The Rave-Ups 1985 debut album “Town + Country,” a classic in the alt-country/cowpunk genre, will get a long-awaited reissue from Omnivore Records on July 8.
As frontman Jimmer Podrasky noted on Facebook, “I wrote the liner notes for this reissue of a record that was an important part of my musical past. More importantly, a ‘lost’ Rave-Ups album is included in this package -- recordings that the band made with Los Lobos' Steve Berlin (and his partner Mark Linnett) and never saw the light of day. Hearing this stuff thirty years later is a real treat and I'm very thankful to Omnivore Recordings for making this possible.”
The Rave-Ups formed in 1979 while Podrasky, a Natrona Heights native, was attending Carnegie Mellon, and, after cutting their teeth in clubs like the Decade and Electric Banana with the other punk bands of the era, relocated to Los Angeles in the early ‘80s.
The band released two albums on Epic Records before calling it quits around 1990. Podrasky, after a long hiatus from the music world, returned with the solo album “The Would-Be Plans" in September 2013 and played his first Pittsburgh show in 24 years in July 2014.
"Town + Country," which has been out of circulation and almost impossible to find for decades, is the jewel of The Rave-Ups discography. This will be its first domestic release on CD. "It was only available on CD via imports...very EXPENSIVE imports," Podrasky says. "I never even owned one. The cool stuff is the unreleased material we recorded with Steve Berlin."
Here is the track listing:
"Positively Lost Me"
"Remember (Newman's Lovesong)"
"In My Gremlin"
"By The Way"
"Not Where You're At (But Where You Will Be)"
"You Ain't Goin Nowhere"
"If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)" (Fun Stuff demo)
"Nine Pound Hammer" (Live on Snap)
"Positively Lost Me" (Live on Snap)
"Train To Nowhere" (Early Version)
"Please Take Her (She's Mine)" (Early Version)
"Mickey Of Alphabet City" (Early Version)
"No No No"
"Blue Carrot" (Early Version)
For more info, go to http://omnivorerecordings.com/music/town-country/