Posted: Sep 24, 2014 5:53 pm
Ships approximately October 10th (vinyl is already in). Get some from Goner or buy them here: http://www.spacecaserecords.com/shop/the-klitz-sounds-of-memphis-7-ep
"The Klitz were Memphis punk ground zero." -Ross Johnson
Recorded by ALEX CHILTON and SAM THE SHAM in one three-hour blast in the summer of '78, Sounds of Memphis is the first archival Klitz release. Widely regarded as Memphis' first punk band and championed by JIM DICKINSON, The Klitz featured GAIL ELISE CLIFTON (vocals), LESA ALDRIDGE (of Big Star's Third fame on guitar), AMY GASSNER (bass) and MARCIA CLIFTON (drums). The Klitz existed from '78 to '80. They fizzled out after Lesa left Memphis and moved to New Jersey. They never released any material during their initial lifespan. This is the group's first archival release. It's what you'd expect: lo-fi and raw. This is limited to a one-time pressing of 500 copies. It'll never be repressed. This is a real Midtown Memphis gem; fans of Sherbert-era Chilton and The Panther Burns will likely eat this up.
On a personal note, this 7" took almost a year to complete. The groundwork necessary for this release -- making sure the parties involved approved, working out the Klitz's history, finding a window for its release, etc. -- was a lot of work. (I also completed a comprehensive Klitz history in Razorcake #80 with Gail Elise Clifton.) Anyway, I hope everyone enjoys it. Big thanks is due to Ross Johnson, Gail Elise Clifton and the Chilton Estate for their help and kindness.
Memphis maven Jim Dickinson on the Klitz: