The Mermen are an American instrumental rock band from San Francisco, California formed in 1989. They have since moved to Santa Cruz, California.
The group’s sound was originally rooted in surf and psychedelic rock music of the 1960s, although they have made “sincere attempts to get away from the surf music label” and currently delve into many genres, mainly driven by the melodic visions of the band’s founder, songwriter, and guitarist Jim Thomas. The band’s music is entirely instrumental and “does a good job of defying description”. The Mermen perform as a power trio: electric guitar, electric bass, and drums, with occasional guests for live concerts.
2 Live tapes from the North Star Bar from early 2000’s -Sorry I didn’t get the song titles,. Thanks to Flipo from the Excuses for the tapes.
In New York in the mid-‘80s, four veteran New York musicians united to form the Del-Lords: Scott Kempner from the Dictators, Eric Ambel from Joan Jett’s Blackhearts, future Cracker drummer Frank Funaro and thundering bassist Manny Caiati. Key songwriter Kempner said his vision “was to create a band that would feature four singers performing my songs — an East Coast Beach Boys if you will.” But rather than singing about girls and cars, the Del-Lords sang about things that mattered to them: the everyday grind of life and how it affected the band and those around them.
The Connells from Chestnut Cabaret on Feb. 16, 1988. Led by guitarist Mike Connell (his brother David is the bassist), this Raleigh, North Carolina quintet possesses a fragile, vaguely Celtic melodic sense that nicely complements the introspective lyrics, making for music that combines the best impulses of Southern guitar jangle and the sensitive singer/songwriter tradition. Trouser Press
The Connells were:
Mike Connell – guitar
George Huntley – another guitar
Doug MacMillan – the singer
David Connell – bass
Peele Wimberley – drums
Halo of Flies were Amphetamine Reptile Records kingpin Tom Hazelmyer with in-house engineer Tim MacLaughlin on bass & John Anglim on drums,
This is a live tape from when they played the Khyber on March 15, 1990.
Thanks for the tape files Don Sheluga & the song titles – Christian.
Philadelphia band Still Stupid Live on Jackie’s show on WKDU from December 20th 1988. A great mix of Punk, Hardcore, Garage and Psych with some inspired choices of covers (especially Love Power from the Producers) Then below that some videos 1 of their demo tape and 2 live clips from JC Dobbs and some flyers.
Thanks for the Tapes Jackie & Diego and the song titles Jim Canfield
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