Head Cheese was a post-punk band from the early 80s. While attending University of the Arts Susan Ottaviano meet Jade Lee and they formed a band with their friend Celeste Ries. They recorded one 7″ at Third Story recording studio. I don’t have mp3’s of that 7 inch so instead I’ve included YouTube videos for the three songs. What i do have is a booklet that they put out – to be honest I am not 100% sure I put the pages in the right order but please check it out. Head Cheese Booklet
The video for Jungle Jam was shot as a film project around Philly
Susan Ottaviano (who later went on to New Wave stardom in Book of Love) on the making of her Philly band Head Cheese’s single ‘Jungle Jam’ from 1982:
We recorded “Jungle Jam” at Third Story music, an 8 track studio in Philadelphia, in 1981. It was produced by David Javelosa, who we met at the East Side Club. He was performing with his group Los Microwaves at the time. The ‘Jungle Jam’ video was filmed in and around Philly and is truly a love story to the city. There are scenes on Broad Street, the gargoyles in City Hall, a basement on League street and a pig’s head from the Italian Market. The Jungle Jam video has just recently been posted on YouTube. One of the original directors of that video even works for Pixar now. He said that he had more fun on our movie than he does today. You should check it out. It’s pretty funny.”
Pass the Elixer cassette tape comp put out by Freedom is Cancer Zine in 1987
Description of the comp:
Like a lot of people in the 1980s me and some of my friends made a fanzine. From 1985 until 1987 we printed 10 issues. For issue 9 we made a compilation tape with 90 minutes of solid Punk. Back then, because of different influences and ideas there was a diversity of sounds. And while all these bands are rooted in Punk none of them sound the same. We made our band choices to emphasize that diversity. The most well known band here is Disorder and the most obscure is P.K.G. from Torrence California who only recorded one 5-song demo before exiting. Each band has a full page in the zine. Sound quality is very good.
Rockula were a late 1990s Garage Punk band from Philadelphia. They existed only 6 months in which time they recorded one three song demo and played a few shows. Unfortunately, they never released a record or CD. This show was recorded from the audience and is of good sound quality.
Rockula was Geeta Dalal – vocals (now in RunHideFight), Rob Giglio on drums (now in Creem Circus), Margit Detweiler – Keyboards, Roland Sotello -Bass and the late Wayne Hamilton on Guitar.
Endorphins were started by Paul Albert who was from Canada and doing a degree at University Of Pennsylvania. The line up on this demo was the original line up. Sometime after this recording Amy left and over the next few years they had a few different lead guitarists as fourth members. Paul Albert was the main song writer. In 1984 the band had a flexi disc released with The Bob music paper.
The band = Paul Albert – Vocals/Guitar, Pat Ream – Bass, Eddie Beinlich – Drums, Amy Rican – Electric Violin.
These demos were recorded at a studio in Old City that was at about 2nd and Spruce.
Eddie Beinlich later played drums on the Mondo Topless Squish demo.
On these Endorphins recordings Frank Bower is the 4th member and is playing lead guitar on the practice recordings in 1983 and Jay Medley is playing lead guitar on the unreleased single. In 1984 the band had a 4-song flexi disc sold through the Philly music newspaper The Bob. In 1984 and 1985 they released a couplr of tapes and had several songs on several comp. tapes in the UK. In 1986 they had one song on the Beasts From The East com LP released on Voxx Records.
Berks County PA Punk Compilation by Brett (Noise Addiction II) With bands from all over Berks County from the early 80’s to 2000. My time living in Berks County was during the early period of this comp the only bands I got to see on here were Anthrophobia & Benton & The Bentonites. But a lot of bands on this comp that are worth checking out. (There were no photos for this so I just used one of the Pagoda)
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