Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Diodes: Survivors (1982)



While The Diodes created one of the sturdiest power-pop songs in the history of the Great White North, "Tired of Waking Up Tired", nothing else in their catalog quite approaches that height.



It's not that there's not other fine tracks in the band's oeuvre. Their cover of Paul Simon's "Red Rubber Ball" rips, "Teenage Nation" is a fine pop rallying cry and "Jenny's in a Sleep World" makes for a nice, moody ballad. Anyone's who's listened to their albums could name other good tracks but for a lot of us who weren't there at their Toronto club, The Crash n' Burn, back in '77 there's something audibly missing from their studio albums. Of course that something is probably the result of the lack of a sympathetic producer, record label or media outlet in the Canada of their times. If this band had moved to London, England earlier on, their legacy might be even greater then it is now. Of course, speculation now is of limited value, so let's just enjoy what we can with this OUT-OF-PRINT 1982 LP that compiles outtakes from the band's five year career.


A1
Survivors

A2
When I Was Young

A3
Hot Sands

A4
Heat Or The Beat

A5
Lost In The Dark

B1
Burn Down Your Daddy's House

B2
Curiosity Girl

B3
Roses And Thorns

B4
Coma

B5
Play With Fire

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    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?xl12o7nmlhmb8mp

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  2. Thank you very much for this album. Really fantastic.

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  3. Just to agree with Mario - Graet LP cheers!!

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  4. Hey Jeffen

    Enjoying Diodes,Viletones,The Vapids,Teenage Head etc.

    More importantly ... Season 2 of 'Todd And the Book Of Pure Evil'in less than two weeks!

    Doug

    PS I guess you are excited about the new album by Coldplay ... hee ...hee.

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  5. Wow, looks like christmas came a little early this year! One of the best. I always thought they were criminally underrated.

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  6. Really appreciate your recent Canadian oriented posts. This album as you have mentioned is out of print. They have another album called Action/Reaction that is pretty cool as well, its out of print but is available digitally I think. The others you can buy in print.

    Another cool Canadian Punk band that's underrated are The Modernettes. You might enjoy their stuff too.

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  7. @Dave

    Diodes 'Action Reaction' direct from Ralph Alfonso at Bongo Beat Records:

    http://www.bongobeat.com/bongoindex.php

    Modernettes albums direct from Joe at Sudden Death Records:

    http://www.suddendeath.com/

    For interest ... TV version of 'Bloodied But Unbowed'.Still waiting for the DVD release of the full theatrical version.

    http://www.knowledge.ca/program/bloodied-but-unbowed

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  8. @ Doug

    Thanks for those links, the site has some really good album besides Diodes. I am looking forward to the Bloodied But Unbowed DVD.

    I have a blog that focuses on the UK Punk scene, but also the Canadian one as well - I have even interviewed Nick Jones of Pointed Sticks. Its also a weekly downloadable podcast/radio show that you may be interested in.

    revrock.blogspot.com

    Link to the Jone interview: (http://revrock.blogspot.com/2011/03/marching-song-story-of-pointed-sticks.html)

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  9. Thanks so much! .... stacey

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  10. Thanks Diodes fans, I wish I had more rarities for you but everything else(including the recent live set) from the band is in print!


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    Doug
    Glad you're digging the T.O. stuff and thanks for all the links!

    Mr. Suave
    Ho, ho, ho!

    Dave
    Gotta check out that Nick Jones interview.

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  11. heh, good to see these guys get some love. my first exposure to them was being given their first LP by my sister, who was trying to convince me that punk was on the way out and this new wave stuff was the future of music. i fell away from them after action/reaction, but this brings back some memories.

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  12. I love new wave but I;m still not convinced that The Diodes are its prime exemplars.

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