Some FEATURED ARTISTS on this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, April 8, 8-10pm) include John’s Children, Shock, Chrome, Henry Badowski, Josef K, Au Pairs, Pink Section, Barracudas, Holly Golightly, Wire, lots of new music as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
COVER ART OF THE WEEK: The Deaf Club was a short-lived music venue in San Francisco that was home to many bands from the city’s vibrant punk scene of the late 70s. The live compilation album “Can You Hear Me? Music from the Deaf Club” featured live performances from early 1979 of diverse punk bands such as the Dead Kennedys, Pink Section, Tuxedomoon, the Offs and more. It was released in 1980 on Optional Records and featured cover art by Diana Miami (AKA Diana Stumbo). The following year it was reissued on PVC and Gammon Records (this copy). Click on image to enlarge.
DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Compulsive Gamblers were a garage rock band from Memphis and included Greg Cartwright and Jack Yarber from the Oblivians. There were two different incarnations of the band, one from before the Oblivians, and one after. “The Way I Feel About You” is from the second incarnation and appeared in 2000 on the “Cyrstal Gazing Luck Amazing” album on Sympathy for the Record Industry. Penned by Cartwright, it is a gritty, sweaty stomper with nice organ and scorching guitar. Listen to it here:
Promo art from Shock’s 1978 “This Generation’s on Vacation” EP on Impact Records. Original artwork by lead vocalist Paul Lesperance.