jakson – hey jeff come to bendigo i just want to chat i totally won’t punch you in the head i promise // guillotine
If you’ve had enough of songwriters stretching their compositional muscles, dreaming up pretty arrangements, and trying to sell them to adverts for a commercial, I kindly recommend jackson, the kind of artist so devoted to conceptual art that John Lennon would rush to marry.
jakson is of the belief that rock is about expressing yourself above everything and anything else. And, also, the artist seems to have concluded that rock is a bunch of crap, to begin with. Well, music is not the only thing he hates.
This single is comprised of the artist angrily shouting the names and accumulated fortunes of the world’s billionaires. We’d be inclined to say he’s just a bit jelly, but we’d fear the same retribution he has planned for Jeff Bezos. Instead, we kindly and worriedly feature him on the site.
Channel 3 – I’ll Take My Chances
The 1980s was a strange time for punk rock, the moment the scene truly went underground and underappreciated by the mainstream media. The difficult times helped produce some great music, but you’re unlikely to have heard it before the Golden Age of the Internet unless you were there, or someone had burned you a feedback-ridden cassette of the bands ploughing through their live sets. (I’ve heard bootlegs of the Germs that sound both magical and just like someone learning to play the guitar and sing in real-time).
With that considered, re-releases of classic punk rock material of the age are a welcomed treat. For the most part, these reissues, of which we’ve talked about in the past on Alt77, show bands hungry to express themselves, full of confidence, and developing their songwriting chops.
The same can be said of Channel 3’s I’ll Take My Chances. The band, lead by chief songwriter Mike Magrann, made their name in Los Angeles, California during the 80s, cut a bunch of records, and are still active today. I’ll Take My Chances is a melodic slab of well-written punk rock in the tradition of the Skids or Stiff Little Fingers. The 80s punk-rock scene produced many great songwriters, and we’re fortunate someone had the foresight to create an archive of their works.