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Artist: ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS
Title: The Day The Earth Met The. . .
Format: CD
Label: Smog Veil
Country: USA
Price: $14.50
"Clevelands only real legitimate claim to house the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is a band that will never be inducted there. In fact, it is more than 25 years after the group broke up that a legitimate album of their material is now available on Smog Veil. This was Rocket From the Tombs -- the mutant daddy to Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys. Originally, singer David Thomas started the band in May 1974 as a kind of comedy act, though later the group would have a good grasp of theatrics. A gifted guitarist/writer named Peter Laughner showed up at some of these farce-filled gigs, jammed with the band and joined soon after that. Thomas and Laughner would make a new more musical lineup that included Gene OConnor (AKA Cheetah Chrome) (guitar), David Bell (bass) and Johnny Madansky (AKA Johnny Blitz) (drums). Somehow this disparate crew got opening gigs ranging from Iron Butterfly to Captain Beefheart to Television (who Laughner actually joined briefly). Without Rocket From The Tombs, the world may have never heard Thirty Seconds Over Toyko, Final Solution , Aint It Fun, Sonic Reducer, and Down in Flames -- all Rockets originals, and all contained on this release, along with 14 other tracks culled from archival live recordings, some of which have never previously been bootlegged. Comprehensive liner notes and never before seen photos are jam-packed in this complete retrospective that showcases the true inception of the Cleveland underground sound." -Smog Veil
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Artist: ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS
Title: The Day The Earth Met The...
Format: Double LP
Label: Smog Veil
Country: USA
Price: $35.00
"Rocket From the Tombs (or RFTT) was an American rock music band originally active from mid-1974 to mid-1975 in Cleveland, Ohio. Heralded as an important protopunk group, they were little known during their lifetime, though various members later achieved renown in Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys. Billy Bob Hargus wrote, however, that "The sound of the Rockets is much more ferocious than Ubu or the Dead Boys." There was some fluctuation of the groups personnel, but the classic lineup was David Thomas (then known as "Crocus Behemoth" - vocals, sax), Peter Laughner (guitar, vocals), Craig Bell (bass, vocals), Gene OConnor (a.k.a. Cheetah Chrome, guitar, vocals), and Johnny Madansky (presently known as "Johnny Blitz," drums). When RFTT disbanded, the personnel formed two different musical groups: OConnor and Madansky joined with singer Stiv Bators (who made a guest appearance on-stage at the last RFTT show) to form Frankenstein, which later morphed into the Dead Boys, a more straightforward punk rock group. Laughner and Thomas went on to form the more experimental Pere Ubu with Tim Wright (RFTTs soundman). Both groups used songs first written or performed by Rocket From The Tombs as parts of their repertoires: the Dead Boys were known for "Aint It Fun," "What Love Is," "Down in Flames," "Caught With the Meat in Your Mouth" ("Im Never Gonna Kill Myself Again" as done by RFTT) and "Sonic Reducer"; Pere Ubu went on to reinterpret "Final Solution," "Life Stinks" and "30 Seconds Over Tokyo"."
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