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Imagine if R.E.M., Hüsker Dü, and Minor Threat all go together to form a band. You'd have the mid to late eighties Annapolis band, the Hated. With guitar riffs and bass lines reaching amphetamine-level speeds while a drummer pounded out a skanking hardcore beat and a pair of singers shouted, screamed, sang and harmonized as if they only had seconds left to live, this is what emo was before it was co-opted and distorted by pop-punk posers who then turned it into a dirty word (or at least a lame-ass musical genre).

If you're looking for more after hearing these small samplings, this blog post has it all.
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The Leaving Trains

By 1987, SST Records had gone from being a tiny label that putting out a few amazing bands to one that seemed to put out a seemingly limitless supply of dreck that everyone else was wise enough to pass up on (like Zoogz Rift, Tom Troccolli's Dog, Painted Willie and a host of others equally dreadful). That's why when a band called the Leaving Trains put out an LP titled Kill Tunes on SST, I passed it by without a second thought as I flipped through the stacks, relegating it in my mind to land of records best left unheard. But when a friend gave me their second LP, Fuck, I realized how wrong I was.

With blistering guitars, pounding drums, a thumping bass and a cross-dressing singer, the Leaving Trains put out one of the best records of 1987 and barely anyone noticed (though Tom Waits did cite them in a NME interview as one of his favorite bands along with the Pogues and may or may not have referenced their frontman, Falling James, in "Gun Street Girl"). The record veers from amped up punk to softer moments that recall the Velvets on their self-titled third album, and fits in with L.A. peers like X and the Gun Club.

Unfortunately, Falling James (the band's founder) has always had a penchant for dumping band members, so it's been rare for any one lineup to have lasted for more than one album, which has led to a lot of inconsistency and may be why the band has never gotten more recognition. Their follow up to Fuck, for instance -- Transportational D. Vices, with a third configuration in jut as many LP's -- is nowhere near as good as its predecessor.

Here's the lead track from Fuck (retitled "Temporal Sludge" from "Temporal Slut" in what I assume was an effort to get more MTV air play:

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We've just put up another teaser that I thought I'd share here as well. This clip has bits with Ira Robbins (of Trouser Press), musicians Dave Minehan and Jesse Malin, and George Skaubitis, a former Warners radio promoter. Enjoy!

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Watch the kid on the right.
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Top Five Chee-Z TeeVee Ads

Yeah, there's been lots of cheesy ads on TV, but these are the ultra-low budget "As Seen On TV" ones that that you got to see over and over and over again until they'd wormed their way into all of our collective brains.

1. The Ginsu Knife
Timex may have taken a licking but kept on ticking, but could it also make decorative vegetables? If you were looking for a knife that could slice through a tin can and chop wood without ever losing its razor sharp edge, this was it. "Now how much would you pay for it?"

2. Mr. Microphone
My sister wanted this gift more than anything in the world. Unfortunately, when she finally got it there were no parties to liven up, no good lookin' girls to pick up, and no professional musicians to amplify, so it quickly found a spot in her closet where it slowly gathered dust.

3. The Chia Pet
Did you ever get one of these? If you did, you'd have seen that due to non-uniform seed germination, every Chia Pet in existence had mange. Sad, yet slightly disgusting.

4. The Clapper
Go ahead -- try to get that damn song out of your head now. I dare you.

5, Life Call
Possibly the most unintentionally funny ad ever.


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