Riding Trains With The Troggs!

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I have an overwhelming love of the 60′s. To be more exact, 64′- 68′, the music, the outfits, and especially the haircuts. I think all boys should have bangs. My vinyl collection of garage bands reaches from the barely known to the very popular. I had the pleasure of meeting Gene Norman’s son, Neil, recently while I was in L.A. He gave me a tour of his GNP Crescendo record label headquarters and warehouse. His father Gene, signed The Seeds at a time when nobody else wanted to give them a chance. Neil is making a documentary on The Seeds which I can’t wait to see. But, my introduction to 60′s music started when I picked up a discarded copy of The Troggs, ‘Wild Thing’, at The Goodwill when I was 14. I thought it was the sexiest song I had ever heard. There is a primal, sexy tone which radiates from these groups who were breaking out of a conservative era.

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Meet The Six-Foot-Tall George Harrison Marionette! (Dangerous Minds)

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There exist a series of music videos of a life-sized, hand-made marionette of George Harrison. He sings songs like “Pisces Fish” and “Someplace Else” while strumming the guitar, banjo and ukulele. As a teen, I constructed a puppet of a blue cat wearing sunglasses and taped it singing “Land Down Under” by Men At Work, so when I laid eyes on this lovingly obsessive tribute to the Dark Horse himself, I immediately felt a kinship with whomever was responsible for its creation.

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Greg Ginn Retains Ownership Of Black Flag’s Name, Logo, Recordings In Trademark Settlement!

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It was confirmed last week that the two dueling Black Flag reunion projects have settled the trademark suit filed by the band’s founder Greg Ginn in August of 2013. Ginn filed the suit against his former bandmates Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Dez Cadena, and Bill Stevenson, who had regrouped as the reunion project FLAG along with Descendents guitarist Stephen Egerton.

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WATCH PUNK ICON HAVE HIS “KRAMER” MOMENT

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Not long ago, Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes appeared at a comedy showcase, along with a prop he referred to as his “negro baby doll leg.” Things went south from there.

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The Dead Boys Live At CBGB 1977!

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Stiv Bators snarls, “I don’t need anyone, don’t need no mom and dad, don’t need no pretty face, don’t need no human race.” The Sonic Reducer lyrics are belting out as Stiv sweats and jerks around the stage of CBGB. Stopping only to blow his nose into a piece of bologna that was pinned to his shirt.  The Dead Boys put on quite a show, infecting the audience with adrenaline. If only there were more bands like them around today.

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HOW A DRUG REHAB PROGRAM BECAME A VIOLENT CULT

ytlajyarxp3ouojgdxwd In 1970, George Lucas needed dozens of actors with shaved heads for his sci-fi dystopian movieTHX 1138. He had trouble filling the roles at first, since so few actresses wanted to cut their locks, but Lucas eventually found the extras he needed in a strange utopian community where everyone worshipped sobriety and expressed solidarity by shaving their heads.

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Joey Ramone Birthday Bash Returning To Bowery Electric!

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To honor Joey Ramone (who would have turned 63 this year) and the Ramones (who celebrate their 40th anniversary as a band this year), the annual Joey Ramone Birthday Bash returns. Here’s the details: Following the tradition, this year’s BASH will take place on May 19th, the actual date of JOEY RAMONES’ birthday, which this year falls on a Monday. The evening will be hosted at the Bowery Electric, to allow for a more intimate “up-close-and-personal” setting than in previous years. The venue is located on the corner of the Bowery and Joey Ramone Place, just one block from the location of the original CBGBs. Continue reading

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