Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, July 2, 8-10pm) include Mick Farren and the Deviants, Vibrators, Soft Boys, 20/20, Mo-Dettes, Twinkeyz, Tours, Moskow, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, lots of new music, as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
COVER ART OF THE WEEK: Ludus were a post-punk band from Manchester UK, and were active in the late 70s and early 80s. They were founded and fronted by Linder Sterling, or simply, Linder, an artist, photographer, and singer, known for her exploration of themes related to gender stereotypes and feminism. (Linder designed the cover for Magazine’s “Real Life” album, last week’s cover art feature, as well as the Buzzcocks’ “Orgasm Addict” single.) Before they disbanded in 1983, they released a final single (Breaking the Rules / Little Girls) on the French label Sordide Sentimental. It was a numbered limited edition that came with a 16-page booklet, and included liner notes by, among others, Genesis P. Orridge. Also featured were the cover illustration by Marie-Ange Le Rochais, photos of Linder by Dermot McGuinness and Christina Birrer, and collages by Lawrence Dupré and Yves Von Bontee. Click images to enlarge.
LAST WEEK’S DUSTY DIAMOND (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): Thee Michelle Gun Elephant were a high-powered garage rock band from Japan. They were active mainly between the years 1991-2003, releasing several albums and singles in that period. “Vibe On!” blasts out of the gates and never slows down, capturing the energy and intensity of their live shows. It appeared in 1998 on a single in Japan on the Trippin’ Elephant Records label, as well as in the U.K. on a split single with the Bristols on the Vinyl Japan label. Listen to it here:
Promo art from a reissued 1980 single by the Innocents on 1977 Records. Photo is uncredited.