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5.0 out of 5 stars Desperate Days....Nothing on the Airwaves, January 5, 2011
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This review is from: Poisonous (Audio CD)
Along with Crass, the Poison Girls quickly became a foundation band for the anarcho-punk movement in the 1970s, which went beyond gigs in squatted clubs and the release of material well outside the norms dictated by record companies and their close friends masquerading as "music critics."

With Vi Subversa (guitar/vocals) and Richard Famous (guitar/vocals) the only constant members until the band called it quits in November 1989 - they briefly reunited in 1995 to celebrate the 60th birthday of Vi Subversa - the turnover in musicians seemd to provide renewable energy for the duo. Though "Bully Boys" is not on the collection, the 30 tracks is an outstanding career overview and clearly demonstrates the premium placed on exploring a wide range of topics, which includes motherhood - Vi Subversa was a middle-aged mother of two when the band formed in 1976 - gender issues and the special role each person can play in thwarting the drama manipulated by the puppeteers who control career politicians.

This 2-CD set is only trumped by the 4-CD "Statement" and is a celebration of music that speaks to people of all ages who have the courage to strongly question societal norms and the voracious economic appetite of pop culture.

Live at the Shaftesbury Theatre
Live at the Shaftesbury Theatre
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5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy Times, January 4, 2011
Originally released on vinyl in 1969, the 11 tracks recorded by the Hair stage band should be appealing to fans of Alex Harvey, 1960s pop culture and/or - simply - the rock musical, which had a special twist in London that is chronicled in a lengthy essay by David Wells and is supplemented by a wealth of outstanding photographs.

Harvey handles nearly all the lead vocals and his performance art wit snatches the spotlight on "Royal International Love-In," though his lyrical interpretations of "All Along the Watchtower" and "Birthday" are scintillating. The instrumentals aptly demonstrate how the shows merged a true concert experience into the production. The musical had a tremendous run of nearly 2,000 performances - September 1968 to July 1973 - which only ended when the theatre's roof collapsed. The band had a number of side projects during those years.

Give my compliments to the chef, indeed.

Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rebel Rebel, January 2, 2011
After the band called it a day in 1986, it would have been easy for Jello Biafra to open the vault and start releasing a series of albums to keep the DK name "fresh" in record stores and as a means to help raise funds to combat litigation from the government vultures. That this June 1987 became the final bow speaks great volumes on how Biafra closely guarded the band's legacy, even when extraordinary factors were brought into the mix.

Originally released as a 15-track LP with a 2-song flexi-disc, the 17-track CD clocks in at nearly 52 minutes and bounds away from covering familiar turf through the use of alternative arrangements, rarities and live selections. Though the brilliance of Biafra's lyricism is timeless, even he probably could have never predicted the 2011 relevance of "California Uber Alles." It does not take a meticulous reader of current local events to find "Police Truck" cruising the midnight hour, while pop culture will always have a fast track to successful auditions like those chronicled in "Pull My Strings." The original album ended with the ominous "The Prey," though the flexi-disc "Night of the Living Rednecks" and "Buzzbomb from Pasadena" make a better finish due to the improvisation of the former and hilarity in the latter.

Though compilations can be a rocky path to truly appreciate a band's legacy, this release shows that intelligent planning can deliver a smooth path for those looking at a starting point that deviates from the studio side of a discography.

Do It
Do It

5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Mystery, January 1, 2011
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This review is from: Do It (Audio CD)
When former members of the MC5 went back on the road, there was at one time two bands carrying the moniker - a European tour fronted by Wayne Kramer and Fred "Sonic" Smith, and the collarboration between Rob Tyner and guitarist Robert Gillespie which stayed in the Detroit area while performing in venues that ranged from small halls/clubs, race tracks and (as an opening act) arenas.

The eight tracks - with the sound quality being the higher range of "good" - were reportedly recorded when Tyner was using the famous name, though the CD is credited to the Rob Tyner Band. This is high octane rock-n-roll that could have easily been pulled from the set list of the original MC5, with Tyner in outstanding form and Gillespie delivering smoking lead licks. The release could use liner notes, since little material is readily available on this period of Tyner's career.

The band failed to ink a recording deal, but it wasn't caused by a lack of voltage; this is powerful music from a Motor City original who defined a style that set the foundation for the rock explosion on FM radio and a golden era for many artists who found inspiration from the Detroit sound. Kick out the jams.

Rock & Roll People
Rock & Roll People
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5.0 out of 5 stars Motor City Madhouse, December 31, 2010
This review is from: Rock & Roll People (Audio CD)
After the demise of the MC5, vocalist Rob Tyner turned his attention to charitable causes, assisting up-and-coming bands in any number of ways and performing in the Detroit area.

The CD chronicles two shows as he used his band - initially named the New MC5 - to help boost the local scene and perhaps secure a national recording deal in the process. The first show is incredibly raucous, as the concert (which featured a number of local groups) runs late, the power is eventually shut off on the band after a partial set and Tyner is literally escorted off the stage by the promoter. The second gig finds the group in a more professional setting and delivering a solid mix of new material and covers. A "bonus" track is a portion of a Tyner interview that was promoting a show at an area race track.

The sound quality of the recordings range from very good to good and probably made for the band to critique the performances. Unless the studio work somehow surfaces, the CD will remain the only bridge to Rob Tyner & The National Rock Group, which ultimately led to Tyner's only solo release, "Blood Brothers." That the Rob Tyner Band failed to secure a record deal says more about the changing industry in the latter portion of the 1970s than it does about the band's sound...which was powerful rock, straight from the heart and soul.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Ol' Webslinger, December 29, 2010
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I have been using Webroot products for more than four years and have found the software becoming even easier to install and operate, which continues with this version of Antivirus with Spy Sweeper.

The cleanup and scan does not slow down my computer, while the material contained on the home page is aesthetically clear and visually appealing. Navigation through such important areas like account information, settings and web support is not difficult. The subscriber has the option to automatically download and install or receive notification on product/security protection updates.

The field is full of quality players hoping to get into the lineup, but this ol' webslinger has the quarterbacking skills to remain on the PC gridiron.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Major General Despair, December 27, 2010
This review is from: Christ the Bootleg (Audio CD)
Recorded live in May 1984 during the final tour, the material was released in 1989 as a vinyl-only album and limited to 1,000 copies. The CD reissue was authorized by the band at a suggested retail price of $4.98, which is clearly printed on the front-facing panel.

On stage, Crass packed the power of the MC5 and pointed political commentary comparable with artists in the Lost Generation, which is actually accentuated by the less than pristine taping. The diverse musical platform is heard on "Smash the Mac," though the sonic thrust of "Gotcha" and "Big A, Little a" is a classic twin bill. The smugness of Thatcherite rhetoric - "Take It as Entertainment" - sets the stage for the final cut, "You're Already Dead."

The shows placed a premium on multimedia presentations - and direct action on the streets - which will continue to live as long as one fan takes to heart any element within the anarcho-punk movement.

SLC Punk: Original Soundtrack
SLC Punk: Original Soundtrack
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Want the Airwaves, December 26, 2010
Though there are songs that appeared in the independent comedy-drama film based on the punk lifestyle in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the mid-1980s, that did not make it on the original soundtrack, the 13 tracks provide a solid overview into the sound that defined an era in pop culture and the underground scene.

There are a pair of classic pre-punk classics ("1969" - The Stooges, "Rock and Roll" - The Velvet Underground), a couple of interesting covers (the iconic country crossover "{I Never Promised You A} Rose Garden" - The Suicide Machines, The English Beat's "Mirror in the Bathroom" - Fifi) and some familiar turf through Blondie ("Dreaming"), the Ramones ("Cretin Hop") and Generation X ("Kiss Me Deadly"). The midnight grime from the skyrises is found in "I Love Livin' in the City" (Fear), while irony drips in "Sex and Violence" (The Exploited) and "Kill the Poor" (Dead Kennedys). A cool change of pace is found in "Too Hot" by The Specials. Moondogg ("Gasoline Rain") and the Adolescents ("Amoeba") also make the cut, though fans of Eight Bucks Experiment (who portrayed the fictional band ECP) will need to look for the European version of the release.

The movie is semi-autobiographical, but the music is real.....and will continue speaking loudly to those who question authority.

Bedtime For Democracy
Bedtime For Democracy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Worry About the Government, December 25, 2010
This review is from: Bedtime For Democracy (Audio CD)
The incredible swirling of government vultures, the obscenity lawsuit, a hardcore scene becoming increasingly violent and personal/professional drama would have been a toxic brew for most bands, but the Dead Kennedys let loose one last time with massive doses of societal satire ("Hop With the Jet Set," "Shrink"), powerful political pontifications ("Rambozo the Clown," "Potshot Heard 'Round the World") and pointed commentary on the shallowness of pop culture ("Dear Abby," "Macho Insecurity," "D.M.S.O.") that artfully scream defiance over 21 tracks that show an evolving musical growth even as the lights faded out before the album was released in November 1986.

After touring ceased in February 1986, the group returned to the studio during the summer to record what was the final album. The incredible cover of David Allan Coe's "Take This Job and Shove It" and "Anarchy for Sale" are about disillusionment as much as disappointment, though Jello Biafra's spoken word "A Commercial" - coupled with the excellent album cover - become the central thrust on the biting commentary surrounding this "Greed is Good" era.

"Lie Detector" is a fitting final flurry on themes that never really go away; only the names change on the badges worn by the puppets. The cost of living, indeed.

Milking The Sacred Cow (Greatest Hits)
Milking The Sacred Cow (Greatest Hits)
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2.0 out of 5 stars Run for the Fall, December 24, 2010
The golden age of rock found major labels littering the marketplace with "greatest hits" packages, which just happened to include a live or unreleased studio cut or two to keep even the most casual fan plunking down cash for stuff they already had in their collection.

When the Jello Biafra-approved "Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death" was released in 1987, the potential in this tired blueprint was demonstrated through the use of rarities and non-album cuts for a creative retrospective that appealed to all fans, while providing the band with a proper coda. It is unfortunate that this 12-track set - clocking in at under 40 minutes and with a pair of unreleased live numbers - appears to do more with product placement that was painless to produce, while buying the "new" group more touring time without having to enter the studio.

There are no cuts from the final album - "Bedtime for Democracy" - though the one positive is the titles selected should be familiar enough with newer, casual fans who want a newer product to sample the landmark music that transcended the "punk" label. The title drips with irony, but the presentation circles the track in a lane that is worn out and tattered by past arena stars and industry-anointed supergroups.

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