“Agitated” by Electric Eels is hands down one of the most important punk rock songs of all time. I put it in my top ten, maybe even top five. Nobody else was making those brash, snotty, abrasive sounds. Another Rust Belt city, Detroit, had The Stooges and MC5 but the Eels were something different. They were distinctly Cleveland. John and Dave E created something that is one of a kind. Later John did X_X. This is his story. Continue reading A TALK WITH PROTOPUNKER JOHN MORTON (ELECTRIC EELS, X_X)
On this episode we discuss!
-The influence of Velvet Underground on Cleveland
-Craig’s early 70s band, Mirrors
-Rocket From The Tombs
-Dead Boys or Pere Ubu, which do you like better?
-Early rock and roll radio
-Trying out for an unknown Michael Bolton’s band
-Moving to New Haven, CT, and forming Saucers
-Electric Eels, x_x, and John Morton
-Peter Laughner and his legacy
-Hanging out with Lester Bangs
-The Cleveland 70s rock scene and bands of the era
-proto punk? what?
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“Cleveland Confidential” was made in 1982, a year before I was born. This recording has always been shrouded in mystery for me, letting my imagination run wild. A few months ago, I decided to write about “Cleveland Confidential” for Rust Belt Hammer. As a follow up, I recently interviewed Mike Hudson of the Pagans about the classic releases and Cleveland punk rock life from that time period. Continue reading CLEVELAND CONFIDENTIAL (A RETROSPECTIVE INTERVIEW WITH MIKE HUDSON)
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