Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Stupefaction's Before & After Series Spotlights The Imperial Dogs & The Blue Oyster Cult (& L7 & Lizzy Borden)

The latest installment in the Stupefaction blog's ongoing "before and after" series (found here) spotlights the Imperial Dogs' original version of "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" -- taken from the Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD -- alongside subsequent recordings by the Blue Oyster Cult, L7, and Lizzy Borden, all of which are taken from various Youtube postings.

And ... as almost everyone reading this sentence already knows, "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" has also been recorded by the Nomads (as the Screamin' Dizbusters), the U.V.'s, and Current 93 as well as interpolated into Green River's second version of "Swallow My Pride."

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Spatziba: Imperial Dogs Rediscovered!

"Found my Imperial Dogs LP Unchained Maladies on the Dog Meat label and it blew my head off again," writes Simonk here on the Spatziba site.

"I loves me some of that Detroit guitar thang: Stooges, MC5, Mitch Ryder, Rationals, Sonic's Rendevous Band, and the likes," continues Simonk. "So when I was first exposed to the Imperial Dogs I was hooked. I knew there was a posthumous 7" in '78 and the LP on Dog Meat. Then I found this stuff on youtube from a recently released Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD and wow ... I mean WOW!!!

"I need to get this DVD, as any fan of rock and, of course, roll, will need to. There's not really much 'round now that gets close to this!"

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Wild, Boundary Crossing, Pre-Punk": The Story Of The Imperial Dogs

The story of the "wild, boundary crossing, pre-punk" Imperial Dogs -- from genesis to apocalypse to resurrection (in the form of the Live! At Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD) is retold by vocalist Don Waller here at the This Ain't The Summer Of Love blog.

Co-starring Imperial Dogs guitarist Paul Therrio, bassist Tim Hilger, and drummer Bill Willett (R.I.P.), this .44 magnum opus includes guest appearances by Iggy Pop & The Stooges, the Blue Oyster Cult, the New York Dolls, Rodney Bingenheimer, Kim Fowley, the Clap, Alice Gazzari, Patti Smith, Lenny Kaye, Greg Ginn, Keith Morris, the Pop!, the Zippers, the Wig Titans, Phast Phreddie Patterson (as well as the rest of the Back Door Man fanzine/record label gang) and -- as they used to say in the ads for the dances at El Monte Legion Stadium -- many, many more.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fang Mail, Pt. 18

Thought we'd share some more "fang mail" from people who've actually purchased the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD.

"What a boss show! I dig it the most!" writes Nancy Breslow (a.k.a. Jim Short, whose NYC-based Short News fanzine flourished from 1979-84). "And I just noticed the kids sparkin' a bone during 'This Ain't The Summer Of Love.' Ha!"

Friday, October 1, 2010

Fang Mail, Pt. 17

Thought we'd share some more "fang mail" from people who've actually purchased the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD.

"The music was great!" writes Chris Loos of Porcupine Ridge, Australia, adding, "I would've liked to been around back then to see you guys live -- I surely would've been dancing around with that couple -- and Don Waller was a great frontman who really put in 110%. It would've been wicked to have all these songs recorded in a studio, but this very enjoyable document is enough."