Hola, Creeps! This here is Episode 15 of This Island Surf (the novel sound ep 93) inspired by my buddy Hugh who said to me, “Erik, do an episode of all bands that start with Los!” And here it is.
This episode’s drink is the ever fashionable and always delectable Sidecar: Riding shotgun is always the best choice.
Another buddy, Knute, introduced me to this drink of greatly disputed origin, and now I’m passing it on to you. It’s as easy drink to make, but it takes a bit of alchemy to get right. So get practicing.
· 2 ounces VSOP Cognac, Armagnac, or good California brandy
· 1 ounce Cointreau
· 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, to taste
Los Tiki Phantoms – Muertos y Furiosos
Los Fabulosos Cadillacs – Should I Stay or Should I Go
Los Volidos – Hot Rod Woman
Los Twangs – Amor Amargo
Los Straightackets – El Microscopico Bikini
Los Paraconas – Spiderman
Los Pontiaks – Sin Combustable
Los Pocos Locos – California Dreamin’
Los Galerna – La Cruda
Los Coyotes – The Spider
Los Barreiro – Rey de la Radiofonia
Los Plantronics – Zapatista Surfista
Los Peyotes – Chacalon
Los Muertos Vivientes – Adelante Muertos
Los Mambo Jambo – Flamin’ Hips
Los Derrumbes – Krakatoa!!
Los Elasticas – Pirakor
Los Coronas – Big Wave Rides
Los Coronas & The Hi Risers – Flamenco
We’re having a heat wave, a Satanic heat wave. Erik and Annie brave near triple digit temps to bring you an all-new show…which is less a show than a gossipy brag session about all of the cool famous people we met. Also, urinal etiquette is discussed, Gordon Ramsay is cool and intense heat causes sporadic aphasia. IT’S SO HOT!!! Yet we’re so cool.
Okay kids, put on your yoga pants and relax, it’s time to tune in to our 20th episode in which we discuss dental procedures, socks and that one time that Erik hid under his bed for two days. Oh, and we might have mentioned something about porn stars, killer kids and fantasy cosplay as well. Also, Annie almost chokes to death. Again. Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K, you medieval dickweeds!
Brian Reedy – www.etsy.com/people/brianreedy1
Evol Soul Buttons and Patches – www.Evolsoul.com
Dais Records – www.daisrecords.com
Youth Code – www.youthcode.bandcamp.com/
Over the past few years, I’ve poured my heart into various episodes and worked to make the ‘perfect score’ for numerous books and comics. I’ve had a moderate and small amount of success and people seem to dig what The Novel Sound sets out to do. But this one, as they say, is just for me, folks.
Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang have created some kind of wonderful with Paper Girls. Once upon a time in the mythical land known as the 1980’s, the suburbs were ruled by packs of seemingly feral children roving the streets on BMX bikes (ugh, who would dare ride a 10 speed) and armored in jean jackets and multi-colored Converse sneakers. Or Nike if you were of that persuasion. The point is that the youth ran wild. Most summers were spent traversing miles of pavement for Slurpees, slices of pizza, and coin operated video game machines. How I myself loved greasy pepperoni cups and pouring quarters into Gauntlet…I still hear the electric vibrato of “Warning: Don’t Shoot Food” while I, as an adult, grocery shop for organic free range Kale at Trader Joe’s. Times change.
And that is, in a weird way, exactly what Paper Girls plays with. Sure, its got time travel, its got giant microscopic monsters, its got witty banter, beautiful art, and bold colors, but its also got characters battling with who they are, who they were, and what they are going to become. It’s the struggle many of us face on daily basis complicated with actually walking around with those versions of ourselves and trusting that each one shares a similar desire to fix things. I mean, would a sixteen year old me work well with a 42 year old me and could I handle myself as a retiree? Frankly, I wouldn’t trust us to get out of a unlocked, unbuilt, garden shed without it coming to blows. If I had to escape homicidal future teens and time cops, I’d be quickly relegated to a foot note in history that got edited out for lack of anyone giving a shit.
But I digress.
Episode 92 is another great chance for me to play some tunes (popular and not) from the 1980’s. And, since technology plays such an important role in the book, I decided that I’d invent a radio station (WTNS – The Novel Sound) and put on another fake broadcast (you’ll remember I did it once before). This time I wanted to exorcise the zeitgeist and I, for better or worse, incorporate the voice of Mr. Mark Klee.
Mr. Mark was radio broadcast hero in Allentown, PA. He was irreverent, wild, and told rambling tales of such glorious nonsense, that his fans would sit through hours of Brian Eno, live Roxy Music, and John Cage, for a Terrible Parable or warped PSA warning listeners about dinosaurs, UFO’s, and police. For one semester at WMUH, Mr. Mark’s show came on immediately after mine and we would chat in short mumbled sentences. But I would sit in in the studio and listen to him twist, bend, and splice words into wonderful shapes. I’m sad that Mr. Mark is dead. As are those who knew him better and those who looked forward to his tales. It’s a terrible thing when our heroes pass.
I’d been playing with the idea of mashing in some Mr. Mark dialogue for ages, but never felt I had the right output and worried I’d be set on by people thinking I’d committed a great sacrilege. For this episode, I wanted to create an anachronism. I wanted this to be a 90 minute ‘lost recording’ from the spirit of a long extinct radio show. It needed to fit precisely on a 90 minute Maxell tape because that is what I have left of Mr. Mark…a few clips pulled off the radio in an effort to record him and not the sustained noise he loved to play. And the best way I could work with the present was to incorporate the past. I hope those who knew him forgive me for this.
Part of why I podcast is to share the music and books I love with people and bring a little bit of positive noise to the world. It’s how I chose to push back against the closed minds and daily barrage of negativity and sorrow. There are some who deal with hostility, shaming, and battles many of us can’t even begin to comprehend. To those people, each day is a struggle. And to those who need extra help or feel they may be losing that war…please take the time to reach out. Find a friend. Find a family member. And if you need more than they can provide, reach out to crisistextline.org or another such suicide prevention agency.
You are important.
Episode 92 is not only a homage to Paper Girls, but to the 1980’s as a whole and the radios that provided soundtracks for the kids who ran amok. The streets will never be the same.
Kim Wilde – Kids in America
Joe Jackson – Sunday Papers
The Clash – The Leader
The Go-Go’s – This Town
The B-52’s – Cosmic Thing
The Psychedelic Furs – Run and Run
Sonic Youth – Silver Rocket
Devo – Freedom of Choice
Concrete Blonde – God is a Bullet
Love and Rockets – Ball of Confusion
The Cure – A Strange Day
Husker Du – She Floated Away
The Lemonheads – Die Right Now
Cyndi Lauper – Money Changes Everything
Adam and the Ants – Friend or Foe
Morrissey – Suedehead
Siouxie and the Banshees – Peek A Boo
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Victim of Circumstance
Depeche Mode – Never Let Me Down Again
Elvis Costello – Waiting for the End of the World
Bauhaus – All We Ever Wanted Was Everything.
The Novel Sound ep 90 Apes, Monkees, and Karaoke Nightmares
Gino Washington – Come Monkey With Me
Lew Williams – Gone Ape Man
The Cramps – Monkey With Your Tail
Sam the Sham & The Pharoahs
Bomboras – Planet of the Apeman!
The Apemen – Invasion of the Apemen
The Space Cossacks – Planet of the Apes
The Kongsmen – Karate Monkey
Baby Huey & the babysitters – Monkey Man
Thee Headcoats – Monkey’s Paw
Frankie Tyler – I Go Ape
Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business
Smokey Joe with the Clyde Leoppard Band – The Signifying Monkey
Thee Vicars – Monkey Mess
The Monkees – Birth of an Accidental Hipster
The Mr. T Experience – Pleasant Valley Sunday
The Monkees – Mommy and Daddy
Look Out (Here Comes Tomorrow) – Groovie Ghoulies
The Church – Porpoise Song
Groovie Ghoulies – She Hangs Out
Bad Manners – Randy Scouse Git
The Descendents – Coolidge
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Alternative TV – ATV
Black Flag – TV Party
The Bouncing Souls – These are the Quotes from Our Favorite 80’s Movies
The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
The Rezillos – Mystery Action
The Go-Go’s – La La Land
The Vibrators – Stiff Little Fingers
New York Dolls – Personality Crisis
Ramones – Gimmie Gimmie Shock Treatment
The Circle Jerks – All Wound Up
Dead Kennedy’s – Kill The Poor
Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
Xray Spex – I am a Poseur
Pixies – Letter To Memphis
The Misfits – Skulls
Social Distortion – Don’t Drag Me Down
NOFX – The Idiots Have Taken Over
Cocksparrer – England Belongs to Me
The Clash – London Calling
Boardwalker – It’s a Bikini World
Daikaiju – Double Fist Attack
Jason Lee and the R.I.P Tones – Sucker Punch
The Tiki Tones – On the Scene
Les Spadassins – All Your Secrets
Said the Ripper – Slicked Down
The Tiki Men – Fireball
The Trashwomen – Bumble Bee
Surf Trio – Vibrosurf
Cocktail Preachers – Slingshot to Durango
The Ghastly Ones – Hangmen Hangten
Chaino – The Pygmy Song (Tikky Tikky Boom Boom)
Aloha Haole – Hard Rock Feelings
The Phantom Surfers – Monster From the Surf
The Surf Zombies – Mind Worm
The Plugz – El Clavo Y La Cruz
Johnny Aloha – Vacation
Creepxotica – Creepin Kilauea
Laika & The Cosmonauts – Surf’s You Right
Surf Raiders – Surfin’ Elephant
The Dead Milkmen – Beach Song
Erik and Annie chum the waters of shark week and discuss Everything is Teeth, the failures of Benchley’s Jaws novel, Spielberg’s masterpiece, and ruminate over this summer’s fishiest film, The Shallows. We even go so far as to pitch next year’s best shark movies before Corporate America can get their greasey mitts on ’em. Look out Sharknado, Fear of a Dork Planet is gonna get’cha.
(Note: I have no idea who took that graffiti pic or who made it, but it is amazing. If you own it, please let me know so I can credit you)
Every other week this summer Fear of a Dork Planet will host an exciting Deep Dive mini episode where Erik looks a bit too hard into the abyss of pop culture. This week, his pal Rich helps him answer the question, “Is He-Man high fantasy done poorly or low fantasy done well?” They also seek to discover what He-Man slash fiction might look like, what Stinkors are really made of, and why cartoon barbarians refuse to wear pants.
Even as I post this set I shake my head at all the great bands that I missed putting on here. Maybe I’ll get around to a Tank Girl Part III one day, but for now, here’s the promised and rockin’ second set in celebration of Hewlett and Martin’s Tank Girl.
220.127.116.11’s – Bomb the Twist
Runaways – Dead End Justice
Joan Jett – Jezebel
The Launderettes – What Would Joan Jett Do?
White Lung – Kiss Me When I Bleed
Dollyrots – Because I’m Awesome
Fifth Column – All Women are Bitches
Slant 6 – Baby Doll
Trading – Future Ghost
LeTigre – TKO
Team Dresch – She’s Crushing My Mind
Creeping Ivies – Stay Wild
Speedy Ortiz – Fun
Upset – Tobacco
Kim Lenz – Shined Up and Ready
Ludella Black – This Heart is Condemned
PJ Harvey – The Words that Maketh Murder
The Moaners – Foxy Brown
Joanna Gruesome – Anti Parent Cowboy Killers
In this episode, The Novel Sound tackles the tough questions like what must living in a tank eventually smell like, where can I get boots like that, and how many Foster’s Oil Cans can one legally consume before people make fun of you? That was the theory at least…instead, you get another free soundtrack for another fantastic book.
Skinny Girl Diet – Silver Spoon
L7 – Fast and Frightening
Sharkmuffin – Fun Stuff
TACOCAT – FDP
Screaming Females – Normal
Heartless Bastards – Swamp Song
Horrorpops – Bring It On!
The Slits – So Tough
Xray Spex – Oh! Bondage Up Yours!
Epoxies – Clones
The Julie Ruin – Oh Come On
Summer Cannibals – Full Of It
Baby Ghosts – Tumblr
Sleater Kinney – Youth Decay
The Coathangers – Nosebleed Weekend
Bikini Kill – Rebel Girl