Musical palate cleanser, dipping into the obscure stock edition

I’d like to share with you a few cuts off one of my favorite off-the-radar recordings, Dash Rip Rock’s first, eponymous release from 1987.  Hard to categorize these guys… sort of a post-punk, roots rock group, originally out of Baton Rouge.

Anyway, here are four songs, which comprise most of the first side of the record.  (Yeah, I’ve got the vinyl version.)  Listen and let me know what you think.

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14 responses to “Musical palate cleanser, dipping into the obscure stock edition

  1. Dawg93

    My favorite musical palate cleanser ever. Thank you. Saw these guys more times than I can count during my college days in Athens. Pack Your Bags kicks you right in the teeth to open the album. And Endeavor is an all time classic.

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  2. Athens Dog

    Dash: played by Larry Pennell on The Beverly Hillbillies. I remember when they first came out. I thought they were clever. And some decent music.

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  3. garageflowers

    One of the most fun shows I’ve ever seen was these guys at Georgia Theatre back in 89-90. I had just gotten another giant beer when the fire marshal stopped the show and made everyone leave. I hung out near the bar finishing my beer when a worker there told me to stay outside because they would let some people back in later, and there would be a surprise. When we got back inside, we were right up front. When they came back out, they introduced Joey Ramone and proceeded to play Ramone’s songs. Even through the drunken haze, such a good memory. Thanks for this post.

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    • Russ

      I love surprises like that. I worked at Gumby’s in grad school and one night the guys from 40 Watt traded some beer for pizza and told us to come over around 9:30 (much earlier than the usual starting times). REM came out prepping for their upcoming tour in support of Document. First time I ever heard “It’s the end of the world” and the other great songs from that album.

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  4. SeattleDawg

    Reminds me of this

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  5. Since you like the jangly, Senator, here’s a video of Bas Clas, a NOLA band of the same vintage. Donnie Picou, the lead singer, is a friend of mine and can be seen at open mics at the Avondale Towne Cinema most every week. Check him out live.

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  6. siskey

    I bought “Dash Rip Rock’s Gold Record” at Tower Records in Tokyo after finding it in the bargain bin in 2002. A little bit of home a long way from home.

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  7. Normaltown Mike

    Senator:

    You might enjoy this (cajun punkabilly?) if you don’t already know it.

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  8. Comin' Down The Track

    My favorite band to go see in college. I once saw a show where Fred was playing drums while spitting a loogie up in the air and catching it back in his mouth over and over. It was gross… and awesome. Thanks, Senator.

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  9. No One Knows You're a Dawg

    DMZ!

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  10. JasonC

    One of my earliest college memories was visiting my cousin in Tuscaloosa. Her boyfriend was in a frat there and we went to the a party at his frat. Dash was the band playing that night. I was still in high school, so the live music, keg party was a new thing for me, but a great experience.

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  11. hassan

    Saw them every time they came through Athens.

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  12. Chico Dawg

    Damn- Senator. Thanks for the trip down amnesia lane Dash Rip Rock for me represents that time in my life as a Grad of 92. One of my roommates has posted up above and told me to go see your “cleanser” this morning. Just getting around to commenting. First time I saw them was at the Uptown Lounge in the fall of ’88 and rarely missed them again for about 5 years. I knew every word and every chord. I sang “Gimmie Three Steps” with them one night on stage at the Ga Theater. Fred, Bill and Hokey…good times.

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