Gordon is a Moron or: Stand Up for Rebel Rule! Summer Fridays 4.9!

If I get cover art in before I make the mix (which isn’t usually the case), it can influence the direction it takes. Case in point: Jimbo Matison sent me the artwork for this week a good 10 days ago and you can’t really put on a bunch of wispy indiepop songs with a cover like this so I decided Summer Fridays 4.9 would be the rocker of the bunch. Also, I kinda had to either include The Clash or Bobby Fuller Four. The former woulda made more sense, sonically, but I chose the latter and think it works. There’s also a fair amount of early-’00s rawk on here (is that Electric Six you spy?… yes it is) and less than a usual number of brand new tracks. But there’s probably more bands on here that people know than what I usually do.  It may not go to 11, but 4.9 is pretty damn loud. I’m very happy with this one.

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Tracklist:
1. Iron Virgin – Rebels Rule
2. Urge Overkill – Rock n’ Roll Submarine
3. The Adverts – One Chord Wonders
4. Diamond Nights – Saturday Fantastic
5. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
6. Electric Six – Naked Pictures of Your Mother
7. Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought the Law
8. The Vaccines – Norgaard
9. Bratmobile – The Real Janelle
10. The Darkness – Growing on Me
11. Mudhoney – Let it Slide
12. Pixies – Space (I Believe In)
13. Led Zeppelin – Dancing Days
14. JEFF the Brotherhood – Mellow Out
15. Agent Orange – Pipeline
16. The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Karmageddon
17. The Koobas – Royston Rose
18. Jilted John – Jilted John
19. The Damned – Anti-Pope
20. McLusky – To Hell with Good Intentions

Those about to rock, we salute you. Those about to shuffle, a pox upon your kingdom! Liner notes after the jump.

1. Iron Virgin – Rebels Rule
This Scottish glam band lasted all of two singles from what I can gather but what a stomper the second one, “Rebels Rule,” is. Most people were introduced to this as the opening track on the essential 2002 compilation Velvet Tinmine  which you should procure by any means necessary. “Some people say we’re too young to rule but we’ll show them wrong!”

2. Urge Overkill – Rock n’ Roll Submarine
It was a real surprise to see a new UO record in 2011, a decade and a half after Exit the Dragon flopped (and nearly killed them). Even more a surprise, Rock n’ Roll Submarine finds them in fine, over-the-top rocking form… albeit battle-scarred.

3. The Adverts – One Chord Wonders
The Adverts have good punk sneer… you can really hear it the singing. Even in the playing. They were angry, they were young… truly a group where their ability to play didn’t so much matter as their conviction.

4. Diamond Nights – Saturday Fantastic
This Brooklyn band fizzled out by the time their debut album was released but their first EP (almost all which ended up on the album) was pretty rad new wave hard rock. Singer Morgan Phalen had that “it” factor a frontman needed. It was so much fun when they reformed last year for a one-off show at Brooklyn Bowl.

5. Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
We’re trolling through the early ’00s here, the hard rock years, and few bands brought that swagger better than QOTSA. I was never a massive fan of these guys, but this track from Songs for the Deaf is a is a scorcher.

6. Electric Six – Naked Pictures of Your Mother
I probably listened to Electric Six and The Darkness more in 2003 than any other bands which probably lowered my indie cred a bit but both records still hold up. I still think E6 are an underrated, misunderstood band… but Fire is the stone-cold classic. Dig the final notes of this one, ripped straight from “The Magnificent Seven.”

7. Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought the Law
Yeah I chose the BFF original over the Clash, it rocks in its own clean way. The trilly goatboy vocals at times don’t bother me either (I like that he clearly goes out of tune yelping at one point). The production is great, and I think it works just fine, especially leading into…

8. The Vaccines – Norgaard
…this brief track by one of the more head-scratchingly overhyped UK bands of recent memory. The Vaccines are just fine catchy guitar pop, but nothing more. This one’ s got pep, though, and over before you know it.

9. Bratmobile – The Real Janelle
I had to put at least one female voice on the mix, so here’s ’90s riot grrls Bratmobile with one of my favorite songs of theirs from near the end of the band’s career. There is backstory to this Janelle person but it’s pretty indie-side baseball.

10. The Darkness – Growing on Me
There is no guilt in the pleasure I derive from The Darkness’ debut, Permission to Land, which is pretty much a perfect album, all hits (in my mind at least). My darkness t-shirt is one of my more treasured items of clothing. No, really! “Growing on Me”e rules just as a rocker, and works as a love song…but then when you learn that its a love song to a genital wart… how can you not love that, even if it’s gross. The video is amazing. Oh yeah… THEY’RE BACK!

11. Mudhoney – Let it Slide
I didn’t really do the whole grunge thing in the ’90s but Mudhoney were above it, just some monster riffs, killer drumming, and Mark Arm’s caterwauling. From one of the greatest Sub Pop albums ever, Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge. A true rager.

12. Pixies – Space (I Believe In)
The final Pixies album, Trompe le Monde, gets a bad rap I think. It’s loud, it’s wild, it’s weird….and really good. This one has the classic “Jefrey with one F Jefrey” chant, plus Black Francis singing the Perry Mason theme.

13. Led Zeppelin – Dancing Days
Believe it or not I’m a fairly big Zeppelin fan and spent many a Summer afternoon listening to Houses of the Holy on my walkman while mowing the lawn. (I would have the Smiths or REM on the other side.) It’s probably my favorite album of theirs, I even like “The Crunge.” But this is the best.

14. JEFF the Brotherhood – Mellow Out
I’m sure Jake and Jamin do mellow out, but it’s not while on stage where they are a smoke machine-fueled nonstop assault. Jamin is one of my favorite drummers of the moment, and Jake has no shortage of licks. Go see ’em if you can, and be on the lookout for their stuff!

15. Agent Orange – Pipeline
Agent Orange’s cover of the Chantays surf rock classic became a staple in its own right. I own the Posh Boy version of the “Everything Turns Grey” single which has this as the b-side.

16. The Soundtrack of Our Lives – Karmageddon
This is the de rigur new track on their best-of compilation Golden Greats which is a good as introduction to these prolific Swedes. And a summer song to boot. Go see them live when they come to a city near you.

17. The Koobas – Royston Rose
From Liverpool and they were even managed for a time by Brian Epstein but The Koobas never became a commercial success. Like the Beatles, they became more psychedelic as the ’60s went on

18. Jilted John – Jilted John
If this sounds exceedingly British, it’s because it is. Jilted John was a character created by comedian Graham Fellows and this single — produced by Martin Hannett! — went to UK #4.If you know and hate someone named Gordon (especially if they stole your girl Julie), this song’s for you.

19. The Damned – Anti-Pope
A super-deep cut from 1979’s Machine Gun Ettiquite. I’m sure the lyrics were controversial at the time, but I like it mainly for the melody and energy, two things the Damned (my favorite punk band) always had in spades.

20. McLusky – To Hell with Good Intentions
Sing it! We could use a McLusky back right about now (Future of the Left is not quite the same). I just wanna quote this whole song. “We take more drugs than a traveling funk band!”

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