New arrivals week of: 7.5.2014

Hey Phono Select Subscribers,

July Weekend hours are as follows:

July 4th Friday -Closed/Holiday
July 5th Saturday Noon-4PM

Friday July 18th til 8PM
Saturday July 19th Noon til 4PM

Saturday July 26th Noon til 4PM

Normal weekly hours are Tues-Friday Noon -5:30/6PM

We’re always  busy cleaning and pricing new records every day around these parts. Come on down to the shop hang out bring us snacks and drinks and have a listen with us. 


We will buy or take donations of all your used Vinyl /CDs / Tapes / Posters/ Zines /Buttons / Cool Toys as long as they are in great shape and aren’t your Grandpa’s old Readers Digest records.

New 12” Vinyl
[Check out the sweet list below of what’s hitting the racks Saturday this July 5th, All records are first come first serve no holds]

AC/DC ‘Back in Black’
AC/DC ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap’
AC/DC ‘Fly On The Wall’
Adam and the Antz ‘Family of Noise’ (Fanclub LP 1978 Decca studio demos)
Adolescents ‘Welcome to Reality’ (10” version on colored vinyl)
Agent Orange ‘Living in Darkness (colored vinyls repress)
Al Greene ‘Greatest Hits’
Alphaville ‘The Singles Collection’
Alvin Lee/Mylon LeFevre ‘On the Road to Freedom’ (1973 US pressing)
Ariel Pink’s ‘Haunted Graffiti 5’
Baltimora ‘Living in the Background’ (80s Italian/Irish new wave band)
Beat Happening ‘s/t’ (repress0
Beatles ‘Abby Road’ (w/ Apple label)
Blunt Mechanic ‘World Record’ (Kind of like Spitting related)
Brain Rash ‘the Decay Is Becoming Comforting’ (Sacto/Oakland punk crust HC)
Captain Beefheart ‘The Spot Light Kid’ (early US pressing w/tan labels)
Carl Perkins ‘The Unissued’ (1990s Italian comp unreleased early Rockabilly material)
Colourbox ‘Baby I Love You So’ (4AD 12”)
Consolidated ‘s/t’ (Industrial Hip Hop from the late 80s)
Crime “Hate us or Love Us We Don’t Give a Fuck’ (1990 ltd ed repress)
David Rea ‘Slewfoot’ (1973 Country Rock album with help from members of the Dead)
Dayglow Abortions ‘Out of the Womb’ (Repress of their 1981 debut)
Dead Can Dance ‘Spleen and Ideal’ (1985 original pressing)
Descendents ‘Everything Sucks’ (OOP Epitaph LP from 1996)
Descendents ‘I don’t Want to Grow Up’ (repress)
Descendents ‘Milo Goes to College’ (repress)
Destruction ‘Mad Butcher’ (1988 ltd ed colored vinyl EP)
DEVO ‘Freedom of Choice’
Die Toten Hosen ‘Big Nightmare Continues’ (10” of classic punk covers)
DIF JUZ ‘Out of the Trees’ (4AD Post Punk/Reggae Dub from 1986)
Dustheads ‘Little Pieces’ (cool Brooklyn HC/Punk band)
Earth ‘A Bureaucratic Desire for Capsular Extraction’ (2010 pressing)
Econochrist ‘Ruination’ (1990 debut full length w/ fold out)
Eek-A-Mouse ‘EEK-OLOGY’ (cool collection of hits and rarities)
Executioner ’In the Name of Metal’ (1986 Boston Thrash Metal)
Flaming Lips ‘Oh My Gawd’ (colored vinyl repress)
Fleetwood Mac ‘Live’
Fleetwood Mac ‘Mirage’
Fleetwood Mac ‘Rumors’
Fleetwood Mac ‘s/t’
Fucked UP ‘David’s Town’ (cool 2011 RSD release)
Gen X ‘Kiss Me Deadly’ (feat one their best tracks ‘Stars Look Down’)
Grateful Dead ‘Workingman’s Dead’
Grave Digger ‘War Games’ (1986 German Speed Metal)
Harry Nilsson ‘Greatest Hits’
Honey Ltd ‘The Complete LHI Recordings’ (awesome 60s sunshine pop)
Husker Du ‘Candy Apple Grey’ (1986 WB pressing)
Iggy and the Stooges ‘Metallic KO’ (1999 Spanish ltd ed repress)
Iggy Pop ‘New Values’ (1979 solo album)
Iggy Pop ‘Solider’ (1980 solo album with ex Sex Pistol Glen Matlock)
Iggy Pop ‘The Idiot’ (1977 solo album)
Iggy Pop ‘Zombie Birdhouse’ (1982 solo album feat members of Blondie)
Iggy Pop and James Williamson ‘Kill City’ (Ltd ed repress with poster)
Iron Maiden ‘The Final Frontier’ (Sealed copy of double picture disc pressing)
Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg ‘Je T ‘Aime’ (1979 US pressing)
John Moore /Expressway ‘Out of my Mind’ (Jesus and Mary Chain related)
Johnny Cash ‘Heart of’ (1968 20 track best of double LP w/rad cover)
Jonathan Richman ‘Jonathan Sings’ (1983 Sire LP)
King Tubby ‘King of Dub’ (77-79 Dub sides comp)
LaVern Baker ‘s/t’ (Italian collection of her rockin sides from 53-62)
Lee Perry ‘The Sound Collector ’(72-78 Dub plates collection)
Life Sentence ‘s/t’ (Chicago Punk/HC from 1986)
Lou Reed ‘The Best of: Walk on the Wild Side’ (1980 best of LP)
Lounge Lizards ‘s/t’ (cool NYC based avant-garde Jazz Bop Rock)
Marianne Faithfull ‘Broken English’ (awesome record, dark and brooding)
McCarthy ‘Banking Violence’
McCarthy ‘I Inherit the Earth’
Miles Davis/Marcus Miller ‘Siesta’ (cool 1987 soundtrack LP)
MOD ‘USA for MOD’ (NYC Thrash Hardcore, 1987)
Morning ‘Struck Like Silver’ (60s/70s Bay Area Folk/Psych/Rock)
MRR ‘Noise Ordinance’ (Bay Area Punk Comp)
Murphy’s Law ‘s/t’ (OG Pressing on green vinyl NYHC)
Murphy’s Law ‘The Best of Times’ (ltd ed colored vinyl repress)
Nico ‘The End..’ (Repress of her awesome 1974 album)
Nina Hagen ‘NunSexMonkRock’ (OG 1982 press, one of the best records ever)
Niney the Observer ‘Messages from Trenchtown’ (70s Observer label comp)
Nirvana ‘Almost Everything –the BBC Sessions’ (Fanclub ltd ed)
No Bunny ‘Raw Romance’ (ltd ed unreleased material collection)
Pelican ‘What We All Come to Need’ (colored vinyl)
Pitch Black ‘s/t’ (cool Death Punk from the Bay Area from 2002)
Queen ‘Greatest Hits’
Queen ‘Hot Space’
Queen ‘News of the World’
Quincy Jones ‘The Pawnbroker’ (cool Jazz score)
Rancid ‘Let’s Go’ (double 10” version)
Randy ‘Randy the Band’ (2005 album Swedish punk cool guys)
Reach the Sky ‘So Far from Home’ (Boston sXe hardcore goodness)
Red Box ‘The Circle & The Square’ (80s New Wave band)
Residents ‘Kawi-Liga’ (1986 Euro 12” Dance Mix of the Hank Williams tune)
Robot Has Werewolf Hand ‘The Endless’ (2003 mini-LP punk/hc/crust)
Rolling Stone ‘Tattoo You’
Rolling Stones ‘Exile on Main St’ (1987 repress)
Saxon ‘Crusader’ (autographed copy)
SGM ‘Aggression’ (80s Seattle punk/metal party band)
Shannon and the Clams ‘Sleep Talk’
Siouxsie and the Banshees ‘Cities in Dust’ (12” EP with exclusive versions)
Sleater-Kinney ‘Dig Me Out’ (1997 early pressing no barcode)
Small Brown Bike ‘Fell & Found’ (really good album)
SNFU ‘..and no one else wanted to play’ (1985 Euro press with bloody cover)
Soul Asylum ‘Clam Dip and Other Delights’
Soul Asylum ‘Hang Time’ (Dal loves this album)
Soul Asylum ‘Say What You Will..’
Soul Asylum ‘While You Were Out’
Steel Pulse ‘Reggae Greats’ (comp from 1984 of hits)
Stevie Ray Vaughan ‘The Axe That Grinds’ (hard to find fanclub live LP w/ great sound)
T. Rex ‘2fer’ (1972 German double LP of their first two records)
T. Rex ‘Electric Warrior’ (import pressing)
Talking Heads ‘Little Creatures’
Talking Heads ‘Speaking In Tongues’
Talking Heads ‘True Stories’
The Adolescents‘s/t’ (Ltd Collectors Edition picture disc of their blue album)
The Biters ‘Wooden Glove ‘(Young Governor related)
The Black and Whites ‘s/t’ (Ramones inspired garage punk)
The Black Angels ‘Passover’ (psych garage goodness)
The Black Angels ‘Phosgene Nighmare’ (10” ltd Ed RSD OOP)
The Black Angels ‘Phospene Dream’ (psych garage goodness)
The Boys ‘In Concert’ (OOP Japanese BBC sessions LP)
The Boys ‘To Hell with the Boys’ (77 punk 2000 Italian repress)
The Church ‘s/t’ (US pressing with altered track listing of their Aussie debut)
The Clash ‘Black Market Clash’ (10” from 1980)
The Clash ‘London Calling’ (Early pressing with printed inner sleeve)
The Dickies ‘Paranoid’ (3 song white vinyl 10” from 1978)
The Feelies ‘Crazy Rhythms’ (OG 1980 Stiff US pressing)
The Heartbreakers ‘Live at Mothers’ French Import of an early 1976 gig with Hell and Thunders)
The Kits ‘Primitive Tales’ (Aussie Rock n Rollers with a Saints vibe)
The Leather Nun ‘I Can Smell Your Thoughts’ (12” remix EP)
The Meatmen ‘We’re the Meatmen’ (Repress)
The Mighty Lemon Drops ‘Happy Head’ (cool 80s English jangle pop)
The Mighty Lemon Drops ‘Out of Hand’ (cool 80s English jangle pop)
The Mighty Lemon Drops ‘World without End’ (cool 80s English jangle pop)
The Misfits ‘Static Age’
The Mummies ‘Play Their Own Record’ (Garage punk greatness)
The Naked Into ‘Here Comes The World’ (cool Bay Area Post Punk from 86)
The Only Children ‘Change of Living’ ( KS band with members of the Anniversary)
The Pretenders ‘Get Close’ (1986 album)
The Raspberries ‘Fresh’
The Three O’Clock ‘Arrive Without Traveling’
The Wasps ‘This Waspunk’ (77 English punk)
Third World ‘Rock the World’
Tiffany’s Shade ‘s/t’ (repress, 60s psych pop/folk)
Tom Waits ‘Franks Wild Years’
Tom Waits ‘Nighthawks at the Diner’
TOOL ‘Opiate’ (repress)
Torche ‘In Return’ (10” w/CD)
TRUST ‘Ideal’ (French metal band, 1983 album)
Twisted Sister ‘You Can’t Stop Rock n Roll’ (Their best awesome street metal)
U2 ‘October’
U2 ‘War’(OG with gatefold sleeve)
VA ‘50’ (Stardumb Records Pop Punk comp)
VA ‘500 Miles to Glory’ (Gearhead Records Rock n Roll comp 1995)
VA ‘I Thrash Therefore I Am’ (vinyl pressing of cool 1985 punk/HC tape)
VA ‘Killed by Epitaph’ 9(awesome KBD style Dutch Punk/HC comp)
VA ‘No New York’ (repress of legendary NYC No Wave comp from 78)
VA ‘Pure British Pop V.1’ (KBD style Power Pop/Mod Pop comp)
VA ‘Rhythm Come Forward’ (reggae essentials comp)
VA ‘Straight or Gay’ (Jazz comp from 1924-1941 of songs about sex)
VA ‘Tantrum’ (LA 80s/90s Alt/Punk comp with Groovie Ghoulies)
VA ‘They Pelted Us with Rocks and Garbage’ (awesome Cleland punk comp)
VA ‘Where the Birdmen Flew’ (Aussie KBD style early punk comp)
Wasted Youth ‘Get Out of My Yard’ (OG  pressing)
Wilderness Road ‘s/t’ (cool as heck late 60s early 70s Chicago based subversive hippies)
Wolves in the Throne Room ‘Malevolent Grain’ (2 Track EP from 2009)

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New Stuff: JUNE 6th

It’s hot, get some cool records to enjoy in front of the fan while you sip on ice tea!

Hey we’re open today til 8pm and tomorrow from 10am til 2-3pm.
Here is some of the rad stuff that hit the racks today!

12” Vinyl

2 Live Crew “Banned In The USA” (Sealed 1990 12” Single w/4 mixes)
Adult Crash “Unfinished Business” (2014 Ep XXX)
Agression “Don’t Be Mistaken” (1983 Skate/Punk)
Al Stewart “Year Of The Cat” (1978 ltd ed Mo-Fi from Japan)
Bauhaus “Kick In The Eye” (1982 UK import ep)
Black Flag “First Four Years” (1983 collection of 7” singles and various comps)
Black Sabbath “ST” (1993 pressing of 1970 debut lp)
Blast!  “Expression Of Power” (ltd ed clear 3 lp repress)
Blue Oyster Cult “ST” (Debut lp early US pressing 1972)
Cactus “Restrictions” (1971 3rd LP)
Chelsea “ST” (Italian repress 2008)
Christian Death “Sevan Kand” (1989 ep OOP)
Cockney Rejects “Best Of The..” (UK ltd ed 1996)
Corrupted Morals “Cheese-It” (1989 Lookout lp)
David Bowie “Heroes” (1977 album 2nd pressing)
David Bowie “Scary Monsters” (1980 lp, 14th studio lp)
Dead Boys “Young Loud and Snotty” (early Sire pressing)
Depeche Mode “Black Celebration” (1986 pressing embossed jacked & printed inner sleeve)
Depeche Mode “Construction Time Again” (1983 third lp)
Dissent “ST” (1988 self titled lp)
Duke Ellington “Best Of” (1961 Big Band comp)
Fugazi “Repeater” (later pressing w/printed inner sleeve)
Fugazi “ST” (debut 7 song ep 1988)
Gray Matter “Food For Thought” (2008 ltd colored vinyl Green Marble)
Home “Pause For A Hoarse Horse” (1971 debut from UK prog/country rock band)
Ill Repute “What Happens Next” (ltd 2008 clear orange vinyl)
Jackbites “God Save Us Poor Sinners” (US pressing 1998, ltd 500. w/ 7” hard to find/rare)
Jags “Evening Standards” (UK Power Pop lp 1980)
James Brown “Hell” (1974 early pressing gatefold)
Jay Reatard “Blood Visions” (2009 Fat Possom solo debut)
John Coltrane “The Best Of” (1983 best of Pablo)
John Fahey “Vol 4” (1970 lp)
Judas Priest “Sad Wings Of Destiny” (1983 US RCA pressing of 1976 release)
Last Poets “ST” (ST debut 2nd pressing 1970)
Led Zeppelin “Coda” (1982 gatefold lp embossed letter and hard printed/inner sleeve)
Minor Threat  “Out Of Step” (recent pressing of classic debut, poster insert)
Minor Threat “2 x 7” (yellow cover, recent pressing)
Minutemen “What Makes A Man Start Fires” (early pressing of 1988 lp)
Monks “Early Years 64-65” (LTD pressing 2009 of early material, OOP)
New Order “Substance” (1987 Double comp, all the singles featuring 12” versions + B sides)
NWA “100 Miles and Runnin’ “ (1990 original sealed pressing, 1st post Ice Cube release)
Ozzy Osbourne “Speak Of The Devil” (1982 double live gatefold album)
Phil Lynott “Solo In Soho” (1980 Debut solo lp by Phil Lynott-Thin Lizzy)
Phil Lynott “The Phil Lynott Album” (1982 2nd solo lp)
Poison Idea “Kings Of Punk” (2013 Deluxe double vinyl reissue, ltd colored vinyl)
Red Hot Chilli Peppers “ST” (Sealed original 1984 copy)
Rikk Agnew “All By Myself” (2010 ltd ed Clear vinyl repress)
Rose Tattoo “ST” (1980 US pressing of their 1978 Aussie Debut)
Rush “Exit…Stage Left” (1981 double lp gatefold)
Satan Wriders “Black Eyed Kids” (2014 Debut from Stockton punk/indie/pop band”
SDTK “Absolute Begginers” (1986 Mod themed musical, title track was a David Bowie hit.  Very Two Tone inspired)
SDTK “Enter The Dragon” (180 gram sealed repress)
SDTK “School Daze” (Spike Lee Joint lp from 1988 Sealed)
Serge Gainsbourg “Le Zenith De Gainsbourg” (Sealed 1989 French only live lp)
Sir Douglas Quintet “Mono Singles” (Mono singles 68-72 double lp sealed.  OOP)
Skid Row “34 Hours” (Original US pressing featuring Gary Moore and Phil Lynott)
South Central Cartel “ST” (1991 debut album, sealed/original)
Supersonic “JJ  Fad” (Sealed 12” single of 1987 hit)
Tag Team “Whoomp! There It Is” (Sealed 1993 lp)
Technotronic ‘Get Up!’ (12” single / sealed copy)
Television “Adventure” (ltd ed 180 gram pressing)
Television “Marquee Moon” (1977 pressing of debut original)
The Targets “Unity Beat” (1983 mini lp So Cal 80’s)
Thelonious Monster “Stormy Weather” (1989 lp)
Thin Lizzy “Chinatown” (10th lp, printed inner sleeve)
Tom Waits “Foreign Affairs” (1977 original pressing)
Troublemakers “Great Lost Trouble Makers Album” (1998 German pressing. OOP)
V.A. “Nuggets Volume 3” (14 tracks of some of the 6Ts best”
Waco Fuck “Eliminate Culture” (ltd colored vinyl 2014)
Warren Schatz “ST” (1971 lp)
Yellow Sunshine “ST” (1973 Philly, hard to find)

Don’t forget we’re now open during the week from noon til 5PM Tues-Friday!

Cool shows coming up in the area and other fun stuff!
Bachelor of Fine Arts + Capt. Billy and the Whiz Bang + Shouju Kitten + Auburn Road.  Starlite Lounge, 1517 21st St, 21+, $6.

Warthog + Night Nurse + SSyndrom + Burial Dirge. 8 pm @  Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd, all ages.$8.
Dance Gavin Dance + Life in 24 Frames + City of Vain + Cemetery Sun. 5 pm @ Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th and I, free, all ages.
Plan 9 + The Strange Party + Left Hand Band + Them Creatures.  Starlite Lounge, 1517 21st St, 21+, $7.
The Sloths + Drive Thru Mystics + + Troublemakers.  9 pm @ Old Ironsides, 10th and S, 21+, $8.

Violent Opposition + Dead Weight + Hemorhage + Khaos Assault + Jim Kelly Kung Fu Orchestra.  8 pm @ Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd, all ages.
Primer 55 + Mind Furnace + Took + For All I’ve Done. On the Y, 670 Fulton Ave, 21+.
Supersuckers + Dry Country Drinkers + The Devils Train + Ballistic Burnout.  9 pm @ Assembly, 10th and K, $15.

Seraphim + Crystal Goblet + Sleeping Weather.  Café Colonial, 3520 Stockton Blvd, all ages, $7.

Forty Fathoms + With Wolves + Conflicts.  Boardwalk, 9426 Greenback Lane, all ages.
N-Men Summer BBQ.  Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd, 21+.
Wounded Lion + Fine Steps.  Witch Room, 1815 19th St, 18+.
Demon Lung + Wounded Giant + Castle + Black Majick Acid + Bog Oak.  7 pm @ Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd, all ages, $8.
The Americas (mem of Velvet Teen) + ghostnote + Der Spazm.  8 pm @ Witch Room 1815 19th St, 18+
Casa de BBQ w/ music and food including No Red Flags + Erin Cookmen + SSA. 5 pm @ Casa de Chaos, all ages, $5-10
Detroit + PMMA + Horrendous Miscreation + KnifethruHead + No Fucks Given.  Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd, all ages.
7 Seconds + Secretions + Lonely Kings + Col. Jimmy and the Blackfish.  5 pm @ Cesar Chavez Plaza, 10th and I, all ages, free.
Hillstomp + Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit + West Nile Ramblers.  Harlows 2708 J St, 21+.
Razorblade Monalisa + Common Men + Black Market Sunday.  9 pm @ Old Ironsides, 10th and S, $6, 21+.
Son of Satan (Venom tribute) + Mutilacion + Killgasm (cd release) + Blashpemous Creation.  8 pm @ Café Colonial, 3520 Stockton Blvd, all ages, $8.
Alterbeast + Kennedy Veil + Extirpate.  8 pm @ Back 9 Bar and Grill, 7925 Arcadia Dr, Citrus Heights. All ages.
Barfly Effect + Rebel Punk + Ghosttown Rebellion.  8 pm @ Back 9 Bar and Grill, 7925 Arcadia Dr, Citrus Heights.  All ages.
King Buzzo (of the Melvins) + Field..  8 pm @ Assembly, 1000 K St, 21+.
Keep it from the Cops (ep release) + Julie the Bruce + Herd Mindset + Hit Reset.  Colony, 3512 Stockton Blvd, all ages, $5.
Mount Eerie + Healing Potpourri.  8 pm @ Witchroom, 1815 19th St, 18+
Hail the Sun + My Iron Lung + Idlehands + City Cop. 5 pm @ Midtown Barfly, 1815 19th St. all ages, $10.
Scratch Outs + Long Shots.  Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd, 21+.
Pelican + Tombs + Summit. Midtown Barfly, 1119 21st St, $12/15.
Dog Party + Kepi Ghoulie + PETS + Shouju Kitten.  6 pm @ Witch Room, 1815 19th St, all ages.$7.
Renderers (New Zealand) + Artemis + Art Lessing and Flower Vato.  7 pm @ Chillanova, 802 Villanova, Davis, all ages, $5, potluck before show.
Corpsefucking Art (Italy) + Exhumer (Italy) + Vomit God + Embodied Torment.  8 pm @ Starlite Lounge, 1517 21st St, 21+, $8.
The  Business + The Attack + The West Lords.  Blue Lamp, 1400 Alhambra Blvd, 21+.
The World is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die + Unconditional Arms + So Stressed + VVomen.  7 pm @ Café Colonial, 3520 Stockton Blvd, all ages, $7.

FEA (mem of Girl in A Coma) + Slow Motion Dive + Mad Judy.  7 pm @ Witch Room, 1815 19th St, all ages! $10.

JUNE 20-22 
Dad’s Bop, Swap, and Car Show – Live music, burlesque, dj’s, car show, record swap and more @ Blue Lamp (Fri), West Sac VFW (Sat), Swabbies (Sun).  $10-15. Fri 21+, Sat/Sun, all ages. 

Saturday Matinee with Phono Select!

Warbus aka War Bus (1986) : Italian ‘Namsploitation

A small group of Christian missionaries come under attack by the Viet Cong and are forced to flee in an old school bus. Along the way they are joined by a group of battle hardened American Special Forces soldiers and together they desperately fight to make it to safety.


First album from LA New Wave superstars Berlin with vocalist Virginia Macolino.

The material on “Information” is similar in sound to the period of their popularity; acoustic drums, guitars and synths together, but is vastly different in tone. The material is far more “New Wave” in orientation; at times resembling DEVO more than the band who would record “Sex [I’m A…].” Chris Velasco, who would later leave the band, contributes strong guitar work and the biggest difference between this album and the subsequent “Pleasure Victim” EP was that John Crawford, only wrote a small part of this material instead of dominating the writing as he did going forward.

A large pleasure of this album is that the lyrics are more socially than sexually concerned. The classic New Wave tropes of future shock, new technology, and rejection of mainstream values abound on this album for the first and last time for Berlin. The band was composed of Jo Julian on synths [who also produced], Dan Van Patten on drums, Chris Velasco on guitar, the familiar John Crawford on bass, and Virginia Macolino on vocals.

The album was released in 1980, but fairly reeks of 1979 New Wave! Macolino’s vocals are full of defiant attitude for the most part. Her singing on the opener “Mind Control” recalls the New Wave swoop of Lene Lovich that you can hear as the foundation that über-bimbo Dale Bozzio probably drew upon when Missing Persons got their mojo working the following year. Macolino’s punkette vocals are also abetted and matched with various forms of vocal effects and vocoding for that all important technological New Wave emphasis that was in the air like pollen at the time. The variety of vocal effects employed here is far beyond what was usually the norm for this time.

“Overload,” which is familiar to those with the Renegade Records pressing of “A Matter Of Time” is a great number with a stuttering drum pattern courtesy of Van Patten. For the most part, rhythm is via a traditional kit, well played and recorded. A smattering of synthetic percussion appears, but this album was largely made with beefy, rock drumming that gives it a heft that would be missing from synthpop groups a year or two down the road.

The following number, “City Nights” has great staccato guitar from Velasco that meshes most excellently with Julian’s synth work. This track, more than any other, hits the Ultravox mark that Crawford and the band [all Ultravox fans; Foxx era] were clearly aiming for. It manages to echo the values of “Systems Of Romance” and Conny Plank’s production thereof where guitars and synths doubled for each other for a unified, synthetic hybrid that was neither fish nor fowl, but more powerful than both. That it takes its cues from that approach while not cloning Ultravox’s sound, per se, is a huge plus. Perhaps it’s not surprising that after this album was recorded, keyboardist/producer Jo Julian found himself engineering for John Foxx.

Side two has the debut single, “A Matter Of Time,” recut with Macolino singing lead. It doesn’t stray far from the Teri Nunn original vocal. It’s still a great song from the pen of John Crawford. The underlying synth riffs evoke cinematic James Bond soundtrack music rather successfully. It’s followed by “Middle Class Suicide,” a less-than-subtle attack on the Hollywood mainstream; called “Zone-H” here. I’m assuming that’s SoCal slang in any case. The tracks leaps into DEVO-space [or is that Zappa space?] with its herky-jerky consistently shifting time signatures in part of the chorus.

The concluding “Uncle Sam” really does the DEVO thing rather well to the point that it recalls “Race Of Doom” in its synthetic percussion, which was not released for a year afterward. Hmmm… I wonder? The lyrics seem politically charged but on closer inspection resist interpretation. The album is well played and produced and if it seems like it was cut by a completely different band than the group that released “Pleasure Victim” two years later, that’s because it really was. This is a vastly different group to the one called Berlin afterward. And therein lies its charm.


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