Posts Tagged ‘Ramones’

This week’s show is a special live broadcast. A bootleg recording of the RAMONES live at the Hammermsith Odeon on June 5th, 1986. This record was found in Auckland at Real Groovy Records and features the line-up of Joey, Dee Dee, Johnny, and Richie. Recorded on the Animal Boy tour, this raw recording is here for your listening pleasure and features one hell of a track list. You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

The setlist:
Durango 95
Teenage Lobotomy
Psychotherapy
Blitzkrieg Bop
Do You Remember Rock’n’Roll Radio ?
Freak of Nature
Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
Rock’n’Roll High School
I Wanna Be Sedated
The KKK Took My Baby Away
Crummy Stuff
Loudmouth
Love Kills
Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Glad To See You Go
I Don’t Care
Too Tough To Die
Mama’s Boy
Animal Boy
Warthog
Surfin’ Bird
Cretin Hop
I Don’t Walk Wanna Around With You
Today Your Love Tomorrow The World
Pinhead
Chinese Rocks
Somebody Put Something In My Drink
Rockaway Beach
Do You Wanna Dance ?
California Sun
We’re A Happy Family
I Just Wanna Have Something To Do
Judy Is A Punk
Beat On The Brat
Go Mental

NOW GO BUY ALL THEIR RECORDS!

This week’s special guest is none other than Canadian born San Francisco artist, Dirty Donny Gillies! If you’ve been keeping track at home, Donny was in issue 6 of the Long Gone Loser zine and now he is on episode 125 of the podcast 16 years later. Who’d ever have thought? But alas, here he is and he tells all about his art and getting involved with the guys from Metallica and his love of Ed Roth and what brought him to Australia and all that cool stuff. Hell yeah! Also, the music… he requested all Australian bands cos he loves Australian rock n roll so there ya go, that’s pretty exciting! You can listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

Enjoy these tunes:
RADIO BIRDMAN – Burn My Eye
THE SAINTS – Know Your Product
POWDER MONKEYS – Persecution Blues
MUSCLE CAR – Not The Kind Of Attitude
MUSTANG – Girls On Pills
HARD-ONS – Walk All Over You
ASTEROID B-612 – I Just Don’t Know About Girls
BROTHER BRICK – See You Tonight

NOW GO AND BUY ALL THE RECORDS AND ALL HIS ART!

Wow! Never in my life did I ever think I would be chatting with one of the greatest music engineers and producers of all time but alas, the stars aligned and it happened. My guest this week is none other than Ed Stasium, the legendary producer and engineer of many Ramones albums and cuts. This revealing interview tells all about how he fell into the career of an audio engineer and producer, working extensively with the Ramones, who played what, and he clears up some rumours and urban legends surrounding the recording of the Phil Spector produced End Of The Century album. We also talk about the final Joey Ramone solo album, …Ya Know?, and how that was put together, and so much more. Any fan of the Ramones is going to love this and you can hear it right now by clicking on THIS LINK.

All songs by the Ramones and a couple bonus cuts included from Stiv Bators and Soul Aslyum.

Episode 115

Well this week’s show is freakin’ awesome! Our special guest is none other than punk rock engineer / producer, ex-Screeching Weasel bass player, and founding member of Squirtgun, Mass Giorgini. If you’re a fan of 90s pop punk, then chances are you’ve been listening to records he’s either engineered, produced or played on. This episode is filled with stories revolving around working with the likes of Ben Weasel, Danny Vapid, Jughead, Dan Panic, Dan Lumley, Zac Damon, Billie Joe, Mike Dirnt, The Hard-Ons, Anti-Flag, Rise Against, Green Day, and the list goes on. He talks about his time at The Lookouting and that one song that shot them straight into peoples homes with the movie Mallrats. This is a two hour interview of solid punk rock goodness and you’re gonna love it! Listen in right now by clicking on THIS LINK. To keep up to date with future interviews, click the subscribe button over there on the left hand side.

Enjoy tunes by anyone and everyone Mass talks about on the show.

We all know I hate flying. I really do. I hate everything about it. I feel great deals of anxiety whenever I am on a plane and it drives me crazy. I was lucky to get a window seat for the gruelling 13 hour flight ahead of me and thankfully, I was seated next to a lovely woman named Louisa (I hope I remembered her name correctly should she ever read this) and I gave her my usual pre-warnings that I will be taking Xanax to knock me out so if any stewards wish to wake me, please tell them not to, etc. things like that. So I popped my one and half Xanax and while waiting for it to kick in, I started up a conversation with Louisa about where she’s from, what she’s doing in the USA, you know, the general chit chat that happens when you know you’re going to be stuck next to someone for 13 hours. Honestly, with my social anxiety, I would have just stared out the window and not bothered her but I really just wanted to chat to her so while I was waiting for the Xanax to take effect, a conversation would help take my mind off the anxiety I deal with while flying. I thank her for that and also because she was actually really interesting and well traveled and she didn’t try to snub me off. Maybe she could tell I was freaked out over flying and wanted to help calm me down too? If you’re ever sat next to me in a plane and you look friendly, I’m sure I’ll do the same to you, also. Anyway, I must have passed out mid sentence or something because I woke up about an hour out of LA. Louisa advised me that turbulence had woken me up at some point during the flight and I freaked out and asked her what was happening. I don’t remember any of this at all. Probably a good thing.

Let me remind you here that I do not condone taking Xanax or any other pill for any reason unless you really do need to, not just cos you want to. The only time I ever use Xanax is when I am flying because the idea of being awake for that long on a plane and me having an anxiety attack from hell is just not worth putting other passengers through. They didn’t sign up for that so who am I to be a friggin’ panicky mess?!?! Exactly.

So we landed into LA, I bid farewell to my new found friend and headed through customs. I was outside for possibly no more than five or ten minutes when my good friend Kotton arrived to pick me up. His timing is perfect. Goddamn it was good to see this guy again. Seriously, I wish you all had a Kotton in your life. This dude is one of the nicest and most genuine people I know. A good hearted family man who somehow owns a pair of Godsmack sweatpants (that he tried to give to me “nah, you can keep them, mate!”).

First stop, Pax Am Recordings. Having been a fan of Ryan Adams since the release of Heartbreaker, a visit to his recording studio / record label was a must. And of course I had to wear a Ryan Adams shirt just for the occasion. As I told Kotton, “you can’t be flippant about these things”. We went, we took photos, and from there it was time for Pink’s Hot Dogs. My shout. He came and picked me up at some ungodly hour that he didn’t even know existed to pick me up and hang out for a day. It was the least I can do.

Pink’s Hot Dogs is an institution and it’s awesome. You need to try this stuff. True American fatty foods that are guaranteed to gain you some weight. But I’m on holiday so it doesn’t matter.

After Pink’s we walked down Melrose and headed to a comic store where i picked up the most incredible Archie Meets The Ramones shirt while Kotton got the comic. He needed it and again, my suggestion was the least I could do.

We then made our way to Headline Records because I saw recently on their Instagram that they had t-shirts of The Exploding Hearts. A great band that sadly ended way too soon due to an unfortunate fatal car crash.

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After my purchase we headed to the Rainbow Bar and Grill so I could see the amazing Lemmy statue. If you have been paying any attention at all to my life or the podcast or the zine, you would know that Motörhead are easily in my top all-time favourite bands. Along with the Ramones, Motörhead just had everything I wanted in a band so paying my respects to the great man has been on the cards ever since it’s unveiling.

The bar is now known as Lemmy’s Lounge and the stools are decked out with the snaggletooth logo and there are photos of Lemmy and Motörhead everywhere. Their music played over the PA, and down the back stood the almighty statue of the great man himself. This just blew me away and it still upsets me that my two favourite vocalists of all time (Joey Ramone being the other) both passed away from cancer. Still, it’s lovely to see this statue standing in front of me, in Lemmy’s favourite drinking place, right next to where he would sit and play the games machine. It was actually quite a heartfelt and surreal moment. I was glad to be there. I paid my respects and left a guitar pick by his left foot alongside the roses that had been placed there for him. He will forever be missed. He was a Lemmy and he played rock n roll.

Next up it was off to The Grammy Museum to see the Ramones exhibit that was showing. Again, like Motörhead, the Ramones are the band for me. This exhibit is important for every single person who loves punk rock music and also for people who may not like their music but must learn music history and why this band is so important. The museum only costs $12.95 and is well worth it.

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The Ramones exhibit is amazing. Everything from clothes, to hand written lyrics, to even Johnny’s diary where he kept notes of how many people in attendance and how much the band was paid. There’s many photos, most of which I had never seen before. There’s videos, memorabilia, books, collectibles, paintings, everything. It’s freaking awesome and if you are traveling through LA before the end of February, do yourself a favour. It really is something special.

We left the museum with only 20 minutes to spare til my bus left for San Francisco. We got there with nine minutes to go. I ran through the station and got the bus with only one minute to spare. As I write this now, I feel exhausted so I am going to need this here with one last comment…

Happy new year to you all. See you at The Lookouting.

Bad Cop Bad Cop

We have been playing them solidly on the show this past year and so it was inevitable that, Stacey Dee, guitarist and vocalist from Californian punk rockers, Bad Cop Bad Cop, joined the show. It’s 90 minutes of radness and Stacey talks about everything from the band forming to song writing and recording albums to battling drug addiction and coming out a winner. All of this and more is right here, right now on the latest episode of the Long Gone Loser Rock Show. This band rules and they have just started a six week tour across the USA with The Interrupters so if they pass through your city, get out and go see them cos they’re freakin’ awesome! In the meantime, you can listen to the show right now by clicking on THIS LINK!

All songs by Bad Cop Bad Cop, obviously.

You can buy their records here.
You can visit their bandcamp page here.

Bad Cop Bad Cop / The Interrupters

GREEN DAY – Slappy 7″
Label: Lookout Records
Year: 1990

Words by Damo.

So back in 1990 there was an independent band in Australia named Ratcat who hit the charts with a catchy single titled That Ain’t Bad. It was released on an EP called Tingles and shot the band straight into the mainstream public with catchy hooks and a Buzzcocks-ish vibe that reeked of distortion and melody. This once little known trio from Sydney were now everywhere; on TV, in magazines, everywhere. Ratcat Mania had swept the nation and the band went on to have a successful album called Blind Love before disappearing into obscurity with their follow up that basically saw their ‘new’ fans move on to the next hottest newest what’s hip number one album of the year and forget about this power pop band and their three hit singles (all great). Still, people like myself were not going to walk out on our favourite bands at the time and Ratcat were still a band we supported and still do to this day. (more…)