Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, 8-10pm) include Billy Nicholls, Shocking Blue, the Berlin Blondes (see promo), Fun Boy Three, the Miracle Workers, Thee Mighty Caesars, Moist Fist (Austin; see pic sleeve of the week), the Oblivians, new music by Freak Genes (UK), Sarcasm (UK), La Femme (France), Kelley Stoltz (SF), Nightshift (Glasgow), Warm Drag (LA), and Public Body (UK), as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
PICTURE SLEEVE OF THE WEEK: Moist Fist were an Austin band from the early 90s that played music that is hard to classify: alternative with an occasional queasy psychedelic vibe? This self-titled album was recorded in 1992 and came out the following year on the local Rise Recods label. It was their only release. The beautiful, if somewhat disturbing day-glo silkscreened cover was done by graphic artist and former Austinite Frank Kozik. He is best known for doing cover art for bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Offspring, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Butthole Surfers, and many other prominent alternative bands from the time. He also did several covers for Rise Records. Listen to Moist Fist here:
LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Period Pains were a short-lived and very young (all-teenaged?) punk band from the UK. They had but two releases, this EP, and a BBC Sessions EP, both from 1997, and both on the Damaged Goods label. “Spice Girls (Who Do You Think You Are?)” is a brutal Spice Girls putdown that just happens to also rock. John Peel featured it on his show, and they received brief attention from the British tabloids. The song even reached number 87 on the national charts with practically no advertising. Listen to it here (unless maybe you’re a Spice Girls fan):
This week’s promo art is from the Berlin Blondes’ 1980 “Framework” single on EMI.