Rebellious Jukebox II: Troubadour Dali vs The Clones

IMG_20150605_193550Originally published October 2012

Man, I’ve always loved the flexi-disc! It’s the cool of vinyl combined with the planned obsolescence of cassette. The more you love a flexi-disc & play it, the worse it will eventually start to sound. Plus, you have to put it on top of another record & then put a quarter on top of it or it won’t play at all. And they’re very (well, relatively) inexpensive to make, but the minimum run is huge, so they tend to get used as promos or teasers. It’s all so ridiculously impractical that I am genuinely bummed that the ‘grunt has never been on one (oh yeah, I’m in a band. factor that one way or the other into anything I ever say about anything if you have to).

The good folks at STL’s own Euclid Records Records are keeping the flexi-dream alive with the latest offering from space-pop wonderkids Troubadour Dali. “Drift” is a slight departure from their usual Black Warhol Motorcycle Massacre (which, don’t get me wrong, they are quite good at). This time the guitars bring to mind a more mid-80‘s Brit-Psych sound & the vocals are almost early 70’s Floyd-ish. It’s a fine moody tune & makes me look forward to what their next batch of heavy rockers will sound like.

From what I’ve gathered from reading old Jet Lag magazines & from talking to folks, The Clones were the most popular New Wave cover band in town. They had the best gear, made the most money, & all the West County girls loved ’em. Of course, all the “real” Punks hated ’em. They eventually moved on to a smattering of originals, two of which were squirted out on flexi-disc. “Sea Hawk” has the New Wave detached vocals down pat, paired with semi-funky bass & some atmospheric keyboard stabs. “When You Called Me His Name” is an uptempo dance rocker, not unlike Oingo Boingo without horns. My copy is autographed. Jealous?

I’m also hoping that somebody in town reading this still has a closet full of the Wax Theatricks flexi-discs that were given away with an issue of Noisy Paper. If so, gimme gimme gimme!

The Clones

Troubadour Dali

Rebellious Jukebox I: Kentucky Knife Fight vs Jumpin’ Gene Anderson

IMG_20150605_193626Originally published September 2012
“Welcome, spinners of the little records, to the inaugural edition of the Rebellious Jukebox, in which I will try to make sense of this city’s long & storied music scene, at 45 revolutions per minute. Each month I’ll feature a new (or at least new-ish) 45 release, which I’ll then compare & contrast with a 45 from our collected past. Or I’ll just write about some records I like. Whatever.
First up we have the debut vinyl offering from Kentucky Knife Fight. They’ve been around for a few years now & have evolved from an Animals-y simmering R&B garage outfit into a high-energy capital “R” rock act. The first few times I saw ’em I really thought they only needed  some sleazy organ or a horn section for that little extra oomph & hey, guess what, Side A’s Misshapen Love has horns all over it. It’s a nice Black Crowes-style Southern rock dance floor filler, full of slide guitars, the aforementioned horns, & some “woman-done-me-wrong” self deprecation. Side B’s Love The Lonely starts all sullen & broody, & then builds into a nice loud guitar storm with some nice dynamics. Good job.
Gene Anderson is another fine St Louis artist who has evolved over the years. Now known, after a stint with P-Funk, as the Poo Poo Man, & a king of the modern Southern party-blues circuit, he started out here in town backed by his band The Dynamic Psychedelics, releasing some top notch funky-fuzzy late 60’s soul with What’s Wrong With You Girl b/w the more typically “Northern Soul” gem Baby I Dig You, which had some underground dancehall popularity in Britain long after it sank without a trace here in the US. I like The Poo Poo Man’s work through the 80’s up to the present day, but if there’s any more of this stuff floating around, I’m dying to hear it.”
Official KKF video for Love The Lonely:
Gene Anderson’s Baby I Dig You

Okay, here we go…

Okay, here’s the plan…

Herein you will find my collected writings for The Rebellious Jukebox, a monthly column written by me, Matt Harnish, wherein I review a recently released 45 by a St Louis artist, comparing it or contrasting it or making the vaguest of connections in some way to a previously released 45 by a St Louis artist. These originally appeared in Eleven Magazine, but I thought it would be nice to have them all in one place. The addition of music links will hopefully illustrate what I’m writing about. If they occasionally illustrate that I don’t know what I’m talking about, well, that’s okay, too. Some of these columns are better written than others, but that shouldn’t reflect on the music being covered. Or should it? How can any of us ever be sure about anything? Enjoy!