Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, 8-10pm) include the La De Das, Tomorrow, the Nerves (see promo), Lance Loud (Mumps), Public Image Ltd (see pic sleeve), Devo, Peach Kelli Pop, Collate, new music by Kelley Stoltz (SF), Music on Hold (UK), Osees (LA), and Palberta (NYC), as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
PICTURE SLEEVE OF THE WEEK: After the dissolution of the Sex Pistols, John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) formed the post-punk band Public Image Ltd with bassist Jah Wobble and former Clash guitarist Keith Levene. Their first release was the “Public Image” single in October 1978 on Virgin Records. It was a tune written by Lydon while still with the Sex Pistols, and is widely viewed as a diatribe against the Pistols’ controlling manager Malcolm McClaren. The record was originally issued in a fold-out newspaper print sleeve with a British tabloid isnpired design by Zebulon. It included faux articles, song lyrics, and band member photos by Dennis Morris. Watch the official “Public Image” video here:
LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Teen Titans were a “kiddie punk” band from Austin who were active for a couple of years in the mid 90s. They included members of future local bands the 1-4-5s, Kiss Offs, Wontons, Black Lipstick, and John-Pauls among others. “We Rök, U Sük” is a short burst of aggressive garage punk braggadocio (possibly ironic?) that does, in fact, rök. It appeared in 1994 on the “More Songs, Less Music” EP on the My Papa’s Leg label. There were multiple sleeve designs by various bandmembers and friends. This one is by vocalist Phillip Niemeyer. Listen to it here:
This week’s promo art is from the Nerves’ 1976 self-titled EP on Nerves Records.