Randy Stodola is the driving force behind the Alley Cats. The Alley Cats dominated the first wave of punk, and hailed from Los Angeles, CA. The Alley Cats released two records before they changed their name to the Zarkons. The Zarkons also released two albums. Randy Stodola played guitar, sang, wrote, and produced all of the Alley Cats and Zarkons records. Randy is a bad ass guitarist, and one of punks’ most articulate lyricists. His lyrics are tainted with psychedelic concerns. After a 20 year retirement, he is now back and better than ever. If you can, go see the Alley Cats live.
The interview will appear in full in Issue#3.
The following is an excerpt from Issue #2’s interview with Cherie Currie from the Runaways. The full interview and Issue#2 can be purchased here: http://www.storenvy.com/products/6668737-teenage-news-2
Before the Runaways were a movie they were a band coined up by the Lord of Garbage, Kim Fowley. The Runaways were five young girls playing, singing, and releasing studio albums on Mercury Records in the 1970’s. Cherie Curie was the lead singer in the Runaways, and is now touring and preparing the release of her new album.
Arthur Brown, “the God of Hellfire,” made his debut with “The Crazy World of Arthur Brown” in 1968. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown’s one self-titled album remains a highly influential psychedelic masterpiece.
The album was produced by the Who’s manager and producer Kit Lambert. While the album was being mixed in America, Lambert and Vincent Crane (keyboardist in the band) layered flutes and strings onto the songs. Claiming the drums sounded poor, Lampert and Crane injected the album with steroids, and pushed it into the global hit it became. Five unorchestrated, mono tracks have been released and they almost sound like different songs!
Andrew Loog Oldham was a successful talent scout and music publisher, but is best remembered for managing and producing the Rolling Stones. ISSUE #1 of TEENAGE NEWS featured an interview with Andew Loog Oldham.