Trouser Press Thursdays – August 1979

I’m apologizing in advance: I’m getting an endoscopy later today (the day I’m writing this), so I’m hangry and thirsty and it may effect my attitude while writing this weeks review. Hopefully in a good way, because we all know my writing and opinion is shit.

Good thing I’m not getting a colonoscopy.

Anyways, this issue was ok. More bitching about Devo (what’s new?), decent article about The Cars (or as Boston Steve would say, The Cahs), and some okay bits and pieces. Raving Faves finally answers the “best non-disco erotic song” question and there’s a contest for all you Clash fans.

And once again, if you would like to read any of these articles, please visit

I was going to listen to Candy-O while working on this post, but I didn’t want to be reminded that I can’t eat until after the procedure.

So lets take a hungry trip back to the summer of 1979……

And we have Bram Tchaikovsky for the inside cover front advert this month. I listened to this album – it was okay. Definitely better than some of the other albums I’ve listened to lately (I’m talking to you Fabulous Poodles). Since I’ve started reading and reviewing these magazines, I’ve been trying to listen to as many albums as I can after reading about them because I’m always on the lookout for a new old album I haven’t heard before. And you would think it would work out great, because the majority of my favorite bands/albums/music-styles are from this period. But goddamn – I’ve listened to some boring-ass shit that all sounds the same. I would be pissed as a music consumer and record buyer back then after spending my hard-earned money on an album to find out it sounded like the last ten albums I bought.

Anyways, rant over. Good job, Bram Tchaikovsky!

Ooooh! Here’s something exciting – John and Yoko crawled out from behind their rock and decided to speak to the public and their fans.

Via an ad in the LA and NY Times.


But because I’m a dork with a subscription, I went ahead and found their full-page ad for you.

You’re not welcome.

Lots of interesting tidbits in the “Fax ‘n’ Rumours” section of the magazine this month. Fun fact: Dynasty has one of my favorite KISS songs on it and it’s not “I Was Made for Loving You”. Can you guess what it is?

So wait a minute…..we can either have Graham Parker and the Rumour or the Rumour without Graham Parker? This really is a Free Subscriber Album Thunderdome this month. Although I like “Local Girls” (who doesn’t?), Wave does have my favorite Patti Smith song and it’s produced by Todd Rundgren, and we ALL know how much I like albums produced by Todd Rundgren.

Assorted letters from the letter section. I did laugh at the “Buddy Holly and the Crickets Live at Budokan” joke 🙂

I second the “Congrats” to everyone who did NOT pick “Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus” for their favorite non-disco erotic song. I do agree with them about that bass/guitar line in “Train Kept a Rolling” and I think “Whole Lotta Love” is a decent choice (but make sure you cum before “Living Loving Maid” starts), but I was seriously disappointed with the rest of the picks, especially those assholes that picked “Judy in Disguise”. Really? That song would have been my answer for the “Best songs to make you blow your fucking brains out to” question.

This is one of those situations where I wish I could go back in time and tell them, “Dude, believe me – BE HAPPY THAT GARY LEFT THE BAND!”

Why does The Ox always look like Pete’s evil twin?

Here’s a side note (because this ad just reminded me of it):

When you listen to songs on the Spotify app, sometimes it shows a little video while the song is playing. Whomever did the one of Nick Lowe’s “Jesus of Cool/Pure Pop for Now People” album is brilliant, because it rotates all six photos of him from the album cover.

I even made it into a GIF! You’re welcome.

God, Danny Elfman is looking rough!

I do dig Emo Charles Nelson Reilly on the left though.

And here’s yet ANOTHER article about Akron, Ohio bands that hate Devo.

Yeah I’d be pissed too if I looked like the Akron version of Jeremy Piven.

Don’t get me started on Akron Mick Ronson and Akron Dee Dee Ramone.

Here’s some more Akron band hater-aide for Devo:

Once again, if you’d like to read the entire article, please visit

N.W.A. was right – fuck the Police!

Yay! Another mention of the Temple City Kazoo Orchestra! But I don’t think that Plate Full of Kazoos album was ever released, because I’ve NEVER seen it or heard of it until now. But if you have it or can vouch for it’s existence, please let me know.

I actually like Duty Now for the Future better than Are We Not Men? I’m really curious to see what they think about the next three Devo albums, but I’ll be good and not read ahead.

And now here’s the most truthful record review of all time:

Goldmine is still around, right?

And we have The Cars and Candy-O on the inside back cover and Devo with Duty Now on the back cover. Now I may be no magazine editor, but wouldn’t you put the color ad on the back cover to save costs and then put the black and white ad on the inside? I mean, you already have The Cars on the front cover. But whatever – I’m just some shit writer reviewing 42 year-old magazines on a blog with three readers (if that.)

So that’s it for the August 1979 issue of Trouser Press. I’m curious to see what the Fall brings us with the September issue. Not the band, The Fall, but you know what I mean.

Wish me luck on my endoscopy! I’ll need to be in tip-top shape to stomach all of the upcoming Devo hate and to digest all of The Who ass-kissing.

See you in September!

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