Here’s the music I’ve downloaded from eMusic is the past 28 days:
* The Roots of The Cramps by various Artists Hot diggity dog! Not only is this a serious eMusic bargain (56 tracks for 12 credits!) it’s a serious dose of rockabilly, R&B, surf and garage obscurities.
* Interplanetary Melodies by Sun Ra. If Lux Interior runs into Sun Ra up in Rock ‘n’ Roll Heaven, they will have a lot more to talk about than you might initially imagine.
* Seven tracks from No Requests Tonight by The Devil Dogs. This is a live album, released in 1997 by the Dogs, a fine New York punk/trash trio. It’s a California show and the stage patter consists largely of East Coast/West Coast abuse Previously my favorite Devil Dogs tune was their cover of former New Mexico Music Commissioner Tony Orlando’s grease ballad “Bless You” from the Choad Blast EP. But here the The Devil Dogs cover Bono — Sonny Bono, that is. Their version of Sonny’s proto-hippie lament “Laugh at Me” is a heart-warming delight.
* The tracks I didn’t get last month from The Kids Are All Square – This Is Hip|Girlsville by Thee Headcoats and Thee Headcoatees. Most of the ones I got this month were by Thee Headcoatees, Billy Childish’s “girl group” of the ’90s, which included Holly Golightly, Miss Ludella Black, Kyra Rubella and Bongo Debbie.
There’s a great cover of The Beatles’ “Run for Your Life” (remember the John Lennon Rolling Stone interview in which he was expressing politically-correct remorse about this tune?) Meanwhile, “Melvin” is a re-write of Them’s “Gloria.” But none of these are as cool as “Wild Man,” in which the singer sounds as if she’s on the verge of a lust-induced nervous breakdown over the boy next door.