Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Imperial Dogs Bite Back At!

"Supremely rocking and wickedly funny" ... "One raucous rock-monster tune after mostly self-penned tune" ..."Drummer Bill (Willett) plays like a very athletic octopus; it's worth the price of admission just to watch this guy whack the tubs" ... "Way, way ahead of their time," exclaims veteran L.A. arts journalist John Payne, writing about the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD -- and interviewing former I-Dogs frontman Don Waller -- here at his incredibly eclectic site.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Bad And The Beautiful: Iggy Pop Meets The I-Dogs

The Imperial Dogs are as surprised as we are deeply honored to discover this fan-created video collage that accompanies our recording of "The Bad And The Beautiful," which can be found here.

When Iggy Pop witnessed the Imperial Dogs perform this song live at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco on November 11, 1974, he was overheard to ask, "You know that song, 'The Bad And The Beautiful'? Did those guys write that? Man, that's a good song. I wanna record that."

Unfortunately, Iggy's next stop was UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, after which he decamped with David Bowie to Berlin, where he promptly forgot all about this hallowed evening ...

Indeed written by Imperial Dogs members Don Waller and Paul Therrio, this song -- recorded live in our Carson, California practice space -- appears only on the Unchained Maladies: Live! 1974-75 album that was issued on Australia-based Dog Meat Records in 1989. (All the images in this video are taken from that album's cover or inner sleeve.) And the reason "The Bad And The Beautiful" doesn't appear on the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD is simple -- we hadn't written it yet.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Imperial Dogs Rock Detroit (Metro Times)!

"A killer and insulting rock 'n' roll band" ... "punk-rock-with-melody as skull-ringing as it is apt for smutty shout-outs as 'Amphetamine Superman' and 'Just Kids'" ... "a gnarly snapshot of the missing link between the late '60s L.A. rock explosion and Hollywood's '77 punk rock. Worth every penny," writes Brian Smith, raving about the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30,1974) DVD here at the Metro Times site as well as in this week's issue of the Detroit alternative-weekly newspaper.