc 2

Playlist length: 9 hours 54 minutes 55 seconds

          1. The Chameleons – Silence, Sea And Sky (1:59)
          2. The Chameleons – Looking Inwardly (4:29)
          3. The Chameleons – The Fan, The Bellows (3:32)
          4. Paper Fleet – Be Your Man (2:26)
          5. Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls – Bradman (7:26)
          6. Paul Kelly And The Coloured Girls – To Her Door (3:18)
          7. Placebo – Special Needs (5:16)
          8. +/- – Trapped Under Ice Floes (3:27)
          9. Quicksilver Messenger Service – Mona (7:01)
          10. Razorlight – Stumble and Fall (3:05)
          11. Red Elvises – Red Lips Red Eyes Red Stockings (2:47)
          12. Red House Painters – All Mixed Up (5:50)
          13. Ride – Vapour Trail (4:17)
          14. Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes (4:45)
          15. Robert Pollard with Doug Gillard – Pop Zeus (2:28)
          16. Ryan Adams – Luminol (Rock N Roll) (3:24)
          17. Ryan Adams – Somehow, Someday (4:24)
          18. Sarge – Stall (3:45)
          19. Say Hi To Your Mom – Hooplas Involving Circus Tricks (4:07)
          20. Sigur Rós – Fyrsta y Samskeyti (directo) (14:24)
          21. Sigur Ros – Star Lfur (6:47)
          22. Sigur Rós – Untitled #8 (aka popplagid-the pop song) (11:42)
          23. Singapore Sling – Guiding Light (6:14)
          24. Scissorfight – New Hampshire Ist In Ordnung, Wenn Du Gerne Kampfst (3:00)
          25. Smog – Dress Sexy At My Furneral (5:30)
          26. Smoking Popes – Need You Around (3:42)
          27. Social Distortion (Live at the Roxy) – Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash cover) (6:51)
          28. Soledad Brothers – Goin’ Back To Memphis (4:21)
          29. Starflyer 59 – The Lights On (3:07)
          30. Starflyer59 – Underneath (4:35)
          31. Stars Of The Lid – Archsong (18:00)
          32. Stars – Ageless Beauty (4:05)
          33. Stars – Your Ex-lover Is Dead (4:16)
          34. Stellastarr* – Untitled (5:08)
          35. Stereophonics – Dakota (4:57)
          36. Stereolab – Lo Boob Oscillator (6:36)
          37. Sufjan Stevens – Come On! Feel The Illinoise! (6:45)
          38. The Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies) (5:10)
          39. The Bats – Half Way to Nowhere (5:17)
          40. The Bigger Lovers – I Resign (3:16)
          41. The Boo Radleys – It’s Lulu (3:04)
          42. The Butterfield Blues Band – East-West (13:13)
          43. Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Work Song (7:53)
          44. The Chills – Familiarity Breeds Contempt (3:21)
          45. The Chills – Look For The Good In Others And They’ll See The Good In You (3:29)
          46. The Chills – Submarine Bells (3:41)
          47. The Clarks – I’m A Fool (3:54)
          48. The Clarks – Snowman (4:18)
          49. The Clean – Stars (5:20)
          50. The Clumsy Lovers – Single Girl (4:44)
          51. The Code Talkers – Flying Saucer Lights (6:02)
          52. The Consultants – Hollow-Bodied Evening (3:10)
          53. The Cure – Just Like Heaven (3:33)
          54. The Dambuilders – Candy Guts (3:23)
          55. The Dentists – An Agony In Twelve Fits (3:47)
          56. The Dentists – Faces on Stone (2:44)
          57. The Dream Syndicate – Halloween (6:12)
          58. The Field Mice – Emma’s House (3:36)
          59. The Field Mice – Sensitive (5:04)
          60. The Field Mice – When Morning Comes to Town (5:13)
          61. The Fine Print – Packed to Sell (6:53)
          62. The Flaming Lips – Do You Realize?? (3:32)
          63. The Frames – Fitzcarraldo (8:13)
          64. The Frames – Happy (4:56)
          65. The French Kicks – One More Time (3:20)
          66. The Futureheads – Hounds Of Love (3:02)
          67. The Get Up Kids – Forgive and Forget (3:26)
          68. The Go-Betweens – Quiet Heart (5:20)
          69. The Gris Gris – Everytime (3:49)
          70. The High Dials – Soul In Lust (4:18)
          71. The Housemartins – Happy Hour (2:21)
          72. The Ivory Coast – Swope (3:34)
          73. The Jam – Going Underground (2:56)
          74. The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy – Girl-Go (5:54)
          75. The Jazz Butcher – she’s on drugs (3:49)
          76. Jim Carroll Band – People Who Died (4:59)
          77. The Juliana Theory – To the Tune of 5000 Screaming Children (3:48)
          78. The Juliana Theory – Duane Joseph (4:09)
          79. Legendary Pink Dots – As Long As Its Purple and Green (6:04)
          80. The Meat Purveyors – Tallboy (2:56)
          81. The Mendoza Line – Sasha Goes Too Far/It Could Be the Nights (4:50)
          82. The Motet – Power (11:23)
          83. The Nails – 88 Lines About 44 Women (original) (4:38)
          84. The National – Abel (3:37)
          85. The New Year – Gasoline (3:33)
          86. The Oranges Band – All The Ghosts in Your House (1:18)
          87. The Pernice Brothers – Flaming Wreck (5:34)
          88. The Reverse – Blood on the Tape Machine (3:45)
          89. The Sound – Winning (4:18)
          90. The Stills – Yesterday Never Tomorrow (5:20)
          91. The Sun – Must Be You (3:15)
          92. The Undertones – You’ve Got My Number (2:37)
          93. The Walkmen – Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone (4:07)
          94. The Walkmen – The Rat (4:27)
          95. The Weakerthans – Psalm For The Elks Lodge Last Call (2:44)
          96. The Wedding Present – Anyone Can Make A Mistake (3:19)
          97. The Wedding Present – Why Are You Being So Reasonable Now? (2:34)
          98. The Wedding Present – Pourquoi Es Tu Devenue Si Raisonnable? (2:34)
          99. The Wedding Present – Shatner (2:06)
          100. The Wildweeds – No Good To Cry (2:39)
          101. The Wildweeds – Never Mind (2:05)
          102. The Wipers – Youth Of America (10:21)
          103. The Woodentops – Get It On (3:19)
          104. This Mortal Coil – I Come And Stand At Every Door (3:53)
          105. Tram – Now We Can Get On With Our Lives (4:33)
          106. Trans Am – I Want It All (3:56)
          107. Trembling Blue Stars – Sleep (4:23)
          108. Tristeza – Opiate Slopes (5:37)
          109. TullyCraft – Cowgirls On Parade (3:12)
          110. The Twilight Singers – Too Tough To Die (4:02)
          111. Velvet Crush – Atmosphere (3:53)
          112. Velvet Crush – Superstar (3:46)
          113. Velvet Crush – Time Wraps Around You (4:13)
          114. Velvet Underground – The Gift (8:18)
          115. Versus – Crazy – Maker (I’m Still In Lo (6:25)
          116. Versus – Shangri La (3:39)
          117. Willard Grant Conspiracy – Christmas in Nevada (3:43)
          118. William Shatner – Common People (4:33)
          119. Windy & Carl – Antartica (22:06)
          120. XTC – Making Plans For Nigel (4:16)
          121. Yo La Tengo – Today Is The Day (4:28)
          122. Zykos – Understanding Fire (6:07)
          123. Die Toten Hosen – Goodbye From Janet & John (1:00)

 

BMFBV1D2 – Part 1      BMFBV1D2 – Part 2

BMFBV1D2 – Part 3      BMFBV1D2 – Part 4

BMFBV1D2 – Part 5      BMFBV1D2 – Part 6

BMFBV1D2 – Part 7

 

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Monterey Pop: California Dreamin’

Ah the sounds of Summer! And with it comes the now ubiquitous Summer Festival. Think I’m kidding? In April Rolling Stone.com published a piece on summer concerts, “Summer 2015’s 50 Must-See Music Festivals.” No matter your musical tastes there’s a Festival that caters to it.

But  once upon a time in the West, when there hadn’t even been one rock festival, suddenly, in a two week period there were two. Naturally they took place in California, in 1967, the epicenter of Youth Culture.

This upcoming week marks the 48th anniversary of The Monterey International Pop Festival (June 16-18, 1967).

Last week marked the 48th anniversary of The KFRC Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival (June 10-11, 1967) which is considered to have been America’s – if not the world’s – first rock festival.

The Magic Mountain Music Festival was primarily a regional music affair because the majority of the artists who performed

were groups that played the Fillmore and Avalon ballrooms and were part of the psychedelic rock scene at the time,

A  list of regional acts included The Sparrow, Every Mother’s Son, Kaleidoscope, The Mojo Men, Sons of Champlin, The Loading Zone and The Mystery Trend.

Performers with, a bit, more name recognition (at the time) included Dionne Warwick, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds with Hugh Masekela, The Seeds, The Grass Roots and The 5th Dimension.

Interestingly The Magic Mountain Music Festival was The Doors first large show and just happened to coincide with the rise of group’s first major hit, “Light My Fire” to the top of the charts.

 Monterey, on the other hand,

was … the first high-profile event to mix acts from major regional music centers in the U.S.A. — San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Memphis and New York City

and

boasted a lineup that put established stars like The Mamas and the Papas, Simon & Garfunkel and The Byrds alongside groundbreaking new acts from the UK and the USA.

At Monterey was American audiences first introduction to The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Who and Ravi Shankar, while also introducing Otis Redding “to a large, predominantly white audience.”

Playing Monterey helped to launch the careers of Janis Joplin (Big Brother and the Holding Company), Canned Heat, Laura Nyro and Steve Miller.

In 2015 we remember Monterey, rather than Magic Mountain simply

 because Monterey was widely promoted and heavily attended, featured historic performances, and was the subject of a popular theatrical documentary film…

Monterey served as both inspiration and template for future music festivals, including the Woodstock Festival two years later.

Combined both festivals were spark that helped to jumpstart 1967’s “Summer of Love.”

If you were a teenager or young adult in 1967 the “Summer of Love” were heady times, but at the time, who could have ever imagined that 1968, would be so dark.

Enjoy the music, remain in the light.

 

 

 

Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 1

Playing time: 74:14

 

1. John Phillips – Festival Introduction (0:51)
2. The Association – Along Comes Mary (2:46)
3. The Association – Windy (3:00)
4. Lou Rawls – Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing (3:28)
5. Lou Rawls – Dead End Street (4:27)
6. Lou Rawls – Tobacco Road (6:19)
7. Eric Burdon & The Animals – San Franciscan Nights (4:17)
8. Eric Burdon & The Animals – Hey Gyp (7:10)
9. Canned Heat – Rollin’ And Tumblin’ (4:18)
10. Canned Heat – Dust My Broom (5:02)
11. Canned Heat – Bullfrog Blues (3:01)
12. Country Joe & The Fish – Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine (5:37)
13. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Down On Me (3:26)
14. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Combination Of The Two (5:22)
15. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Harry (0:37)
16. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Road Block (6:18)
17. Big Brother & The Holding Company – Ball And Chain (8:15)

 

Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 2

Playing time: 73:46

 

1. The Butterfield Blues Band – Look Over Yonders Wall (2:51)
2. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mystery Train (4:11)
3. The Butterfield Blues Band – Born in Chicago (3:58)
4. The Butterfield Blues Band – Double Trouble (4:56)
5. The Butterfield Blues Band – Mary Ann (3:09)
6. The Steve Miller Band – Mercury Blues (4:27)
7. The Electric Flag – Groovin’ is Easy (3:43)
8. The Electric Flag – Wine (3:02)
9. Hugh Masakela – Bajabula Bonke (Healing Song) (3:43)
10. The Byrds – Renaissance Fair (2:16)
11. The Byrds – Have You Seen Her Face (3:19)
12. The Byrds – Hey Joe (2:43)
13. The Byrds – He Was A Friend Of Mine (3:23)
14. The Byrds – Lady Friend (2:46)
15. The Byrds – Chimes of Freedom (4:03)
16. The Byrds – So You Want Top Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (3:23)
17. Ravi Shankar – Dhun: Fast Teental (excerpt) (6:05)
18. The Blues Project – Wake Me, Shake Me (11:48)

 

Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 3 

Playing time: 73:54

 

1. Jefferson Airplane – Somebody To Love (3:18)
2. Jefferson Airplane – The Other Side Of This Life (6:47)
3. Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit (2:28)
4. Jefferson Airplane – High Flyin’ Bird (4:07)
5. Jefferson Airplane – She Has Funny Cars (3:24)
6. Booker T. & The MG’s – Booker-Loo (2:59)
7. Booker T. & The MG’s – Hip Hug-Her (2:36)
8. Booker T. & The MG’s With The Mar-Keys – Philly Dog (3:22)
9. Otis Redding – Shake (3:17)
10. Otis Redding – Respect (2:39)
11. Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) (4:08)
12. Otis Redding – Satisfaction (3:46)
13. Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (5:04)
14. The Who – Substitute (4:03)
15. The Who – Summertime Blues (3:42)
16. The Who – Pictures Of Lily (2:53)
17. The Who – A Quick One While He’s Away (8:24)
18. The Who – Happy Jack (2:25)
19. The Who – My Generation (4:32)

 

Monterey International Pop Festival – Disc 4

Playing time: 74:37

 

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Killing Floor (3:23)
2. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Foxey Lady (3:45)
3. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Like A Rolling Stone (6:52)
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Rock Me Baby (3:38)
5. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Hey Joe (5:13)
6. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Can You See Me (2:43)
7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – The Wind Cries Mary (3:47)
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Purple Haze (5:38)
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Wild Thing (8:12)
10. The Mamas & The Papas – Straight Shooter (4:04)
11. The Mamas & The Papas – Got A Feelin’ (4:10)
12. The Mamas & The Papas – California Dreamin’ (4:06)
13. The Mamas & The Papas – I Call Your Name (6:16)
14. The Mamas & The Papas – Monday, Monday (4:19)
15. Scott McKenzie – San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) (3:35)
16. The Mamas & The Papas (Festival Finale) – Dancing In The Street (4:56)

 

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In Heavy Rotation

Talk about falling into a rut! For the last month, whether because of laziness, or maybe I thought that they’d provide the answers to the secrets of the Universe, these three albums, Dawnrazor, The Essential Radio Birdman and Crickets And Fireflies were my constant musical companions on my daily walk. 

No matter how you like your music, the straight with chaser punk and rock n’ roll of Radio Birdman, the throat shredding Goth of Fields of the Nephilim or the psychedelic noodling of Kinski, Paik and Surface Of Eceyon this post likely has something to suit your musical tastes.

Rock Steady!

 

Fields of the Nephilim – Dawnrazor (1987)

Playing time: 58:14

 

fields of the nephilim - dawnrazor

 

1. Intro (The Harmonica Man) 1:59
2. Slow Kill 3:40
3. Laura II 4:37
4. Preacher Man 4:46
5. Volcane 5:01
6. Vet for the Insane 6:50
7. Secrets 3:33
8. Dust 4:21
9. Reanimator 2:56
10. Power 4:33
11. The Tower 5:37
12. Dawnrazor 7:09
13. The Sequel 3:12

 

Buy Dawnrazor at Amazon.com

 


 

Radio Birdman – The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978) (2001)

Playing time: 71:01

 

1. Aloha Steve and Danno 4:00
2. Murder City Nights 2:25
3. New Race 2:45
4. Love Kills 3:46
5. Descent Into the Maelstrom 4:26
6. Burn My Eye ’78 1:37
7. I-94 3:38
8. Anglo Girl Desire 3:11
9. Hand of Law 4:48
10. Snake 3:09
11. Do the Pop 2:36
12. Non-Stop Girls 2:44
13. What Gives- 2:28
14. Man With the Golden Helmet 5:40
15. Hanging On 3:40
16. Crying Sun 2:57
17. Smith & Wesson Blues 2:57
18. Time To Fall 3:14
19. Alone In the Endzone 2:09
20. Breaks In My Heart (live) 2:55
21. More Fun (live) 2:00
22. Dark Surprise (live) 3:56

 

(Part 1)  (Part 2)

 

Buy The Essential Radio Birdman (1974-1978) at Amazon.com

 


 

Kinski •  Paik •  Surface Of Eceyon ‎– Crickets And Fireflies (2004)
Playing Time: 70:49

 

 

1. Kinski – Keep Clear of Me I Am Maneuvering With Difficulty (20:08)
2. Paik – Spanish Holiday (13:49)
3. Paik – Eva (6:57)
4. Surface of Eceyon – Concert of Stars (29:55)

 

(Part 1)  (Part 2)

 

 Crickets and Fireflies is available from these sellers at Amazon.com

 

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Summer Re-runs

I don’t know where you live but it’s been HOT here in New England. I’m sure that many of you are even hotter. My condolences. When it’s HOT and the humidity levels are high enough that it would have been better to have been born with gills one is forced to stay indoors and turn up the AC, close the blinds and hunker down from the heat.

Of course it helps that summertime is also re-run time and at this time of the year there certainly enough to choose from, so whether it’s a Law & Order, NCIS, or Storage Wars marathon there’s bound be something on TV to help pass the time.

With that in mind I continue with my own version of Summer Re-runs, this time around I’ve refreshed all the links for my 2007 4 part series, Boston’s Big Boss Sounds.

Sharp eyed readers are sure to point out that curiously between Part 1 and Part 3 there no  Part 2. Not to worry, as the links for Boston’s Big Boss Sounds Part 2: The Dambuilders are still active after all these years.

So for those American readers who are part of the the 60% of Americans currently sweltering from the heat and living in a drought stricken area here’s something that just might get you to turn off that The Three Stooges marathon.

For the rest of my readers hopefully it’s a cooler where you live.

Boston’s Big Boss Sounds Part 1

Bulkhead Green Magnet School
Smackmelon The Dirt Merchants

Boston’s Big Boss Sounds – Part 3

Come

Helium
Morphine Orangutang

Boston’s Big Boss Sounds – Part 4

Buffalo Tom Buffalo Tom
Scarce Scarce

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Small Ball Paul

small ball paul

The indie/hard rock band Small Ball Paul formed in St. Louis in 1990. Lead by guitarist and lead vocalist Jeff Wendle the band also consisted of Jesse Gilsinger (guitar and vocals), Maureen Relling (bass and vocals) and Sean Younger (drums).

With their explosive twin-guitar crunch, some small-scale tape circulation and two 7-inch singles to their credit the band soon developed a strong local following.

They signed with Thirsty Ear Records in late 1992 and in 1993 they toured the East and Midwest with grunge band Love Battery.

In 1993 they released, the Paul Mahern produced (Afghan Whigs and Vulgar Boatmen), four-song Small Ball Paul EP.

Produced by Lou Giordano (Bats, Eleventh Dream Day,  Sugar and Yo La Tengo) the band’s 1994 debut full-length You In Flames was described by some critics as

“gut wrenching, propulsive anthems that strip away at pretense, leaving nothing behind but fiery guitar bluster, frayed nerves and riffs that stick like glue.”

There’s more then a touch of hyperbole in such a statement, because all its “crisp drums and blaring guitars,” and strong songs like “Like Swallows,” “Can’t Take Their Place,” and “Gotta Change.” weren’t enough inducement to get enough record buyers to buy You In Flames, a hybrid of Seattle grunge meeting late period X.

Twenty years past and with Grunge now in our rear view mirror You In Flames proves an enjoyable listen, representing a path that 90s music might have taken if not for our then fascination with all things Grunge.

DISCOGRAPHY

Releases: 

Gotta Change  (7″) Faye Records  1992
Head (CD Single) Legacy 1993
Small Ball Paul (CD EP) Thirsty Ear 1993
You In Flames (Cass, CD) Thirsty Ear 1994

Appears On:

“Like Swallows” AP: Indie-Gestion, Volume 3 (CD) Alternative Press 1999

You In Flames (1993)

Playing Time: 41:49small ball paul - you in flames

1. The Shed (4:03)
2. Like Swallows (4:13)
3. Left In il (stay) (3:32)
4. The Quiet Lady (4:16)
5. Can’t Take Their Place (5:20)
6. Sunflowers (4:22)
7. Drip (3:26)
8. Gotta Change (2:58)
9. Canyons (3:59)
10. Mr. Sunshine (5:40)

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True Believers

True Believers

Formed in 1982, the True Believers married big-beat rock to rockabilly rhythms, a refreshing change in a pre- SXSW Austin music scene dominated by country music and the blues.

A quintet, the group featured three guitarists; brothers Alejandro and Javier Escovedo and Jon Dee Graham,  bassist Denny DeGorio and drummer Kevin Foley.

Alejandro Escovedo formed the group after a stint with the Austin cow-punk group Rank and File. Previously  he had founded the pioneering San Francisco punk group the Nuns, and after leaving the Nuns had played in no-wave art rocker Judy Nylon’s NYC band Snatch.

Brother Javier founded the pioneering southern Cali punk group the Zeros, while Jon Dee Graham had played in the popular Austin bands the Skunks and the Lift. Drummer Kevin Foley had played with Al in the Judy Nylon Band, while bassist Denny DeGorio had played with the Jefferson Airplane’s/Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen.

With that three guitar attack and a reputation for blistering live shows the group developed a rabid following. Known as The Troobs to their fans, the band also opened for groups like Los Lobos, Green on Red, Love Tractor, and Rain Parade 

While they were popular locally, major label A&R reps felt that the band lacked commercial potential  and passed on signing them, leaving them instead to the roots music label Rounder Records. Given a a shoe string recording budget of $10,000 the band managed to convince producer Jim Dickinson (yes, that Jim Dickinson) to leave his Mississippi home to produce their debut full length. Recorded over a three-day span True Believers was a glorified demo, but though a bit rough it attracted the attention of EMI-America, who had a distribution deal with Rounder. It also attracted the attention of Rolling Stone who gave it 3-1/2★s and Spin who published a piece about the group.

With a $130,000 advance from EMI the group took a break from touring and began recording album #2 with producer Jeff Glixman (The Georgia Satellites). His suggestion that the band replace their current rhythm with another one to make the sessions more commercially viable lead to intense band in-fighting.  In the end DeGorio and Foley were let go, to be replaced by bassist Gordon Copley and drummer Mark Shaffer.

Record #2, however, would never see the light of day,  falling victim to a merger between EMI and Manhattan Records. Two weeks before it’s scheduled August 1987 release the newly formed EMI/Manhattan Records dropped from their roster the True Believers, along with, Peter Wolf, The Del Lords, Brian Setzer, The Neville Brothers and Nona Hendryx.

Unable to afford the cost of the masters, Record #2  remained unheard for years. With Hector Muñoz on drums and J.D. Foster on bass the band struggled along, playing live shows, but in late 1987 Javier Escovedo left the group and the True Believers packed it in shortly afterwards.

Following the group’s break-up Alejandro Escovedo released a number of critically acclaimed solo albums while also playing with

glam-punk firebrands Buick MacKane and Texas singer/songwriter supergroup the Setters.

Javier Escovedo played guitar with Will & the Kill, and later worked with the bands the Lost and Sacred Hearts. Jon Dee Graham has worked as sideman with John Doe, Simon Bonney and the Gourds, while his song "One Moment to Another" was recorded by Patty Smyth.

In 1994 Rkyodisc released Hard Road, bringing together the True Believers’ self-titled debut and the unreleased Record #2.

While the self-titled debut might still sound like a demo at times, what songs like "The Rain Won’t Help You When It’s Over," "Tell Her,"

and a rollicking cover of the Velvet Underground’s "Train Round the Bend"

may lack in polish, are redeemed, in spades, by the band’s sheer enthusiasm.

The real difference between the self-titled debut and Record #2 is that it gets the

band’s wall of guitars on tape with a lot more authority and force,

but the new rhythm section of bassist Gordon Copley and drummer Mark Shaffer doesn’t sound much different then the rhythm section they replaced. Still, on songs like the rocker "She’s Got" or the mid-tempo "One Moment to Another" the True Believers do sound a lot tighter and strike with greater impact.

DISCOGRAPHY

Albums:

True Believers (LP) EMI America, Rounder Records 1986
Hard Road (CD) Ryko 1994

Singles & EPs:

The Rain Won’t Help You When It’s Over (12") EMI America 1986  
Hard Road / So Blue About You (12") EMI America 1986

Appears On:

Albums:

"The Rain Won’t Help You When It’s Over" Bands On The Block (LP) Matako Mazuri Records 1985  
"Foggy Notion (Search And Destroy)" It’s So Hard To Be Cool In An Uncool World (LP) I Wanna Records  1988
"Alone in a Crowd" Tales From the Edge, Volumes 9 & 10: Deep Ellum: History Bites!-eight Arms to Hold You (2xCD) Reel George 1994

Credits:

Instruments & Performance:

True Believers/Marianne (as True Believers)
Ry Cooder – Blue City – Motion Picture Soundtrack (CD)Warner Bros. Records 1986

Hard Road (1994)

Playing Time: 74:28

1. Tell Her 3:09
2. Ring The Bell 2:56
3. So Blue About You 4:40
4. Rebel Kind 2:22
5. Train Round The Bend 2:38
6. Lucky Moon 2:42
7. Hard Road 4:04
8. We’re Wrong 3:28
9. I Get Excited 3:05
10. Sleep Enough To Dream 3:53
11. The Rain Won’t Help When It’s Over 3:08
12. She’s Got 4:28
13. All Mixed Up Again 2:23
14. One Moment To Another 3:59
15. Who Calls My Name 3:07
16. Outside Your Door 6:23
17. Wild Eyed And Wound Up 3:55
18. Nobody’s Home 3:30
19. Only A Dream 3:35
20. Home 3:27
21. Please Don’t Fade Away 3:36

Hard Road (Part 1) (Part 2)

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