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KILLED BY OHIO; A COMPILATION OF PUNK FROM NE OHIO

I have decided to do some podcasts that are strictly music. This Ohio punk rock theme will be ongoing. Check out what I think is some of the best stuff to come out of Akron, Cleveland, Kent, etc. This is not a definitive collection. Just some awesome tunes. Some are classic and some are forgotten. Continue reading KILLED BY OHIO; A COMPILATION OF PUNK FROM NE OHIO

A TALK WITH PROTOPUNKER JOHN MORTON (ELECTRIC EELS, X_X)

“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)

CHEETAH CHROME RELEASED AN UNSUNG CLASSIC EP IN 1979

This was recorded shortly after The Dead Boys broke up and certainly shares the same energy of Cheetah’s previous work. There’s a slow, cynical and sinister sound to the B-Side “Take Me Home, whereas the A-Side “Still Wanna Die” is all about fast-paced nihilism and self-destruction. Everybody knows about Dead Boys, but this 7 inch has too often been passed over for the more popular stuff. Give these tracks a listen and lets hope that they are remembered as an important part of 1970s Ohio punk rock history.

Luckily Cheetah didn’t end up a rock and roll casualty and still records music to this day. Look for more on him in the near future from Rust Belt Hammer.

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SOME GREAT AND DIVERSE PUNK ROCK FROM OHIO (1975-1980)

Whether it’s Cleveland, Columbus, or beyond. Ohio has brought the world some really unique artists when it comes to punk and proto-punk. Some of the artists have been well documented while other’s still have an aura of mystique, with little information available. It’s the holiday season and I feel like sharing some good music. Check out these tunes to relieve your boredom and rock out all day long. Continue reading SOME GREAT AND DIVERSE PUNK ROCK FROM OHIO (1975-1980)

WHY HAS THE MUSIC FROM OHIO ALWAYS BEEN SO GOOD?

Ohio music is something that is hard to define. It has no distinct sound, as it spans many genres. I don’t believe it’s a well known fact outside of nerdy music circles, but Ohio music has produced some of the best and most original sounds to be heard in modern music. A whole book can be written on the history of music from the buckeye state but I just want to give a brief overview. Continue reading WHY HAS THE MUSIC FROM OHIO ALWAYS BEEN SO GOOD?