Green Fuz

Rare and obscure music from all sorts of neet-o genres that i like. Garage rock, psychedelic, hard rock, metal, punk. What ever dude.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

The Gizmos - 1976/1977 (Midwest proto-punk, teenage rock nerds: The Dictators, The Ramones, The Shaggs)

The Gizmos - 1976/1977: The Studio Recordings Upon first drop of the needle into these teenage hormone encrusted groves you will likely be, surprisingly, disappointed. But thats the point, dummies!

Rock and roll wasn't meant to be kid tested and mother approved. It's not supposed to be the four years wasted at Music College where you'll end up majoring in audio engineering anyways. It IS supposed to be pure teenage frustration ejaculated straight into you ears!! Sounds GROSS, don't it!?!? You bettcha'!

Many of my favorite rock stars are gross and ugly as fuck, both their visage and in the sounds they excrete- The Ramons (uggh), The Stooges (gaaahh!!), The New York Dolls ([wets pants]), The MC5's (freaks!!) - JUVENILE DELINQUENTS, the whole lot of 'em!! Just the way we like it.

Hailing from the butthole of Indiana, a group of looser drop-out rock journalists and record nerds decided that perhaps they themselves could kick up a racket the likes of which had been largely lost from the late-mid 70's musical landscape. They couldn't, but damn did they ever try!

Remember that this is just prior to when hipster New York bands like The Ramones would make "punk" a house hold word, and so these geeks had few contemporary bands to emulate from (The Dictators are influence #1), a small had full of semi-recent bands to steal liks off of (MC5, The Stooges), and an entire decade of cheap dime-store garage bands from the previous decade to mimic.

The result is some of the most inept music you've ever heard since the Wiggins sisters mongoloid-rocked their way into history with The Shaggs first album. But not just 3 sisters like The Shaggs, The Gizmos took a total of 8 (!!!) band member, 2000 hours of TV watching, 250 bong hits, zero girls, 800 boob jokes, and 3 E.P.'s to make this album.

The album collects their fist self titled E.P., their second "Amerika First" E.P., and their third "World Tour" E.P. plus one bonus track that features a young Johnny Courgar [Melincamp].

But before you start to think that I hate this album, let me say how much I adore these fine young Gizmos. In true Dictators form, the Gizmos lead by Ken Highland, Ted Niemiec, Eddy Flowers, Rich Coffee, and some other guys named Rick, Dave, Jim, and Davey tryed to combine rock and roll with adolescent humor and actually managed to be funny! "Muff Divin'" is so vulgar it even makes my girlfriend blush. Check out the grunge guitar sound of "Amerika First."

Tonights homework: Listen to this album over and over and over again until you learn to LOVE IT. I promise you'll thank me later for it.

- rambling dumb review by denez

  1. Muff Divin' (In Willkie South)
  2. Thta's Cool (I Respect You More)
  3. Mean Screen
  4. Chicken Queen (The [Ass] End)
  5. Amerika First
  6. Human Garbage Disposal
  7. Ballad Of The Gizmos
  8. Kiss Of The Rat
  9. Pumpin' To Playboy
  10. Cave Woman
  11. (I'm Just A) Regular Dude
  12. Gizmos World Tour
  13. We're Gonna Rumle
  14. Gimme Back My Foreskin
  15. Hey Beat Mon!
  16. Boring, Part 1 [take 2]

168 kbps, ripped from vinyl.

Screw Amazon who don't carry it, and go straight to Eddie Flowers site and order this and other Gizmo's albums HERE!!!!!!!

or see what's currently on EBay HERE!!!!!!

OTHERWISE, CHECK IN THE COMMENTS PAGE!!!!!! AND LEAVE A COMMENT JERKS!!!! if you don't know what that means, yer dumb.


At 11:42 PM, Blogger nick beef said...

hello peoples. Sorry about today's review, I rambled all over the place and hardly talked about the music. I'm a jerk, but fuck you if you don't like it.

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous amh and his arse-kestra said...

As a native Hoosier, I can safely say that "butthole of Indian" is such a vague descriptor. There are many buttholes of Indiana. Pick and choose...

At any rate, thanks very much for upping this. When I see bands like The Gizmos and Dow Jones Industrial (posted on the former PPJ) on blogs, and people mentioning Gulcher Mag/Records, it makes me very proud to call Indiana my home.

In all seriousness, Indiana is a fine place to grow up, and bands like The Gizmos helped make my childhood experience even better.

At 7:07 AM, Blogger nick beef said...

amh - always love when people actually have some personal experience with these bands!! I wish you could tell me more... where they as handsome as they appear on the record sleeve?

never heard Dow Johnes & Industrials. Is there a modern band with same name? Isn't Zero Boys from Indiana? Indiana forever!!!


At 8:55 PM, Anonymous amh and his arse-kestra said...

seƱor nick beef...

Those guys were dirty, grungy, geeky, and kinda ugly. But damn, they had great taste in music.

Yeah, Zero Boys were from Indiana(polis). They played frequently with The Gizmos.

Dow Jones & the Industrials were from Bloomington (as were Gizmos). I'm pretty sure that there has been only one DJ&TI. No reincarnations, as far as I know.

Man I never thought I would say this, but what the hell..."Indiana forever," indeed!

At 12:07 PM, Blogger jb said...

Damn, Simply Saucer, Witchfinder General and now this. Nice one, keep 'em coming............ Those walking buns are rather hypnotizing.

At 8:57 AM, Blogger nick beef said...

jb - my girlfriend said I should delete the "walking buns" because it would make me look perverted.... "make me look perverted"??, i though. I AM perverted!

Oh, well I showed her your "hypnotizing" comment just to prove her wrong!


At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holy shit! These guys Suck!.....I fucking love them!

At 1:40 AM, Blogger Tobias said...

hmm.. those buns... good music too!

At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yes, thanks for this :D)

At 6:43 PM, Blogger donna lethal said...

Kenne Highland is one of those great unsung heroes of rock'n'roll. He relocated to Boston and I was in one of his many bands, the Hopelessly Obscure. He's still around and is playing gospel and blues guitar. He'd never take credit for it but he was a jumping-off-point, so to speak, for a lot of other musicians.

At 1:51 PM, Anonymous blog reader.... said...

hey! great blog! can u tell me more garage punk like the track "Gimme Back My Foreskin" don't know how to tell it... low fi garage??...

greetz from germany!

and finally still looking for great bands like the primates, untold fables, miracle workers.... or maximum rnb like downliners sect.


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At 12:30 PM, Blogger david said...

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