Tuesday, January 31, 2017

1983, John Cougar Mellencamp - Uh-Huh, cassette

1983John Cougar Mellencamp "Uh-Huh", cassette
is the subject for this Cassette Tuesday.

"Uh-Huh" was Mellencamp's 7th recording. I first heard of John
during his "American Fool" recording in 1982. He had two hits
"Hurt So Good" and "Jack and Diane" that was on MTV which 
was very popular at this time for all bands to be seen and heard.
I enjoyed those songs but not enough to purchase them until
I seen "Crumblin' Down" video on MTV which I liked and
"Pink Houses" was another video and single that was very popular.
I remember MTV having a "Paint the Mutha Pink" contest of giving away 
a pink house and the winner invites 25 friends over for a barbecue 
and concert by John Cougar Mellencamp.
You can read more of MTV "Paint the Mutha Pink" Contest here at

See "Crumblin' Down" video at end of this page

1983, John Cougar Mellencamp "Uh-Huh", cassette


Inside Cover

Side 1

Side 2

"Crumblin' Down"

Monday, January 30, 2017

2015, Original Album Classics of Pretty Maids, review

One thing about Pretty Maids in the States is you don’t see any articles about them. Well this is before the internet. Now you can find info on just about any band but pre-internet searching for bands that were not in media or public eye you had to know where to search such as reading the U.K. publications such as KERRANG! that I loved back in the 80’s. Also underground album catalogs you may find in the back of music magazines. My first Pretty Maids vinyl album was their second release “Future World” that I always played now and then. Recently I was just going through my vinyl collection and pulled out “Future World” and it made me wonder what is up w/ Pretty Maids. I admitt I forgot about them until I notice the new release “Kingmaker”. So it made me search amazon which I purchased the Original Album Classics of Pretty Maids. I could just listen to them on Spotify but old fashion I need something physical to hold on to and read the credits plus always enjoy the artwork. Unfortunately CDs are a lot smaller than vinyl. Another reason I like a hard copy is you don’t know if Spotify is going to change or drop an artist or even have the artist drop out of Spotify like Neil Young. 

Original Album Classics of Pretty Maids first 5 albums from 1984 to 1993 released in 2015. This is a very inexpensive collection for about $15 on amazon. It’s just the 5 albums no bonus tracks, no booklet. Each CD is a single sleeve w/ original front and back cover art. Unfortunately some of the credits are in small copy that is hard to read. Each CD looks the same w/ only the album title on each disc.

Each CD looks the same w/ only the album title on each disc.

The debut CD “Red, Hot and Heavy” includes 6 members of the band. It seemed almost each release they lose a member to finally ending up w/ 2 original members. The debut CD I like and enjoy the cover of Thin Lizzy “Little Darling” which I read a while back they are Thin Lizzy fans. 

Future World” that I actually have on vinyl. I remember reading a rave review in KERRANG! back in the day. I consider this my favorite Pretty Maids album. They even dedicated the album to Phil Lynott. 

Third is “Jump The Gun” which is ok. I seem to just like a few songs. I may have to go back to it a few more times. Produced by Deep Purple Roger Glover and was the most expensive album to date in Denmark. It was also noted as an over produced album. Lead singer Ron Atkins said this was his least favorite album.

Fourth is “Sin-Decade” by this time only 2 members of Pretty Maids are left singer Ronnie Atkins and guitarist Ken Hammer. Both Atkins and Hammer wrote the songs for this album. They also covered another Thin Lizzy song “Please Don’t Leave Me”. Filling out the band was drummer Michael Fast and bass Kenn Jackson. It's not as good as the first 2 releases but I like this better than "Jump The Gun".
It took me a while to find the title “Sin-Decade” on the cover. It happens to be on the left side on what looks like a type of awning over a throne.  Things you miss when the art shrinks down from a vinyl album to CD cover art.

Fifth is “Stripped” an “unplugged” album includes some new songs and 2 covers. Pretty Maids rework Thin Lizzy “Please Don’t Leave Me” both versions very good and “39” by Queen. Last song “Savage Heart” is a reworked version that is much better than their “Jump The Gun” album. “Stripped” really shows off Ronnie Atkins vocals.

In closing this was a good purchase of 5 CDs by Pretty Maids that I will enjoy.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

1991, Havana 3a.m., cassette

Cassette Tuesday we talk about the 1991 debut of Havana 3a.m.

Being a fan of Gary Myrick from his New Wave days of Gary Myrick & The Figures and then solo career Gary Myrick from his hits "I'm Not A Number", "She Talks In Stereo
and "Message Is You". I accidentally came across this cassette. I knew little of this band at first.
Havana 3a.m. was a band formed by Paul Simonon (former bassist of The Clash),
Nigel Dixon (former lead singer of Whirlwind), Gary Myrick guitarist (former
Gary Myrick & The Figures and then solo career Gary Myrick). Drummer Travis Williams
they found by a newspaper announcement. Havana 3a.m. styles a mix of
rockabilly, latin, reggae and punk influences. Havana 3a.m. took
their name from the title of a 1950s album by Perez Prado.
This debut release was the only release that included 12 original tracks
written by Simonon/Myrick/Dixon. This was also recorded in Tokyo.
"Reach the Rock" was the only video release. See youtube at end of this page.
In 1993 singer Nigel Dixon died of cancer pretty much ended the band. Simonon 
concentrated on his art career.
In 1996 Gary Myrick reformed the band w/ all new members and called
it Gary Myrick and Havana 3am releasing "Texas Glitter & Tombstone Tales".

1991, Havana 3a.m. self titled debut cassette
It is told that bassist Paul Simonon's girlfriend at the time posed for this cover.


Cover unfolded

Inside Cover unfolded

Side 1

Side 2

"Reach the Rock"

Monday, January 23, 2017

2002, hm, Calibretto 13, The Deal, Live Reports

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Calibretto 13
Pg 22

The Deal
Pg 26

Live Reports and Round The Horn section
(concert review of Fairweather, Seville, The Dashboard Confessional,
and more

Pg 19

Sunday, January 22, 2017

1973, Rock Scene, Rock Scene Party

Rock Scene Party
This section of the following 5 pages are photos of parties
around this time in New York and Philadelphia.

Pg 57 - 61