Sunday, December 28, 2008

The Up Another Octave Transmission

A quite diverse yet interesting sample of Orange County music circa 1980-81. Side A is entitled "Tekno Rok" while Side B is "Nu Rok". The record starts with a 6 min. futuristic melancholy anthem by Farenheit. Probably the best track on Side A. Tuxedomoon & The Units definitely come to mind. Null And Void's ain't too bad either. Berlin's track is off their first album, pre Terri Nunn. I'm not too partial to the synth side of music, but lately it's been kinda growing on me.

The "Nu Rok" side is of course the better of the two & holds the best track on the entire record. Hang Ten In East Berlin is the only track ever to be released by The Detours. Before there was D.I., there was The Adolescents. Before there was The Adolescents, there was The Detours. In 1980 they recorded 3 songs in a San Diego studio: Amoeba (later released by The Adolescents), Hang Ten In East Berlin, & The Saint (both later released by D.I.). Hang Ten was the only one ever to be released. If anyone out there has either of these two other tracks, for punks sakes please make them available! Even Rikk Agnew himself told me at their first Detours reunion show in 2006 to never let this record go being as it's rare as hell! (unless of course I wanted to sell it to him!) It was advice well taken.

Another band worthy of note are Anaheim's The Vectors. They released the Death To Disco 7'' and a 12'' in 1981. Hey Kirby was also released on the 12''. A little poppy,but not too bad. Beat-E-O's track is ok. No info on them though. Enjoy!





The Up Another Octave Transmission

Farenheit - Farenheit #1
Craig Sibley - You See Art, I See Clay
Berlin - Talk Talk Video
Null And Void - I Can See What's Happening
Nu Beams - Chico
Videos - Skitzo Attack
The Barbies - Boys Will Be Boys
The Vectors - Hey Kirby
The Detours - Hang Ten In East Berlin
Beat-E-O's - China Sleeping?
Removed - Missing Person
Finesse - Nervous Time
Tactics - Things I Am
The End - Time Before I'm Done
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4 comments:

louissyfer said...

you have been linked, if you feel the itch link back

nice stuff by the way, i plan on getting some Big Black, Effigies and more NR up sooner or later and even more rare Chicago shit like Blatant Dissent, Ring 13 and Dial A Trance comp.. sooner or later

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Anonymous said...

detours sound great!!!

Grebo said...

Up another Octive was a record store in Buena Park California. Jon the owner was a personal friend and gave me the second copy of this record (his brother still has the first one). Tragic the way Jon was killed in his own store.

Jon was very much a visionary and ahead of the curve when it came to new music. The record you possess is that legacy as the store itself is long gone.

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