Saturday, October 18, 2014


The Pork Dukes are one of my gateway punk bands. I first heard the Pork Dukes at the age of 14 in 1980. With the help of other gateway bands such as the Misfits, Ramones and the Dead Kennedys, I was hooked and my life was changed.

I had the privilege of interviewing Horrendous Styles, guitarist of the Pork Dukes in October of 2014. The interview was the first I have done using Skype, bridging the 3,500 miles between Horrendous and myself.

The show includes Pork Dukes songs, songs that Horrendous let me know influenced the Pork Dukes as well as a bonus track by F included with the interview.

There will be a Part Two of this interview. Stay tuned. I originally asked for a half hour interview but Horrendous was gracious enough to speak with me for over an hour! 

Tracking of the show:
  • Rancid "Up To No Good"
  • Intro
  • Pork Dukes "Loser"
  • Interview - Gateway Band
  • Iggy and the Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
  • Interview - Lyrics
  • Pork Dukes "Melody Maker"
  • Interview - Money
  • Pork Dukes "My Mother Gave Me A Gun For Christmas"
  • Interview - Real Names
  • Pork Dukes "Bend and Flush"
  • Interview - Bend and Flush
  • The Clash "London Calling"
  • Interview - Artist
  • Pork Dukes "Making Bacon"
  • Interview - Gobbing
  • Pork Dukes "Down Down Down"
  • Interview - Back Together
  • Pork Dukes "Soho Girls"
  • Interview - Holiday, Video Doc, F
  • F "Such Men Are Dangerous"

Catch The Pork Dukes live in 2014.

October 24 PORK DUKES Jabber Jaws 1327 W Chew St, Allentown PA 

October 25 PORK DUKES Kung Fu Necktie Philly - early show

October 25 PORK DUKES The Jacksonian Nazareth, 119 Main St, PA

October 26 PORK DUKES The Catasauqua Legion, 330 2nd St, PA

October 27 PORK DUKES The Low Beat – 335 Central Ave, Albany NY

October 29 PORK DUKES Cherry Street Station 491 N Cherry Street Ext, Wallingford, CT 06492

October 30 PORK DUKES French King Bowl, RT 2 Erving, MA


Frank FOE

Monday, October 13, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Today is the Day "Animal Mother" Southern Lord

"Animal Mother"
Southern Lord Records
Released: October 14, 2014
2xLP, CD, Digital

"Animal Mother" is the tenth full length LP from Today is the Day.

It is the scariest Today is the Day album I can recall. After you listen to this a few times on your regular devices, I advise listening to this with a pair of good headphones, really f&c#ing loud, with the lights off, past midnight, with no else around. Check out this trailer of the album:

I was first introduced to Today is the Day via AmRep records when Today is the Day was leading the way through the AmRep noise (Unsane, Janitor Joe, Chokebore, Cows, Guzzard, Hammerhead - you can still hear nuances of all those bands influencing this new record too). 

If early Sonic Youth channeled Mastodon, the result might be pretty close to "Animal Mother". Brutal, haunting, evil, metal, noise with Neurosis damage, recorded in the woods in Maine during the middle of winter. The vocals are ridiculously villainous. The recording is as mentioned, headphone worthy. So much going on you really could study this record as much as just marvel in the heavy evilness. Even the acoustic based songs have a haunting, "Natural Born Killers" feel.

To release this as their tenth album is remarkable. 

Today is the Day plays Allentown PA, Saturday October 18, 2014. I think that will be the third time I've seen Today is the Day, first in probably more than a decade. Should be a blast!

Today is the Day 

Southern Lord web:

Frank FOE

OCTOBER 18, 2014

Iron Reagan "The Tyranny of Will" LP

"The Tyranny of Will"
Relapse Records
Released: September 16, 2014

This is going to be a real simple review.

I don't know anyone who won't love this record or shouldn't already be in love with Iron Reagan's discography to date.

The facts: 

  • These guys have associations with other bands that might interest you: Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse, Mammoth Grinder and Darkest Hour.
  • These 24 tracks are the best non-D.R.I. hardcore/thrash metal /punk crossover you've heard since.... I dunno... "Animosity". 
  • Everyone loves D.R.I. Everyone should love Iron Reagan. 
  • The vinyl LP has a cool double sided poster. One side with lyrics the other with artwork. 

Check out Iron Reagan's video for the instant crossover classic "Miserable Failure" 

This song/video is life-affirming. Rejuvenating. I've always wanted to jam at a public city park area overlooked by a construction site during the lunch rush and have a circle pit break out ("flash mosh" rather than "flash mob"). I've always wanted to mosh up a library/book store/coffee shop. Everything in this video, the shopping cart tip over at the end, the bikini girl at the fountain banging her head, the dude checking out a L.A.'s Wasted Youth LP in the record store, the lyrical content, the "Seasons of the Abyss" t-shirt, the SOD t-shirt, the "regular" people smiling and getting a kick out of this crazy band, the bathroom hand dryer used to blow the hair during the guitar solo, the Red Fang, Mudhoney and Toxic Holocaust cameos... F*cking Perfection.

And then check out the video for Iron Reagan's "Eyeball Gore" if you can stomach scenes of eyeballs being sliced from living humans, pulled from the sockets etc... not for the squimish and just in time for Halloween.

Live it up and let loose and let Iron Reagan provide your soundtrack.

Frank FOE

Iron Reagan Bandcamp:

The Clap "Look Before You Leap" 7"

"Look Before You Leap" 7"
Strain Records
Released: September 11, 2014

In order to be eligible for the 2015 Rock N Roll Hall of fame, artists or bands need to have released their first single or album in 1989 or earlier. So you know, Green Day is on the ballot this year. The Clap, the longest running punk rock band in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania, began in the fall of 1978.

The Clap's first single, "Don't Say No" was released in 1981. So if you ask Johnny, the Clap vocalist/bassist, and the only remaining original member of the Clap in 2014, if they should have been on the rock n roll hall of fame ballot eight years ago, anyone who knows Johnny already knows the answer. The b-side of the 1981 single, "Killed By Kindness" made it onto "Killed By Death Volume 22". So if you don't have the 33 year old 7", good luck, as the original press, along with the reissue on Dionysus are well out of print. Did I really just say that 7" is 33 years old?

The 2014 version of The Clap just got off a mini East Coast US Tour with Menace (yes, that Menace - "GLC" etc...). The line up is rounded out by Mike (Drums) and Art (guitar), two long time Lehigh Valley punk veterans... that maybe were just born a decade or so after Johnny... well, maybe Mikey is even young enough to be one of Johnny's kids... 

Johnny, Mike, Art

The three songs on the "Look Before You Leap" 7" / digital download were written and recorded by the new lineup in the summer of 2014. 

"Look Before You Leap" is the inevitable grandpa advice from well, the grandpa Johnny Loftus, complete with his best mid-song, Burl Ives impression of a father/son advice session... the only thing missing is the visual of the son rolling his eyes at crazy old grandpa, well, that wasn't missing from my brain, I saw it, that's why I wrote it. "Impersonal" provides commentary on society's fixation with handheld technology and the like. We do need to unplug. Johnny hits the nail on the head with this one and his vocals sound like he still has the vinegar of a 20 year old. "Impersonal" is a true standout song. "What I Saw In You" is a classic punk gem of questioning your judgement. Art's guitar rips things up on all tracks.

The songs are all melodic, driving, punk rock. Johnny, Art and Mike sound like they have been playing together since 1978. All three songs unmistakably pay tribute to the Clap's 1970s punk roots, fitting fluidly in the Clap discography, with solid hooks and pro-playing, creating an enjoyable record. 

Head on over to the Clap bandcamp page to check the songs out for yourself.

Check out the Clap web page and Johnny's Shut Up Store for other merch at: and

Very glad the Clap decided to head out with Menace and to record these three new tracks. I personally wouldn't do with out this record. 

Frank FOE

Monday, October 6, 2014

UTNG October 5 2014 Generic

OCTOBER 5, 2014
Johnny Generic picks the tunes.
Reds and FOE help with the chaos.

Yes there is explicit content

Cramps "Elvis F*c#ing Christ"
Mike V. and the Rats "Police Story" (Black Flag)
U.S. Chaos "For Being Young"
Chumps "Hate That F*c&ing Game"
Hank 3 "I'm Drunk Again"
Lurkers "In Room 309"
Revolution Mother "Switchblades and Urethane"
Weaklings "All The Way Every Night and All Day"
Minor Threat "I Don't Wanna Hear It"
Modern Lovers "Pablo Picasso"
Devo "Shrivel Up"
Adolescents "Hawks and Doves"
New York Dolls "Pills"
Scream "Came Without A Warning"
Murphy's Law "Bitch"
The Killjoys "Johnny Won't Go To Heaven"
F-Bombers "We're Not Going Anywhere"
Dox "Child Molester"
Slamhounds "Get F&c%ed" (Russian Meatsquats "Get Nutz")
Bad Posture "GDMFSOB"

Frank FOE

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Special Duties "77 One More Time" Jailhouse Records

"77 One More Time"
Jailhouse Records
Released: August 12, 2014

If you like street punk, UK82, oi or dirty US punk rock, I would imagine you already have at least one of the following versions of this Special Duties record:

"77 in 82" LP on Rondelet
"77 in 82" LP on Captain OI
"Distorted Truth" on Get Back

Whether you were around in the early 80s, or got into punk in the 90s, 00s, or 10s, Special Duties has been one of those bands that was mandatory, once you dug in beyond one of those introductory punk bands. This is real deal material. 

Rondelet released the first album in 1982, then Captain Oi and Get Back (also included 7" tracks on the LP) did their reissues in 1997. So it looks like every fifteen years or so, it is time to reintroduce Special Duties to the punk masses. Thank you Jailhouse Records. And I understand from Special Duties fb page that the records are moving fast, "First lot of vinyl is pretty much sold out, so re-press is out again in October...". 

So, if you don't own this on LP yet, please, please do not wait another 15 years for someone else to release this album. Get one of the October pressings!

As for the "remastered" and "restored" don't worry, you can't pretty this up. This is as raw as the day it was recorded. But I will tell you, whatever "restored" and "remastered" means, this sounds fantastic and fits right in with so many of the bands playing this style today. I have the Captain Oi and Get Back records for comparison and this new version rips. I was around in 1982, but even then, it was difficult to score this record, as evidenced by my reliance on a Maxell tape version until 1997.

Classic, mandatory street punk. So many great songs. Blunt, simple, to the point and legendary. I love this record. It makes the blood flow faster, makes the brain electricity rev and activates the crazy, unhinged feelings. Inspiring, pounding and energetic. 


You go town on a Saturday night 
You just ain't happy till you've been in a fight 
You have too many, get out of your head 
You don't know why but you wanna see red 

Who you looking at that's my bird 
How many times has that been heard 
Excuse for trouble, excuse for a fight 
Happens all the time, every night

Special Duties Bandcamp:

Frank FOE