Monday, August 31, 2009

V/A - The Best of the Radio Tokyo Tapes (1987, Chameleon)

Radio Tokyo was a famed L.A. recording studio that enjoyed it's heyday during the 1980s, at which acts from Jane's Addiction to the Bangles laid down classic tracks. Owned and operated by the late Ethan James (an ex-member of Blue Cheer as well) the popularity and reputation of Radio Tokyo Studios and the artists that recorded there inspired three vinyl compilation LPs released throughout the '80s. The Best of... culls together 20 songs that appeared on these records, some entirely exclusive to these compilations.

Given the locale and the period, there are several Paisley Underground luminaries that take up residence here, including The Rain Parade, Long Ryders, The Three O'clock, and The Bangs (later the Bangles, although their contribution is 30 second jingle for a local entertainment rag). Outside the Paisley scene there was plenty of other local indie talent that made a pit stop to Radio Tokyo as well - The Minutemen, 100 Flowers, Savage Republic, Wednesday Week, The Last, Shadow Minstrels, and one of my fave unheralded acts of the time, Pop Art. And what would any various artists disk be like without some music from everyone's favorite Jewish lesbian folk-singer, Phranc?
01. The Minutemen - I Felt Like A Gringo
02. The Long Ryders - Still Get By
03. Alisa - Silent Scream
04. Savage Republic - Mobilization
05. Animal Dance - Under Pulse
06. Linda J. Albertano - S.O.S
07. The Three O'Clock - All In Good Time
08. 100 Flowers - The Long Arm Of The Social Sciences
09. Bay Of Pigs - The Fat Lady Sings
10. The Last - It Had To Be You
11. Shadow Minstrels - Oh Senorita
12. Phranc - My Favorite Women Newscasters
13. 17 Pygmies - Chameleon
14. The Bangles - No Mag Commercial
15. The Beef Sisters - The Hermit
16. Rain Parade - Saturday Asylum
17. Wednesday Week - I Hate Lying To Mom
18. Pop Art - In My Hands
19. Fibonaccis - Purple Haze
20. Cindy Lee Berryhill - Headin' For The Border Line

3 comments:

VITO said...

I HAD THE VERY GOOD FORTUNE TO HAVE WORKED AND PLAYED IN RADIO TOKYO IN THE 80'S AND LOVED ETHAN JAMES....I LAST SAW HIM N HOLLYWOOD AND HE WAS WRITING A BOOK ON RECORDING...HE WAS IN MY OPPINION, THE ROCK OF THE MUSIC BIZ IN THE ERA OF HIS HAND BUILT STUDIO....AND ALONG WITH MAD DOG STUDIOS, PUT MANY ARTIST IN THE POSITION TO ENJOY THE WORLD OF RECORDING,PRODUCING THAT HAS MADE IT POSSIBLE TO WRITE A "BLOG" OR "COMMENT" GVZ

Rob-in-Brevard said...

spavid - would you be so kind as to re-post this? would be quite appreciated!

spavid said...

Link has been updated. Thanks for alerting us.