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April 5, 2014: Smells Like Teen Spirit covered by Kathleen Hanna.
Today is the 20 year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Coincidentally, I finally watched The Punk Singer last night, and have been binging on Bikini Kill records ever since. So, in tribute to Kurt and Kathleen, here is Hanna explaining the origins of the title “Smells Like Teen Spirit,”and covering it live in NYC in 2010.
March 30, 2014: Ain’t Got No Sense by Teenage Head.
Teenage Head are a Canadian rock/pop-punk group formed in 1975 while the members were attending Westdale High School in Hamilton, Ontario. They reached success in Canada with their 1982 sophomore album, Frantic City, but “Ain’t Got No Sense” is one of my favorite early tracks, off their self-titled debut from ‘79.
March 16, 2014: Down on the Street by The Stooges
God, dammit. RIP Scott Asheton. Thanks for making the drums sound dangerous, and for the music that makes me feel most inspired and alive.
March 11, 2014: Running Out of Time by Dead Moon.
Just found out that one of my greatest musical idols, Fred Cole, is undergoing heart surgery today. Despite the title of this song, I firmly believe that time is on Fred Cole’s side and he’s going to the first punk still performing at age 90. Please send good, healthy, thoughts his way, SOTD followers. Much love to Fred and Toody.
February 6, 2014: Liberty by Kitchen and the Plastic Spoons.
I just picked up the new Sacred Bones Compilation, Killed By Deathrock Vol. 1. It’s full of fantastic forgotten treasures from the 70s and 80s postpunk/darkwave scenes all around the world. One of my favorites is “Liberty” from Kitchen & the Plastic Spoons, a band that formed as a joke in Sweden in 1980 and only released a couple 7-inches before disbanding one year later. Since then, they’ve reunited occasionally to perform at various festivals.
January 17, 2014: I Only Fucked You as a Joke by Childbirth.
Childbirth are a Seattle three piece featuring Julia Shapiro of Chastity Belt, Stacy Peck of Pony Time, and Bree McKenna of Tacocat. This song is hilarious and amazing, and while I can’t wait to pick up their debut tape, It’s A Girl, I really wish this song was available as a 7-inch so I could mail it to a a few deserving subjects. Enjoy.
January 10, 2014: Glycerine Queen by Suzi Quatro.
Suzi Quatro is a Detroit-born musician and one of the pioneers of female punk rock. She began playing music in the early 60s and joined her sister’s all girl band The Pleasure Seekers in 1964. In the 70s she scored a string of hit singles in the UK and Australia, but never reached the same level of success in the US. Here’s “Glycerine Queen” off her 1973 self-titled debut.
December 14, 2013: Jet Boy, Jet Girl by Elton Motello.
I’ve been meaning to post this one for a while but keep forgetting. Elton Motello was the moniker of singer Alan Ward and the name of his punk band. His single “Jet Boy, Jet Girl” was released in Belgium in 1977 and has become a cult hit, with covers by Sonic Youth and The Damned. Here’s an utterly bizarre performance of the song on some Belgian tv show.