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Halloween Related LP Records that We’re Listening to this Year.

This posting will have to be considered “undead” as it may or may not be added to as more records are discovered in and around the facility. Records will be included when discovered and listened to so stayed tuned and check back Jack.

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Whodini – The Haunted House of Rock 12″ – Zomba Productions Ltd. 1983

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The Dream Syndicate – The Days of Wine and Roses LP – Ruby/Slash 1992. Has a song called “Halloween” on it.

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Basil Rathbone reads Edgar Allan Poe – Caedmon Recordings.

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Basil Rathbone reads Edgar Allan Poe Volume 3 – Caedmon Records 1965

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Siouxsie and the Banshees – Juju – Polydor 1981. Specifically “Spellbound” & “Halloween”, but the whole damn album is great.

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Hell Comes To Your House Part II Compilation Bemisbrain Records

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STAR WARS – Original Soundtrack Composed and Conducted by John Williams. Performed by The London Symphony Orchestra.

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The Gun Club – Miami – Animal Records, 1982. Produced by Chris Stein.

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X – Under the Big Black Sun – Elektra Asylum Records 1982. Produced by Ray Manzarek.

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The Never Released “The Boom – 3rd LP” Recorded at Trans Am’s National Recording Studio

The Boom in Germany 1999

The Boom in Germany 1999

After The Crownhate Ruin broke up, Fred immediately started a new band called The Boom. Initially, they rehearsed in the basement where we lived, and then Fred moved and they rehearsed over there. They released two LP’s, “Movin’ Out” and “Any Day of the Night” on Slowdime and did a US tour.

I ran into Fred in the winter of 1999 at The Raven, and he told me they were planning on a European Tour in the late spring of that year. I jokingly said I wished I was going, and also told him that when I saw them recently at the Galaxy Hut, I loved the new songs where he played trumpet instead of guitar. Maybe I could play guitar with you I asked. And suddenly I was in the band.  I learned all the songs from mostly Any Day of the Night, and some from Movin’ Out. The line up that rehearsed in the Spring of 1999 was:

Fred Erskine on trumpet

Carlo Cennamo on saxophone

John Wall on bass

Joseph P. McRedmond on guitar

J. Carrier on drums

I believe we played at a party in Mt. Pleasant, WDC right before we left for the tour. We started the European tour landing in Amsterdam by way of Iceland and had a hell of a time and played everywhere. John Wall was booking more shows to the end of trip as we went along.

After we returned home, Fred and Carlo got to work on writing new songs, and recorded a 4 track demo to show us their ideas. It was at this time also that J. Carrier decided to join the Peace Corps, and he left the band to be replaced by Justin Wierbonski. Josh LaRue joined on electric piano.

We played only 2 shows with this line up. One at the Black Cat, and one in Baltimore at the Ottobar. We also recorded the material at Trans Am’s National Recording Studio, which was broken down into 7 tracks, but meant to be presented as one whole body of music. We had a tour planned of the US in August with this line up, but Justin suddenly left the band just prior to the start date and could not be replaced. The tour was cancelled. The gentleman in Belgium who was going to put the 3rd record out disappeared off of the face of the Earth. Fred and Carlo moved to Chicago to form HIM, and John went to Law School.

The songs are below to listen track by track, and if you like, the zip file is available below that for your downloading pleasure.

Track 1

Track 2

Track 3

Track 4

Track 5

Track 6

Track 7

The Boom 3rd LP in zipfile form

The Boom in Rotterdam opening for The Subhumans

The Boom in Rotterdam opening for The Subhumans
Photo by Pat Graham maybe?

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Ongoing list of songs recorded out of tune that still sound good

This list will be ongoing as I hear or think about specific “out of tune” tunes, and can only be made better if you contribute.

Deadline for completion is June 30th, 2025.

Again, I encourage you to contribute. We are making history people!

Please be sure to check back once or twice a year to see where we are at with this. I’m thinking that by 2018 at least we should have something deemed definitive.

I’ll start the first two that I was just listening to back to back, and they were definitely more than slightly out of tune, yet still sounded good. I am including links to quotes about the writing and recording of the songs, not to the recordings themselves, as I am sure you can find them anywhere on your own:

1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

2. Street Fighting Man – The Rolling Stones

3. Hog Bottom – Phleg Camp

4. Iggy & the Stooges – Gimme Danger

5. Bob Dylan – Queen Jane Approximately

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C’mon Everybody! It would have been Eddie Cochran’s birthday today. Man, that’s Somethin’ Else.

Eddie Cochran – Great Hits

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Poor Eddie Cochran died in a taxi cab accident in the UK on the way to the airport in 1960 when he was thrown from the car and sustained a fatal head injury. Gene Vincent was with him, and suffered a broken leg which caused him to limp for the rest of his life.

Standout track on this one for me is Eddie’s original “Twenty Flight Rock“.

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Liner notes by Brian Setzer

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Standout track for me is Yazoo Street Scandal on Side 1:

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Partying in someone else’s basement

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