Sunday, January 25, 2015

Narcoleptic Youth "One Nation Under Nothing" LP

Narcoleptic Youth
"One Nation Under Nothing" LP
Dr. Strange Records
Released: September 11, 2014

Traditional Southern California speedy hardcore punk. Think Adolescents, CH3 or D.I. They've been around since the early 1990s and "One Nation Under Nothing" adheres to the crisp, experienced sound you'd expect from a band with such a long history. Fast without sounding untidy (aka this is tight).

Perfect backing vocals, great riffs, plenty of energy and snarl makes for a great addition to the genre that I've been listening to since the early 1980s.

Sweet, yellow/orange "flame" swirl vinyl (also available in black, which is oddly enough the limited version - 100 copies).

The LP contains a bonus track of Narcoleptic Youth covering the Adolescents' "Falling Out" with complete precision. Awesome. 

Side note, besides inspiring me to pull out my Adolescents LPs, Narcoleptic Youth made me transition to Parliament Funkadelic's 1978 classic "One Nation Under A Groove". Yes, in 1978 I was 12, and listening to P-funk. I still love this song (but not as much as "Flashlight"). 

Frank FOE
Dr. Strange Records:
Narcoleptic Youth:

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Vicious Circle

"Vicious Circle"
TKO Records
Released: January 22, 2013
This LP & DVD documents two boombox practice recording tapes of the late 1970s hardcore punk band Vicious Circle. There are many Vicious Circles out there (my other favorite being the Australia HC band from the Vicious Circle/Perdition split LP on Flipside records 1985). This Vicious Circle features Steve Houston of Posh Boy Records' The Klan along with Jack Grisham and Todd Barnes, who would go on to form T.S.O.L. 
The rudimentary recordings were cleaned up with modern technology to make them listenable. Most of us who were in bands through the 1980s remember recording our bands in exactly the same way. I have boxes of cassettes from bands from the 1980s.

The Lehigh Valley archives was a short lived project of mine where I transferred some vintage Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania punk and hardcore band's music from cassettes and brought them forward into the digital world. Have fun knocking yourself out streaming and downloading the likes of Mr. Yuk, Mugface, Youthquake, Strained Existence, Last Cry, No Win Situation, Russian Meatsquats etc...
Back on track. I first learned about Southern California's Vicious Circle by reading Jack Grisham's amazing book, "An American Demon". My write up on that book is here:

Read the book. Seriously. Basically, these full time criminals/delinquents/punks formed a band that attracted criminals/delinquents/punks and chaos ensued. The LP is  accompanied by a must see DVD where Jack Grisham gives a 40 minute eye witness account of the crimes, delinquencies and punk rock chaos that surrounded this record and time period. There should have been a box set of the LP, book and DVD. 

I love this record. Because it is a raw document of a time very different from 2015 and many of us have nostalgia for those late 1970s (in Jack's case), and early 1980s (from my perspective). Vicious Circle could have been any band in any early punk scene that laid the groundwork for the scene to follow. The LP and accompanying DVD's stories, along with the book "An American Demon" really should be experienced for the complete story.

The LP, DVD and book are amazing.

Frank FOE

Dwarves "The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll"

"The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll"
Recess Records
Released: September 23, 2014

There will never be another "Blood Guts and Pussy". The time was right. The music was perfect. The lyrics magical. The cover artwork spectacular. The fact that it was on Sub Pop added to the legend. One of the best records of 1990. Unquestionably, one of the best records ever. 25 years ago? Oh geez I am old. 

With that out of the way, I am a fan of all things Dwarves. "The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll" kicks from start to finish. I listen to this over and over and over.

Whether Dwarves are playing perfectly hook-laden pop punk or driving the drunk-violent-hardcore punk train over the cliff. It is all wonderful and fits together. Fourteen songs in 26 minutes. Yup.

"Trailer Trash" and "Fun To Try"  are masterful garage, bubblegum power pop rockers.

"Get Up & Get High", "Dead on the Floor" and "Bleed Alright" will melt your freakin' face off. 

"Hate Rock", "Anything You Want" and "Sluts of the USA" will melt your face while you are chewing bubble gum.

"Fiction" simply kills. Wow.

"Armageddon Party" is a classic. A huge song.

If you don't have "Blood Guts and Pussy", obtain it, then obtain this.

"The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll", was designed to play loud, often.

Frank FOE

Exhumed "Gore Metal - A Necrospective 1998-2015"

"Gore Metal - A Necrospective 1998-2015"
Relapse Records
Released: February 10, 2015

EXHUMED's "Gore Metal" was originally released on Relapse in 1998. 

When I got the vinyl 17 years ago, I immediately fell in love with this record. Filthy, horrific, CARCASS-like death metal with the disgusting level prominently featured and the sophistication removed. 

It was a fun record that introduced me to words like: Enucleation a word here which means to remove from it's enveloping cover.

verb (used with object), enucleated, enucleating.
1. Biology. to deprive of the nucleus.
2. to remove (a kernel, tumor, eyeball, etc.) from its enveloping cover.
3. Archaic. to bring out; disclose; explain.

 Photo: Enucleation of a cancerous eye

So yeah, this was a fun record that EXHUMED decided to re-record and release in 2015. 

Considering I didn't have this digitally, this is nicety.

There is a 2-cd package with both recorded versions. Very nice.

Some way more fantastic vinyl versions beyond my black vinyl 1998 pressing are also imminent. My favorite being the "slime, blood and guts with bone chips".
First Press
250 x Relapse 25th Anniversary Silver Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive*
250 x Slime, Blood and Guts Standard Gram *Mailorder Exclusive*
1000 x Black Standard Gram
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Missing in the rerecording is "Sodomy and Lust" (SODOM cover) which was on my copy of the original vinyl. So you know, you still have to go find that if you are a vinyl completion-ist.

There are no weak links in the EXHUMED discography. "Gore Metal" was killer just the way it was. There were some early NAPALM DEATH records I wished they re-recorded when they came out, but was perfectly fine with the original mayhem from "Gore Metal" in 1998. The re-recording and packaging is killer and definitely takes things up a notch. I have most of EXHUMED's discography on vinyl. Owning on vinyl to me is that extra stamp of approval.

Proclaims vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey: "I'm super pumped that we got the chance to re-record Gore Metal. I don't think any of us were happy with how it turned out the first time around, so getting another shot at it meant a lot to me personally. I was also really excited to have our old friend Ross Sewage reprise his vocals on the new version, ensuring that it still sounds like that era of EXHUMED, though things are a lot more audible this time around!"
EXHUMED kicks off their tour today (January 24, 2015) and is playing locally on February 3rd, 2015 at the Union Transfer in Philly with Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate and Ringworm. Sick.

1/24/2015 The Rock - Tucson, AZ
1/25/2015 Red 7 - Austin, TX
w/ Napalm Death, Voivod, Iron Reagan, Black Crown Initiate:
1/27/2015 Grand Central - Miami, FL w/ Ringworm
1/28/2015 State Theater - St. Petersburg, FL w/ Ringworm
1/29/2015 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA w/ Ringworm
1/30/2015 Ziggy’s - Winston-Salem, NC w/ Ringworm
1/31/2015 Soundstage - Baltimore, MD w/ Ringworm
2/02/2015 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY w/ Ringworm
2/03/2015 Union Transfer - Philadelphia, PA w/ Ringworm
2/04/2015 Opera House - Toronto, ON
2/05/2015 Maverick’s - Ottawa, ON
2/06/2015 Club Soda - Montreal, QC
2/07/2015 Palladium - Worcester, MA w/ Ringworm
2/08/2015 The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY w/ Ringworm
2/09/2015 Agora Ballroom - Cleveland, OH w/ Ringworm
2/10/2015 Reggie’s - Chicago, IL w/ Ringworm
2/11/2015 Amsterdam - Minneapolis, MN w/ Ringworm
2/12/2015 The Zoo - Winnipeg, MB
2/13/2015 The Exchange - Regina, SK
2/14/2015 Republik - Calgary, AB
2/15/2015 Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
2/17/2015 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC w/ Dayglo Abortions
2/18/2015 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA w/ Theories
2/19/2015 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
2/20/2015 Metro - Oakland, CA w/ Phobia
2/21/2015 Strummers - Fresno, CA w/ Phobia
2/22/2015 House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
2/23/2015 Club Red - Tempe, AZ w/ Phobia
2/24/2015 Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM w/ Phobia
2/25/2015 Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO w/ Phobia
2/26/2015 Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS w/ Phobia
2/27/2015 Gas Monkey - Dallas, TX w/ Phobia
2/28/2015 Fitzgerald’s - Houston, TX w/ Phobia

Frank FOE 


Sunday, January 18, 2015

UTNG Guest Steve from the Quillian and Skindustry Expo

Reds, FOE and Generic hosted guest Steve Lemak from the Quillian Tattoo and Skindustry Expo on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.

Follow this link to listen, stream and/or download the radio show:

UTNG with Steve

Steve picked his ten "go-to songs". We played them and chatted for an hour. Join us.

 photo (L-R) Old Man, Reds, Steve, FOE 

The following are some things to check out while you are listening to the show!

Steve and FOE were in a band together.

(L-R) FOE on Cort guitar, Pete (in back on drums), 
Steve Quillian on bass, other Steve on vocals 
and Brook on guitar.
Steve runs the Quillian Tattoo and Piercing in Allentown.

Quillian on Facebook:

Quillian on the web:

Steve runs the Skindustry Tattoo Expo. The event will run March 13-15, 2015 at the Sands Event Center in Bethlehem Pennsylvania.

Skindustry on facebook:

Skindustry on the web:
UTNG will be DJing at Skindustry Expo 2015
photo (L-R) Reds, FOE, Steve, Generic 

Steve loves the Wonder/Clash mashup. Check it out on youtube here:

We also chatted about the country song mashup where all the songs are basically the same. Check it out on youtube here:
Steve, Generic and FOE get a kick out of Rollins talking about playing with Iggy Pop and Iggy ruling all over Rollins. Check it out on youtube here:

Rollins vs Iggy Pop

Fact check: Generic was right. “(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” is a 1970s song written by English singer/songwriter Nick Lowe and recorded in the best-known version by Elvis Costello.

Frank FOE 

Monday, January 12, 2015

An American Demon "Jack Grisham"

An American Demon
Jack Grisham
Published: May 1, 2011

Not sure what the literary genre is called, but I love to read memoirs of drunks and addicts. I love reading the stories of their drunkenness. I love reading how they became sober. Mostly because I am 12,569,287 minutes or 23.9 years sober at the time of this post, but also because I think a lot of these stories are classic hero overcomes obstacles, loser to winner memories and just real-deal life stories of tragedy, struggle and success.
[mem-wahr, -wawr]
1. a record of events written by a person having intimate knowledge of them and based on personal observation.
2. Usually, memoirs.
  1. an account of one's personal life and experiences; autobiography.
  2. the published record of the proceedings of a group or organization, as of a learned society.
3. a biography or biographical sketch.

I have recently read Artie Lange's "Too Fat To Fish" and "Crash and Burn". I have a stack of books in the genre to be read soon. In my unread stack are a Marky Ramone, Bob Mould and Billy Idol book. Not sure how much addiction is going on in those books as compared to just being a part of the autobiography, but I can say Jack Grisham's "An American Demon" is an amazing book. I loved every minute of it. Reading these types of books is also a way I keep moving forward in my program.

I missed out on Jack Grisham's book in 2011. I just found out about it. I've given up on trying to figure things like this out, why things pop into my life at different times... Maybe it has something to do with the "not-quite" and/or God. Read the book, you'll understand that statement. Maybe it just is.

"An American Demon" is a great book for me in this genre, not only because it deals with the alcoholism/recovery but I also identify with the music and the time frames.

I bought that T.S.O.L record with Jack "Greggors" Grisham on vocals when it came out. T.S.O.L. was one of those bands that played what I was looking to hear back in the early 80s and I did a cannonball right into hardcore and the music scene. 

Jack's sobriety started at the age of 26. Mine was 24 (he is older than I, so he still has a couple of years on me).

I have been told I "saw" T.S.O.L. back in the day but I certainly don't remember it.

Luckily I saw T.S.O.L. twice recently, once in 2013 (with Flag) and then again in 2014 (with the Damned). The most recent time somehow lead me to my friend Reds mentioning "An American Demon" after I picked up the "Code Blue" book at the Damned/T.S.O.L. gig. Then I discovered Jack Grisham on facebook and he accepted my friend request and then viewing his daily video posts became somewhat of a daily ritual for me. These sobriety posts are also on his facebook page The Door.

This book, his posts, his sharing have helped me progress as I approach my 24th anniversary.

Back to the book. 

I would recommend this book to just about anyone. Thinking about the book from someone not with my background, you might be able to read it as a crime drama, a hardcore punk history book, human interest book... I think whatever you take going in to this book by the end of the first pages you can't wait to get to the end to see how the rollercoaster ride culminates.

One of the best books I have ever read. I love the concept, the presentation and the story. Every great song or album I have ever heard, made me want to write a song and start a band. "An American Demon" makes me want to write a book just like the old zines made me want to start FOE zine.  

I even loved the Epilogue.

I'd love to read a book that picks up where "An American Demon" leaves off and we arrive today.

I also think that "An American Demon" would be a fantastic movie.

Frank FOE

Jack Grisham internet:  


Friday, January 9, 2015

Marky Ramone Book Signing January 30, 2015 Bethlehem (PA) Area Public Library

January 30, 2015
7 PM
Book signing at the 
Bethlehem Area Public Library  
11 W. Church Street  
Bethlehem, PA 18018 

You must register to attend. Follow this link:


“The Ramones are one of the three or four most influential American rock bands of all time, and their story, as related by surviving member Marky Ramone, is both entertaining and enlightening. So put on your old leather jacket, scream Gabba-Gabba-Hey at the top of your lungs, and dig in.”  – Stephen King

“Marky and I are from the 70’s as a drummer from the 70's he can show the new boys a beat or two!
He's legend!!!”  – Peter Criss of Kiss

“Marky was an integral part of not one, but TWO of the most important bands in rock and roll. He saw everything from ground zero and lived to tell about it. Absolutely vital document!”  – Anthony Bourdain

“Marky's music and style defined the punk rock movement and has influenced countless artists, entertainers and designers. As a musician, he harnessed the energy of the 1970s counterculture into a truly new movement, one that resulted in a seismic shift in fashion, art and music. While playing in great groups like Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Dust, Estus, Richard Hell and the Voidoids, and of course The Ramones he became known as one of the best drummers on the scene.”  – Tommy Hilfiger

“It’s no secret that one of the Sire bands I was closest with were The Ramones. After all, my wife Linda, and good friend, Danny Fields managed them, and musically they changed the world. I particularly depended on Tommy for strength and reason within the band, and was quite shocked and saddened when he decided to leave. Thankfully, with advice from Tommy, they wound up choosing Marc Bell, who I knew well from Richard Hell and the Voidoids, also a Sire band. Marc is a drummer supreme, and was a perfect fit in every way, which is why I believe he was also chosen as the only non-original member to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band back in 2002. Beyond that, his story, both in and out of The Ramones, musically and personally is quite incredible. A good read.”  Seymour Stein, co-founder of Sire Records

“True fans will shout ‘Hey! Ho! Let’s go!’”  – Booklist

illuminating book for fans of the Ramones and punk rock in general.”  – Kirkus Reviews

Among the most revered rock bands in music history, the Ramones have been ranked by Spin Magazine as the #2 "Greatest Band of All Time," second only to the Beatles. As a group, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Renowned drummer Marky Ramone provides the final word on  The Ramones, on and off the road, in his new memoir, PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG: My Life as a Ramone (Touchstone Hardcover; January 13, 2015; $28.00; ISBN: 978-1-4516-8775-0). PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG is a cultural history of punk from the front lines and the definitive book that millions of Ramones fans have been waiting for.

Before joining the Ramones in 1978, Brooklyn native and self-taught drummer Marc Bell was already a name on the New York music scene. As a teenager he took the subway to Greenwich Village and got to hang out with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, and Jim Morrison. By the time he graduated from Erasmus High School, Marc Bell was signed to a major label record deal.  In his early twenties, Marc joined the first wave of punk in both Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Then, on the advice of drummer Tommy Ramone, Marc was asked to join the band and became Marky Ramone.

What followed is nailed to the pages of rock and roll history: Marky built on the iconic, high energy drum sound of The Ramones, helping them perfect the craft that started down in the basement—the perfect 2-½ minute song with a hook that stays in your head a lifetime. Marky gave the beat to the punk classics, “I Wanna Be Sedated.” “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,” “The KKK Took My Baby Away, and “Pet Sematary,” going  on to play drums with the Ramones for fifteen years, nine studio albums, and 1,700 shows alongside Queens natives Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee Ramone, and the chaos is as memorable as the music.

Joey was the lead singer—the perfect punk front man and introverted songwriter whose OCD stranded the Ramones at restaurants, hotels, and airports all over the world. Johnny was the guitarist and the band’s leader who spouted off his right-wing politics to a band captive in a van criss-crossing the country. Dee Dee was the eccentric genius of the band, taking four bubble baths a day, popping a variety of pills handed to him by fans, and writing songs about alienation, addiction, and despair that would go on to redefine the term “hit song.”

Marky Ramone’s early years with the band saw many successes, from the cult film Rock ‘n’ Rock High School to performing at large venues all over Europe and the Pacific Rim. But the wear and tear of touring and the dysfunction that was the Ramones drove Marky’s struggles with alcoholism off the road. In the mid-eighties, Marky left the Ramones to enter recovery, a process far more difficult than any drum roll or off-time beat ever could be.

PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG is a social history of the New York punk scene from a charter member. The tales from the dirty streets, the drugs, and epic struggles are all part of the unforgettable saga of a band that sang “We’re A Happy Family” with more than a bit of sarcasm.  It also includes never before shared stories of touring, meeting Stephen King, working with Phil Spector, and the sheer expanse of the band and punk rock music from the mid-seventies to the early twenty-first century.

Tragically, Joey died in April 2001 from lymphoma. Shortly after, Dee Dee died of an overdose. Johnny lost his battle with prostate cancer in September 2004. Most recently Tommy Ramone died in July 2014 of cancer. These towering figures in rock history live on in our hearts, on the airwaves, and in the riveting tales of their surviving brother, Marky Ramone.

About the Author:
Marky Ramone is currently in his tenth year as a D.J. on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, hosting ‘Marky Ramone’s Punk Rock Blitzkrieg.’ Marky has also appeared on numerous TV shows, including ‘Late Night with David Letterman,’ ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,’ ‘The Simpsons,’ ‘Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations,’ and ‘ZRock.’ With no signs of slowing down, Marky Ramone continues to tour the world with his band, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, featuring various lead vocalists – including Andrew W.K. In 2011, The Ramones received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. It was the first Grammy for the punk rock pioneers.


By Marky Ramone

Touchstone Hardcover

On Sale: January 13, 2015

Price: $28.00

ISBN: 9781451687750  / ISBN 10: 1451687753

For more information on PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG, please visit:

Marky Ramone Blitzkrieg

    Marky grew up in Flatbush, Brooklyn, during the 1960’s, and like many up-and-coming drummers at the time, saw himself as a “Ringo.” The first band he played drums in was the Uncles (a tribute to the 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' TV show), and they rocked Ditmas Junior High School. Soon after, Marky met Jimi Hendrix, Buddy Miles, and Jim Morrison at a club in the city…and was ready to be a rock star.

    Marky’s first break out band was the proto-heavy metal, Dust. The trailblazing (and way-ahead-of-its time) band signed a major recording contract and recorded a self-titled album - opening for Alice Cooper and managing to break the Billboard Top 100 chart.

    Marky next honed his drumming in the successful 70’s band, Estus…but it wasn’t really his scene. He didn’t truly feel at home until he became part of the early New York punk scene and joined two of the most infamous bands to play the clubs: Wayne County and The Backstreet Boys and Richard Hell and the Voidoids (playing on the latter's classic 1977 album, 'Blank Generation').

    Marky joined The Ramones after drummer, Tommy Ramone, decided to leave the band. For Marky, it was just rock and roll logical - he already had the look down, was wearing the leather jacket and jeans in Dust, played the drums exactly as the machine gunned songs demanded, had known the boys from Queens for years…and was just as much a freak as they were. Although Tommy and the band were parting, it wasn’t on terrible terms; Tommy was actually the member that recommended Marky to the rest of the band.

     All four original members took on the same stage surname as a tribute to Paul McCartney’s pseudonym, Paul Ramon, back from when the Beatles were the Silver Beatles. They were all from a nice, middle-class (largely Jewish) neighborhood in Queens, known as Forest Hills.

    Stephen King invited the entire band up to his house in Bangor, Maine. He handed Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone a copy of his book, Pet Sematary, and in under an hour, Dee Dee wrote a song about it. Stephen King loved it and wanted it recorded by The Ramones for the new movie that was coming out, based on the book. The song hit #4 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart.

    In 1994, Bono invited The Ramones to play a huge show with U2 in Ovideo, Spain. Bono presented The Ramones with their MTV Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001, which made perfect sense - the band had inspired Bono since the late 70s when he saw them play in Dublin.

    Their final album, 1995's Adios Amigos, was written mostly by Dee Dee.

    After guest hosting a couple of radio shows, Marky was invited by Sirius to have his own show that invites listeners to enjoy punk rocks songs and learn about where they came from, Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg plays unique bands like Rancid and Circle Jerks, among many other top artists. It’s been airing for ten years.

    After Marky’s drinking became so out of control that he drove through a storefront window (!), he was forced out of The Ramones in 1983. During his early sobriety, he actually became a bike messenger, before rejoining The Ramones in 1987. He has been sober for over thirty years, constantly keeping himself in check.

    The 2004 DVD release, “Raw”, is a compilation of mostly home videos filmed predominantly by Marky, and entered the Billboard video chart at number 5. It has since been certified gold in three countries and currently the best-selling Ramones DVD release to date. It has also subsequently aired on VH1 Classic.

    In 2010, Marky shared his recipe for pasta sauce, by introducing Marky Ramone’s Brooklyn’s Own Pasta Sauce, where a portion of the proceeds go to the non-profit, Autism Speaks.

    In February 2011, The Ramones received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. It was the first Grammy for the punk rock pioneers.

    Fanaticism for all things “Ramones” remains at an all-time high. Case in point, the “Joey Ramone street sign” (at the corner of Bowery and East 2nd Street) in NYC is most stolen! (Source:

    As a member of The Ramones for over 15 years, Marky's book will serve as the definitive story of one of rock’s most influential and popular bands.

    Marky continues to play around the world, including guest performances at Barclays Center (in his hometown of Brooklyn) with such major acts like Arcade Fire and Fall Out Boy.

    Marky has launched his own beer --

See you January 30th
Frank FOE