"Bubbling with high spirits which no Broadway theatre can bottle up, Ray Bolger was using all of New York as his stage to conduct a cockeyed Cook's tour and evoke a rollicking song from his new musical, 'All-American'"- a 1962 article about Ray's second last Broadway show, 'All-American', titled 'Bolger Breezes Up'
📷: Ray and Annette Funicello rehearsing for 'Babes In Toyland' (1961)♡
"You got this thing that really makes me hot
You got a lot × more when you get caught
You got this thing that follows me around
You fuckin' bitch well, I hope your insides rot
You see the stars through eyes lit up with lies
You got your stories all twisted up in mine
You got this thing that follows me around
You were born with glue instead of spine
26 years ago today, Babes in Toyland released their 2nd album "Fontanelle". Produced by Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, this album was a departure from the sound of "Spanking Machine" stereotypical to punk rock at the time. Fontanelle called for a much darker, heavier, atmospheric sound that was unheard of. Lyrically, Kat Bjelland was writing more personal songs too disturbing to classify Babes in Toyland as "riot grrrl". The album also saw Kat at her singing apex, showing improvement in voice control × the debut of her iconic shriek. "Fontanelle" also saw the replacement of Michelle Leon with long-term bassist Maureen Herman, who helped provide the album's dark soundscape with deeper basslines. I can't decide between this or "Spanking Machine" as my 2nd favorite Babes in Toyland album, but it's still their magnum opus. 1'a the best/darkest albums I've ever heard in my life. If you're a fan of early '90s punk rock, I highly recommend this classic. | Top 3 Favorite Tracks: 3.) "Won't Tell", 2.) "Handsome & Gretel", 1.) "Bruise Violet" | #BabesinToyland#Fontanelle#KatBjelland#MaureenHerman#LoriBarbero#PunkRock
“Sonic Youth welcomed indie filmmaker Dave Markey+his 8mm camera during a European tour in 91, the resulting document was a snarky rockumentary titled 1991: The Year Punk Broke. Released in 92, it marked a turning point in rock, when some veteran East Coast indie-punkers+a new breed of West Coast grunge-rockers crossed into mainstream America.
Markey tagged along w/Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon (bass), Thurston Moore (guitar), Lee Ranaldo (guitar), Steve Shelley (drums) as they hit a string of summer festivals in the UK+Europe. Nirvana, Dinosaur Jr., +Babes in Toyland were among the opening acts. As a fanzine publisher (he put out We Got Power! in the early '80s) +drummer for L.A. punk bands. Markey was already well acquainted w/most of the musicians on the tour.
Despite the raw, low-budget quality of the footage+the shaky camera work, the film's appropriately sarcastic commentary came across as cool+confident upon its initial release. It was more of an amusingly choppy tour documentary than a film w/a heavy-handed message. Armed w/ a cheap microphone+recorder, frontman Moore turned out to be the main character of the film. He's a freestylin' spazz, a smartass w/a cutesy manner of mouthing off. He's a philosopher w/a bad haircut, slacker social critic who genuinely can't stand the encroachment of commercial media into the indie underground.
Most of The Year Punk Broke shows Moore+his mates on stage rockin' out on fan favorites like "Teen Age Riot" or "Kool Thing"-sometimes hilariously out of tune. It's great, raw stuff, aimed mostly at dedicated fans, But it's hard for viewers unfamiliar w/Sonic Youth+their pals to miss the point that these are very anti-rock-star rockers.
Gordon mocks Madonna's tour doc Truth or Dare. Viewers catch the casual, lighter side of Nirvana, too. Cobain dances like a tipsy kid w/Moore +Gordon in the opening scene, Dave Grohl+Novoselic clown around backstage, spraying wine+tossing brie+grapes at each other. Moore tends to interview (bother) young fans w/questions about music-“Do u see rock as youth culture when youth culture becomes monopolized by big biz what are the youth to do-?” The smiling fan shrugs...” The Ꮍear Ꮅunk Ᏸroke 💡🖤🌹🔪
Today's pick: Babes in Toyland - Fontanelle (1992)
Fontanelle is the second, and most commercially successful, album from the Minneapolis band. Produced by guitarist Kat Bjelland and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, Fontanelle delivers Babes in Toyland’s signature metallic, abrasive fury. This record is full of tension, chiefly characterized by Bjelland’s vocal stylings, moving from soft, tongue-in-cheek cooing to bellowing snarls over the course of single lines. Finding a home somewhere in between punk rock and grunge, Babes in Toyland offer up a sound all their own, and Fontanelle is the record that best captures it. •
Our copy is the 1992 UK Southern Records release on red translucent vinyl. Media is NM and sleeve is VG+/NM- with just the slightest bit of wear, but no bends or ringwear. Available for $30