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Fringe Benefit
 
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RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  When you think of Capricorn Records, what type of music comes to mind?  Southern Rock, right - Allman Brothers, Sea Level, Marshall Tucker Band et al?  When label head Phil Walden handed the reins over to label co-founder Frank Fenter from the UK (he helped launch the legendary Fleur de Lys career there) to run the label, things changed a bit.  In 1976, a record by British poppers Easy Street was released (they later released a second record on the label and both are well worth seeking out), followed in 1977 by another band of Brit poppers – Fringe Benefit!  Both band’s releases were licensed from Polydor Records in the UK.  The Fringe Benefit LP could eventually be found in every cut-out bin around the US.  We remember seeing the record, but never heard or read anything about the band to risk picking it up.  Flash forward to 2022, and thanks to a phone conversation with IPO’s David Bash who suggested Kool Kat consider re-issuing the LP on CD.  And are we sure glad he did!   “I first heard the very catchy ‘All In Vain’ while recording Hot Chocolate at Morgan Studios.  By the first eight bars, I thought it deserved to be a big hit.” – Mickie Most  “Lovely music John. Will you write one for me?” - Viv Stanshall/Bonzo Dog Band  “Fringe Benefit were a groundbreaking band!  Combine Joe John Jones’ ‘Rod Stewart with a velvet glove’ vocals with some beautifully intelligent, soft quirky melodies, and you get one of the best heretofore criminally forgotten records of the 70’s!  Highlights include the single ‘Darling’, the ‘could have been the ‘Love American Style’-theme, ‘Wanna Be With You’, a wonderful, uptempo version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Suzanne’, and the gorgeous ‘Let A Light Shine’.  You don’t want to miss this one!” – David Bash/IPO  The Kool Kat edition features four previously unreleased, original bonus tracks, which were all recorded by the band around the same time as the original LP.  Kool Kat Musik – preserving pop’s forgotten past one release at a time!  GREAT!!


 
Passengers On Trains
Price: $15.00
Artist: Anthony Meynell
Description:

“Passengers on Trains”, released on CD only in Japan in 1995 (long out-of-print and commanding high $ on sites like Discogs) is Anthonys first solo album (if you count “Hits From 3000 Years Ago” as a Squire album!).  The hard to find album has been remastered from origi ... read more »

Still Anyways
Price: $16.00
Artist: Anyway Gang
Description:

“Still Anyways” is Canadian rock supergroup Anyway Gang’s sophomore album. The band consists of read more »

Joy Of The 4th
Price: $17.00
Artist: Bhopal's Flowers
Description:

Hindu deities dancing in the sky of the American desert, psychedelic cosmic pop hanging by a thread to the star of the shepherd, the music of Bhopal's Flowers seems to point to an unknown but familiar direction: A world where John Wayne and the Virgin Mary drive a convertib ... read more »

Radio Transient
Price: $14.00
Artist: Chris Church
Description:

“Radio Transient” features ten songs in a fresh, sparkling, and propulsive new style for Chris, each framing his renowned melodic instincts, lyrical wit and unmistakable vocal firepower in a giddy new – and irresistible ... read more »

Devil Love
Price: $12.00
Artist: Devil Love
Description:

Devil Love is the end result of singer/songwriter Peter Buzzelle’s quest to front a rhythmically heavy and guitar-driven, melodic “indie rock” band that melds together influences of 90’s alternative rock, 70’s Stones-meets-Z ... read more »

A Big Life
Price: $14.00
Artist: Ed Ryan
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  “A Big Life” is Ed Ryan’s fifth release on the Kool Kat label!  His aim for “A Big Life” was to make a big, fun rock record where, as always, he wrote, played, sang and pro ... read more »

A Colossal Waste Of Light
Price: $14.00
Artist: Eyelids
Description:

Produced by Peter Buck, Eyelids’ 4th full length “A Colossal Waste of Light” does an excellent job of framing the quintet as one of today’s most compelling purveyors of lopsided guitar pop workouts and earworm-la ... read more »

Potpourri Of Harmony (Retrospective) (2CD)
Price: $23.00
Artist: Gary Ritchie
Description:

“Potpourri Of Harmony” is a Limited Edition 2CD collection of songs from Gary’s five solo albums and one track from his rare "Beat The Meatles!" album.  There are 7-9 tracks from each album here. Some are Gary’s personal faves, along with deep cuts, forgotten gems, fan favorites...etc. &nb ... read more »

No Man's An Island
Price: $16.00
Artist: Groovy Uncle
Description:

Despite a (thankfully premature statement), that 2021’s “Searching For The Grown-Ups” would be the last Groovy Uncle album, Glenn Prangnell returns with “No Man Is An Island”, the 10th album release from Groovy Uncle and t ... read more »

13th Floor Renegades
Price: $17.00
Artist: Last Great Dreamers
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!  Last Great Dreamers clearly believe in second chances, as they were once one of those nearly-were band ... read more »

Transmissions From Oblivion
Price: $17.00
Artist: Last Great Dreamers
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!  They reformed in 2016 and this was their first release after doing so – and it was like they ne ... read more »

Crash Landing In Teenage Heaven
Price: $17.00
Artist: Last Great Dreamers
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!  Dogs D'Amour, Quireboys, Cheap And Nasty, Kill City ... read more »

Retrosexual (Expanded)
Price: $17.00
Artist: Last Great Dreamers
Description:

LIMITED STOCK!  Expanded (4 bonus tracks) 2021 reissue of their 1994 debutread more »

Anglesea 1981
Price: $15.00
Artist: Little Murders
Description:

If you don’t know Melbourne’s mod-pop kings Little Murders your life is incomplete.  They were two years into their stop-start career and “Anglesea 1981” captures one of the early line-ups on a New Year’s Eve night in a crammed pub on the Victorian Surf Coast.  There’s a fair sp ... read more »

LMNO3
Price: $15.00
Artist: LMNOP
Description:

Think Like A Key Records’ “Goes DIY” series presents the third album from underground popsters LMNOP (aka Stephen Fievet), cleverly titled “LMNO3”.  In 1983, the first LMNOP album was released, which received good reviews and sparked l ... read more »

Night Of My Times
Price: $14.00
Artist: Marco Busato
Description:

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Marshall Crenshaw
Price: $19.00
Artist: Marshall Crenshaw
Description:

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Magic Sign
Price: $15.00
Artist: Martin Courtney
Description:

“Magic Sign” is the second full-length solo record from Martin Courtney, who’s best known to many as the fron ... read more »

Message To You
Price: $14.00
Artist: Matt Purcell
Description:

Matt Purcell is an Australian songwriter/singer/guitarist who relocated to Ireland in 2014. He has played and recorded with Sydney band Clover in the past.  In 2010, he released his debut album “Matt Purcell & The Blesse ... read more »

Hooligans In The Vestibule
Price: $12.00
Artist: Matweeds
Description:

In 1987, rising from the ashes of The Dogmatics and Stranglehold, Jerry Lehane and Jim Keough inspired by the Faces, and the Mick Taylor-era Stones put together the boozy, bluesy, rocking punk orchestra, The Matweeds.  Along ... read more »

Here Comes Moonlight Parade
Price: $14.00
Artist: Moonlight Parade
Description:

A HUGE thanks goes out to Michael Gagliano (The Sails) for donning his A&R hat to bring UK poppers Moonlight Parade to our attention.  “Here Comes Moonlight Parade”, the first CD release by the band, is a nicely-pr ... read more »

Breathe
Price: $13.00
Artist: Mothboxer
Description:

The musical outlet of Dave Ody with invaluable help from others including, but not limited to, Robbie Burley, Phil Davies and Pat Martyn, Mothboxer has been releasing music since 2007.  “Mothboxer are splendid. &nbs ... read more »

Channel Suite
Price: $12.00
Artist: Papernut Cambridge
Description: On the latest from Papernut Cambridge, Ian Button(frontman and the brains behind all PC releases) is joined on the album by Papernut stalwarts Robert Halcrow, Robert Rotifer (guitar), Darren Hayman and Jack Hayter. Guitars, keyboards and layered vocals are underpinned throughout by simple 808 drum machine patterns – a mix o ... read more »

The Macchiato
Price: $14.00
Artist: Robin Schell
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  “The Macchiato” is the Kool Kat label debut for ex-pat Robin Schell (now living in the UK), a person who’s been around for a while, but has managed to keep a relatively low profi ... read more »

The Last Rock Band
Price: $13.00
Artist: Ryan Allen
Description:

People have been saying “rock is dead” since Kurt Cobain left us. Most of us know that sentiment isn’t true.  Or is it?  Or what if it was?  This is the question at the core of Ryan Allen’s new concept album “ ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #137
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #137
Description:

The late, great Jeff Beck graces the cover: The Jeff Beck Group - Out of The Yardbirds and into an unwelcome pop career. ... read more »

Attack, Sustain, Decay…Repeat
Price: $15.00
Artist: Star Collector
Description:

“Attack, Sustain, Decay…Repeat”, read more »

Stars Like Ours
Price: $12.00
Artist: Stars Like Ours
Description: In the 90’s Boston was filled with great alternative rock bands. Stars Like O ... read more »

The Power Of And
Price: $14.00
Artist: Steve Stoeckel
Description:

For decades, Steve Stoeckel has been penning and performing highlight compositions with The Spongetones, on duo recordings with fellow Spongetone Jamie Hoover, and most recently as part of Pop Co-Op.  Steve’s solo debu ... read more »

Sylvie
Price: $15.00
Artist: Sylvie
Description:

On L.A.’s Sylvie’s debut, chief songwriter Ben Schwab (a member of Drugdealer) brings in the stunning vocals of Marina Allen and Sam Burton to create a holy trinity of Laurel Canyon-esque alternative folk.  Laid back and full of wood-paneled atmosphere, Sylvie is ... read more »

Power Pop Planet (The Lost Tapes)
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Bings
Description:

The story of The Bings' “Power Pop Planet (The Lost Tapes)” is one that we’ve all heard before. These songs on the record were recorded over 40 years ago. The master tapes, seemingly lost forever, were rediscovered in a bedr ... read more »

Lesson One
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Bittersweets
Description: SUPPLY CHAIN ISSUES - NO PRODUCT ON HAND AT T ... read more »

II
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Blusterfields
Description:

With 17 tracks clocking in at under an hour, The Blusterfields’ “II” is really a double album of sorts.  Separated into two blocks of songs, they are two separate entities. The first block of songs (1-9) are un-ashamedly roc ... read more »

Groovy Things
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Cosmic Dropouts
Description:

Norway’s The Cosmic Dropouts will appeal to fans of the rock ‘n’ roll and Garage rock of bands like The Gun Club, The Cynics and more!  Originally released in 1990, “Groovy Things” has been remastered.  “I don’t know if ... read more »

When Red Lights Flash
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Decibels
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Those loveable lads from Sacramento are back with their first new music since 2019’s “Scene, Not Herd”!  The Decibels are almost cicada-like in that when you think you’ve hea ... read more »

Songs from Empty Streets
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Golden Rail
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Melbourne, Australia-based The Golden Rail, who have deep roots in the Perth jangle pop traditio ... read more »

Let It Be That Way
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Grasshoppers
Description:

RELEASE DATE HAS BEEN MOVED TO 4/24!!  60’s Minny-beat nuggets of bouncy bliss!  Along with their Twin City topping cover of “Sugar & Spice” their Kay Bank studio master ta ... read more »

Singing In Your Head
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Laissez Fairs
Description:

The Laissez Fairs have been peddling their brand of maximum Mod Psych since 2014!  John Fallon and Joe Lawless craft the songs with a cracking network of musicians that have included Cromm Fallon, Aaron Archer, and James Bailey.  Together, they climb the ladder of love, devotion and respec ... read more »

September November
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Long Ryders
Description:

“September November” is the first Long Ryders album in four years.  The band helped invent alt-country and Americana.  Recorded in California at producer Ed Stasium’s studio, it was a labor of love for all involved.&nbs ... read more »

My Best Evil Friend
Price: $15.00
Artist: The No Ones
Description:

The No Ones are Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Arne Kjelsrud Mat ... read more »

The Town That Cursed Your Name
Price: $13.00
Artist: The Reds, Pinks and Purples
Description:

Dedicated "to everyon ... read more »

Aces Eights & Heartbreaks
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Shanghai Los
Description: The Shang Hi Los are a Boston-based rock ‘ roll band that features Jen D’Ango ... read more »

Talk Of The Town
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Speedways
Description:

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All The Covers (And More!) (2CD)
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs
Description: After L.A.’s fire-breathing Streetwalkin’ Cheetahs resurrected with a new alb ... read more »

Scraping By
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Tambles
Description:

This quartet hailing from Gouda, Holland, blew our minds with their debut album and now they are back with some more refreshing, energetic and insolent blend of power pop, pub-rock, R&B and rock 'n' roll with their roots in late 60's and early 70's music but with a very personal and contemporary ... read more »

Don't You Wanna Know The Tambles?
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Tambles
Description:

In a musical landscape that can sometimes be bereft of straight-ahead quality rock 'n' roll, Dutch quartet The Tambles continue to cut through like a waft of fresh air with a goal of striking the right balance between the old music they love (The Kinks for one) and a fresh original sound, and are re ... read more »

Blue Sky Sun
Price: $10.00
Artist: The Well Wishers
Description:

18 years and 12 albums in, San Francisco’s The Well Wishers remain a mainstay for well-crafted, hook-laden power pop.  Following the release of 2020’s “Shelf Life”, frontman Jeff Shelton took a brief two-year diversion to exorcise his shoegaze and dreampop demons ... read more »

Holiday Camp
Price: $15.00
Artist: Those Pretty Wrongs
Description:

Having been a foundi ... read more »

Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #62
Price: $10.00
Artist: Ugly Things Magazine - Issue #62
Description:

DUE MID-APRIL – ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!  On the cover are the Petards, one of Germany’s most creative and idiosyncratic bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Also, sunshine pop icon Sandy Salisbury, who talks ab ... read more »

Redrawn - A Tribute To The Pencils (2CD)
Price: $20.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!!  Our love for British poppers The Pencils goes back to the early 80’s when we first bought their UK-only released singles.  In 2012 we released “Anthology”, a 2CD set that featured ... read more »

Things Will Be Different: A Tribute To Little Murders
Price: $15.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Little Murders have been around since 1979 and continue to provide joy to those who have made the discovery. Emerging from the Mod Revival scene in Melbourne and recording singles and EPs whenever the opportunity (and budge ... read more »

The Best Power Pop Of 2021 (3CD)
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

A 62 track, 3CD set curated by Bruce Brodeen (Not Lame/Pop Geek Heaven) supremo that represents his favorite releases from 2021 and offers a chance to hear those that you may have missed the first time around at a ... read more »

You Thrill Me To Pieces – Beat & Pop From The United Kingdom 1963-1966
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

“You Thrill Me To Pieces” is Teensville Record's retrospective at the neglected side of beat and pop music from the U.K in the mid-1960s.  The CD features 34 remastered tracks spanning 1963-1966 and features recordings b ... read more »

Faces From The Dark – Beat and Psychedelia at the Modern Music Centre 1965-1969
Price: $18.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

During the mid to lat ... read more »

Ice Cream Chords
Price: $15.00
Artist: Ward White
Description:

Ward White has gone over. He's gotten attention from the national press, famous musicians and more.  And yet, he's still maddeningly obscure.  Best described as a guy with an extreme tenor singing Joe Jackson songs (with all that entails, which is an awful ... read more »

The Tender Age
Price: $15.00
Artist: Ward White
Description:

Over the last decade, Los Angeles based art-pop songsmith Ward White has delivered a spate of critically lauded albums that defy easy categorization.  Praised for his “superbly lyrical voice” (The New Yorker), and garnering accolades from NPR, New York Magazine, Magnet, CMJ, and many more, his ... read more »