Alley Cats Return

:: 01 Nothing Means Nothing Anymore ::

:: 01 Give Me A Little Pain ::

:: 06 Nothing Means Nothing Anymore ::

:: 08 Give Me A Little Pain ::

One thing about alley cats; you can't get rid of them. You can throw old boots at them as they howl in the night perched on an old knot-holed fence, but you wind up hitting a metal trash can instead, causing even more racket. And still the alley cats howl.

Yes, I've seen too many old cartoons. Well anyway, I wrote this article nearly 2 years ago about a band called The Alley Cats, so for those of you who downloaded and love the 2 songs from that 7", or for those of you who were too young at the time, here's a repost of those two songs as well as the re-recorded versions from their 1981 album, Nightmare City.

At the time I was writing the original article, I was corresponding with a guy who is basically an archivist of the old Dangerhouse Records catalog, and he said that the Cats never did recreate the shear energy and raw power of that first session. I've since picked up copies of the Cats' two albums, and the two albums they made as The Zarkons and I can assure you that fellow is correct. I still have a thing for Randy Stodola's sandpaper vocals and Dianne Chai's hyper-jumpy bass lines though, and I miss those kids who burned out Hollywood style way too soon. Nothing truly means nothing anymore.

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Sunday, July 01, 2007 10:42:00 AM

Good one Mike. I haven't listened to those Zarkons LP's in years either.    

Monday, July 02, 2007 5:37:00 PM

I saw the AlleyCats in 1981, they were warm up for 999. Live, they were far more energetic then they come across on the two lps, more in line with the Dangerhouse single.    

Tuesday, July 03, 2007 11:59:00 PM

Ha. Sounds like he caught the same singing-from-the-jowls disorder that afflicted the guy from the Beau Brummels as thier career progressed.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007 12:43:00 PM

Check out their live version of "Nothing..." from "Urgh! A Music War," it absolutely rips (from the cd or dvd).

Dr. Humpp    

Tuesday, July 10, 2007 2:33:00 AM

is that "dr.humpp" from kentucky??    

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 10:45:00 AM

The Alley Cats are still one of my favourite bands ever. A pity they disbanded so soon. I can assure, however, that both their second LP "Escape From The Planet Earth" and the first Zarkons album "Riders In The Long Black Parade" are fantastic. I wonder why they are reissuing any punk demotape on CD these days, but not the Cats!


Wednesday, August 01, 2007 4:28:00 PM

Still have my Escape From Planet Earth record sleeve autographed by the band...
I think EFPE is a GREAT album, notwithstanding the energy thing.    

Friday, August 14, 2009 8:53:00 AM

Here are the lyrics (very hard to find):

Nothing Means Nothing Anymore
Nothing means nothing anymore
So close your eyes child and lie on the floor
And pretend what you feel is really real
And know what is real is what you feel

Outside the night sings to the summer rain
They had a child and she named him Pain
He lost his life hanging around twenty-two
Strange, he looks so much like you

So close your eyes, pretty country child
Outside the lights are bright and the night is wild
Out there you're just a straw floating in the wind
Come in here pretty child and do it again

Little chickens and their chicken hawks
They're going to teach you a brand new way to walk
When you stare at the moon, your eyes will be hard and cold
You'll live your life trying never to grow old

Give Me A Little Pain
Your basement is so cold, damp, and dark
But your breath is hot and your teeth like a shark
The world will never catch us here
If you have a heart you have nothing to fear
Loneliness is the queen of the night
Together we must stand, together we must fight
Together we can take the hurt that we know
And find a place where we can go

Stolen hours, stolen tears
They took it all away; they did not care
They drank your soul, they drank your lips
Drink some wine now for all the we missed
And in the neon half light we can take a walk
We can learn to live, we can learn to talk
We can touch the sky with our hands
We can pretend to be happy as only lovers can

Give me a little pain    

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