The front jacket artwork is what resonated with me many years ago when I acquired this obscurity… Triple XXX Girls were a foursome that formed in Tampa, FL …The lead off track “Disco Bowling” adds a strong funk inspired new wave bass line coupled with bowling sound effects in what turns out to be quite a quirky filled ride. “Fear” changes things up with a sultry female vocal and settles down into a more synth wave theme. The second side continues with up-tempo female synth wave arrangements in “Opposites” and then ends with the fast paced off-the-wall “Special Services”.
There are a variety of instruments employed on this four tracker, to include trompette, chicken guitar, sax, claviers and the list goes on…These gadgets can really be heard on “Disco Bowling”…This was a solitary release by the group and it’s quite rare these days…The vinyl does come to market from time to time, so keep your eyes peeled obscure vinyl collectors…Out of print private pressing via Ms. Lucky Records…
Back some time ago I posted this United Kingdom based band’s second single. Here is their first output. Thought the song titles were prudent given the impending Halloween holiday...It’s readily available in the marketplace…Out of print private pressing via Carno Music...
Here’s a band that was cranking the power pop new wave tunes in South Dakota of all places. This foursome incorporates a strong combination of power pop and new wave melodies coupled with crisp vocal harmonies that provides for a peppy set of ten songs. The standout would be they synth wave confection "Day After Day"...The title song is soaked with quirky synths as well as many others on this one and only album…A top drawer stylistic independent obscurity…Highly recommended for the vinyl enthusiast that craves more unknown indie wax…Out of print private pressing via Yattunes…
Don’t wake him up
Dead girls don’t say no
Let’s talk about girls
The beat goes on
Where are the nice girls
Day after day
I need her
My little angel
The Blast Conservatory were an industrial wave band that functioned out of San Francisco, CA in the late 80’s, early 90’s….The group’s signature sound would evolve around an industrial EBM based arrangement…Most tracks are eminently danceable, with various sound clips thrown in to enhance the slightly ominous atmosphere…This was not exactly groundbreaking stuff, but during the late 80’s there were a handful of more commercial bands that were employing the same formula with a high success rate in the underground club land. This is the first of two extended players that the group issued. Both seem to be quite scarce these days…Out of print private pressing via LSS Records…
Rage: The Viking I’m not
New electronic keyboard
We have another unknown indie new wave alternative obscurity on tap…Cry Conflict appeared to be based out of Australia. They use a nice little Reagan era sample to kick off the set and proceed to generate an above average set of melodious guitar led arrangements. Of course they could have benefited from a little more production assistance and exposure, but for a self released DIY effort, good on them…Out of print self released 7” format private pressing …
angels of death (never say never)
the dying world
The Accused were a power pop indie rock band out of Baltimore, MD and played many area clubs back in the early 80’s. They cranked out no nonsense power pop rock with new wave influences…. The clear winner here is the stomping “Time Out”. The 7” format vinyl package comes with a nifty fold out sleeve with a picture of all band members on the inner sides. Out of print private pressing via Frantic Records.
Studebakers were a female fronted synth wave band led by the aptly named Cyndy Studebaker, who took care of vocals, synths and percussion duties…There were two other dudes that filled out the trio…Fans of female led new wave synth pop will be pleased with this obscure offering…Don’t be fooled by the goofy LP jacket cover as I was, this is pretty solid stuff…The band was from St. Louis, MO. Standout tracks for my vote include: “Downtown Today”, “Electro Pop”, “Volunteers… Out of print private pressing via Studebakers Records and Tapes...
maybe I will/maybe I won’t
muscle girls 85
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Here we have a fine new wave induced indie obscurity from a foursome called The Puget Sound...The group hailed from Kirkland, Washington. This looks to be their only album, which was self released and self produced. The album garners a well executed crisp production job for being self produced.
There are a bevy of songs here, fourteen in total…They are all under three minutes in length and provide a diverse mix of guitar inflected synth wave coupled with a prime indie vocal treatment. At times I was left wanting more in some songs as they ended on a pre-mature note… A highly recommended and unknown piece of wax if you’re seeking something more underground than the usual alternative mainstream acts of the day…Out of print self released private pressing…
Falling up the stairs
She walks she talks
Sinners of today
I never wanted to be this way
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