Episode 139: The Way-Back Machine! (Grumpy Punk Part VIII, Vinyl Solution Part VI)
(Featuring The Grumpy Punk Part VIII, and Vinyl Solution Part VI; presenting Garage Blues gems from the psychedelic side of things.)
As the resident Grumpy Punk of this show, I find it important to hold fast to strongly held opinions about music without considering them too quickly or rationally. And in doing my research for the History Lesson shows, I felt that it was really important to reiterate how important the ’60’s were in terms of setting up the musical milieu that made punk rock possible. One of the many and varied ingredients was undoubtedly the Blues Rock movement that influenced everyone from The Animals, The Blues Project, The Blues Magoos, and a number of other groups that all moved in that direction.
As I hoped to illustrate in this hour, the bands that adopted this genre recorded loud, anarchic stompers that shook the walls, the audience, and listeners at home. While I can’t say that these records are the only things that led to the eventually genre that spread in the ’70’s, these albums definitely exhibit early warning signs. By entering the Way-Back Machine, and using an all-vinyl source to do it, I was hoping to create a case for this being some of the punk music of that particular decade. Of course, to really follow this line of thinking to its most logical extent, I would need the albums compiled by the geniuses behind the Back From The Grave series of CD reissues. However, I had to do the best I could with what I had.
This was the first part of two sequential Vinyl Solution shows, the send of which features Novelty Recordings. You can find more information about this show in this post. This was part of a larger concept, in that I wanted to feature a lot of the newer records I’ve scored in my various shopping adventures. Since my purchases as of late have been vacillating between garage records and novelty recordings, I felt that two shorter shows may be the best way to accomplish this. It only just so happened that I was able to weave a couple of nice audio essay into these two hours. Special thanks to Miss Rikki of Closet Radio, Rita, and Cornelius for hanging out during this hour. DJing records is a lot of work, and it was nice to have the company as I was trying to stay on task.
See ya in seven.
The Way-Back Machine