MYSTERY SONG #1 SOLVED!
NO TREND “TEEN LOVE”
Is Mystery Song #1 by the Crap Detectors? You tell me
About 15 years ago, before the BTX reissue of it came out, someone taped me the then-super rare Crap Detectors Victims of The Media LP. But on that cassette, just before that LP started, was the below unlabeled song and I have never known- or taken the time to figure out- what the heck the name of this song was or who did it. It’s a pretty good, post-punky, depressing track with some hypnotic guitar noise. The long tale told during the song climaxes with a car crash. Most of the lyrics lot are voiced-over and are not even sung at all. It’s about 6:30 in length, which is well past the attention span of those of us who are used to and prefer songs under 2:36, but it moves along nicely.
It could well be a mid-to-late 80’s song by the Crap Detectors but I have not taken the time to listen to anything past their first LP from 1980 so I am not familiar with most things they did. It is “Teen Love” by No Trend- thanks for solving this mystery, Bruce! So I thought, why not post it to the blog and see if any of you sleuths out there can tell me who this is and any other details about the song (what record it’s from, year, etc). The people who regularly visit the site are an intelligent and well-rounded lot of folks with a deep knowledge of KBD-ish obscurities based on the fact that you all have helped eliminate very rare stuff off of my want list over the years (and especially this past Summer- thanks again!).
Give it a listen, and post a comment and help me out if you can with any info. Thanks in advance.
MYSTERY SONG #2
This great comp is the home of Mystery Song #2
While we’re on the subject of mystery tracks, in very late 2001 Chuck Warner put out a great CD-R comp called Stragglers #1 that gathered together tracks that were added on to revised editions of his H2D-related comp series (H2D, Homework, Messthetics and Teenline). As a bonus, though, were some tracks NOT on any of his other great alphabetically-arranged volumes from various series. One of these tracks was the Ducky Boys ‘ supremely thuggy “Mercenary”- blown away was me! It was supposed to be on a planned “Letter D” volume of HypedToDeath (#71, perhaps?) but the big lawsuit happened a year later in 2003 and that kinda put an end to the initital incarnation of Chuck’s label. The Stragglers #1 comp also introduced me to Nick Pagan, as “You Are Nothing” was included, and it was another standout track. I digress; to my point- Stragglers had a mystery track from an unlabeled cassette that he unearthed in a trash can at Boston’s legendary Rat club in the early 80’s. It’s a great catchy, melodic-yet-driving song, and I wonder if 10 years later, now that a large amount of musical knowledge has been shared over the information superhighway, if anyone now knows who the hell it is. Again, any info would be appreciated on this song too- thanks.
Mystery Song2 (“Keep Thinking of You”??) (From Stragglers #1 comp CD-R)
And here’s Chuck Warner’s original liner notes about this song: