Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fang Mail, Pt. 24

Thought we'd share more "fang mail" from people who've actually purchased the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD. "I find it amazing that you guys were doing basically the same thing that was happening on the East Coast as far as style of music: raw, aggressive, in-your-face rock and roll. Definitely punk," writes Bryan Kuntz of Chaska, Minnesota. "But you guys had a 'hard rock' edge as well -- a bit more structure to some of the material than your East Coast peers of the time -- but great, ass-kickin' stuff. So great the moment was captured on film.

"I was wondering about the crowd at the show though," continues Kuntz. "Were they all on Quaaludes or something? But I liked how no one -- other than that one couple -- was moving, they always cheered and applauded at the end of your songs. And you guys just kept bashing away, sticking to your guns, and doing your set with wild abandon in the face of a very lethargic crowd. Made it even more enjoyable to watch and listen to."

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Imperial Dogs Now Louder Than War!

Mancunian madman John Robb asked the Imperial Dogs to make their case for inclusion into the "proto-punk" pantheon alongside Radio Birdman, Death, Debris, Simply Saucer, and Rocket From The Tombs, et. al at his Louderthanwar site.

So ... offering audio/visual (clips from the Imperial Dogs' Live! In Long Beach (October 30, 1974) DVD, buttressed by 500 words' worth of historical (banned from Gazarri's, playing Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco with Iggy Pop in attendance, getting band practice interrupted by shotgun-toting FBI agents searching for Patty Hearst) evidence, that's prezactly what they did here.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Imperial Dogs Now At Forced Exposure!

The Imperial Dogs want the world to know that their DVD is now available from the fine, fine, superfine folks at Forced Exposure. Here's what they've got to say about it:

"Crazy video documentation (long thought to be lost) of a live show by legendary L.A./South Bay proto-punk unit, The Imperial Dogs. Recorded at Cal State Long Beach the night before Halloween, 1974, fliers for the event promised "an evening of sex, violence, and public outrage," and this 64-minute DVD delivers the goods.

"Some people may know The Imperial Dogs from the Unchained Maladies LP that Dave Laing's Dog Meat Records issued back in '89. A few may even know the '78 single they released through Back Door Man. But neither of those actually prepares you for the amazing visual onslaught of the band.

"In a year perhaps best remembered for Terry Jacks' "Seasons In The Sun," The Imperial Dogs (fronted by wasted, he-man writer, Don Waller) were blasting out originals like "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" (later copped by Blue Öyster Cult) and slamming through Velvets covers as though other people on the planet actually cared.

"The introduction raps are worthy of transcription, the video transfer quality is shockingly good, the sound is great, and the performance is really amazing. It's almost unbelievable that this kind of ruckus was being created in '74, but it was and the evidence is finally available.

"The package is hep, too. Lotsa good color photos (like Iggy Pop watching The Imperial Dogs playing at Rodney Bingenheimer's English Disco -- the only live band there, ever) and thousands of excellent historical words that will place your ass in the ghettos of Long Beach, CA many, many years ago. Really one of the best, least expected slabs of wild history to come down the pike in many a moon. Let us pray a similarly-styled LP will follow before too long."

64 minutes; Mono; black & white; NTSC format, all region; includes a 20-page booklet with notes and rare photos.