Release date: August 17, 2018

Format: Digital and physical (Available on both CD and red vinyl with reverse-board jackets! Per Bandcamp)

Label: Cleopatra Records

Location: NYC

Current Lineup:

  • Walter Lure (guitar and vocals)
  • Takanori Ichiuji (bass and vocals)
  • Tak Nakai a.k.a. Takto (guitar and vocals)
  • Joe Rizzo (drums
  • and vocals)

Favorite Tracks: Crazy Kids, Damn Your Soul, London Boys, She Doesn’t Love You Anymore, Little Black Book, and Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day

Sounds Like: The Heartbreakers, New York Dolls, Ramones, Bruce Springsteen, The Jam, Sham 69, and The Damned.


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Photo by Spencer Lloyd

In 25 years a lot can change. We’ve lost some legendary punk pioneers like, David Bowie, Steve Soto, GG Alin, most of the Ramones and sadly the list continues to grow. This leads me to Johnny Thunders and the legacy he left with his iconic sound.

Of course you’re like Ska Bones. This isn’t about Johnny Thunders and his legacy? This review is about Walter Lure and the Waldo’s. Well Yes I say on both accounts. Johnny’s unique sound left an unforgettable impression throughout the punk world.

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Walter Lure and Johnny Thunders photo by Justine Fitzpatrick

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Walter Lure and Johnny Thunders photo by Justine Fitzpatrick

From his start with the New York Dolls, Johnny aka John Anthony Genzale, was changing the face of North American rock. In my opinion punk was direct spit in the face to so called, “Pop” music. His guitar riffs and style can still be heard today through various other bands.

Per Johnny’s Wikipedia page, he formed the Heartbreakers after the New York Dolls began to have issues. Thunders formed the Heartbreakers with Jerry Nolan, Richard Hell and Walter Lure. Ratch replaced Nolan shortly after.

The Heartbreakers would go on to tour after with such acts as the Ramones, Sex Pistols and The Damned. Their popularity was stronger in Europe and there they recorded their iconic album, “L.A.M.F.”. This is one of my favorite albums of all time. They would sadly breakup shortly thereafter.

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Walter Lure and Johnny Thunders photo by Justine Fitzpatrick

Sadly we lost Johnny Thunders to a drug overdose and some people may argue foul play. Let’s fast forward 25 years later. The punk scene has changed, but the Heartbreakers have remained in our hearts. Walter Lure has picked up the pieces of the Heartbreakers to form Walter Lure and The Waldos. His new album, “Wacka Lacka Boom Bop A Loom Bam Boo” drops August 17, 2018 via Cleopatra Records.

We decided to give the record proper spin and also because it contains the introduction track, “Crazy Kids”. Per Lure, “Crazy Kids”, is about the final days of Johnny Thunders. This song will be featured in the upcoming full-length film ‘Thunders: Room 37’. So let’s go ahead and start the review here!

“Crazy Kids” starts off with an amazing drum intro. The guitar and bass soon join in. This is really a fitting tribute to Johnny Thunders. It maintains that classic punk sound with edgy and steel like riffs. This song is extremely catchy and sure to strike some nostalgia from the CBGB days.

“Damn Your Soul”, this one has some great lyrics and that steel sound from the guitar. This one really reminds me of more of an English pub rock style song. The guitar solo midway through is quite impressive. “Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)”, is up next on the track list.

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Photo by Spencer Lloyd

This cover of Lloyd Pierce’s song is backed with trumpets. Who says trumpets don’t belong in punk rock? I’ll fight anyone who disagrees. Haha! Lure’s voice on the track really adds the needed edge to this one. “London Boys” is a cover of the original Thunders/Heartbreakers tune.

You should definitely read the history of this song over at Punk 77. This song brings a cleaner version to it, yet continues to pay tribute to Johnny. “Lazy Day”, follows it’s probably the slowest track on the record. Yet it’s catchy and fun. The chorus pushes in that classic punk sound. “Take A Chance On Me” and no this not an ABBA cover, thank God

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Photo by Spencer Lloyd

This one has more of a Pittsburg/NYC sound to it. It reminds of something Bruce Springsteen would compose. The harmonica sends the message of power, but sends in the sexy. The chorus is almost addictive. “Wham Bam Boo”, keeps the harmonica style from the last song. The drums are really prominent on this one. Is Walter Lure really the Wanderer? I kid of course.

“Bye Bye Baby”, is up next on the record. The lyrics make this a great anti love song. The guitar chords and progressions are remarkable. This is probably my favorite next to “Crazy Kids”.

“Bye Bye Baby,

I ain’t that crazy,

I know that it’s time to go,

I ain’t that lazy,

You’ll be the first to know”

“She Doesn’t Love You Anymore”, this one has melodies reminiscent of the Ramones. Considering Lure worked with The Ramones on their albums ‘Subterranean Jungle’ (1983), ‘Too Tough To Die’ (1984) and ‘Animal Boy’ (1986) this sounds fantastic.

 

“Little Black Book, comes next with a kick ass opening bass line. This song has sort of a jazzy southern/City Of Steel sound to it. The combination of the bass, guitar riffs, harmonica, and saxophone contribute to this blues like anthem. “Don’t Mess With Cupid”, comes ripping back to set the album tone. The trumpets in the background, along with the background vocals push the progression along. This one is catchy and fun jam.

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Photo by Spencer Lloyd

Now let’s talk a cover song. The classic song, “You Talk To Much”, by Joe Jones, gets a proper cover treatment from Walter Lure And The Waldo’s. This version sounds almost like some kinda rockabilly sock hop version. The sax comes in blasting to join the popular melody. Lure has definitely made this song his own.

 

In conclusion I am absolutely honored that CPRA received this review. This album pays tribute to Thunders, while proving Walter Lure is still an absolute punk icon. Lure has compiled a record that will appeal to old and new punks alike. Be sure to hit that preorder button on this one!

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Track List

  1. Crazy Kids
  2. Damn Your Soul
  3. Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day) (Lloyd Price cover)
  4. London Boys  (Thunders/Heartbreakers Cover)
  5. Lazy Day
  6. Take A Chance On Me
  7. Wham Bam Boo
  8. Bye Bye Baby
  9. She Doesn’t Love You
  10. Little Black Book
  11. Don’t Mess With Cupid (New York Dolls cover)
  12. You Talk Too Much (Joe Jones cover)

Links:

Bamboo Vipers – “Haunted House”

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Release date: July 13, 2018

Format: Digital

Label: Santebal Records

Location: South Central England, UK

Current Lineup: Per Facebook

Shaun Morris – Vocals.

Jon Webb – Guitar.

Al Woodcock – Guitar.

Alex Rook – Bass.

Jake Stillwell – Drums

Favorite Tracks: Haunted House, Payback, Malcontent

Sounds Like: The Damned, The Exploited, GBH, Rat Scabies, NY Dolls, The Cramps, and Sex Pistols


 

In yesterday’s review of Blinding Eye Dog- “R’Lyeh Wasn’t Built In A Decade, Hon!”, I talked about how punk rock has changed so much over the last 40 years. In fact I’ve been on bit of The Damned kick lately, probably since they are due back in Denver this October. I recently listened to the Damned’s, “Plan 9 Channel 7”.

Don’t get me wrong I love the song, but it has this lady singing in the background. It just sounds super strange. In fact it’s actually kind of annoying. Yet it was downright creepy. I popped on the Bamboo Viper’s latest ep, “Haunted House”. How awesome is it CPRA gets to review two bands that have a classic English punk sound back to back? Let’s check this one out!

“Haunted House”, this track is amazing. It has this kind of rockabilly Misfits undertone to it. The guitar shreds on this one. The vocals are dark, yet still have a fair amount of OI. These guys should’ve been on an episode of the, “Young Ones”!

“Malcontent”, is up next on the list. This one has a great little guitar riff leading the song. The sound on this one is fantastic. The song is a bit slower, but the progression leads back into mayhem. “Payback”, rolls us into the next. The hooks on this are spectacular. The bass lends it low tone to follow suit.

This one sounds a little more western than the last. It’s basically about catching your spouse with your boss. Haha! Again there’s another awesome riff. The drums really stick out on this track, by being a bit more commanding and noticeable. This is one of the longer track on the record. It clock’s in at 07:02.

Being a fan of classic punk rock I have to say. I was very surprised how much I REALLY loved this ep. The Bamboo Vipers are paving the way for the return of horror punk. I don’t mean punk like the Lillington’s (Still love them too). I mean punk with a grittier street sound. This whole ep sounds like it came straight off the record player. That my friend’s is a truly great thing!

Track list:

  1. Haunted House
  2. Payback
  3. Malcontent

 

Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BambooVipers/

Bandcamp: https://bamboovipers.bandcamp.com

Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/coloradocelticpunkrockarmy/playlist/77gVLUrnwpGL9bnJz5zasD

Release Date: 6/10/18

Format: Digital, Physical

Label: Monster Zero Records in collaboration with Asian Man Records and Rad Girlfriend Records

Location: Portsmouth, NH

Album Lineup:

  • Joe Queer – Guitar/Vocals
  • Cheeto Crash – Bass/ Vocals
  • Hoglog – Drums

Sounds Like: The Ramones, The Dead Milkmen, The Buzzcocks, and the Descendants

Favorite Tracks: Beat Your Heart Out, Motherfucker, Sayonara Sucker, Tamara is a Punk


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Well, to start, what can I say about this band that hasn’t been said before? These guys are legends; 35 years of kicking some serious ass. So it makes sense that they look back and pay homage to a record that helped define their sound.

It’s been 20 years since Punk Rock Confidential first landed, but with the revisited release, it sounds like it could’ve been made yesterday. Having been a while since I heard this album, I was excited to hear it again. Within the first few seconds of the opening track, Tamara is a Punk, it all came rushing back. This is one of those albums you’d blast on a boombox during the summer while biking or skating around town. Yea, I’m old, shut up.

 

The Ramones influence has always been so palpable on this album, but not in a derogatory way. The music doesn’t feel like a rip off, rather like a continuation of the amazing music The Ramones created. In my opinion, its hard to do that, but The Queers make it seem effortless. The spirits of the Ramones clearly live on in these dudes.

Of course, this release wasn’t done without a little fanfare. Two new songs have been added from the original release (Punk Rock Confidential Revisited and Beat Your Heart Out) as well as two killer color choices, if you’re like me, and want the vinyl.

Bottom line, this revisited version is worth the time to check back in. It’s everything to be fondly remembered from 1998. Now, excuse me, I’m gonna go find my boombox.

Links: 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Queers-156515077754764/

Streaming: https://open.spotify.com/album/1qyWXt0qComRP2IASvsjhG

Asian Man Records: http://asianmanrecords.com/

Monster Zero Records: https://monsterzerorecords.com/

Rad Girlfriend Records: http://radgirlfriendrecords.storenvy.com/

Purchase the vinyl version: https://monsterzerorecords.com/products/queers-the-punk-rock-confidential-revisited-lp

The rock world has pretty much shit on the idea of drummers writing songs, ever since the Beatles decided to put “Octopus’ Garden” on an album. To hear people talk about the song, one would think that it was the musical equivalent of the Hindenburg explosion or something. That ONE song has been a curse to drummers all over the world who want to write songs (a curse which Dave Grohl seems immune to… perhaps we should examine his DNA, for a cure). It’s safe to say, there isn’t a modern drummer alive who hasn’t been the butt of a joke relating to a song that they had absolutely NO influence in writing!

Well, maybe it’ll kill some of my cred, but I’m willing to risk it, in defense of the drummers… I’ll just come out and say it…

I fucking LIKED “Octopus’ Garden,” and I don’t fucking care WHAT anybody thinks about that!

So, HERE’S TO THE DRUMMERS!

The BACKBONE of the rhythm!

The one ALWAYS obscured by the other band members!

Usually, the CRAZIEST member of the band!

OI OI OI!!! DRINK UP, FUCKERS!!!

… now…

Having said that, Rat Scabies, the ICONIC drummer from The Damned, has his own album out now, and it kicks ass!!!

It’s eclectic, quirky, and would fall into the same kind of “unclassifiable” genre as bands like Ween. The album takes routes through several genres; everything from Big Band, to Pink Floyd, to a song that feels like you’re in a seedy basement punk show in London, c. 1980; and just about everything in-between. It’s largely instrumental; only a few tracks have vocals, but it is heavily laden with clips from various places.

In it’s entirety, the album is a really fun, very British-sounding album that’s best enjoyed while completely stoned out of your mind. Take a few dabs, pour yourself a nice sipping whiskey (I recommend Tullamore Dew or Bulleit Bourbon), and then sit back and enjoy this trip through eclecticity!

… and because I’m sure you want to know where to pick up this spinning disc (or other means of digital transfer), you can find it here: ​https://ratscabies.bandcamp.com/

It’s best heard on vinyl! https://cleorecs.com/store/shop/rat-scabies-p-h-d-prison-hospital-debt-cd/

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2018

If you haven’t guessed by now, we here at CPRA are mostly old-schoolers; and while I can’t positively say I speak for all us old-schoolers, I think I can at least speak for MOST of us in this line of thought:

One of the great things about punk; more-so than most other genres; is that the raw elements of punk’s original New York scene never fade away.  While it changes and adapts over time, the core familiar elements never go away. It’s the same loving, warm, comfortable feeling you get from visiting your Grandma’s house, and remembering the days of your youth, playing with your cousins on Thanksgiving.

So, when this album started of with a classic clip of George HW Bush’s “New World Order” speech, which was used in COUNTLESS songs in the 90’s, my interest was instantly piqued! When the album continued from that clip into music that sounds like the Ramones, Misfits, and New York Dolls had some kind of 3 way offspring, I sat up and got excited!

… until the album ended three songs after that one, and I was sad… but then the album looped in my media player (Music Bee, if you’re interested… it’s AWESOME and it’s FREE!!! … but I digress…), and I was happy again!

I’m not sure how many times I’ve listened to it all the way through, now; I just wish there was more of it, as with most EPs.

If you like the old-school New York sound like any TRUE punk should, then this is definitely an album that will make you feel right at home; just like Grandma’s House!

Find it here: https://poisonpolitix1.bandcamp.com/album/national-murder-ep

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2018

I know, I know… most people like to review new stuff…​​​  … but I thought that maybe it’s a good idea to revisit some older music in these reviews, because most people that read these things are looking for music that’s new to them, and are looking for something to sink their teeth into.

I first heard this album in about 1993.  What instantly leapt out to me was that it’s just plain damn entertaining!  I liked the “surfabilly” vibe they had… I liked the simplicity of the music and the complexity of the bizarre vocals that seemed to mock Elvis Presley.
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When I listen to them now, through more seasoned and experienced ears, I hear the combined sounds of the early New York scene, like The Ramones, New York Dolls, and Lou Reed; but with a drunken Southern slur.  I also hear the early California scene, like Dick Dale, Dead Kennedys, and some of the horror elements of Dead Boys and Misfits.
Over the years, this album and band has influenced COUNTLESS bands and artists, and is known as one of the earliest, and therefore most influential across not only Punk, but also Goth and Indie genres!

If you’re looking for a great album to make you feel like you’re sitting in CBGB c. 1977*, then this one will take you there!

Fishbone is one of those bands that I can honestly say that I experienced (mostly) chronologically.  The first album I heard was their first album… this album.

Fishbone’s initial offering to the world just happened to be an EPIC EP of 6 songs that melted my face, when I first heard it at 15 years old.  Little did I know the strong impact their music would have on the ways that my world views have been shaped.

The self-titled album was strong on humorous lyrics, intense musical prowise, and encapsulating melodies.  It was very diverse in style… some ska… some rock… some punk… some soul… I had never heard anything like it at the time.

Over the years, Fishbone granted me the gift of racial perspective, allowing me to see the world without the filter of white privilege, helping me to understand the destructive nature and legacy of racism, and shattered stereotypes that have been forced upon us all by the media.

Fishbone’s perfectly crafted self-titled EP was one of the most important albums of my formative years, and I would highly recommend that everyone listen to the complete discography in chronological order.  Trust me… it’ll hit you in ways you really weren’t prepared for.​