Lots of recent local
ALAN MANN: "Fear of Heights," new
top-quality release by pop-rock poet Alan Mann and his band R.O.R.
Contender Records, PO Box 776, Phila., PA 19105.
BEN-WAH TORPEDOES: Their dance pop 45
"Fingerprints" b/w "Debbie's Like London" features pleasant vocals and an
all-around good sound. Could this be easy listening new wave? On Dead Stan
Records, 2537 S. 67th St., Phila., PA 19842.
DOOMED ON PLANET EARTH: Single on BTCP
Records, 6407 Wayne Ave., Phila., PA 19119. Humorous female vocals and
Farfisa organ by Z. Lite make "Heart Attack" an amusingly spaced-out pop
side. Backed with "Mercenaries," this record comes complete with a set of
"Doomed on Planet Earth" matches!
ROBERT HAZZARD AND THE HEROES: If Robert
doesn't land that big contract soon, we'll all be surprised. His clean,
mainstream dance rock had been played steadily on commercial station WMMR
even before it was on vinyl. Finally, a 12" EP features two of Hazzard's
popular radio cuts, "Escalator of Life" and "Change Reaction," plus three
equally likeable new cuts. From City Lights, 2037 Pine St., Phila., PA
pop-rock by this modern-sounding, cleanly-produced trio. The Vox organ
rides again on "From This Side of the Window" b/w "If You Want It." Write
to Intense-Intents, PO Box 14056, Phila., PA 19123.
PRETTY POISON: Synth
pop featuring singer Jade Starling on this XTC-influenced single.
"Expiration"/ "Realm of Existence" is available from Svengali Records,
3204 Waldorf Ave., Camden, NJ 08105.
SADISTIC EXPLOITS: "Freedom" b/w
"Apathy" is this popular hard-core band of head-bangers first
SIC KIDZ: Buzzing guitars. Play this
three-song single loud. "Rhythm Gurl," an original cut, is dedicated to
Alison, former Sic Kidz' guitarist who died in true punk style after
leaping from a car at 50 mph. Also included are "Radar Eyes" and "Frenzy."
BTCP Records, 6407 Wayne Ave., Phila., PA 19119.
SKIP 5: Nice graphics deck the cover of
this new wave 45. "I'll Stay True" is driving high-energy music; "Pretend
She's You" reminds me of The Byrds. For info write: John Torres, 411 W.
Cuthbert Blvd., Westmont, NJ 08108.
STICKMEN: "This is the Master Brew," 12" EP
on Red Records, 411 S. 40th St., Phila., PA 19104. This wild
funk-punk-fusion band displays all the charm and personality of their
lively stage show on vinyl. Vocals by guitarist Pete Baker and keyboard
player Beth LeJam ride over rapid-fire musical ideas. Veterans of the
Philly scene, in recent months The Stickmen have gained more of the
popularity and recognition they deserve.
MOTHER MAY I: "Body or Mind," new 12" EP
includes "Still Waiting" and "All Too Clear," plus other cuts by this pop
trio. Influenced by Siouxsie and Joy Division, among others. Write to 611
Cedar Ave., Collingswood, NJ 08108.
THE CLUB SCENEóLandmark Tavern fizzled
before its second month of booking punk and new music. The Bijou Cafe
has been featuring local original bands every Thursday for a mere $1
admissionóRIGHT ON! Love Club at Broad and South Sts. is the latest
hangout. Although it's mostly dancing to recorded music, there are
sporadic shows by some of Philly's more esoteric bands. The Wet Spot at
68 N. 12th St. (corner of 12th and Arch) opens on Monday nights only
with improvisational music and poetry. You're invited to join inócontact
Stickmen drummer Jim Meneses, 234 S. 41st St., Phila., PA 19104 for
info. East Side Club is still tops with local and national new music
acts just about every night. Ripley's has been featuring more new wave
acts, mostly national.
The South Jersey scene is sad: Galaxy and
Ivory are no longer booking new wave on a regular basis, although Mr.
Bojangles in Cherry Hill still maintains an original music policy with
sporadic new wave. On Thursday nights, Valentino's in Cherry Hill has
been booking original rock and new music, and Blondie's, a shore club in
Pleasantville, is featuring the more popular local new music acts.