Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, December 4, 8-10pm) include the Silence (pre John’s Children), Hollywood Brats, Satan’s Rats, Buzzcocks, Chrisma, John Otway, Original Sins, Kelley Stoltz, Melenas, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
PICTURE SLEEVE OF THE WEEK: Human Hands are a rock band based in Los Angeles who started in the early 80s as a post punk band. Their first release, the “Trains Vs Planes” single, was released in 1980 on Faulty Records, the U.K. holding company for I.R.S. Records. It came with two double sided 7″ square inserts, which serve as the cover, and featured artwork by their keyboardist, Bill Noland. He went on to join Wall of Voodoo in late 1982. Click on image to enlarge.
LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Detroit Cobras are a garage rock band from, well, you know, Detroit. They have been active since 1994, and have released a single as recently as 2020. While they have recorded a few originals, they are mainly known for their covers of popular tunes from the 60s, and featuring the soulful vocals of Rachel Nagy. “Cha Cha Twist” is an updated, beefier version of the Hank Ballard penned tune originally recorded by Brice Coefield in 1960. It appeared in 1998 on the “Mink Rat or Rabbit album on Sympathy for the Record Industry. Listen to it here:
Promo art from a photo of the Hollywood Brats by Gered Mankowitz, circa 1973-74.