LESTER BANGS AND THE DELINQUENTS

Much more Nat Lamp stuff to come — just received a large pile of stuff I hadn’t already posted. Gotta sort through it first before handing it off to ya —

LESTER BANGS AND THE DELINQUENTS – “JOOK SAVAGES ON THE BRAZOS” (1980)

To say that the influence of the late rock critic Lester Bangs is widespread is to make a gross understatement. Practically everyone who writes a blog today follows in the tradition of the drunken, buy viagra amped-up, online overheated and deeply personal work of Mr. Bangs, angina who wrote for such rags as “Creem”, “Rolling Stone” and “Playboy”, just to name a few.

Few know, though, that he once attempted being a rock frontman himself, alongside an Austin, TX band called The Delinquents. Some have described this record as sounding “alt-country”, but it equally smacks of the NYC CBGB’s sound, and Bangs’ voice does sound much like Tom Verlaine or Richard Hell at times.

Lester Bangs and The Delinquents – “Jook Savages On The Brazos” LP (ZIP file)

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119 Responses to LESTER BANGS AND THE DELINQUENTS

  1. Encyclopedia Brown says:

    Yowza. I continue to marvel at the richness of material that you share with us. Sincerely: you have made my life immeasurably better, and I thank you. Cheers!

  2. Roger_Camden says:

    wow

    I’ve wanted to hear this since reading the Let It Blurt bio

    thanks!

  3. roc says:

    This is amazing. I havent heard much of his music. The recordings with Peter Laughner are also great.

  4. Chuck Foster says:

    Damn! Thanks for this! One of those tragically un-reissued albums.

    He also performed four of these songs with a NY band called Birdland, which featured Mickey Leigh, Joey Ramone’s brother, on guitar. That CD is still available from Bacchus Archives (I believe) and it’s essential for any Bangs fan.

    I’d love to hear recordings from the band with Robert Quine!

  5. Kathleen Jenkins says:

    I live in Austin and just found the “Jook Savages on the Brazos” by Lester Bands and the Delinquents in my old record collection! Are any of you LP collectors?

  6. ChrisB. says:

    Can somebody link me to a download-able (free or pay) copy of the Lester Bangs and Birdland album? I am coming up empty handed!

    Kathleen, email me about the LP.

    c.bondus@gmail.com

    Thanks for the great links!

  7. Cheers! Been looking for this for a while.

  8. Just to be a snarky, self-important jerk-ass, I have to point out here that I lived in the old Delinquents house for awhile after Lester left this plane of existentialism. My landlady, the former Delinquent Melissa C., is reportedly a scientist in California with a passel of kids and all that.

    – ndj