Monday, April 27, 2009

RuHtf: Reason to visit Germany

If you need a reason to visit Germany, here it is...

The Ramones Museum, as shot by my mom.

My apologies for the width of the viewer. To see the full picture, go here:

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

An interview I did with Terry's grandmother about her book, Look Back And Laugh

I put this up a while back and wanted to share it. I had done this interview with GG back in 2000. I don't really think I'm competition for Letterman or Larry King...But I held my own. GG, of course, was captivating and fascinating, and very capably answered all my volleys.

You can find her memoir here.

Wow..someone's got a signed copy!

Anyhow...enjoy, and pass this along.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

RuHtf: Louis & Clark - Hollywood Capacity: Maximum

This is a rarity. I found this at a Salvation Army Thrift Store of all places on cassette.

Louis Guiterrrez from, of course, The Three O'Clock wrote "Walkin' Down Your Street" with Susanna Hoffs. The Bangles had a bigger hit with it.

Here's some interesting info I found:

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The short-lived Los Angeles-based power pop group Louis & Clark was started by guitarist Louis Gutierrez after he left the Three O'Clock following 1986's Ever After. Hooking up with lead singer and guitarist Michael Gurley (who helpfully adopted the name Clark Gurley so the duo could name themselves after the explorers who mapped the Louisiana Purchase), the new partners quickly added bassist Joie James Calio, a friend of Gurley's from high school in Saratoga, CA, and drummer Phil Maturano. Posh Boy Records, which had missed out on signing Salvation Army (later Three O'Clock) back in 1982, signed Louis & Clark and released their EP Hollywood Capacity: Maximum (named for a sign on the local water reservoir) in late 1987. The record included the band's version of "Walking Down Your Street," a song Gutierrez had written with Susanna Hoffs of the Bangles that had appeared on their hit album Different Light.

Gutierrez's friendship with Hoffs further benefited Louis & Clark when they were chosen to appear in and write several songs for the soundtrack of The All Nighter, a film written and directed by Susanna's mom Tamar Hoffs and starring her comely daughter in her first acting role. The film, a major flop, did no one concerned any good, and Louis & Clark split up in 1988. Gutierrez joined the popular L.A. alternative rock band Mary's Danish, eventually marrying lead singer Gretchen Seager after that group split up in 1993; the couple became realtors in the Los Angeles area. Michael Gurley reverted to his real name and with Joie James Calio formed the alt-rock trio Dada, who had a major alternative radio hit in 1992 with their single "Dizz Knee Land." Phil Maturano became an in-demand jazz session drummer who has written a variety of instructional books on African and jazz drumming.

Songs are now available digitally, so please purchase! Get it here for a cool $1.40!

Friday, April 10, 2009

RUHtf: Tater Totz - Alien Sleestacks From Brazil

This has been requested and sorry it's taken so long to get around to, but I finally got a copy of Tater Totz first album. This was a motley crew of LA scensters featuring Pat Fear, Pat Ruthensmear, Jeff & Steve McDonald, Michael Quercio (Prince was thanked on the album cause, at the time, Three O'Clock were a Paisley Park band), and Danny Bonaduce with an album of covers as wild as...the cover. It seems "novelty"-ish at first...but they got as far as playing Beatlefest in 1988 (well...they reportedly were booed off the stage). I looked for a video but all have been taken down due to "Copyright violations".

The first song is a classic...a medly of "Give Peace A Chance" and "We Will Rock You"...and it works! This pre-empted the whole mash-up craze.'s the full album to listen to.

Side 1:

Give Peace a Chance / We Will Rock You

Let's Get together

Tomorrow Never Knows

I've Just Seen a Face

Bat Macumba

Don't Count the Waves

Bharta's Boogie

Sing This All Together

Bat Macumba (Reprise)

Side 2

Five versions of Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Got Her Hand in the Snow)

Here's my radio interview with them. I sound like such a young, ignorant kid.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

RuHtf: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Coachella 2006

Well, Odeo's back to working, so enjoy:

This is Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Coachella 2006

Cheated Hearts


Black Tongue:

Honey Bear:


Gold Lion:


Art Star:

Turn Into:



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