Party Stains – A Weekly Update from Stronger Than Dirt

Posted on: May 21, 2024
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This week’s Stronger Than Dirt (Saturday, May 18, 8-10pm) will be an homage to the 1982 film “Urgh! A Music War,” featuring many artists that appeared in the movie. It will be a great way to get you ready for KOOP’s showing of the film on Thursday, May 30 at the Eastside Cinema. STD host Scott Gardner will be spinning tunes starting at 6pm with the film beginning at 7.

COVER ART OF THE WEEK: Wazmo Nariz (real name Larry Grennan) was a quirky new wave singer from Chicago active mainly in the late 70s and early 80s. He released two albums and several singles between the years 1979 and 1986. His trademark was wearing two neckties side by side. His first single, “Tele-Tele-Phone,” was released in 1978 on Fiction Records, an independent label in Chicago. Later that year Stiff Records picked it up and it became one of the new label’s early releases. Both featured the same photograph of Nariz by Sandy Rothberg on the sleeve, one in black and white, and the Stiff version colorized. (Click on image to enlarge)

DUSTY DIAMOND OF THE WEEK (a vintage gem from the STD vaults): The Mild Mannered Janitors were a garage rock band from Portsmouth, England. Active in the late 80s and early 90s they released two albums two singles. A retrospective collection came out in 2014 on PCR Records. “Dirty Jean” is a smoldering mid-tempo rocker with a catchy melody and scorching organ and guitar rave-ups. It appeared in 1989 on a 7” EP on White Room Records. Listen to it here:  

Promo art based on the 1981 album “Urgh! A Music War” on A&M Records.