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November, 2013

Top Five Songs Of The Cramps

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Elvis, B-Movies, surfer records, The Duchess, and rare Rockabilly records, were some of the main influences of Pyschobilly originators The Cramps. Led by husband and wife duo Lux Interior and Poison Ivy they were known for their raucous live performances, and forever changing the world of punk, inspiring a rabid fan following that exists to this day. Below are the top five songs that best exemplify the wild, untamed spirit and life of The Cramps. And you can also see snippets of Lux Interior’s legendary live performances. Music was a lifelong dream and passion for Lux Interior and Poison Ivy, and they only disbanded and stopped touring after Lux Interior passed away.

I Was A Teenage Werewolf

Human Fly

Bikini Girls With Machine Guns

Goo Goo Muck

Queen Of Pain

Punk Rock Saved His Life: Tim Armstrong

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Punk rock has been noted for its transformative powers. Beyond just listening to a catchy song, punk rock has often been noted as being able to voice what people want to say, but don’t know how to express. Kurt Cobain noted that once he started listening to punk rock, his own musical viewpoint started coming together like puzzle pieces.

On the same note, Tim Armstrong, known best as the lead singer of Rancid, also has punk rock to thank for perhaps literally saving his life. Rancid has become one of the most commercially successful punk rock bands of all time, while still maintaining the respect of hardcore punks. But originally the band was formed by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman as a last ditch effort to save Tim Armstrong from becoming a completely hopeless and unreachable alcoholic and drug addict.

After the demise of Armstrong’s previous band Operation Ivy, Tim Armstrong became very depressed and his life spiraled beyond his reach, where he suffered losing his focus on music, and even stints being homeless. Armstrong began writing songs that would be the foundation of Rancid, and he was able to reach beyond his own sadness to produce music that reached people from all walks of life. He has also gone on to openly speak out against racism in the ska community, becoming active with the Ska-Against-Racism movement.

Song of the Day “Double Dare Ya” – Bikini Kill

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We’re Bikini Kill and we want revolution
Girl-style now!!!

Hey girlfriend
I got a proposition goes something like this:
Dare ya to do what you want
Dare ya to be who you will
Dare ya to cry right outloud
“You get so emotional baby”

Double dare ya, double dare ya, double dare ya
Girl fuckin friend yeah
Double dare ya
Double dare ya
Double dare ya
Girl

Don’t you talk out of line
Don’t go speaking out of your turn
Gotta listen to what the Man says
Time to make his stomach burn
Burn, burn, burn, burn

Double dare ya, double dare ya, double dare ya
Girl fuckin friend yeah
Double dare ya, double dare ya, double dare ya
Girl

You’re a big girl now
You’ve got no reason not to fight
You’ve got to know what they are
Fore you can stand up for your rights
Rights, rights?
You DO have rights

Double dare ya, double dare ya
Double dare triple fuckin dare ya girlfriend
Double dare ya, double dare ya, double dare ya
Girl

Song of the Day “Viva La Revolution” – The Adicts

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Into the Dungeon with evil men
The people have risen we’re free again
Come out of the closet
Come out of the hole
Come out of the woodwork
Come into the fold
Rebels and fighters, a license to kill
Unite with the bandits down from the hills
Open your windows
Open your doors
Open your minds
To a freedom of thought

Viva la revolution X4

Raise our voices, raise our flag
Smash the symbols of the life we’ve had
Long live the future
Long live the scheme
Long live our hopes
Long live the dream
Dance in the streets at the carnival
Celebrate the victory now
Drink the wine from the rich man’s cask
This revolution won’t be the last

Viva la revolution!

Bl’ast Is Reuniting To Play Live Shows

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Bl’ast, the Santa Cruz hardcore punk band is reuniting to play live shows. Bl’ast first formed in the 1980s and were known for being a part of the thriving skate punk scene at the time. Some of the originals of Bl’ast who are reuniting include Clifford Dinsmore and Mike Neider. Also included in the new lineup will be Nick Olivieri, who was unceremoniously kicked out from Queens of the Stone Age by Josh Homme.

To find out more about what Bl’ast is up to, visit the Bl’ast official website.