THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKING #2

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No elegant shoes, but lot of style. Starting from ...
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1973 - SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE - Fresh
(Epic)

L’ultima perla di un innovatore del funk/soul. Foto di Richard Avedon.
Sly Stone: “Richard Avedon é il miglior fotografo al mondo. Dopo aver scattato le foto del disco, mi disse che avrebbe scattato foto a chiunque gli avrei suggerito. In qualunque momento”.

The last great record by the funk/soul innovator. Photo by Richard Avedon.
Sly Stone: “Richard Avedon is the greatest photographer in the world. After he shot the pictures for my album, Richard Avedon told me that he would shoot anybody I wanted him to shoot anytime."


1970 - THE JAZZ CRUSADERS
Old Socks New Shoes New Socks Old Shoes (Chisa/Verve)

In “Old Socks” c’é la cover di “Thank You” di Sly And The Family Stone, giusto per stabilire connessioni. I Jazz Crusaders sono quelli di “Street Life”, il brano che un pubblicitario idiota e musicisti compiacenti hanno trasformato in Spritz Life. 

“Old Socks” includes Sly’s “Thank You”. The Crusaders are well known in Italy these days because a slaughtered version of their “Street Life” is being used for a drink commercial.



1981 - MINOR THREAT - Minor Threat
(Dischord Records)

Da Washington DC, capitale americana, una leggenda dell’harDCore. La foto iconica é di Susie Josephson Horgan e ritrae Alec MacKaye (voce per Faith ed Ignition), fratello di Ian, cantante dei Minor Threat. La stampa originale dell’EP 7” era rossa; qui mettiamo quella della ristampa (12”/CD) per analogia cromatica alla porcata fatta dalla Nike nel 2005. Solo in seguito alle proteste del gruppo la Nike si é scusata ufficialmente e ha ritirato tutti i poster promozionali.

HarDCore legend from Washington DC. The iconic picture was taken by Susie Josephson Horgan; it portrays Alec MacKaye (singer for Faith and Ignition), Ian’s brother, singer for Minor Threat. The original sleeve was red. Shown here is the 12”/CD re-release because of its “analogy” with Nike’s dirty trick. Soon after the band’s complain Nike issued a formal apology.



1995 - RANCID - ...And Out Come The Wolf
(Epitaph Records)

Questo invece é un tributo. Terzo album del quartetto di Berkeley. Photo di Jesse Fischer, fotografo/grafico che ha firmato tantissime copertine della Epitaph. Il titolo dell’album é una citazione dal brano “Junky Man” scritto da Jim Carroll con i Rancid.

On the other hand, this is a tribute. Third album from the Berkeley band. Photo by Epitaph Records’ favourite photographer/graphic designer, Jesse Fischer. The album title is a direct quote from the song “Junky Man” written by Jim Carroll with the band.



1991 - 411 - This Isn’t Me
(Workshed)

Il gruppo di Dan O’Mahoney successivo a No For An Answer e Carry Nation. Sempre punk-rock, ma più melodico rispetto al nomi citati. Collocare accanto ai Dag Nasty. Foto di copertina di Dan O’Mahoney.

Dan O’Mahoney’s band after No For An Answer and Carry Nation. More melodic punk rock, yet very good. File next to Dag Nasty. Cover photo by Dan O’Mahoney.



1978 - THE ZEROS
Beat Your Heart Out/ Wild Week-End 7" (BOMP)

D’accordo, le scarpe quasi non si vedono, ma non é importante. E’ il secondo singolo di uno dei migliori gruppi punk-rock di sempre.

Alright, you can barely see the shoes. Like we care. Second single from one of the best punk-rock bands of all time.

The Zeros went on to record a second single with Bomp! Records, “Wild Weekend” b/w “Beat Your Heart Out.” The front sleeve showed our pointy toed shoes - we would buy new old stock in Tijuana - and the back showed our home away from home, the infamous Plunger Pit. 
Robert Lopez A.K.A. El Vez (Zeros vocalist)
From: Under The Big Black Sun (Scribner, 2016)



1977 - MENACE - Insane Society/Screwed Up
(Illegal)

Idem come sopra, ma altra parte dell’Atlantico. Brillante singolo d’esordio - un inno ad essere precisi - del quartetto londinese. 

Same as above; other side of the pond. Brillant debut single - two punk anthems actually - by the well known London band.


1982 - ABRASIVE WHEELS
When The Punks Go Marching In (Riot City Records)

Primo album della storica punk band di Leeds pubblicato dalla Riot City. La copertina però é la ristampa in vinile a cura dell’italiana Get Back (1997).

First album from the legendary punk band from Leeds. This is not the original sleeve on Riot City Records, but the vinyl re-release from the Italian label Get Back (1997).



1971 - LEGEND - Red Boot
(Vertigo)

Il gruppo di Mickey Jupp prima di diventare solista. Fuori moda all’epoca della pubblicazione, rimane un fantastico disco di R&R/R&B insensibile al tempo e alle mode. La foto é di KARL STOECKER, colui che ha firmato praticamente tutte le copertine dei Roxy Music.

Mickey Jupp’s band before going solo. Out of fashion at the time, “Red Boot” (unofficial title given by the fans) remains a great R&R/R&B album unaffected by the years. Cover shot by KARL STOECKER, the photographer who did all the Roxy Music photo covers.

1991 - MICKEY JUPP
As The Yeahs Go By (On The Beach Recordings)

Mickey vent’anni dopo. La musica ha leggermente perso smalto, ma titolo e copertina sono geniali. L’illustrazione é di PETER KNOCK, illustratore che collabora con Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sunday Times.

Mickey 20 years later. The music is less brilliant but album title and illustration are pure genius. Artwork by PETER KNOCK, artist and illustrator whose clients list include Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sunday Times.




1991 - VV.AA. - Gabba Gabba Hey
A Tribute to the Ramones (Triple X Records)

Ancora All Star. Pre Nike intendiamoci. E’ il primo album tributo ai Ramones e - come tutti i tributi - nemmeno sfiora il livello degli originali nonostante un cast fenomenale (Bad Religion, D.I., Flesh Eaters, Poison Idea, Creamers etc etc).

More vintage All Star. Before Nike, rest assured. This is the first tribute album to the mighty Ramones. Like all tribute albums, it sucks in spite of the stellar roster (Bad Religion, D.I., Flesh Eaters, Poison Idea, Creamers ...).


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THESE BOOTS ARE
MADE FOR WALKING
THE COMPLETE SERIES

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1981 - CHELSEA - Alternative Hits
(Step Forward)

Fine della seconda parte e - come la prima - foto SENZA scarpe. E’ il secondo album dei Chelsea, ma in realtà raccolgie i primi sei singoli e due brani inediti.

The end of the second part and - like the first one - a cover without shoes (it’s going to be a tradition). Second album from Gene October’s Chelsea. It collects the first 6 singles plus two unreleased tracks.


 

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