Friday, February 18, 2005

Ex-Dead Teenager & Black Mountain

Prior to Stephen McBean and Joshua Wells' involvement with the underappreciated touring troubadours Jerk With A Bomb and just after the demise of Gus, the two were members of Ex-Dead Teenager, a post-punk mish-mash of disco beats, synthesizer and tremolo-clipped guitar that pre-dated much of the revivalist stuff that would climb above-ground a couple of years later (much of it in the region, such as Hot Hot Heat, Radio Berlin, The Detroit Deathwatch and The Red Light Sting with close ties to the group). Victims for being either too ahead of the curve, or too unconcerned to care, probably the latter, the group put out two self-released cassettes (appeared on the infamous Go! compilation, which featured Danko Jones, the worst Filipino in modern rock music) and faded into the background, spoken of highly in certain areas in BC, the releases and videos of the band coveted by nerds such as myself. The song below is from the second self-released cassette, passed on to me by my friend Rick O'Dell.*

Ex-Dead Teenager - Bon Scott.mp3

And now the zeitgeist has caught up to Stephen McBean's current position on the astral plane, as lead songwriter for Black Mountain and Pink Mountaintops, both. Below's an unreleased Black Mountain track, and no, it's not a Judas Priest cover.

Black Mountain - Tyrant.mp3UNRELEASED



* Ex-Dead Teenager also spawned S.T.R.E.E.T.S. and Mercury The Winged Messenger.

6 comments:

pinder said...

aww, i'm getting 404 errors

Low's Stories Big and Tall said...

That Black Mountain song is quite epic, thanks...

Anonymous said...

the link is broken. c'mon, watts, aren't you suppose to be pro?

Anonymous said...

always errors with that server it seems, eh watts? nice one, i saw them and they were mindblowing. you have video? i need that, hook me up. xo balogh

tracy said...

dear jay watts III:
your blog is part of my morning routine. i eat burnt toast and drink weak tea and do the morning internet rounds, which consist of your blog, my hotmail, and various news sites.
but you have not updated your blog in 5 days now. what are you trying to do to me? huh? i depend on my routine, but it's been five days now since i've had my fix. there's this large gaping whole within me. fill it, jay watts III. goddamnit make things better. update your blog and make a girl happy.

Anonymous said...

would you mind putting up the tracks again, because i never had the chance to download them even, tho i tried.

thanks in advance!