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Halloween Horrors • #2

Italian metal gods DEATH SS, originally formed back in 1977 and still going strong today.

The brainchild of front man Steve Silvester they are thee ultimate horror metal band.
This video footage from some bizarre Italian kids TV show Hot Line circa 1991, is actually before Norwegian black metal and corpse paint.

Steve Sylvester photo

I've got the entire show on a VHS tape gathering dust, buried deep in the garden shed somewhere. The interview and public phone-in with Steve, later on in parts 3 & 4 are also well worth checking out.
God knows what he's rattlin' on about because it's all in Italian, but it all looks very serious.

The track "Vampire" starts at around the 3:34 mark.

The band completely let rip with some serious shredding 'n blood drinking, in a sea of smoke, skulls and polystyrene gravestones. Whilst an audience of bored bemused twelve year olds, look on totally un-impressed. At one point in the proceedings, two kids in the front row even cover their ears. It's great live TV.

Other killer titles by these guys include; Black Mummy, Horrible Eyes, Rabies Is A Killer, Paraphernalia, Heavy Demons and (the sinister sounding) Bad Luck.

 Death SS

More Halloween treats going up tomorrow...

as ever, yer pal

the Rev X

Lou Reed R.I.P.

As a 16 year old schoolboy in Barnard Castle around 1974/1975, I noticed a new mysterious music magazine appear on the shelves at my local newsagent. It was imported from America. More expensive 'n flashy than our domestic NME, Sounds and Melody Maker, but not as high-brow as Rolling Stone.
Called CREEM it was cram packed with lots of cool looking photos and wild tales of American rock 'n roll excess. Stories about; Iggy, Alice, Kiss and Lou.

In one particular issue I distinctly remember coming across an announcement of what to expect in next months issue.
Now with the aid of search engines & the worldwide web, I can show you that actual page.

Lou Reed ad. in CREEM magazine

Yup! This looked like something that I might want in on... Put me down for some of that!

...the seeds of my punk future were sown.

and for that Lou, I salute you, wherever you may be.

Thanks!  the Rev XXX

P.S. and here's a couple of You Tube goodies that you are probably NOT gonna see regurgitated on telly anywhere today.

Halloween Horrors • #1

Sorry ‘bout the lack of entries on the blog pages here recently, but since my weekly Electric Banana night got sacked-off (wrongly in my humble opinion) some months back by the powers that be. I’ve been a bit reluctant to big-up anything here on the Bodega website. Time to move on…

Halloween is approaching and I thought I’d put you on to some lesser known, but great horror themed tunes, for the run up to “All Hollows Evening”.

First up the SKATT BROTHERS!

Skayy Brothers B&W promo photo

I was always lead to believe that these guys were the Canadian answer to the VILLAGE PEOPLE – but a quick glance at their Wikipedia entry says “from Los Angeles” ?
Anyway, what they did have in common with the VILLAGE PEOPLE was they were on the same record label, Casablanca (home of Kiss/Donna Summer/Parliament).

Skatt Bros. 7

‘Walk The Night’* is taken from their first album ‘Strange Spirits’ (1979).

* Yeah I know it says Walk IN the night on the record cover - but the tune is "Walk THE Night"

Unfortunately it comes from a time before MTV and videos, so there's not a proper film...

You should also maybe check out their follow up single 'Live At The Outpost' from the same album. It's by no means Halloween related, but if you like hench bare chested men with cookie-dusters in cowboy gear... you've come to the right place.

Hubba! Hubba! Hubba!

...and more going up tomorrow.

Yer pal - the Reverend Car-Bootleg. XXX

Big Freedia • New Orleans Bounce

I've just discovered New Orleans Bounce, a form of call 'n response jiggy ass hip hop music who's roots apparently can be traced back to the late 80's. Folks I think you're gonna like this...

Big Freedia

...here's BIG FREEDIA (pronounced FREE-DA) to tell you more about the genre.

Hands down the best thing I played at Electric Banana last night.
...and the bar staff were lovin' it!

You heard it here first!

- your pal, The Reverend Car-Bootleg X

••• "BOUNCE" explained on Wikipedia •••

Top Tips from The Rev.

A quickie here, I've just come across this great new David Lynch video. It's the title track from his new album on Sunday Best.
Find out more at his official website: www.davidlynch.com

Which in turn led me to this great bit of footage of Sean from the ROUGH TRADE SHOP.

Gotta say I'm in total agreement with his comments about the whole Odd Future thang. Although I'm not too sure about his enthusiasm for Mr Albarn, Allen and Flea.