The Singles Club – December Sleigh Ride Print E-mail
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Written by Dom Daley   
Sunday, 03 December 2017 04:00

Well, the season's greetings to you all and a very quick dip into Santa's sack will reveal a festive selection of 7” lusciousness, making Decembers singles club a right banger.  

 

From the Christmas Numero Uno of Steve Conte's 'Gimme Gimme Rockaway' to the Red Dons, via East and West Coast rockers, and a video from the UK for good measure, December ends one hell of a year for singles. Go check ‘em out and get ‘em on your Christmas lists - never mind if you've been naughty or nice… everyone deserves some rock 'n' roll and these are some of the best…

 

Steve Conte artworkSteve Conte – ‘Gimme Gimme Rockaway’ (Wicked Cool Records)

 

OK, so Christmas is coming, and it’s all about sleigh bells and children singing, right? Wrong! Steve Conte is in the house with his first solo record for a few years, and what a way to make an entrance.  From the sweet cover shot of that Les Paul Jr, this record sizzles with sheer class and a whole level of coolness that this Singles Club appreciates – oh, and a bloody good sing-a-long, which is what you get here. The playing is exceptional, as is the arrangement, and the chorus is there to be sung along to.  Flip this bad boy over and you have a rock ‘n’ roll take on the Joplin classic 'Mercedes Benz' that features Jesse Malin on guest vocals - and what a sprightly jaunt it is too: not what I was expecting at all.  The sun is shining this Christmas and this is a beaming Single Of The Month pop pickers: now go grab it on coloured vinyl before they all get snapped up. Superb!  Oh, I almost forgot to say, Clem Burke and Andy Rourke join Jesse Malin and Steve on these tunes: how freakin' cool is that? These records are very limited so don't hang around too long!

 

stevecontenyc.com

 

DR.BOOGIE Shes So Tuff 7coverDr Boogie – ‘She's So Tuff’ (Spaghetty Town Records) 

 

Dr Boogie plays rock ‘n’ roll. Nothing fussy: they just get it and ‘She's So Tuff' is a shining example of this. That sleazy Hanoi-inspired floor tom roll on the intro before those guitars chime in with an attitude adjuster of a tune comes banging your speakers. Love the hook on the chorus; in fairness, everything about these West Coast rockers. I love the honking horns: they should be parping in louder if I have any negative comments but that's a minor gripe. Damn! On the B-side, 'Peanut Butter Blues' is a barroom brawl of a number with a tip of the cap to Rod and the boys, and even some rollicking Stonesy vibe happening here. This a resounding thumbs up from me.  Play it again, barman, and this time turn it up.  Spaghetty Town knows their rock ‘n’ roll and here's the first chunk of evidence.

 

spaghettytown.com 

 

Sweet Things artworkThe Sweet Things – ‘Slather’ (Spaghetty Town Records) 

 

Wow… great slab of rock ‘n’ roll number three.  'Slather' is a mash-up of the good and great from the last 40 years of Thunders meets the Black Crowes (when they shook their money maker). The organ is subtle, as is the barroom Joanna kicking up a shit storm in the corner, but the tune is dripping with attitude and the vocals are spot on.  Man, I love this! 

 

If you thought the A side had it going on, wait until you catch an earful of the flip side, 'Dustianne', featuring Liza Colby. Man, any other month and this would be top of the pile for sure. I need these cats to put an album together and quickly.  They bleed good time rock 'n' rolla with a bunch of attitude.

 

www.spaghettytown.com/

 

Dancehall - 'KO' (Vibe/AntiVibe)

 

 

Another bunch of upstarts full of the joys of the season and with a Christmas banger, Dancehall are full of season greetings.  Sure, the single has many formats these days and not everyone adheres to the classic format of 7" plastic.  Well, Dancehall might not want to put this new release out on vinyl 7" or cassette single, or even digital whatever, but they've done a video that's short, sharp and to the point - and you can make your own mind up by watch the video… I happen to like it, and the drummer’s ‘tach is spellbinding. On this evidence, I'd happily check out an album of material good stuff!

 

 

Red Dons artworkRed Dons –‘ Genocide’ (Man In Decline Records) 

 

'Genocide'? Mmmm not another Christmas tune I hear you cry.  Nope, its Portland’s Red Dons with a new two-track single featuring the jarring A side, with its racing tempo and hook on the chorus: it's loud bouncy and wonderful.  Red Dons dance to their own beat and have a style of their own: its post-punk meets indie if you want to pigeonhole these guys. They have anthems, but not in the way you are expecting, and its epic but not in a cheesy way either: it’s like Agent Orange meets the Buzzcocks meets some UK unknown band featured on the Tube show in the ‘80s… it’s great so get out there and pick up a copy.  It's got a pressing of 500 and 150 of those are limited colours so get clicking.

 

Hired Guns – ‘The Smacked Sessions’ (Alive And Kickin' Records) 

 

A four-piece band put together specifically for a Smacked tribute album: two of these songs appear on the album.  This EP is available on 10" vinyl and CD as well as all digital platforms. It's a fine tribute to a very much underrated band.  The songs are played with much gusto and passion and they really achieve to breathe new life into these songs.  'Johnny The Pusher' kicks things off, and what a fine take it is.  Matt M does a sterling job on vocals and guitar.  These songs have stood the test of time and these versions are dripping with sleazy rock ‘n’ roll. If you're quick, you can get a copy on vinyl or CD. Lovin' it - long live Smack and all who believe and keep the flag flyin'. 

 

www.aliveandkickingmusic.com

 

The Lurkers – ‘High Velocity’ (Human Punk Records)

 

 

I wasn't expecting to review a new single from The Lurkers – but, hey, here it is.  Distributed through Damaged Goods on limited edition 7" pink vinyl, this three-track EP is proof that, after all these years, the pride of Fulham have still got it in spades. Danie Cox from The Featherz guests on vocals for the lead track.  'White Noise And Feedback' is a great punchy number and the hook on the chorus is hypnotic. 'One Butterfly' is a contrast with a gentler muted riff and adds variety to an already impressive single.  Dismiss this at your peril… just click on the link and hope you're lucky enough to get a copy…

 

Tommy Rockets artworkTommy And The Rockets – ‘Let's Have Fun In The Summer Sun’ (Beluga Records) 

 

Just what Christmas needs: a song that is like its own ray of sunshine.  Tommy And The Rockets knock out this four-track single on four different coloured slabs of vinyl.  It’s power pop in its purest form, with a Beach Boys melody and a tonne of fun.  'Little Honda' is girls and motorcycles and layers of harmony and a ripping guitar break.  'In My Hot Rod' is a souped-up rocker; to be fair, you know the drill by now: Tommy is like FM radio from a bygone era, but they'll just keep on keeping on, writing and releasing power pop because that's simply what they do - and they do it so well.

 

tommyandtherockets.bandcamp.com/

 

Bitch Queens/Scumbag Millionaires/The Empire Strikes/V.C.P.S. - (Lux Noise Records) 

 

Scumbag Millionaire etcThose cheeky scamps from Basle are back in the Über Rock Singles Club: this time they share some plastic with a few other bands that we seriously think you should be checking out. 

 

First up, those Bitch Queens with 'Methane In The Wind', and, as it breezes through your speakers in their own style, it’s a brand of hard rockin’ punk spiked music that mixes the genres to perfection, and a worthy lead track on this release. ‘The Empire Strikes’ is a slab of Scandi-rock ‘n’ roll with loud guitars and strong vocals that follows in a long line of influences from Scandinavia and adds some extra class to proceedings. 

 

My personal highlight on offer here is the punch in the head you get from Scumbag Millionaires in the shape of the no-nonsense noise that is 'Calm Down' - but that's not likely when this is playing.  No bullshit, nonsense free high-velocity punk rock ‘n’ fuckin roll is the name of the game for this Swedish four-piece - an excellent reason on its own to pick up this single.  V.C.P.S take this VFM release home with 'Judas'.  In their tenth year of rock ‘n’ rolling, they’re yet more proof that Sweden has the blueprint for classic hard rock ‘n’ roll with attitude. 

 

Four bands, one single – what’s not to like? Go get it - and don't snooze, because it’s limited… and there is also a mega-collectable colour.   

 

lux-noise.bandcamp.com

 

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Well, last month Dom D reckoned he might have closed the Singles Club for another year… but, lo, another unexpected of releases has forced him to re-open the doors and throw one last hurrah for 2017.  Click the link and do what it says to see what he reckons should be top of every self-respecting rock ‘n’ roller’s wish list this coming present exchanging season:

Well, the season's greetings to you all and a very quick dip into Santa's sack will reveal a festive selection of 7” lusciousness, making Decembers singles club a right banger.  

From the Christmas Numero Uno of Steve Conte's 'Gimme Gimme Rockaway' to the Red Dons, via East and West Coast rockers, and a video from the UK for good measure, December ends one hell of a year for singles. Go check ‘em out and get ‘em on your Christmas lists - never mind if you've been naughty or nice… everyone deserves some rock 'n' roll and these are some of the best…

Steve Conte – ‘Gimme Gimme Rockaway’ (Wicked Cool Records)

OK, so Christmas is coming, and it’s all about sleigh bells and children singing, right? Wrong! Steve Conte is in the house with his first solo record for a few years, and what a way to make an entrance.  From the sweet cover shot of that Les Paul Jr, this record sizzles with sheer class and a whole level of coolness that this Singles Club appreciates – oh, and a bloody good sing-a-long, which is what you get here. The playing is exceptional, as is the arrangement, and the chorus is there to be sung along to.  Flip this bad boy over and you have a rock ‘n’ roll take on the Joplin classic 'Mercedes Benz' that features Jesse Malin on guest vocals - and what a sprightly jaunt it is too: not what I was expecting at all.  The sun is shining this Christmas and this is a beaming Single Of The Month pop pickers: now go grab it on coloured vinyl before they all get snapped up. superb!  Oh, I almost forgot to say, Clem Burke and Andy Rourke join Jesse Malin and Steve on these tunes: how freakin' cool is that? These records are very limited so don't hang around too long!

http://stevecontenyc.com

Dr Boogie – ‘She's So Tuff’ (Spaghetty Town Records)

Dr Boogie plays rock ‘n’ roll. Nothing fussy: they just get it and ‘She's So Tuff' is a shining example of this. That sleazy Hanoi-inspired floor tom roll on the intro before those guitars chime in with an attitude adjuster of a tune comes banging your speakers. Love the hook on the chorus; in fairness, everything about these West Coast rockers. I love the honking horns: they should be parping in louder if I have any negative comments but that's a minor gripe. Damn! On the B-side, 'Peanut Butter Blues' is a barroom brawl of a number with a tip of the cap to Rod and the boys, and even some rollicking Stonesy vibe happening here. This a resounding thumbs up from me.  Play it again, barman, and this time turn it up.  Spaghetty Town knows their rock ‘n’ roll and here's the first chunk of evidence.

spaghettytown.com

The Sweet Things – ‘Slather’ (spaghettytown Records)

Wow… great slab of Rrock ‘n’ roll number three.  'Slather' is a mash-up of the good and great from the last 40 years of Thunders meets the Black Crowes (when they shook their money maker). The organ is subtle, as is the barroom Joanna kicking up a shit storm in the corner, but the tune is dripping with attitude and the vocals are spot on.  Man, I love this! 

If you thought the A side had it going on, wait until you catch an earful of the flip side, 'Dustianne', featuring Liza Colby. Man, any other month and this would be top of the pile for sure. I need these cats to put an album together and quickly.  They bleed good time rock 'n' rolla with a bunch of attitude.

https://www.spaghettytown.com/

Dancehall - 'KO' (Vibe/AntiVibe)

Another bunch of upstarts full of the joys of the season and with a Christmas banger, Dancehall are full of season greetings.  Sure, the single has many formats these days and not everyone adheres to the classic format of 7" plastic.  Well, Dancehall might not want to put this new release out on vinyl 7" or cassette single, or even digital whatever, but they've done a video that's short, sharp and to the point - and you can make your own mind up by watch the video… I happen to like it, and the drummer’s ‘tach is spellbinding. On this evidence, I'd happily check out an album of material good stuff!

https://youtu.be/JerpzOKwDvk................

Red Dons –‘ Genocide’ (Man In Decline Records)

'Genocide'? Mmmm not another Christmas tune I hear you cry.  Nope, its Portland’s Red Dons with a new two-track single featuring the jarring A side, with its racing tempo and hook on the chorus: it's loud bouncy and wonderful.  Red Dons dance to their own beat and have a style of their own: its post-punk meets indie if you want to pigeonhole these guys. They have anthems, but not in the way you are expecting, and its epic but not in a cheesy way either: it’s like Agent Orange meets the Buzzcocks meets some UK unknown band featured on the Tube show in the ‘80s… it’s great so get out there and pick up a copy.  It's got a pressing of 500 and 150 of those are limited colours so get clicking.

Hired Guns – ‘The Smacked Sessions’ (Alive And Kickin' Records) 

A four-piece band put together specifically for a Smacked tribute album: two of these songs appear on the album.  This EP is available on 10" vinyl and CD as well as all digital platforms. It's a fine tribute to a very much underrated band.  The songs are played with much gusto and passion and they really achieve to breathe new life into these songs.  'Johnny The Pusher' kicks things off, and what a fine take it is.  Matt M does a sterling job on vocals and guitar.  These songs have stood the test of time and these versions are dripping with sleazy rock ‘n’ roll. If you're quick, you can get a copy on vinyl or CD. Lovin' it - long live Smack and all who believe and keep the flag flyin'. 

www.aliveandkickingmusic.com

The Lurkers – ‘High Velocity’ (Human Punk Records)

I wasn't expecting to review a new single from The Lurkers – but, hey, here it is.  Distributed through Damaged Goods on limited edition 7" pink vinyl, this three-track EP is proof that, after all these years, the pride of Fulham have still got it in spades. Danie Cox from The Featherz guests on vocals for the lead track.  'White Noise And Feedback' is a great punchy number and the hook on the chorus is hypnotic. 'One Butterfly' is a contrast with a gentler muted riff and adds variety to an already impressive single.  Dismiss this at your peril… just click on the link and hope you're lucky enough to get a copy…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=Yh5Ss6xt8cE..................


Tommy And The Rockets – ‘Let's Have Fun In The Summer Sun’ (Beluga Records)

Just what Christmas needs: a song that is like its own ray of sunshine.  Tommy And The Rockets knock out this four-track single on four different coloured slabs of vinyl.  It’s power pop in its purest form, with a Beach Boys melody and a tonne of fun.  'Little Honda' is girls and motorcycles and layers of harmony and a ripping guitar break.  'In My Hot Rod' is a souped-up rocker; to be fair, you know the drill by now: Tommy is like FM radio from a bygone era, but they'll just keep on keeping on, writing and releasing power pop because that's simply what they do - and they do it so well.

https://tommyandtherockets.bandcamp.com/album/lets-have-fun-in-the-summer-sun

Bitch Queens/Scumbag Millionaires/The Empire Strikes/V.C.P.S. - (Lux Noise Records) 

Those cheeky scamps from Basle are back in the Über Rock Singles Club: this time they share some plastic with a few other bands that we seriously think you should be checking out. 

First up, those Bitch Queens with 'Methane In The Wind', and, as it breezes through your speakers in their own style, it’s a brand of hard rockin’ punk spiked music that mixes the genres to perfection, and a worthy lead track on this release. ‘The Empire Strikes’ is a slab of Scandi-rock ‘n’ roll with loud guitars and strong vocals that follows in a long line of influences from Scandinavia and adds some extra class to proceedings.  My personal highlight on offer here is the punch in the head you get from Scumbag Millionaires in the shape of the no-nonsense noise that is 'Calm Down' - but that's not likely when this is playing.  No bullshit, nonsense free high-velocity punk rock ‘n’ fuckin roll is the name of the game for this Swedish four-piece - an excellent reason on its own to pick up this single.  V.C.P.S take this VFM release home with 'Judas'.  In their tenth year of rock ‘n’ rolling, they’re yet more proof that Sweden has the blueprint for classic hard rock ‘n’ roll with attitude. 

Four bands, one single – what’s not to like? Go get it - and don't snooze, because it’s limited… and there is also a mega-collectable colour.   

https://lux-noise.bandcamp.com/album/bitch-queens-scumbag-millionaire-the-empire-strikes-v-c-p-s-split-7

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