SF-LA new wave synth-punk bands 1976-1980 (TSP radio 29/05/09)

  1. Units, ‘Bug Boy’ (1980)
  2. Tuxedomoon, ‘Joe Boy The Electronic Ghost’
  3. Chrome, ‘All Data Lost’
  4. Screamers, ‘Need a head-on’ (1977 or 1978)
  5. Units, ‘Cannibals’ (1979)
  6. Tuxedomoon, ‘Nervous Guy’
  7. Units, ‘Bird River’ (1978)
  8. The Residents, ‘Home Age Conversation’
  9. Tuxedomoon. ‘(Special Investment For) The Family Man’
  10. Units, ‘i Night’ (1980)
  11. Screamers, ‘Magazine Love’
  12. Screamers, ‘Government Love Affair (Don’t Pay The Whore)’
  13. Screamers, ‘I Wanna Hurt’
  14. The Residents, ‘Sinister Exaggerator’
  15. Chrome, ‘Nova Feedback’
  16. Units, ‘Contemporary Emotions’ (1978)
  17. Screamers, ‘I’m a Mensch’
  18. The Residents, ‘Melon Collie Lassie’
  19. Units, ‘Warm Moving Bodies’ (1980)
  20. Chrome, ‘Pharoah Chromium’
  21. Tuxedomoon, ‘Pinheads on the Move’
  22. The Residents, ‘Krafty Cheese’
  23. Units, ‘Go’ (1980)
  24. Tuxedomoon, ‘Midnite Stroll’
  25. The Residents, ‘Walter Westinghouse’

3, 15, 20 from Alien Soundtracks, original issue USA SIREN RECORDS DE 2100 SEC (1977)

8, 18, 25 from Fingerprince (1976), TORSO CD 407

1, 5, 7, 10, 16, 19, 23 from History of The Units, USA COMMUNITY LIBRARY CL16 CD (2007)

4, 11-13, 17 from In a Better World, USA XEROID RECORDS XER001 / EXTRAVERTIGO RECORDINGS EXTR009 2 x CD. 11-13 were recorded Live at The Whisky 1978.

14, 22 from Duck Stab (1977), TORSO CD 406

2 and 21 are A-side and B-side of first Tuxedomoon single. Original issue USA TIME RELEASE RECORDS TR-101 7” SINGLE (1979)

6, 9, 24 from Scream With A View EP, original issue PRE RECORDS PRE 7 12 (1979)

5 comments

  1. @ Tak: yes, this was something of an oversight on my part. Tex Nology above, who turns out to be Scott Ryser from Units, also pointed this out to me:

    “I also still keep in touch, irregularly, with Paul R. from the Screamers and Edward from Nervous Gender (worth including if you ever do the “synthpunk” thing again).”

  2. Plus I would also consider two L.A. stalwarts that played with most of the bands on your list: Human Hands and Catholic Discipline, and to some extent Bpeople. That Units anthology is really great…

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