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The Left.... (Hagerstown, MD 1983-84)

03/21/2015 20:41:56 PM

You're SoThere were a few smallish towns just south of the Mason-Dixon Line like Frederick and Hagerstown that spawned music that traveled up the DC/Harrisburg punk rock axis. This local scene passed just west of my hometown Lancaster and competed ...

High School USA 1959............... ......to School Reform 2015

03/08/2015 22:02:45 PM

I heard High School USA last week in the car on RDV, the great doo-wop station Radio Delaware Valley. It could use a little updating. Tommy Facenda made around 30 versions of his one-hit for different cities and AM radio markets. This take covered ...

...The OOgies............................... ...................(Lancaster 1991-92)

02/20/2015 23:21:01 PM

The Oogies are about the fourth generation in the gloriously convoluted inbred Gamber/Rex dynasty of Lancaster garage punk/metal bands: the Bodies to Last Knight to the Real Gone to Jack Lord's Hair I to II to III to the Oogies to Jack Lord's ...

Fucked Up Bouncing Devil Bagels..... .....Tape Oddities.... (Lancaster mid-80s)

02/03/2015 21:54:38 PM

You never know what you'll find when you play out the leftover tape on the end of a cassette side. Sometimes it's the most interesting and weird stuff, like the dusty records stuffed under the bins at Stan's Record Bar: cutouts, promos, and ...

We could be having a lot more fun... ...........hanging out in a wax museum.... Penal Code (Lancaster 1986)

01/30/2015 22:03:41 PM

In August of 1986, the remains of The Bodies and The Real Gone briefly stitched together a band in my parents' basement and called it "Penal Code" in honor of the local top 40 cover band known as "Color Code." We managed to slop through one ...

James "Rebel" O'Leary............... ......The Man... The Legend (c1930-1994)

12/21/2014 20:51:39 PM

Jack Lord's Hair ...... Season 2: ...... The Difference Between Trash and Garbage ..........................(Lancaster 1988)

11/22/2014 12:00:49 PM

The second season of Jack Lord's Hair starts to show a little maturity, not quite as silly as Season 1: War of the Monster Trucks, but with tongue still in somebody's cheeks. I'm off being a college kid, and Russ Cox takes over on bass, followed ...

So the Prophets Say................ ........The Centurys - Lebanon PA 1965-67

10/26/2014 00:34:50 AM

One of central PA's bands made it into the canon of 60s punk classics with their regional hit Hard Times, but the Centurys were truly unusual at the time for their pro-war stance.So the Prophets Say I bet they'll tell you that they're wiseAnd ...

The Bird World War... ................. .....50 Years of Surfin' Bird (1963-2013)

10/25/2014 09:38:54 AM

What's the Word?The Bird is the word. But does it surf?Prelude to war:The Rivingtons' Papa Oom Mow Mow

Circle of Shit Show.......... .........Punk Rock Invades Lancaster

09/13/2014 00:40:52 AM

MAY 22, 1984

The Electric Love Muffin................ ...That looks like my 6th grade teacher 0_0... Mr Kaufmann is that you?

08/21/2014 01:01:05 AM

I must have seen the Electric Love Muffin more than any other band when I went to college in Philly in 1987. They seemed to play out every week and I never got tired of seeing them boing-boinging all over stage to their not-too-serious, seemingly ...

Billy Synth & the Janitors... ........ ...Punk Rock Janitors (Harrisburg 1978-80)

07/18/2014 11:39:48 AM

The great central Pennsylvania musical oddball Billy Synth sent me this 1978 EP after posting the last tapewrecks retrospective of his music. The Janitors were started by Billy and Bernie, the Capital City Mall custodian, who apparently lost ...

The Woods ............... (NYC 1985-87)

05/24/2014 00:20:01 AM

Linda Smith was in a real band in NYC before she retreated back to her Baltimore home with her 4-track recorder to make some of the most spare and pretty pop songs ever to grace a mail order cassette tape. The Woods have barely seen the light ...

Philly Garage Punk Roundup.... 1965-68

04/17/2014 19:47:39 PM

The EffectsThe truth behind the crack....The American TragedyThe BatsThe Bounty HuntersBright ImageThe Brotherly Lovers - Was a LieThe BucaneersThe Changing TymesThe Colors of NightThe DogsThe Down ChildrenThe Effects - I Won't Be ThereFacts ...

Radioactive Releases... ........... ......The Music of Three Mile Island

03/15/2014 14:55:47 PM

Root Boy Slim, doing the Meltdown? Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburg recommended that pregnant women and young children evacuate the area near Three Mile Island in March 1979. Maybe he should have included musicians too....(Potter County ...

Coming in March on Tapewrecks.... "Radioactive Releases: The Songs of Three Mile Island"

02/09/2014 12:53:35 PM

...35 years and over 100 songs inspired by that little meltdown.......here's a little preview:(Potter County Was Made By the Hand of God, But the Devil Made) Three Mile Island - Al Shade & Jean Romaine

Last Knight (Lancaster 1984-85)

01/24/2014 21:54:10 PM

Clockwise from top left: Bob, Gregg (Rex), John, Andy, SeanWhen I first started playing with Rex in 1985, he was fresh from Last Knight, or kicked out, as the story goes, for wanting to play other music, and he still had his Flying-V and a metal ...

L18S.... The Later Teens.... ................(Harrisburg 1986)

01/12/2014 11:47:04 AM

The Late Teens lasted from 1978 to 1982, then seem to have briefly reformed in 1986 as the faster, tighter, more hardcore L18S.Got a 45JadedUnemployedHey Hey Hey Hey?Thanks to Joe Brady from Scanner for sending in the tape, and to Donna Jean ...

The Late Teens.... ...Atomic Love ....(Gettysburg/Harrisburg 1978-82)

01/03/2014 17:52:15 PM

Denteen, Bucky, Rage, & SavageI left the shattered back window of a Honda Civic in a parking lot near Harrisburg one January night in 1986. The frigid ride home was a small sacrifice to see one of countless shows at the Demi Club hosted by Mike ...

"Oh Come All Ye Mindless..." ......... .......Free Speech Carols (Berkeley 1964)

12/29/2013 23:42:22 PM

Garage sale-ing in the Bay Area could be ideological. You always had a good chance of finding some leftist literature or protest music from aging radicals. And they might say "Ah, I remember that...." as a way of saying goodbye and thanking ...

NUCLEAR Platters ................... ....The Unofficial CONELRAD Sequel

12/21/2013 11:39:55 AM

When the folks at CONELRAD put together Atomic Platters collecting the

Scott Miller... ................... ...Christmas for True Gamesters

12/15/2013 08:18:58 AM

Game Theory mailed Christmas tapes to fan club members in 1989 & 90. The truest gamester I know dubbed me a copy of the very silly Child's Christmas with it's most memorable Gordon Sumner send up and probably my first intro to Scott Miller.True ...

Reg Kehoe & his Marimba Queens.... ....Holy Cats! (Lancaster 1930s-50s)

12/07/2013 08:10:25 AM

At Guernsey Barn Pavillion in Lancaster (note deer carcasses in rafters)This terrific Marimba Queens Soundie has been making the rounds on the web for some time, but I didn't know they were from Lancaster until recently: some royal musical heritage ...

The Dead Milkmen - The Fictitious Years (Coatesville/Philly 1979-83)

10/20/2013 15:08:09 PM

Pope Garth O'NeilI first heard the Dead Milkmen from some tapes lent to me by Rustle Noonetwisting:

Todd Shuster's Report Cards ....... .............. (Philadelphia 1988-97)

10/14/2013 11:57:16 AM

After his marvelous pop punk to paisley journey with The Jags and The Impossible Years (1978-88), Todd Shuster disappeared into the grownup world of school teacher where, I can testify, nearly all free time gets sucked into the job and your ...

Kirk & the Jerks ..... ................ ..Live at the Chameleon (Lancaster 1987)

09/29/2013 22:02:10 PM

Listening back on Kirk and the Jerks playing live, they were hanging on for dear life as they cut these songs loose with no brakes. My favorite moment: The joyously botched guitar bridge near the end of To Hell With 'Em All, followed by Kirk's ...

Briggs Beall (Lancaster and Philadelphia 1984-89)

09/23/2013 16:01:42 PM

Briggs Beall was one of the first bands to play and record original not ready for primetime pop in 1980s Lancaster. Their first tape, Moral Complication, brought 80s jangle and post punk influences into their sound via a 4-track cassette machine ...