Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, 8-10pm) include Knight’s Bridge (Odessa TX!), Glitter Band, Bonnie St. Claire, Pointed Sticks, De Cylinders, Dolly Mixture, Palais Schaumburg, Lush, Limiñanas, new music by La Femme (France), Dom & the Wizards (Australia), Living Pins (Austin), Daughter Bat and the Lip Stings (Australia), Freak Genes (UK), Smirk (LA), and Spread Joy (Chicago), as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
PICTURE SLEEVE OF THE WEEK: Sometimes we celebrate picture sleeves for their cool artwork, and other times we marvel at a sleeve that captures the spirit and look of a bygone music era. And so it is with this week’s installment. The Glitter Band, the backing band for Gary Glitter, released several records on their own during the mid 70s, many of which were hits in the UK. “Just for You” was released in 1974 on Bell Records, and reached number 10 in the UK singles chart. Cover photo uncredited. Get your glitter on here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nOgpGsjrSg
LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Motards, a hard rocking garage punk band from Austin, had several releases during the mid 90s before disbanding in 1997. Fronted by the predictably unpredictable John Wilson, their raucous live shows were a sight, and sound, to behold. “Nothing Ever Changes,” with frantic energy and dueling guitars, is a classic Motards cherry bomb clocking in at an economic 1:12. It was produced by Tim Kerr, and appeared in 1994 on a split EP with the Cryin’ Out Louds (a previous Dusty Diamond) on Little Deputy Records. The photo of the Motards on the pic sleeve is by Sean McGowan. On a personal note, the Motards are on the recent Stronger Than Dirt t-shirt. Listen to “Nothing Ever Changes” here:
Promo art from a 1980 De Cylinders single on CNR Records. Artwork uncredited.