Monday, June 26, 2006

NOT the film starring Judge Reinhold & Fred Savage


John Berenzy Group "Vice Verses"

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So this one comes courtesy of my brother MOIK. Seems MOIK had heard this song a few times on a radio show in Klamath Falls, OR called the Retro Lounge (of which i have a sweet t shirt of, thanks!). "Vice Verses" came off a 70s punk compilation called 'Killed By Death 3" and according to MOIK is a "weird punk tribute to miles davis. john berenzy was trying to explore the sonic possibitities of the travis bean (aluminum neck) guitar in that song. lee ranaldo (of sonic youth) also did a lot of experimenting with the travis bean guitar. as you can see it has an distinct, unusual sound. and let's face it - there's a lot of guitar noodling on that song for a so-called punk song."

According to johnberenzy.com, Berenzy is a self taught musician form New York City who played on the CBGB scene in the 70s with Patti Smith, Television et. al.He was an accomplished guitarist that one writer described as "John Lennon being introduced to Jimi Hendrix by Lou Reed". Well okay, the song is cool, but let's relax there, chief.

So enjoy 4 minutes of punk guitar renaissance noodling!


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