22 Sep 2012


Phranc – Lifelover (Surf Punks, 1981 TV documentary by Frans Bromet)

‘Lifelover’ is a song that I wrote a very long time ago. It was one of the very first songs that I wrote, around the time of ‘Take Off Your Swastika’. I wrote the song in a suicidal state. I wrote the song because I was so depressed that I wanted to die and I thought, if I write this song and I kill myself, I'll look really stupid. It was self-preservation that I wrote that song out of. And I tell you it has completely turned around and become my anthem. And… well that's where that song came from. It came from a very dark place, and my life has become very bright, because of it.Phranc

10 Sep 2012

How minimal can you get? #40

Animal Things
Animal Things was part [of] the early San Francisco Bay Area Punk Rock/Underground/Experimental music scene. They existed from late 1970's through mid to late 1980's. They now exist in cyberspace.Official website

Animal Things on tower at New Method, San Francisco. Joe Mama Nietzburg
They were the first official P.E.T Rock band; other notable P.E.T. Rock bands are Flipper and Church Police. P=Potentially E=Entertaining T=Torture.Dominique Leslie

P.E.T. Rock flyer
The ‘Red Spot’ compilation is from 1981, and it also happens to be the best representation of the great mixing of ‘art’ and ‘punk’ from this time. You get the Fried Abortions doing one-take proto-hardcore with ‘Joel Selvin’ (‘you're such a lively fart’, a brutal takedown of the ossified hippie culture still dominating local media) along with some of the early kings of artpunk in Minimal Man, the Wounds and the menacing Animal Things, who really should have produced their own full-length. Their track ‘Wanna Buy Some?’ is a simultaneously scathing and hilarious attack on the looming hard drugs scene and the over-worshipped New York no wave posse: ‘Wanna buy some fucking heroin, wanna buy some fucking dust… get the funk outta punk!’Sgt. Slaughter

Animal Things – Wanna Buy Some?

VA Red Spot LP (Subterranean Records, 1981)

Animal Things – It’s Dark in Here

4 Sep 2012

How minimal can you get? #39

Brain Damage 
In 1985, after the deaths of Harvey Milk and San Francisco Mayor Moscone and the infamous ‘Twinkie-defense’ trial of their assailant, Brain Damage rush-released their ‘Kill Dan White’ EP, which showcased a dizzying range of musical stylings. The spectacularly wheezy, garagey loopiness of ‘You're Not the One’ is our favorite… Chuck Warner

Brain Damage
I believe this was recorded in 1979. 4 tracks of male/female vocal sloppy artpunk, title track is great.Chris Renna

Brain Damage Kill Dan White Party 7" EP (More To Come Productions, 1985)
Brain Damage – You're Not The One
One more song here.

Any info related to Brain Damage would be greatly appreciated.