Listen To The Replacements Cover T-Rex’s “Baby Strange” Back In 1986

In advance of the release of the ReplacementsFor Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986, Rhino Records has revealed a cover of T-Rex’s 1972 hit “Baby Strange.”

Recorded at the iconic Hoboken, New Jersey club, the live album features the band right after major label debut Tim dropped. The 29-song set is the first live album from the Replacements since 1985’s The Shit Hits The Fans.

Take a listen below:

For Sale: Live At Maxwell’s 1986 will drop on October 6. (more…)

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Bob Geldof Confirms First Boomtown Rats Album In 30+ Years

It’s been 33 years since The Boomtown Rats released a new album, but the time has come for another.

Singer Bob Geldof has confirmed that the band are preparing to reveal a new record called Mega.

Guitarist Garry Roberts hinted that the members had reformed in the studio about two years ago, but no word has come until Geldof’s confirmation.

“We’ve done 26 tracks. We’re mixing them now, I’ve done the vocals on them,” says Geldof to The Daily Mail. “We’re getting really excited, we think they’re great. We did a lot of songs. We have a situation now where a song comes out and a day later it’s dead.”

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The Jam’s ‘In The City’ Turns 40

The Jam‘s incredible career took off 40 years ago this month when the group released its debut album In The City.

They had a hit right out of the gate with the title track. Its peppy style of punk combines rough-around-the-edge guitar strums with sunny melodies, and kicked off a string of hits for the band over five years.

The punk-rockers stood out from their counterparts by sporting tailored suits versus battered clothes. The ‘mod’ style saw a revitalization thanks to the members’ influence, which they absorbed from ’60s rock and R&B acts. From psychedelic to new wave, The Jam proved their versatility with a wide range of style infusions.

From the band’s debut album to 1982 when The Jam split, 18 consecutive Top 40 singles were notched in the United Kingdom, including four #1 singles:

  • “Going Underground”
  • “Start!”
  • “Town Called Malice”
  • “Beat Surrender”
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    Joey Ramone

    Remembering Joey Ramone

    Joey Ramone passed away 16 years today. The news shocked the world: a pillar of the punk explosion across the globe, Ramone defied conventional thinking and challenge the concept of music.

    The punk scene reached new heights in the 1970s. While The Sex Pistols, led by Johnny Rotten, were taking over the UK, Joey Ramone & the Ramones were putting New York on the map. While Rotten was confrontational and in-your-face, Ramone was solemn, but his message was still menacing. His ability to call upon a generation and speak to youth outcasted by society was powerful. While the Ramones wouldn’t see the commercial heights of The Clash or Sex Pistols, this underground mystique almost adds to their legacy. They weren’t for the masses, and fans wanted it to stay that way.

    Joey Ramone was born Jeffry Hyman on May 19, 1951 and formed the band as a young adult in the early 70s. They started to form a song structure that had yet to exist–it was fast, the length was short, and the delivery always packed a megawatt punch. He started out as the drummer but moved to lead vocals prior to the release of their self-titled debut album.

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