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Cumbia music...I love it. The music ranges from Mexico down
south to Northern South America. I recall watching a Micheal
Palin "pole to pole" TV series of shows and a stop in some city
in Columbia where he takes a bus tour of a city and there is
this cumbia band on board. Such infectious music. It makes
you move, it makes you happy. Wish I had a whole bunch of CD's
of this stuff.

Cumbia Colombiana-La Zenaida-Armondo Hernandez


Just as impressive is the way the locals have found a way to dance to


this lively music.






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The Teardrop Exlplodes were huge in the early 80's.
I purchased all their LP's. This tune was probably the
first I heard by them.

The Teardrop Explodes "When I dream"

Julian Cope the lead singer of Teardrop Explodes left the band in

the late 80's and has many LP's to date. This tune by Julian Cope
is my favorite.
Julian Cope  "Sunspots"



-- Edited by The Krink at 02:58, 2009-02-25

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Captain Beefheart (Don Glen Vliet) always falls into
a weird category of music. A childhood friend of Frank
Zappa sort of makes sense of things. Captain Beefheart
never has gotten much radio play (at least in my locale).
My first connection was in 1981 when NEON was playing
tracks from the "Doc at the Radar Station" LP. Liked what
I heard enough to buy the LP. Strange stuff but somehow
a valid entry into the "alternative scene" and a mild success.
I backtracked a bit and picked up the 1972 LP "Clear Spot"
and "Unconditionally Guarenteed". 1982's "Ice Cream For Crow"
was his last LP. He quit making music and began a career as a
painter (of paintings/art). Still lives in So. Cal.

Captain Beefheart "Low Yo Yo Stuff" 1972

Captain Beefheart  "Ashtray Heart" (Doc at the Radar Station 1980)


Captain Beefheart  "Ice Cream for Crow" 1982



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I've always like reggae music alot. Have a huge collection of
reggae music...more than anybody you'll ever meet. I love
the Dub stuff, the early reggae and of course Bob Marley.
I feel the reggae scene has sort of tapped itself out except
for perhaps some of the latest stuff by Lee Scratch Perry,
the Mad Professor, and the Dub Syndicate.
U-Roy has quite a catalog of stuff. I love his style. He always
adds that "whaaaaaaheh" to his singing. Not that noticeable on
this track but on a couple CD"s I have (U-Roy "Dread in Babylon"
and "Version in Wisdom") you'll quickly understand what I'm talkin
about. U-Roy is good reggae.

U-Roy "Wake the Town"

 

Prince Far I is more known for his dub reggae efforts. Have several
LP's CD's by this artist. Like this tune alot.
Prince Far-I  "Borno Dub"

 
Misty in Roots, one great reggae band. I heard this track on NEON
back in 1981 and is still a favorite of mine. Love the keyboard work.
Misty in Roots  "Sodom and Gomorrah"


The current reggae kingpins are the band "The Dub Syndicate"
The Adrian Sherwood produced band has put out nearly a dozen
LP/CD's in the 1990's/2000's. I have all but the very latest. I like
this band a lot.
Dub Syndicate  "Stoned Immaculate"

 



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The early 1980's had a bunch of cool tunes to offer up.
Thanks to the CBC-AM radio show NEON, I got a head
start at the record store's and turning on others to the
"new" alternative scene. I'm quickly realizing that it's been
nearly 30 years ago and much of the music shows it's age
and yet some have withstood any aging. Think it will be always
that way. Artists will always be ahead of their time.
Iggy Pop became a someone in the late 70's. His early efforts
zipped by many with a radio. First I heard of the guy was on the
NEON show and the release of his "Party" LP. Recall it was one
of those hard to get a hold of LP's, very similiar to the Straycats
first LP (ironically both on the Arista label) that were "American
Imports", meaning that they were not released in the USA.
It took a lot of searching but I finally found a copy. Perhaps the
only Iggy Pop LP you must have in your collection.

Iggy Pop "Pumping for Jill"

Pigbag was another "very different" niche in the alternative
scene in the early 80's. Think Santana had some influennce
on this band. Anywho...a worthy contribution. I have a couple LP's
and 12" singles from this band.
Pigbag  "Papa's got a brand new pigbag"

Was Not Was...the Was brothers, Detroit born, put forth some
very interesting contributions during the early 1980's. I have
several of their LP's/CD"S. Hard to narrow down a favorite as
they had a formula that was very hip. Their best work (in my
opinion) isn't available on you tube. So if I have to choose
something to give a clue...Wheel me out, will have to do.
Was Not Was  "Wheel me Out"


The Krink doesn't always have to be dancing. I'm probably more
known for my dark side. Slow depressing music appeals to me
just as much. Latter Miles Davis, Joy Division, Brian Eno, Bauhaus,
and about a dozen others that I can't think of right now. Perhaps
the only reason I'd mention this group is that they created a song
that I relate to..."Night shift". It was one of the happiest days of
my life finding this imported 7" single. Had no idea the lead singer
should be wearing sunglasses 24/7.

The Names  "Nightshift"

 




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Thomas Dolby (born Thomas Morgan Robertson) actually
pissed off the Dolby sound corporation using "Dolby" as
his last name. I don't know why really as everything Thomas
Dolby recorded would make the Dolby Corporation efforts
sound great. First heard Thomas Dolby back in 1981 with a
couple of clever singles "Airwaves" and "Europa and the pirate twins".
Was pleasantly surprised when he covered a Dan Hicks tune
that I loved alot, "I scare myself". Thomas Dolby's greatest
claim to fame was the soundtrack to the movie "She Blinded
Me with Science". Thomas Dolby basically dropped out of sight
in 1994. I have most of his stuff on LP/CD. A true electronic pioneer.

Thomas Dolby  "I scare myself"

Thomas Dolby  "One of our submarines"

recent Thomas Dolby  "The Flat Earth"




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"The Fall" has been around since 1977. Mark E. Smith
the lead singer and apparent brain power for the group
is one "strange" dude. I kind of liken him to Ozzy Osborne
in the fact that you can understand a single fucking word
he says. For some reason it doesn't matter really. Mark
E. Smith's mumbling or whatever you want to call it seems
to make the music work. I've been a "Fall" fan since the
early 1980's. They are still around (58 lineup changes later).
It's the rythym that seems constant on every new release.
Sort of like the Cramps in a way but with a different singer.
Mark E. Smith is one person on this planet that is very hard
to describe. Anywho...I like "The Fall".

The Fall  "Totally Wired"

The Fall  "Cruiser's Creek"

The Fall  "Telephone Thing"



The Fall  "What about us"



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This isn't me really...just a chance to poke some fun.
The Del Rubio Triplets have been around a long time.
Watch them butcher "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead"



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Perhaps the greatest band to emerge from Portland Oregon,
The Wipers. Think they had one moment of fame and this
has to be it.




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Young Marble Giants from the UK had a ripple in the
alternative scene in the early 1980's. Real simple
stuff that somehow clicked.




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Where does your music collection end? "Z" has only a few
entrants. Frank Zappa, The Zombies, Warren Zevon,
think the was a group called the Zebras, John Zorn.
Mine ends with a Russian group called Zvuki Mu. Not
exactly sure why I have something by this group. Think
it might be from a Trouser Press Record Guide and I found
a used copy somewhere. Anyway something from the
"Z's" for your listening experience.
"Zvuki Mu-Grubiy Zakat (Russian experimental rock)"




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"Snot", a band out of LA in the late 90's had high hopes
but never really caught on like they hoped. Then their
lead singer Lynn Strait was tragically killed in a traffic
accident. So "Snot" had to carry on somehow with
an audition of other lead singers trying to re-create
their mediocre success. This track showed up on a
CMJ sampler (CMJ Magazine had a CD in every issue
of the the newest bands. I subscribed to CMJ for about
6 years and have about a 4" stack of these CD's).
You connected to the heavy metal scene might like this
tune.

Members of Snot with vocals by Lajon of Sevendust "Angels Son"




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Keeping things in an area I don't frequent too often,
is a band called "Doves" from the UK. This tune I
liked from the first listening. Another CMJ introduction.

Doves "Catch the Sun"



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A3 or Alabama 3 showed up on a CMJ sampler with a
tune called "Too sick to pray". Sounds good to me.




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A Finnish Band called "Pepe Deluxe" generated a
decent tune called "Woman in Blue" in the late 90's.





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