The New York Dolls were many things to many people but in their two 70's albums they released enough great material for numerous compilations, reconfigurations, reissues, and live albums. While their recent album didn't make as much of splash, entire careers and musical movements were founded on their initial sounds. Mere mention of the name "New York Dolls" evokes thoughts of lipstick, frilly scarves, tight leather pants that reveal it all, hairspray, and makeup. While it wouldn't be so out of place today, back then they were an oddity.
Thanks to rummaging through the vinyl of my dear friends, the Jones sisters, what we have here is one of the compilations, packed with great songs. One of the songs, "Give Her A Great Big Kiss" not appearing anywhere else.
No, these songs aren't rare, per se, save for "Give...", but it never made it to CD and, well...as with all vinyl, it is therefore rare.
Well, here's a quickie I had lying around. This is an interview the Cult did on Rockline when Between Good And Evil came out. I had the opportunity to see and meet the Cult at Tower Sunset, and they gave me a pass to see them at the Whiskey that night. It was amazing!
While Ian was too preoccupied on his platform, the rest of the band came down and took a picture with me. Matt in particular was enamored with my dog, Hawk. He said he had to leave his at home while touring. You can see Matt with some black legs and tail in front of him.
Alright...now for the final side: The "big name" and, conveniently, the organizer, Paul McCartney, and an all star jam, Rockestra.
1. GOT TO GET YOU INTO MY LIFE -- Paul McCartney & Wings 2. EVERY NIGHT -- Paul McCartney & Wings 3. COMING UP -- Paul McCartney & Wings 4. LUCILLE -- Rockestra 5. LET IT BE -- Rockestra 6. ROCKESTRA THEME -- Rockestra
Alright rare music fans. Time to turn the record over (if you are a rare music fan, you remember doing that!)
This is side 2 of Concerts For the People Of Kampuchea.
The songs on this side are:
1. THE WAIT -- Pretenders 2. PRECIOUS -- Pretenders 3. TATTOOED LOVE BOYS -- Pretenders 4. THE IMPOSTER -- Elvis Costello & The Attractions 5. CRAWLING FROM THE WRECKAGE -- Rockpile 6. LITTLE SISTER -- Rockpile with Robert Plant
Listen carefully to the end where one of the backing vocalists from the band forgot the cue for the end of the song. Then someone mentions something about turning the microphone off.
Before Live Aid, before Conspiracy Of Hope, before No Nukes, before Live 8, before even the Freddy Mercury AIDS benefit, there was Concert(s) for the People Of Kampuchea (of course, after Bangladesh, Woodstock, and Monterey Pop). A concert held over 4 nights at the Hammersmith Odeon (of course, cause it seems all great shows take place "over there"). Featuring Paul McCartney, Robert Plant, The Who, aforementioned Freddie Mercury-fronted Queen, Pretenders, Clash, and "sub-marquee" (at least for that time) artists Elvis Costello, Ian Dury, Specials, and Rockpile. At the time (I was 11 or 12) all I really knew about Kampuchea was there was a really cool double album for it. Of course, this was to provide famine relief to the victims of Pol Pot's (yes, the "Pol...Pot...Pol...Pot" from Dead Kennedys' "Holiday in Cambodia") Khmer Rouge regime (we knew many of them as "boat people"). It did bring some awareness, and who knows if it raised money of significance. As with many other third-world-country-of-the-week benefits, the biggest impact it probably had, however, was raising people's awareness that there was this really cool benefit album with some great groups, and that it still remains to be released on CD and DVD (there was a VHS)...and probably the only people it "benefitted" are the CD and DVD pirates making a boatload (sorry...I couldn't resist the bad joke) selling counterfeit CD-Rs and DVD-Rs that cost them a dime a dozen to produce.
So...for your enjoyment, the first of 4 part series, Side 1 of Concerts For the People Of Kampuchea:
1. BABA O'RILEY -- The Who 2. SISTER DISCO -- The Who 3. BEHIND BLUE EYES -- The Who 4. SEE ME, FEEL ME -- The Who
Bless them for leaving in Entwhistle's false start. I remember that clearly from 81, when this was released. It's a good thing they didn't have Pro Tools back them. This is a really clean transfer. Listen in headphones cause you can even hear stage chatter.
Coming up next: Pretenders, Elvis, and Rockpile/Robert Plant
Well, Rodney on the ROQ let the cat out of the bag saying the new Redd Kross album is much like what we've come to expect of the old Redd Kross.
This following is a real treat. The newly reignited Redd Kross headlined Coachella. O.k...they didn't "headline" but they may as well have. Here they were in one of the tents, rockin' out and showing everyone else how to do it. I've split the video in two, and the audio is available to listen to or download.
Sorry for the flip4mac watermark, but i'm too cheap to spring for the Pro version.