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19 Jun 2017

The Punks "The Punks" 1974-76 Compilation vinyl 2005 Detroit Proto Punk




The Punks "The Punks" 1974-76 Compilation vinyl  2005  Detroit Proto Punk

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“This buch of long-haired youngsters played a loud and powerfull rock’n’roll strongly influenced by Iggy and the Stooges. This album contains the best selection of their rare recordings. KILLER STUFF!!! “A band out to blow your head off; The Punks play in such a gut grabbing manner that your ear bones feel like there getting socked in the jaw and cunnilinguisized at the same time.” (Air-Wreck Genheimer Creem Magazine, september 1976).................

US high energy r’n’r in tradition of The Stooges, Mc5 and Ron Asheton’s New Order.

These guys from Detroit called punks before it became mainstream: the group gathered in 1973 and was under the great influence of fellow countrymen such as MC5, SRC, Death, Stooges ...

The team gave incessantly explosive concerts. Approximately in the 74th (there are a lot of other datings), Punks recorded a demo of several of their songs. They were released only after thirty years.

In 1977, realizing that the style they were performing was finally beginning to find a broad listener, the musicians renamed The End, went to search for fame in New York, where they did not achieve anything, they dissolved into obscurity.........

The Punks never got a chance to release their music when the group was actively rocking out of Waterford during the mid-’70s.

Now, more than 40 years later, the world is hearing it, thanks to HBO’s new music-industry series “Vinyl.”

The show — co-created the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Academy Award-winner Martin Scorsese — used the opening riffs from the Punks’ “My Time’s Comin’,” which was recorded during 1974 in the basement of guitarist Alan Webber’s parents house in Waterford Township.

During the show’s fourth episode, which debuted March 13, the tune is being recorded by the fictitious Naughty Bits, whose frontman is played by Jagger’s son, James. The Naughty Bits will work on more of the song on “Vinyl’s” fifth episode, premiering March 20, also featuring some of the Punks’ original recording. And the producers have asked the Punks about leasing another song for future use.
“It’s been kind of fun here,” says Webber, 63, who’s an automotive designer at Martinrea International in Troy. “After all these years it’s nice to have some people go, ‘Hey, that stuff sounds pretty cool. We like that.’ There’s a lot of good feelings you get when that happens.”
It’s a case of better-late-than-never for Webber and his bandmates: singer William “Frantic” Kuchon, who’s retired and living in Pontiac; bassist Rod McMahon, a heating and cooling contractor in Auburn Hills; and guitarist Steve Rockey, who’s retired and residing in Grand Blanc. Webber’s younger brother Craig, the Punks’ original drummer, died five years ago, though another younger brother, Paul, also plays drums.

The Punks were together from 1973-77, inspired by the burgeoning Detroit rock scene of the late ’60s and disappointed when some of the venues and the bands that played in them, including the MC5 and the Stooges, began to disappear.

“We were left going, ‘OK, there’s nothing more for us here. Let’s make our own noise,’” Webber recalls. “We never did play the bars. We couldn’t play cover songs. We started out right from scratch doing original stuff. I don’t think we played a live gig for almost a year after we got going because we had to get enough of our own stuff together.”

Employing some modest costumes and theatrics, the group made some noise in the Detroit metro area, scoring a write-up in Creem magazine and being championed by influential writer Lester Bangs. “Their music was so intense and so strong, and their stage show was so exciting,” remembers onetime Punks manager and booking agent Richard Blondy. “It’s just like the guy said about (the Naughty Bits) on ‘Vinyl’ — they smack you in the face and they get your attention.”

The Punks made their run for national fame during 1977, moving to New York City to play clubs there and talk to record companies. They did get the attention of music biz impresario Danny Fields, who had signed the MC5 and Stooges to their recording contracts years before, and even had an offer to go on tour with the Ramones and Blondie. The deal fell apart, however, when Rockey left the band because of pressures at home, and the Punks were unable to find a suitable replacement.

So the group members returned to day jobs — Kuchon spent time working in the film industry in California — and occasionally got together to play, sometimes under different names, “just to entertain ourselves.” The Punks would have been a footnote save for the Detroit web site MotorCityJams.com, which chronicled the group’s career and helped put out a limited edition CD in 2003 called “The Most Powerful Music on Earth.” It was subsequently licensed by Italy’s Raise Up records for vinyl release in 2005, and some of the tracks made their way onto YouTube and other Internet sites, where “Vinyl’s” music supervisors discovered it and subsequently contacted Kuchon.

And the rest has been history — and possibly a future.

The Punks last played five years ago, before Craig Webber died, but as Alan Webber likes to say, “we never had an official, ‘Well, we’re done.’” A Toronto filmmaker named Bennett Phillips has started working on a documentary about the band, and Webber says if all of this generates more interest in the Punks, “there were other recordings we did — I’ve got tons of material we did over the years.”

“We’ll see what happens,” he adds. “Right now it’s just nice that people are getting to hear (‘My Time’s Comin’ ‘). We never expected anything like this to happen.”.......By Gary Graff, The Oakland Press..............

Tracklist
A1 My Times Comm'n
A2 Chains Of Madness
A3 Darker Side
A4 Drop Dead
A5 Rocks Funeral
B1 No Mercy
B2 Drug Fueled Accident
B3 Sinister Bly
B4 Quick One

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