Posted: Nov 28, 2011 1:18 pm
We here at Rerun have two new pieces of 12" vinyl available. Song samples and more ordering info at: www.rerunrecordsstl.com
or order them both from Goner!The Manic Depressives/0:30 Second Flash-split mLP (RERUN #010)
Both bands were the brain child of Larry Holmes who ran the legendary Vinyl Solution record label and the Final Solution fanzine in New Orleans. Beginning in 1979, Vinyl Solution released singles by early punk bands Red Rockers, Shell Shock, Toxin III and other locals, along with the scene defining No Questions, No Answers compilation LP. The vinyl releases are U.S Punk classics, and his Final Solution fanzine was by far, the best documentation of the early New Orleans punk scene. Making sure to cover all angles, Larry put the Manic Depressives together. He choose pals like local loonie Mandeville Mike and members of the Models to fill the line up. The band didn't last too long, but they managed to leave behind a 7"ep and a two compilation cuts of tough, yet melodic speed punk. When the Manic Depressives ended, Larry formed the similar sounding 0:30 Second Flash with another group of friends. They recorded a four song EP and played live a few times, but they were over even faster than the Manic Depressives. The EP was not released as planned, and Larry, like many others got bored with punk when it turned hardcore.
We've collected the complete recordings of both bands on a 45rpm 12". Side one has the Manic Depressives 7"ep and compilation tracks from 1980-1981, while side two is the unreleased 0:30 Second Flash 7"ep from 1981. Pressed in a an edition of 500 copies on black vinyl, housed in a color jacket with previously unpublished photos and liner notes.The Gruberger Brothers-Greetings From Reading, PA LP (RERUN #012)
Jay and Solomon Gruberger were born to play music. They formed the legendary proto-punk/living room band O.Rex in 1973, when younger brother Jay was a mere 12 years old. Future Gizmos lead singer Kenne Highland joined the band for sporadic jam sessions in the Gruberger's Brooklyn home. Beating most punks to the punch, O.Rex managed to release a three song maxi-single on their own Oral Records in late 1976. By that time, Kenne was a member of the Gizmos as well as a full time Marine! Within a few months, Kenne and the Grubergers would meet Kim Kane of the Slickee Boys, and it was this meeting of the minds that would form the Afrika Korps. They immediately set about recording what would become their monster, 22 song debut LP. Music To Kill By was released to great critical acclaim in late 1977, but the Grubergers would soon part ways with the rest of the Korps.
Those who stuck around would drop the Afrika and release a second album. Meanwhile, Solomon and Jay relocated from Brooklyn to Reading, PA and tried to form a new band. Having trouble finding a drummer but determined to keep things moving, in early 1978 they recorded an eight song EP under the name Spike. They took photos for the cover and even titled the EP "90 Miles Per Hour", but the record never made it to press. The Grubergers would continue to record at the same studio over the next couple years but nothing was released from those sessions. Jay would go on to work as a bass player for hire until his tragic death in 1993, and although Solomon continued to play for enjoyment, they never did play their own material for the public after moving to Reading.
It was during the production of Gulcher's O.Rex double CD collection in 2009 that we learned of these recordings. We knew they shouldn't remain unheard, so we collected the Spike EP and the other, unreleased studio sessions from 1978-1980 for an LP that hints at what a second Afrika Korps LP could have sounded like if the Grubergers had stuck around. Mastered from the original tapes, and we even got Kenne Highland to give us his reactions to these recordings! Pressed in an edition of 500 on black vinyl, with full color cover and insert with liner notes.One copy of either LP is: $15.00 U.S. / $18.00 Canada / $25.00 rest of the world
Both LPs shipped together: $25.00 U.S. / $29.00 Canada / $37.00 rest of the world
Paypal to: jason@RerunRecordsSTL.com