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Amoeba SF Acquires Unique Collection of Euro-Prog, Proto-Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner, Psych, Punk & Krautrock LPs

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, February 18, 2018 07:45pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF, Rare collection

Join us at Amoeba SF on Sunday, February 25th, at 11am when we unleash a recently-acquired Leaf Houndcollection of over 1,000 highly sought-after Euro-Prog, Proto-Metal, Hard Rock, Stoner, Psych, Punk, and Krautrock LPs. Most of the records are first-issue imports, and are in pristine condition. Titles include works by Leaf Hound, Ashkan, The Stooges, Television, Harsh Reality, Neu!, Flower Travellin' Band, Sir Lord Baltimore, Quiet, Riot, WEED, Cirith Ungol, Dust, High Tide, Gravytrain, Solar Plexus, Gomorrha, Twink, Zior, Orange Peel, Orang-utan, Agnes Strange, Asterix, Bacilus, The Litter, and many more obscure rarities and radical oddities from across the globe.

Get here early because these records will be first come, first serve. Head to our stage (in the northwest corner of the store) to browse these gems. There will be staff on hand to help you view bagged items and to bring your choices to the cashiers. You must be in the store to purchase items for this one-day event. We won't be taking phone orders and we won't be putting these items on hold.

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One Album Wonders: V.A.N.

Posted by Eric Brightwell, October 5, 2015 11:07am | Post a Comment
V.A.N. - Out in the Rain (1992)

V.A.N. were a short-lived "melodic hard rock" band from Germany who released just one album in 1992, Out of the Rain. I have no idea what the acronym "V.A.N." stands for. It's not derived by the names of the band's members, who were guitaris Frank Elwart, keyboardist and guitarist Helge Engelke, vocalist Jens Reulecke, drummer Kalle Bosel, or bassist Ralf DittrickVereinigung Akustikus Neurinom? I've no idea.



Anyway, of the members of V.A.N., Engelke appears to have had the most previous professional experience having played in the bands Letter X and Zeno. He was born in Hanover in 1961 and began playing guitar at thirteen. In interviews he's mentioned that bands he liked included Deep Purple, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, Mott the Hoople, T. Rex, Yes -- but that his favorite of all-time is, revealingly, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.

1992 was a critical year in music. In 1991, My Bloody Valentine's Loveless had pretty much found the limits of what good be done with guitar rock whilst the surprise popularity Nirvana's Nevermind sounded the death knell for the sort of pop metal balladry which had previously soundtracked many a rural American prom. Alternative music, albeit a masculinized, dudebro version, soon took control of American airwaves. Sebastian Bach, pretty boy singer of hair metalers Skid Row, cried "they [Alternative bands] took over MTV and it's like Revenge of the Nerds!"




Meanwhile, bands like hair metalers like Poison, and Warrant hardly went grunge but did trade their spandex costumes for leather and denim and grabbed some wooden stools on which to perform new songs devoid of endless guitar solos and gated drums. A
 hunkered down Bon Jovi released the tellingly Keep the Faith -- its cover depicted the members hands joined together in gritty black and white solidarity. Jon Bon Jovi's decision to cut his Samson-with-highlights perm actually received coverage on pretend news station CNN

At the same time, it wasn't as if the old guard were all forcibly removed from music. Despite the hype about grunge (and in the UK, rave), bands like Mr. Big and Aerosmith could still fill 
12,500 capacity Wembley Arena. There were still plenty of chart-topping releases by the likes Coverdale•PageGuns 'n' RosesKiss, Ozzy Osbourne, Saigon Kick, Slaughter, and Def Leppard who seemed content to carry on as if either blissfully unaware or as if grunge and increasingly commercialized alternative were nothing but minor annoyances and not the seachange they proved to be.

Although V.A.N. had a song called 
"Rock 'N Roll Is Back Again" I doubt (without having listened to it) that it was an acknowledgment of the rise of grunge or shoegaze any more than "Yo, Yo, Yo," was a nod toto hip-hop. This was a band, after all, with the necessary naivety (or perhaps simply Germanness) to write a song called "We Are the Leppards." I'm not sure if "Out in the Rain" was released as a single, but here it is for your consideration in all of its hugely produced, blindingly polished glory:




Ultimately the sort of music made by V.A.N. and their ilk did prove to be on its way out, however, and at Pamidas across the Plains and Middle West, Trixter posters were marked down to clearance to make room for those featuring bands like new hair bands like Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam. V.A.N. went their separate ways. Bosel joined another melodic hard rock act, Askari. Engelke went on to play in Fair Warning, Dreamtide and with Lana Lane. Discouraged metalheads everywhere took to BBSs to let it be known that heavy metal would one day return!

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One Album Wonders: April 16th

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 3, 2015 03:29pm | Post a Comment

April 16th (APRIL 16TH APPRECIATION SOCIETY)


English hard rock/heavy metal band April 16th formed in London in the summer of 1985. The members were Chris Harris (guitar), Dave Russell (vocals), Eric Puffet (bass), John Fisher (drums), and Lawrence Mills (lead guitar). They released just one album, Sleepwalking, in January, 1989. It was recorded at Cherry Studios in Croydon and released by High Dragon Dragons, a subsidiary of Parisian label, Black Dragon Records. The sleeve painting was done by Mike Stick




Sleepwalking garnered the April 16th some attention. Radio 1 invited them to record a session with the late Tommy Vance, influential host of The Friday Rock Show and champion of heavy metal. They also appeared in a feature on ITV's London Weekend Television. There was a review in Kerrang! A second album was tentatively planned for release in 1990 but never saw the light of day. The band broke up in 1991.






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CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE OF SLADE

Posted by Billyjam, July 20, 2007 08:20pm | Post a Comment

Slade
-- the great UK rock group performing "Look Wot You Done" from 1971 when they were more rock than glam, since glam rock didn't fully kick in til 1972/73. In 1972 they released the hard rock album Slayed, featuring such timeless chant-alongs as "Gudbuy T-Jane" and "Mama Weer All Crazee Now." Then there was the song "Cum On Feel The Noize," which years later was popularized in the US by Quiet Riot. Formed in 1966, Slade's lineup was Noddy Holder (vocals/guitars /bass), Dave Hill (guitars/vocals/bass), Jim Lea (bass/guitar/vocals/keyboards/violin), and Don Powell (drums/percussion). Their most successful years were 1971 to 1974, during which time they made some truly classic hard rock and glam songs -- scoring over a dozen UK Top of the Pops hits.