Monday, January 16, 2006

Philly-Style #7: For the truly, deeply interested

I was tooling around the hinternet looking for an old Wishniaks EP when I came across a couple of sites that might be of interest to fans of the Philly-Style feature., the eponymous home of one-time member of The Chant, Trained Attack Dogs, and Still Stupid, has a whole roomfull of TAD and Ken Kramar mp3s here. And then, is a website that touts itself as an "exclusive club of (Philly) scene veterans who are still making great music, and those who aren’t currently active but still deserve the attention." Run by ex-Kenn Kweder associate Rob Johnson, this site/blog combo hosts a slew of rare tracks here, by Philly notables Alan Mann, The Darrows, The Hooters, The Johnsons, Beru Revue, Honor Society, and The Daves, not to mention the Xmas jams "Sleigh Ride" and "Hang Up Your Stockings," by the All-Star Review, which featured members of The Hooters, Beru Revue, The Vels, Da Pliars, Pretty Poison, and Bunnydrums.

Anyway, it gave me a bit of a thrill. Here are some noteworthy highlights, spanning the Philly genre spectrum from both:

This was an old favorite of mine from my "Amore" cassette. Synth driven reggae-wave like only Philly's favorite sons could do it.
The Hooters - Fightin On the Same Side from the 1981 single

Trashy, lo-fi recording of trashy Philly punk.
Trained Attack Dogs - Ankh Salomen (live) from "Lotsa Fun"

All-Star xmas cover rewritten with a Philacentric bent, parts of it sound as if they were written by the Philly chamber of commerce.
The All-Star Review - Sleigh Ride (jam-packed with top-of-mind Philly references)

True Philly blues punk.
Mikey Wild - Die, Die, Die (live) from the (JC) Dobbs Lives! compilation

I have no familiarity with this band, but this song is insanely good. And I'm not even talking about that "Don't Fear the Reaper" open.
The Alan Mann Free Arts Band - Lost And Found recorded 6/27/78 at Grendel's Lair. Dig the sax.

Another TAD track, this one a studio recording.
Trained Attack Dogs - Friend Larry from "Pizza"


  • At 11:02 AM, Blogger Kurtis of Rambis Manor said…

    I've replaced the Trained Attack Dogs links-- I had mistakenly linked to the lo-qual mp3s...these tracks are much higher fi.

  • At 1:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey, who is the guy in the pic?

  • At 5:28 PM, Blogger Kurtis of Rambis Manor said…

    I think it's Allen James, who played with Alan Mann in 83, and was (and remains, I think, to some extent) a fixture on the Philly scene, having played with Robert Hazard, Kenn Kweder, etc.

  • At 8:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah, I know this review was written a year ago, but thought I'd let you know:

    TRAINED ATTACK DOGS (!) are playing a New Orleans Benefit show on March 31st, 2007 at the TriTone in Philly (15th & South Street)... John, Ken & Keith + Michael from the SheMales drumming!

    Also, guys from Throttle, SheMales, McRAD (Man is Doomed) + Chuck Treece doing a set WITH McRAD. A rare, rare, rare occurrence for a good cause!


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