On this week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, October 21, 8-10pm) I’ll be showcasing a few of my favorite bands from the 90s. Some featured artists include L7, Holly Golightly, Stretford, Makers, Moles, Stereolab, Sugar Shack, Servotron, Oblivians, Muffs as well as the weekly Dusty Diamond.
COVER ART OF THE WEEK: Head are a Ramones influenced Seattle punk band that’s been around since 1990. They still play live occasionally and last released a record in 2018. “Street Level Assault,” a 12” inch 45 RPM mini-LP of 4 songs on each side, appeared in 1994 on their private label Evil Clown Records. The glossy front and back covers included band photos by Paul Piper and Marni Jenkins to go with uncredited art design. In addition, it came with a booklet with lyrics and info as well as a huge poster. (Click on image to enlarge.)
DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a forgotten gem from the STD vaults): The Flakes were a San Francisco garage band that included among others Brett Stillo of Crime and Russell Quan of the Mummies. They were active mainly from the early to mid 00s, releasing a full-length album and several singles during that time. “Roulette” is a 60s inspired frat party rocker with a nice guitar break and lots of potential for crowd participation. It appeared on their first release, the “Bip Bam Boom!” single on Just Add Water Records. Listen to it here:
Promo art from Maow’s 1996 “The Unforgiving Sounds of… Maow” CD album on Mint Records. Photo by Paul Clarke.