Episode 118: Do Your Homework!

Do Your Homework!

Do Your Homework!

Episode 118: Do Your Homework! (Grumpy Punk Part VII)
(Featuring post-punk selections, drawing heavily from the Homework series of compilations.)

While The Grumpy Punk is always near and dear to this show, he often goes quite a while without making an appearance. Then, without warning, he kicks in the door, twisted on something it is probably best not to inquire about, with a stack of records that he needs to play, NOW! No questions asked. I’ve stopped trying to reign him in whenever he comes over, and while he drinks all my beer and inevitably breaks something valuable, he always leaves behind a trail of good memories and a foggy mind full of tunes that I can’t live without.

This week, The Grumpy Punk dug out all his Homework discs, a series of re-issues by the Hyped 2 Death record label. Hyped 2 Death has made an entire career out of rediscovering the obscure and the wonderful from old records, cassettes, and other strange and forgotten media from the original DIY period, between 1975 and 1985. These re-issues run the gambit from punk, power pop, experimental, post-punk, and everything in-between, and most often contain music by artists you’ve never heard of. Some of these groups were lucky enough to play live a handful of times, and in some cases, their records were an afterthought, if released at all to a handful of stores and friends. While others fared much better, these reissues document the amazing and incredible scenes that grew up all over in the wake of the first punk chord heard ’round the world.

Hyped 2 Death have several re-issue series that cover a number of different scenes, locales and genres. The “Homework” series – the focus of todays show – features American Post-Punk and Experimental acts that arose between ’77 and ’85. These also covers something that makes sense, thematically; it IS time to do your homework, not just in the sense that papers are due and the term is coming to a close, but these artists themselves offer you an education that you can’t get at an Institution of Learning.

So it goes. At least you’ll have this show to clue you in.

We also take a short side-trip into the post-punk releases of Portland, OR, and include some tracks from Greg Sage’s fantastic release, “History of Portland Punk, Vol. 1.” While much of it is a little more “Punk” than post-punk, some of the artists on that release fit perfectly, and you’ll find them here.

For more information about the music on todays show, check out the Hyped 2 Death website (http://www.hyped2death.com/) and, of course, the Zeno Records website, too (http://www.zenorecords.com/pdx.htm).

See ya in seven.

# Track * Artist * Album * Label
01.) Homework * Screaming Urge * Killed By Death Vol. 6 * Killed By Death Recordes
02.) Sunrise * Tidal Waves * Homework # 102 * Hyped 2 Death Records
03.) Modern Noise * Algebra Mothers * Homework # 7 * Hyped 2 Death Records
04.) You Got Me * Theoretical Girls * Homework # 1 ½ * Hyped 2 Death Records
05.) Flashcards * Smegma * Homework # 1 ½ * Hyped 2 Death Records
06.) Is It That Time Again * Bonemen of Barumba * Homework # 9 * Hyped 2 Death Records
07.) Debussy * Tom & Marty Band * Homework # 102 * Hyped 2 Death Records
08.) I Want Something New * Half Japanese * Homework # 104 * Hyped 2 Death Records
09.) Little Debbie * Redness * Homework #1 ½ * Hyped 2 Death Records
10.) Naugahyde * Ballistics * Homework #7 * Hyped 2 Death Records
11.) Call On Me * Adults * Homework # 10 * Hyped 2 Death Records
12.) Ladies With Appliances * Dow Jones & The Industrials * Homework # 104 * Hyped 2 Death Records
13.) You’re Not the One * Brain Damage * Homework # 7 * Hyped 2 Death Records
14.) Try To * Zach Swagger (w/ Data Panic & William Murray) * Homework # 1 ½ * Hyped 2 Death Records
15.) Last Graves At Dimbaza * 17 Pygmies * Homework # 101 * Hyped 2 Death Records
16.) Kill Him Again * Lester Bangs and Birdland * Homework # 9 * Hyped 2 Death Records
17.) Lester Bangs * Let It Blurt * Homework # 7 * Hyped 2 Death Records
18.) Gertrude Stein * The Rentals * Homework # 101 * Hyped 2 Death Records
19.) Thomas Edison * Bob * Homework # 7 * Hyped 2 Death Records
20.) Heathen Girls * Rose Whipperr & Mark Stowe * Homework # 5 * Hyped 2 Death Records
21.) Alexander Haig * Wilma * Homework # 5 * Hyped 2 Death Records
22.) I Owe to the Girls * Teddy & the Frat Girls * Homework # 104 * Hyped 2 Death Records
23.) Cuban Homo Farm * Silver Abuse * Homework # 1 ½ * Hyped 2 Death Records
24.) Do the Orbit * Skoings * Homework # 2 * Hyped 2 Death Records
25.) Something In Your Eyes * Artyard * Homework # 9 * Hyped 2 Death Records
26.) T.V. Pharmaceuticals * The Tenants * Homework # 2 * Hyped 2 Death Records
27.) 3-Piece 78 * Jim Shepard / Verticle Slit * Homework # 1 ½ * Hyped 2 Death Records
28.) Never Comes Down * Neoboys * History of Portland Punk Vol. 1 * Zeno Records
29.) World Gone Mad * Lotek * History Of Portland Punk Vol. 1 * Zeno Records
30.) Bug * Cleavers * History Of Portland Punk Vol. 1 * Zeno Records
31.) 1988 * Rubbers * History Of Portland Punk Vol. 1 * Zeno Records
32.) Empty * SST * Homework # 102 * Hyped 2 Death Records
33.) Work * Units * Homework # 2 * Hyped 2 Death Records
34.) Nico * Really Red * Homework # 101 * Hyped 2 Death Records
35.) Bourgeoisie * Clap * Homework # 8 * Hyped 2 Death Records
36.) The Pinnacles of Trona * John Allan Amstrong * Homework # 7 * Hyped 2 Death Records
37.) Subversive Pleasure * Chalk Circle * Homework # 9 * Hyped 2 Death Records
38.) Underground Passion * Bolivians * Homework # 7 * Hyped 2 Death Records
39.) Existential Baby * Consumers * Homework # 8 * Hyped 2 Death Records
40.) Falling * Carsickness * Homework # 10 * Hyped 2 Death Records
41.) Never Seen Before * Wild Stares * Homework # 103 * Hyped 2 Death Records
42.) Vacation A * Bomis Prendin * Homework # 10 * Hyped 2 Death Records
43.) The Prince and the Showgirl * Cult Heroes * Homework # 8 * Hyped 2 Death Records

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