CIRCLE JERKS / BLACK RANDY AND THE METROSQUAD / GOBLIN / JELLO BIAFRA on “OPRAH”

CIRCLE JERKS – live in San Francisco, ailment 1981

This bootleg (which must be a board recording, see because of how good it sounds) was called “Live On Broadway”. Not sure if there was a venue in SF called The Broadway, population health or if it’s just a joke. Either way, it doesn’t matter.

Circle Jerks – live in San Francisco, 1981 (ZIP file)

BLACK RANDY AND THE METROSQUAD – “PASS THE DUST, I THINK I’M BOWIE” (1979)

Black Randy was a truly whacked individual who blazed his way through the original L.A. punk scene until his demise from AIDS somewhere in the 1980s. His scorched punk funk bears some resemblance to that of the James Chance/Contortions axis, but Randy’s words are considerably more nihilistic (if you can believe that!), as well as funnier. Many gross and wonderful tales about the man can be found in the excellent oral history “We Got The Neutron Bomb”

The three tracks I recommend the most are “I Tell Lies Everyday” (with a wicked high-pitched backing vocal chorus), “Down At The Laundromat” (the sleaziest white reggae possible), and the band’s completely frantic cover of James Brown’s “Give It Up Or Turn It Loose”. The download here is the extended CD version of the record, with several bonus tracks.

Black Randy And The Metrosquad – “Pass The Dust, I Think I’m Bowie” CD (ZIP file)

GOBLIN – “DISCOCROSS” (1979)

My life can get mighty hectic, since not only do I do this site and have a weekly radio show on KXLU, but I’m also in three bands at the moment. They each hold different pleasures for me, as far as regularly playing in them, but the one that raises the most eyebrows seems to be Nilbog, a Goblin cover band. Goblin, in the ’70s and ’80s, did the soundtracks for most of Dario Argento’s films, like “Suspiria”, “Deep Red” and “Tenebre”, as well as scores for plenty of other Italian genre films.

Since I’ve starting playing bass in this band, I’ve made it my mission to track down every Goblin record, which can be difficult, since not only did they do studio albums and soundtracks, but sometimes they also put out stuff under pseudonyms and alternate band names. This album, “Discocross”, is apparently one of the least-known records by the group; it’s an LP that not a single one of my four Nilbog bandmates had even heard of. The fan site Goblin.org sez:

The more casual Goblin fans moreso celebrate the band’s first few albums as their best and would consider their next venture, ‘Discocross’, to be the beginning of their downfall. ‘Discocross’ contained Goblin’s least interesting music, being a collaboration between the band and composer Giorgio Farina apparently for the soundtrack to another Italian television programme. In fact, it may even be fair to say that ‘Discocross’ is not a Goblin album, as the band name does not appear anywhere on the LP likely due to contractual obligations. None of the music was written by Goblin, instead written by Giorgio Farina who the album is solely credited to. The sounds were pure instrumental disco with sound effects overtop, sadly lacking the incomparable style that earned Goblin their reputation. ‘Discocross’ has become the Goblin’s rarest LP in recent years, merely being a piece of interest for pure Goblin fans who wish to follow the band’s work from beginning to end.

The above review doesn’t seem to take into account that even though Goblin didn’t write this music, these extended disco cuts (the album is only three songs, but clocks in at thirty minutes) are almost identical in tone and feel to the Goblin score for the Italian cop film “Squadra Antigangsters” from the same year, 1979. The first track, “Farina’s Suite”, is the longest (15 minutes), but goes through several different distinct funky movements; there’s even a few cool animal-sounding distorted vocoder growls buried under the surface here and there. The second track is somewhat blander, and the third, complete with strangely-placed racing car sound effects, is mostly just a reprise of the first, but played in a looser, more spacey way.

Goblin – “Discocross” LP (ZIP file)

JELLO BIAFRA on “THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW” (198?)

I’m not sure which of the two Biafra vs. Tipper Gore appearances this audio is from, but in any case, it’s a nice little historical document to have. This excerpt is a sparring match between Biafra, who at the time was embroiled in an obscenity trial regarding H.R. Giger artwork included as an insert with the DK album “Frankenchrist”, and Gore, who was one of the heads of the Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), an organization founded by several senators’ wives in the ’80s to combat what they saw as “alarming trends” in popular music.

Jello Biafra vs. Tipper Gore on “Oprah” (MP3)

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720 Responses to CIRCLE JERKS / BLACK RANDY AND THE METROSQUAD / GOBLIN / JELLO BIAFRA on “OPRAH”

  1. Tom says:

    You wrote: Not sure if there was a venue in SF called The Broadway, or if it’s just a joke.

    Just for those who didn’t see this when you posted it on PPJ, the On Broadway was a club upstairs from the Mabuhay.

  2. James says:

    On a tangent and possibly off-topic, but… Niblog is also the name of the small town in Utah that the movie Troll 2 is set in. And, of course, Troll 2 is one of the best (by which I mean worst) movies of all time. I don’t know what’s better, that the family at the center of the movie doesn’t figure out what Niblog spells backward, or that the title of the film is, you know, *Troll* 2. I guess Llort as the name of the town would have broken the suspension of disbelief for that film.

  3. josh says:

    ahh.. i just saw the Discocross album at Amoeba in San Francisco this weekend. A bootleg reissue! But still of interest for those DJs who are paying top dollar…
    Of course its on the lovely DVD series you burned me.. Danke!

  4. joshfadem says:

    When’s the next Nilbog show!

  5. e*rock says:

    Awesome, I can totally listen to this Goblin record until I find a vinyl copy! Juan 20 jazzfunkgreats introduced this one to me over the summer.