So here’s the deal….
Mississippi drummer extraordinaire, Larry M was apparently around back in the day. We probably went to a lot of the same shows and knew a lot of the same people. The apparent difference between the two of us is that he kept all of his cool shit from back then while I unfortunately did not. As evidence of this, check out what he sent me recently…
Exhibit A: Toasted Ravioli
The first Ultraman 7inch
All of these songs were live staples back in the day. My personal favourite was probably Yipes. Mike Doskocil from Drunks With Guns is drumming on this one. It also has the original guitarist Bob. Amazingly enough, it also has the same shitty-assed drum sound that the second 7inch has. What were those engineers in St Louis thinking back then? The guys in Ultraman were nice enough to include brief descriptions of each song with the 7inch and I have included them below. Note, Ultraman were an extremely topical band….and St Louis was all the better for it.
Mr Yuk – A tale of a mean man in my neighborhood who would yell at people to get out of his yard at other people’s homes.
Eggboy- This is Rob’s epic that was supposed to be a rock opera.
Yipes- This is about an evil spider that leaped at me one night from five feet away.
The Game – The way I feel when I have to wait ten days for a quarter pounder with cheese.
Exhibit B: Gooey Butter Cake
White Suburban Youth – Demo For Food
This is one I have been hoping to hear for quite a while. It was Tim’s band before Ultraman and I believe Fritz from The Strangulated Beatoffs was in this as well. I was in my early teens when this came out and I remember listening to this maaaany times. Some of these tunes went on to be Ultraman standards. I dig I Can’t Win, I’m a Freak, Busted At Bernards…the HC tunes. I always thought Tim’s voice was totally suited for that kinda shit.
Note: The sound quality is pretty poor just because it’s from a 20 year old tape. Ironically enough, I like the drum sound more than the Ultraman 7inchers. Also, some of the content may offend delicate sensibilities. Tim Jameson has always been up-front that he is a Conservative Republican….a belief I don’t share. But, much like the FU’s, the socio-political ramifications of White Suburban Youth were lost on my then 13 year old mind.
Anyway, I would rather drink beer and shoot the shit about politics with people like Tim then hang out with most of the “stick-up-the-ass” PC folks I have known in my life….
Punk Rock Faggots
I Can’t Win
It’s Really Hard to Skateboard
I’m a Freak
Busted at Bernard’s
It’s a Clique
It’s worth mentioning that Larry sent me another unrelated gem which I will be posting in the next few weeks. It’s kinda like a trip to Rigazzi’s, you gotta pace yourself.