Archive for July, 2013

Sinking Ships- The Cinema Clock 7”

Posted in 1980, 1980s, post-punk on July 15, 2013 by Frankie Teardrop

Sinking Ships were a criminally undersung post-punk band, lost in the mire of the early 1980s explosion.  The band released two singles and two compilation tracks on the infamous Household Shocks compilation, disappearing off the face of the earth after 1980.  They seemed to draw great UK press at the time and even caught the attention of John Peel, who played the tracks on his infamous radio program.   The band opened up for several bigger names at the time, including the Psychedelic Furs, but never could tap into that same level of success as their peers.   A similar tale to many we’ve heard here in the past, hopefully culiminating in a new audiece for this excellent single.

There is a different rip of this single floating around, but I’ve re-ripped a copy I picked up recently for maximum enjoyment.  Once more, my good friend Goutroy and I will be teaming up to bring you the full 7” discography of the band.  You can find his rip of the Dream 7” over at A Viable Commercial, complete with an equally strong a-side and a curiously overlong live dirge crammed on to side B.   As for this single, the title track is one of my favorite obscure post-punk rave-ups, akin to the likes of Chairs Missing-era Wire and early Modern English.  The b-side is a catchy, jangly affair with a huge, pub-singalong kind of chorus that shuffles over the course of three minutes.

The Sinking Ships- The Cinema Clock 7”
1. The Cinema Clock
2. Strangers

*download it here*

Sixtieth Parallel- Into Bliss 12”

Posted in 1980s, 1988, alternative, paisley underground, post-punk, sixtieth parallel on July 8, 2013 by Frankie Teardrop

Sixtieth Parallel were an undersung US three piece from California, playing in the vein of early U2, The Chameleons, Mighty Lemon Drops, Sad Lovers and Giants, Blue Hollow, etc. (aka, some of my very favorite things).  Tight rhythm section, guitars reminiscent of the alternative explosion of the mid-80s, and really catchy songwriting at every turn.  This is their only documented release, dropped in 1988 on Dr. Dream records.

This 12” was highly recommended by my friend Teresa and I’ve been enjoying it for a few months now.  It can be found easily and for relatively cheap prices if you’re into it, and rumor has it the band has reunited to record new versions of old demos, so keep an eye out for those!

Sixtieth Parallel- Into Bliss 12”
1. Over And Over
2. Passionately Deep
3. Like Dust
4. Trust
5. One Day
6. Into Bliss

*download it here*