Razorcake Podcast #762 with When Horns Are Okay 10: Deep Divin’ Down the Horn Hole with Ethan and Todd

Jan 28, 2022

I think it’s fair to say Ethan and I underestimated ourselves. Months ago, we thought Horns 10 would be our skronky swan song.

I didn’t really think of how much music I listen to on a daily basis—around thirty hours during a regular week. Yet, I’m still surprised to find records—that I own and have listened to hundreds of times—over a year into this dumb/fun/stupid/great project which have at least one song with a horn in it. My ear’s become more horn-attuned in the process. I’ve got a mess of post-its near my computer with reminders of what to play in upcoming episodes.

As mentioned in the podcast, we’re actively assembling a playlist for Horns 13, so you’re stuck with us for the foreseeable future. Whomp, whomp.

And with that, the notes:

When tracking down songs, I often stumble on some trivia.

I had no idea “Needle in a Haystack,” the G.B.H song Ethan played, was a cover. It was written by two long-time Motown songwriters Norman Whitfield and William Stevenson, originally performed by the Velvelettes.

Pointed Sticks were the first Canadian band signed to the U.K.’s Stiff Records, but at a time when the label was going through financial problems. Stiff ended up never releasing an album by the band.

Gexa X produced “Holiday in Cambodia” for Dead Kennedys and “Lexicon Devil” for the Germs. That made perfect punk sense. But then he also produced “Bitch” by Meredith Brooks, which was a mega-hit in the ’90s. Ethan swore I’d heard the song before. He was right, but I thought it was by Alanis Morrisette.

In another soul music connection, The Flying Lizards’ “Money (That’s What I Want),” was co-written Motown founder Berry Gordy. What I think are horn sounds could totally be something else, like a sound played backwards. But then Ethan boldly stated, “Fuck it. It’s our podcast. We can play what we want.”

Let’s end with that bold pronouncement.

–Todd Taylor

The Strike, “Shots Heard ‘Round the World,” Shots Heard ‘Round the World LP (Victory)
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F.U.2, “Star in the Street,” Punk Rock LP(1-2-3-4 Go!)
G.B.H, “Needle in a Haystack,” A Fridge Too Far LP (Rough Justice)
Diodes, “Madhouse,” Released (Artoffact)
Pointed Sticks, “No Use for You,” Perfect Youth LP (Quintessence)
Roxy Music, “Editions of You”, For Your Pleasure LP
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Las Hiedras, “Sin Tu Amor,” Contradicciones LP (Self-released)
God Equals Genocide, “Doesn’t Work for You,” It Wasn’t Made for Us 7”EP (Razorcake / Recess)
Shark Toys, “No Escape,” Labyrinths LP (In The Red)
Solid Attitude, “PPB,” Lumpy Records Halloween Cassingle CS (Lumpy)
Lysol, “Soup for My Family,” Soup for My Family LP (Feel It)
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Black Randy & The Metrosquad, “San Francisco, Pass the Dust, I Think I’m Bowie LP (Dangerhouse)
Geza X And The Mommymen, “I Hate Punks,” You Goddam Kids! LP (Final Gear)
Weirdos, “Big Shot,” Destroy All Music LP (Bomp!)
Stiv Bators, “Crack Boom Bam!” L.A. Confidential LP (Bomp!)
Johnny Thunders, “She’s So Untouchable,” So Alone LP (Real)
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Mummies, “Shake,” Party at Steve’s House LP (Pin Up)
The Flying Lizards, “Money (That’s What I Want),” Self-titled LP
Coach, “Skind,” Self-titled, (Self-released)
Naked Raygun, “Farewell to Arms,” Over the Overlords (Wax Trax!)
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The Pine Hill Haints, “The Col’s Last Mardi Gras,” Smoke LP (Arkam)