Tuff Darts - Tuff Darts! - Sire - SRK 6048 - 1978 New York's Tuff Darts was one of the early cohort of CBGBs "underground" bands in the mid-70s, first appearing on the 1976 Live at CBGBs album alongside bands like Mink Deville and the Shirts. By the time they recorded their 1978 LP for Sire they had lost their original frontman, the charismatic and immensely talented Robert Gordon. If the new guy (Tommy "Frenzy" Frenesi) couldn't quite fill those shoes, the resulting album is nevertheless a compelling and rather under-appreciated chunk of rock and roll. At any rate, it played a big role in my life as an adolescent and I find it still works on me today. Like many such recordings, I doubt it sounds very "punk" to most people nowadays (whatever that means... in those days, skinny ties and an arch attitude could do it, and it was certainly good enough for me.) Anyhow, it sure was "punk" to my 14 year old punk rock obsessed self. I was sold the minute I heard "(Your Love Is Like) Nuclear Waste" on Doctor Demento. Seriously, that song was tailor-made for my sensibility. It ran constantly through my head, which meant I walked around dodging bullies silently mumbling it to myself along with other songs like "Homicide" and "Sonic Reducer." All my pretend bands I tried to have in high school played it. It was my "jam," if I'm using that term properly. It spoke to me. The rest of the album was largely overshadowed by the one song at the time, though I certainly took the lesson of "Rats" to heart as well. ("Some people aren't people, some people are rats..." Boy, aren't they though?) But the full LP has a lot to offer, by turns silly, faux-cerebral, and simply classic. They managed to squeeze out two genuine rock and roll anthems, "My Guitar Lies Bleeding in My Arms" and "All for the Love of Rock and Roll." A cover of the latter (a year earlier) somehow wound up on the Ram Jam album that had "Black Betty" on it. I had that album too, and just thought, you know, all the good bands must play that song. It sounds like KISS wishes they sounded like. I should try to learn it someday. notes: -- Playlist of the album on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhgMDoFgrPI&list=OLAK5uy_lPQ747HITnxtBwF1GOYysG47A1Oq7Knso&index=1 -- "All for the Love of Rock and Roll" w / Robert Gordon, from the Live at CBGBs album: https://youtu.be/381hvkh4vj4 -- discogs: https://www.discogs.com/Tuff-Darts-Tuff-Darts/master/179934 #music #records #vinyl #vinylcollector #minds

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