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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2009-07-02 12:43 am   Permalink

I have a bunch of free record label promo only posters from back when I worked at a record store from '87 to about '94. They have been in a box up in my garage since I moved to this house in '94. A few weeks back, inspired by the Punk Rock memorabilia thread in beyond tiki, I cracked open the box to see what was inside.

I decided to do a bilge thread of recollections that I have about the album, band, or time period for each poster that I find in the box.

I'm taking pictures of the posters as the came out of the box and they are in no order other than by order of discovery. I have maybe a couple hundred? It's hard to tell because they are all rolled up together.

Here are some of the first ones in a roll I pulled out of the box and photographed:




I have more Zappa Cds than any other artist. I think about 80, give or take. I also have all his original vinyl pressings of all his albums, as well as the Old Masters vinyl reissue boxes. The first album I heard that got me into him was One Size Fits All. I liked the funny album cover with the red couch and slapped a used copy of it on one night at work. By the time the guitar solo from Pajama People was over, I was hooked. After that, I took a long road of discovery of all of zappa's albums. Next one I listened to was Mother's at Fillmore. After that, Overnight sensation, Uncle Meat, Thing Fish, Mothers of Prevention, and Jazz from Hell. My 5 favorite zappa albums would probably be in order: One Size fits All, Bongo Fury, Mother's live at fillmore east,Hot rats, and Live in New York. Honorable mention goes to the not a catalog double live album You Can't do That on Stage any More volume 2.



I don't really remember this album.I saw the Violent Femmes a bunch of times live. I think I saw them this tour at the Sports Arena when they opened for the b-52's.


This was when the Jimi catalog went from WEA to MCA. I have an old import CD of the naked lady cover for Electric Ladyland. It has nasty analog hiss on it, but the cover makes it worth it. I never got any of these reissues because I already had the WB versions. I had to draw the line somewhere. For some reason, I have a few of this poster. I remember taking posters we got and trading them to people. I had a whole second job selling and trading free stuff I got at the store for several years.


There was a time when I really liked New Order, but by the time this album came out, it was past that time for me. I couldn't name one song one this album. I don't think I went and saw them on this tour. I think the Brotherhood tour was the last one that I saw them on. The Lowlife tour was one of my favorite shows of all time.


I think they played with Sugarcubes and Public enemy at the stadium on this album's tour. I'm not really a big U2 fan but I liked Joshua Tree and WAR when they came out. Now I think they're annoying. This was the last album they did that paid any attention to.


I really liked Body Count a lot. I played their first album constantly for a few months after it came out. I saw them when they opened up for Metallica and Gun's n Roses and when they headlined at Iguana's in TJ. For the TJ show, here was a huge El Nino rainstorm and the power went out in Iguana's. they got big cords and ran power in from the nightclub next door. there were barely any lights on and the crowd was standing in about two inches of water on the floor. It ended being a real good show, despite the fact I was constantly worried about being electrocuted the whole time.


there are a bunch of posters I'm finding that I have no idea why I have them. This would be one of them. The only Siouxsie songs I know are Dear Prudence and Cities in Dust. I was never into her. I don't think Siouxse fans even bought this album.


My good friend Kenny used to say: "Crosby, Stills, and Nash minus Young equals shit!" I think I might have seen this tour at the SDSU Open Air Amplitheatre. It's hard to remember all the details of the crappy shows. I might have seen just Crosby stills and nash on a later tour. I just remember being annoyed by Nash and Crosby at some show. The only reason Stills wasn't so annoying was because Nash and crosby were. I don;t even remember Young being there at all...


Cool album cover. i liked them as Dukes of Stratosphere better. I never owned or listened to this album. Took the poster because I liked the cover. Never saw them live.


Old Pink Floyd promo poster. it's tough to choose a favorite Pink Floyd album. They were my favorite band for a long time before I worked at the store. Maybe the Final Cut. Hard choice.



I cannot think of Bob Dylan without singing the Minutemen song "Bob Dylan Wrote Propaganda Songs." No idea why i have this poster. I think I have "Times they are a Changing" and "John Wesly Harding." I had` the greatest hits but got rid of them during one of my many collection downsizings. He's too whiny and mellow for me.


Grant Hart's post Husker Du band. I really liked Grant's first solo album he did on SST where he played all the instruments. Nova mob wasn't even close to being as good as that album or as good as the Huskers were, but they were better than nothing and I never could get into Bob's band Sugar.


Morrissey's one time favorite band. They had a few early singles, an ep, and an album on Rough Trade before this album on Polygram. Those early works were damn good. This album was lame. A total disappointment for me, and early James fan


Buffalo Tom started on an import label I can't recall, then SST, and then went to Beggars Banquet/RCA. They were one of my favorite bands back then. The first album on RCA was one of my all time favorite albums. I saw them live a few times. Grabbed a hand written set list when they played at SoundEFX(Baccanal) with Three Mile pilot. This poster is autographed by them. I can't remember when I got it autographed, but I have a bunch of signed junk from them.

Last one for this post:


No idea why I have this one either? Probably got it for my friend Jeff and never gave it to him. I think this album was produced by David Gilmore of Floyd. Life in a Northern Town is all that I recall of them. I liked that song when my buddy Jeff played it for me, but they were too mellow for me overall.

many more later
Buzzy Out!





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RevBambooBen
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Posted: 2009-07-02 06:54 am   Permalink

that bamboo in the background is perfectly aged.

 
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kingstiedye
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Posted: 2009-07-02 10:56 pm   Permalink

cool stuff buzz. i have a few vintage dead posters, including the first use of a skeleton, and a few rare blues traveler, phish, u2, etc. i'll have to dig 'em out and take some pics. i saw ice-t and body count back in the day. there were about 500 cops there and about 300 fans! i like that zappa poster but not as much as frank on the toilet. i'm a big neil young fan, about 25 shows over the years. i'll take crazy horse, shocking pinks, bluenotes, stray gators, pearl jam, or solo (seen them all with neil) over csny (seen them too).
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Posted: 2009-07-03 12:16 am   Permalink

Buzzy sez: "I have more Zappa Cds than any other artist. I think about 80, give or take. I also have all his original vinyl pressings of all his albums, as well as the Old Masters vinyl reissue boxes. The first album I heard that got me into him was One Size Fits All. I liked the funny album cover with the red couch and slapped a used copy of it on one night at work. By the time the guitar solo from Pajama People was over, I was hooked. After that, I took a long road of discovery of all of zappa's albums. Next one I listened to was Mother's at Fillmore. After that, Overnight sensation, Uncle Meat, Thing Fish, Mothers of Prevention, and Jazz from Hell. My 5 favorite zappa albums would probably be in order: One Size fits All, Bongo Fury, Mother's live at fillmore east,Hot rats, and Live in New York. Honorable mention goes to the not a catalog double live album You Can't do That on Stage any More volume 2."


And this is one of the many reasons we love you Buzz!
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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2009-07-03 12:47 pm   Permalink

I knew KTD was a Zappa fan...You in Da Club too, Squid?


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On 2009-07-02 22:56, kingstiedye wrote:
i saw ice-t and body count back in the day. there were about 500 cops there and about 300 fans!



Hey Bullet! Thanks for joining in...
Here's one of my favorite themed promo items of all time, from the Body Count "Born Dead" album:

The Body Count baby rattle!
Labels used to make all kinds of themed promo items for their bands. At one time I had a Warner Brothers car emergency kit. It had jumper cables, a gas syphon, flares, tire presure guage, a foam mat for car repair comfort, and a custom WEA logo on everything!
When I saw Body Count first time with GnR and metallica, it was in the Murph with about 60,000 fans. When they played Cop Killer, all the fans were flipping off the cops and yelling and screaming at them. No violence ensued, however. The most exciting thing that happend was during Metallica, when one of the banners on stage caught on fire. There were 30 foot high flames running up it and most people thought it was part of the stage show. The fire pretty much burned itself out before it was a big issue and the stage hands quickly extinguished the burning embers. More importantly, the show went on!

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i like that zappa poster but not as much as frank on the toilet.



That Frank on the crapper photo is a classic! I have two or three more Zappa posters in the rolls that I haven't got to yet. In the meantime, here's a RYKO in store sampler CD I have:


Also, a Zappa and Dead CD bin card:

these were from back in the day when CDs came in "longboxes." Then a few years later, the "Ban the Box" grassroots campaign and shoplifters around the world rejoiced as cd were shipped sans the longbox! And those long boxes with printed graphics used to make such neat cassette covers, too.

Hey Bullet! Does this venue look familar to you?(Speaking of the Dead...)



Here I am, fixing breakfast at the Cal Expo shows in 1989:

Wonder if I saw you there?

the next year, 1990 we camped in the grass:

Looks like I was sportin' a free Marlboro hat in that picture. I worked one day a week at a liquor store/deli back then too. I was underage still and kept the liquor store job after I got hired at the record store so I could sell myself booze, and get it at an employee discount. I milked that scenario for about six years. My job at the deli for several years consisted soley of the saturday morning shift, 9-2. We (all my best friends, surf buddies, and bandmates worked there too) used to help ourselves to all the free cigarette promo stuff that was there. I was probably wearing camel shorts and had a Newprt wristwatch on in that picture too. we actually had whole outfits of cigarette promoclothes, and none of us smoked. We looked like big smoking fans.
Back to the DEAD: I remember cleaning out the entire record store's stock of Dead merchandise and selling it in the parking lot in 1990. I had a bunch of "Dead in A Decks" that did real well for me. I sold out of stuff after only walking down one and a half rows of campers. It's how I paid for my whole trip, and a few days after in Berkely as well.

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i'm a big neil young fan, about 25 shows over the years. i'll take crazy horse, shocking pinks, bluenotes, stray gators, pearl jam, or solo (seen them all with neil) over csny (seen them too).



Bluenotes tour was the first time I saw Neil, at the California Theatre, or maybe Golden hall in downtown SD. I think he played an acoustic set and then the Bluenotes set. I probably saw him 10 times after that. I think the best tour I saw was when he played with Social D. I saw that tour in SD at the sports arena and I think at the Greek theatre? can't remember the exact LA venue, but it has grass in the upper level. Is there a place in Costa Mesa like that, if it wasn't the Greek that they played at?

Some more promo posters to end this post with:

Prince Lovesexy: I never was much into Prince. I got this one strictly for resale value later on. I remember at the time a lot of people really went crazy for this album cover. Right about the time this album came out, bootleggers were making the Blackalbum on vinyl like crazy. I used to be the bootleg buyer at the store for many years. the bootleg seller guys would show up on their regular day, usually about once every two weeks. They'd use the wink wink signal with me and a few minutes later I'd be in the back alley digging through a car trunk, or sitting in a motorhome, pulling out bootleg vinyl we'd want. The Blackalbums went like crazy. I probably sold 20 a month for close to a year.


Meat Puppets Mirage on SST: this poster is thrashed because it hung in one of our "jam rooms." I think this one hung in this basement we rented from some hippies in Vista. We paid $100 a month for a underground room in an old house in the sticks of Vista. They hippy guys used to give us a good deal because we'd always bring females and booze to practice. We fixed up the basement into three rooms. One was where we played, one was a lounge with couches and a tv, and the third room we made was an indoor hockey rink. We used to spend a lot of time there. definitely got our money's worth. We even had parties and shows there too. One of the parties was a crossdressing party with us and another band, and it made a couple segments on a Blockhead skate video that came out in the early 90's.


Let's Active? The only explanation for why I have this is that I got it for my friend Jeff and never gave it to him. He liked Let's Active because he was a REM freak and Mitch easter of Let's active produced some early REM stuff. They had one semi hit, Every word means no.


This Lloyd Cole poster must have been for Jeff too. Jeff was a good friend of mine, indy record collector, and fellow musician. He met a girl at JC one day and dropped his whole former life for her in an instant and became a married with kids, had to get a real job dude. I wore a Minutemen Roar of the Masses could be Farts tshirt when I was the best man at his wedding. His wedding was probably the last time i saw him. He's in a band called 17th pygmy now, which used to be 17 pygmys , but if they use that name then the 17 pygmy guys not in 17th pygmy will sue them.
I don;t remember ever selling a Lloyd cole album. He must have had a big following in England. Or maybe somewhere...



I think this poster does a good job of illustrating the randomness of all the poster that I have. I really do have some more interesting stuff than this.

Feel free to ad any recollections that any of these bands, posters,or comments inspire.

Buzzy Out!




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"Buffalo Tom started on an import label I can't recall, then SST, and then went to Beggars Banquet/RCA. They were one of my favorite bands back then. The first album on RCA was one of my all time favorite albums. I saw them live a few times. Grabbed a hand written set list when they played at SoundEFX(Baccanal) with Three Mile pilot. This poster is autographed by them. I can't remember when I got it autographed, but I have a bunch of signed junk from them."



Buffalo Tom?!? Are you kidding me, no way did I ever expect to find them on this web site. Ok I am impressed. Anyway, probably my favorite band of all time. Saw them last year on a road trip I had to Chicago. Thanks for this post. My faith in real music has been restored.





 
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Posted: 2009-07-03 1:48 pm   Permalink

buzzy, i went to every show the dead played at cal expo. i probably saw you and thought "look at that punk with the ringo hairdo wearing all that cigarette shit".
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Posted: 2009-07-03 2:38 pm   Permalink

i found a few. i have some more older ones but they are in tubes, inside a box, in the garage rafters. i've already wasted enough time fooling around today though!




autographed by original band members. scored this through their fan club.

amazing show! john fogerty and neil young both played with the dead. carlos santana played with los lobos.

first use of a skeleton by the dead. art by wes wilson. i've had this one so long i don't even remember where i got it.

incredible free show in '80 at william land park: muddy waters and sippie wallace headlined!
a very young robert cray played too.



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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2009-07-03 3:36 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-07-03 13:26, dewey-surf wrote:

Buffalo Tom?!? Are you kidding me, no way did I ever expect to find them on this web site. Ok I am impressed. Anyway, probably my favorite band of all time. Saw them last year on a road trip I had to Chicago. Thanks for this post. My faith in real music has been restored.



Hey Dewey-Surf:
Big Buffalo Tom fan here!
Here is some more Buffalo Tom stuff I acquired over the years:
set list from the SoundEfx club show:


I have few promo albumflats from this album:

The front was usually a 12" x 12" glossy reproduction of the album cover with the back being a matte paper with other graphics on it for store display purposes:

the label would usually send about 20 flats and 5-10 posters for most releases

I was mistaken previously, the import label they were on was after SST. Here's the Situation 2 12" for BirdBrain, autographed:


Another 12" on Beggars banquet in the back, with the five albums I have by them in front:

I have promo posters for most of these albums to post later on

Import CD singles pt 1


Import Cd singles pt 2, and a RCA promo instore comp they were on:


And finally, a 7" on atlantic/Beggar's Banquet, printed at Independent Project Press:

IP press was located in the Nate Starkman & son building. It's an old brick building somewhere in LA. It's been in the background of dozens of movies. Once you recognize it, you notice almost as often as that big donut in LA based movies. At one time, there was a record label in that building called Nate Starkman & Sons. They had all their stuff printed at IP. I was in a band that had two albums on that label. long before that, I was aware of IP because Camper Van Beethoven started out on Independent Projects Records, which was located at the Nate Starkman and Sons building. They also printed a lot of show flyers, and a bunch of stamps and crazy stuff for bands like Savage Republic. One of the dudes in Savage Republic ended up producing the two albums on Nate starkman and managed us as a band for a time. I have a big pile of crap from IP because I dug a bunch of stuff out of their trashcans when I went up there. I was also on their mailing list forever and they used to send me a bunch of crap. It was all on this cool rough industrial cardboard with a neat-O printing job like this single:


In the middle it says graphic design by Bruce Licher:

He was THE IP guy.

So that's my story about Nate Starkman and Sons, IPR, Bruce Licher, and some Buffalo Tom stuff...

Buzzy Out!



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Bay Park Buzzy
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Posted: 2009-07-03 3:39 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2009-07-03 14:38, kingstiedye wrote:
i've already wasted enough time fooling around today though!




I hear you on that one!

Thanks for sharing them posters. Robin Williams and Journey on the same bill too!

Buzzy Out!
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Posted: 2009-07-03 3:59 pm   Permalink

Awesome collection. I use to have a ton of stuff but it disappeared throughout my years in college. I took a year off between high school and college and worked in a record store back in '91-'92. Every inch of my dorm room... and just about every other dorm room on my floor was covered with my posters and record flats. Of my stuff was obviously less extensive cuz I only worked there for a year. In other words, the second floor of my dorm looked like a Lalapalooza festival. Rollins Band, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Social D, Beastie Boys, etc.

I remember pulling up to the dorm and unpacking... I brought box loads of stuff. I was passing it out to everyone.

Wish I still had a few of those promo's.


 
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Posted: 2009-07-03 7:49 pm   Permalink

Very nice collection Buzzy. Did you pick up 'Three Easy Pieces' by Buffalo Tom yet? There are 3 or 4 real gems on that. I even heard rumors they are going to back in studio for another album soon.

 
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Posted: 2009-07-03 7:55 pm   Permalink

Buzzy,
That collection is insane.
Definitely cover those with plastic or frame them.


 
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Posted: 2009-07-03 9:29 pm   Permalink

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On 2009-07-03 19:55, Unga Bunga wrote:
Buzzy,
That collection is insane.



You have no idea!

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Well here is my tribute. Quite possibly the most influential band in my life, included in the scan are three ticket stubs from my college days, when I had the honor to see the Mats! The Replacements to be exact. Autographs obtained a few doors down from the Cabaret Metro Chicago, circa 1991.








 
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