Punk haiku 9 DEVO, THE RESIDENTS, THE DEAD BOYS, AND BRADLEY COOPER on Drums

PUNK HAIKU: unheard stories and sounds from the proto-punk years                                             featuring Toronto's THE SCENICS

June 1977, Toronto.

All of the songs  from Punk Haiku 6-10 are collected and available on the free/by donation album "See Me Smile" at  Dream Tower Records.

 

                                                                                    

CHILLS

Two songs from our first couple of weeks playing with Brad Cooper on drums, June 1977. Chills is one of  my favourite Ken Badger songs that has NOT been recorded in the studio. We almost got to it in 2008, our most recent time multi-tracking.

At the beginning of the track, Brad's comment gives you a glimpse of the life of unbridled hedonism that we were living in the summer of '77.

punk haiku 8- leaside found, first demo

 

APRIL 1977, TORONTO

 

 

All of the songs  from Punk Haiku 6-10 are collected and available on the free/by donation album "See Me Smile" at  Dream Tower Records.

These are from our basement practice room, Mark French on drums, the spring of 1977, a week or two before hitting Mushroom Sound studio to record (what ended up being) half of the Sunshine World CD.

 

I'M HURT 

These two songs, one written by Andy (Hurt), and one written by Ken (Caves), are the last two songs on Sunshine World, and have the highest improv quotient  on that CD.

Hurt has pools of sound that head off in various directions, in between verses and choruses. Caves has quiet sections at the beginning and between the verses, and then a rave-out at the end. 

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punk haiku 7 THE STONES, THE ELOI, WE FIND A CAVE

 

PUNK HAIKU: unheard stories and sounds from the proto-punk years                                             featuring Toronto's THE SCENICS

MARCH 1977, TORONTO

  

All of the songs  from Punk Haiku 6-10 are collected and available on the free/by donation album "See Me Smile" at  Dream Tower Records.

                                             

Two songs from the "Scenic Caves" first public gig- playing for a room full of young teens.

 OLD WORLD

The Scenics take on Jonathan Richman. "I like leave it to Beaver"....  We loved playing this one, didn't do it very often.

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punk haiku 6 Finding the songs/ iggy and patti.

PUNK HAIKU: unheard stories and sounds from the proto-punk years                                            featuring Toronto's The Scenics

FEBRUARY 1977, Toronto

 

All of the songs  from Punk Haiku 6-10 are collected and available on the free/by donation album "See Me Smile" at  Dream Tower Records.

 

NEW PART IN TOWN

written by Andy with a 104? fever after he got home from seeing Iggy on The Idiot tour .

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Punk haiku 5 a drummer stays/talking heads

PUNK HAIKU: unheard stories and sounds from the proto-punk years                          featuring Toronto's The Scenics

All of the songs  from Punk Haiku 1-5 are collected and available on the free/by donation album "Proto-Spunk" at  Dream Tower Records.

 JANUARY 1977, Toronto

 

TOKYO

These first two are early '77 with Mike Cusheon, the Scenics first drummer.     One day I dragged Carol's reel to reel tape deck down to Neil Wycik. That day we captured these first two songs (and others, including 'Do the Wait'  and 'In the Summer', from Punk Haiku 3 and 1). This rave-out rocker of Ken Badger's we played in '77 and then brought back in 1980.

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FARM REPORTS (AND TEST PATTERNS)  

An early song of Ken's: wired into your easy chair, hurtling down 'a crooked highway/ at a straight-away speed'. Wide-eyed in front of your TV till dawn, until farm reports and test patterns bring you in for a landing. Simple pleasures.

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Punk haiku 4 "1 2 3 4/ drummer for a day"

 PUNK HAIKU: unheard stories and sounds from the proto-punk years                          featuring Toronto's The Scenics

OCTOBER 1976, Toronto

 

All of the songs  from Punk Haiku 1-5 are collected and available on the free/by donation album "Proto-Spunk" at  Dream Tower Records.

SEE ME SMILE

An out-take from the SUNSHINE WORLD cd. Recorded during the Scenics' first studio sessions, summer of 77. Ends with a gorgeous guitar coda. I always thought the first two lines of this song were a manifesto of a sorts: "Turn your eyes around in your head/what you see is just what you get"...

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Too Much of Nothing

punk haiku 3 "FANZINES, THAI STICKS, & D TO G"

video: 

A video of the studio version of "Do the Wait" that we recorded in 1977. It was included on the UNCUT magazine 'protopunk' CD in the spring of 2009.

PUNK HAIKU: unheard stories and sounds from the proto-punk years                          featuring Toronto's The Scenics

AUGUST 1976, Toronto

 

All of the songs  from Punk Haiku 1-5 are collected and available on the free/by donation album "Proto-Spunk" at  Dream Tower Records.

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Do the Wait

The first version that we have on tape- a week or two after Andy wrote it in February 1977.

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o charlotte

A favorite  early song of Ken's. It slipped out of our setlist once we started gigging. 

 

  

 

 

 A week later, I travelled again from my solid split level bungalow and generous suburban corner lot, where I had the downstairs bedroom, the one my sister Judy vacated when she moved out to live in sin with her drugged out musician boyfriend. I had wanted it immediately, but my parents said wait- she’ll be back. At her insistence, I was soon enjoying the relative independance it afforded, tucked away on another floor, and travelling to Palmerston in mid-town Toronto.

 

punk haiku 2- Andy meets Ken

      Unheard stories and sounds from the proto-punk years featuring Toronto's The Scenics

JULY 1976, Toronto

         

All of the songs  from Punk Haiku 1-5 are collected and available on the free/by donation album "Proto-Spunk" at  Dream Tower Records.

 

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SEE EMILY PLAY

This song from Syd's Pink Floyd was one of the few pieces of common ground that Ken and I could 'cover' on day one... you see, i knew the David Bowie version. From mid October, 1976, when we had a 'drummer for a day'.

 

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Scenic Caves

We spent a lot of time with this one, finding out where we would go when we didn't know where we were going... this version is from the first tape we ever made, Oct 15 1976. My high school buddy Dave Moore on second guitar.

 

      Ken Badger was working at L&M as an amp repairman, getting through the day on a diet of tylenols and coffee. Ken called me because Patti’s name was on the sign, and as he later said “that was something you just didn’t see  in those days.” 

Our first conversation was cryptic. Ken wasn’t much for giving away any but the simplest information, and I did not have the most practical ears. I do remember him saying “No, I think we should definitely get together.” Ken was the only person who phoned me.   

PUNK HAIKU 1

Unheard stories and sounds from the proto-punk years featuring Toronto's The Scenics

December 1975/JUne 1976, Toronto                 

All of the songs  from Punk Haiku 1-5 are collected and available on the free/by donation album "Proto-Spunk" at  Dream Tower Records.

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LITTLE JOHNNY JEWEL

Ken and Andy, alone in the basement of Andy's suburban home, bounce this one off the walls while they  figure out what a band might sound like. Taking off disguises, October 31, 1976.

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IN THE SUMMER

A song of Ken's he played me on the first day we got together- one of the first versions we got on tape, February 1977. Ken's guitar at the end is, as the Toronto Star's Ben Rayner says, "Wayward, jammy, a bit druggy....". Our studio version from 1977 made our SUNSHINE WORLD CD.

 I am posting an apology on the first few punk haiku pages for the primitive audio quality. As the Scenics went along, we got a better tape recorder!

PUNK HAIKU CHAPTER 1

 

And then, unannounced, the next world arrived.