The Haskels - The Haskels (LP, Album) (NM or M-)

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Media Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)
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Label: Splunge Communications Inc. - SPL-025
Format: LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 2019-11-29


Black Vinyl

Hearing this artifact of the original Midwest first-wave punk era is akin to finding a treasure buried amongst shards of glass in the sands of time. Meticulously restored from the original, never-before-mixed master tapes, The Haskels lost studio album, recorded on one cold October day in 1979 at Milwaukee's soon-to-close Solar Studios, should set the record straight on perhaps the most important lost gem of the era birthed from the Midwest, US, or otherwise worldwide. 

Milwaukee's Haskels were kings of the late 70's punk scene, centered at Zak's North Avenue nightclub, sharing the stage with bands like the Lubricants, Blackholes, Orbits, Plasticland and others that have found their way onto bootlegs and posthumous releases of their own. 

Their sound was a combination melded from the roots/glam/Detroit-inspired, naive retro pop sound of godfather/scenester Presley Haskel and Richard LaValliere's surreal dream-based narrative genius compositions, fleshed out by Gerard LaValliere's precise guitar attack and Guy Hoffman's unorthodox but dance-inducing beats. The band's chops as well as their charisma carried the day, as they filled clubs and held court at the Haskel Hotel, their headquarters in the run-down Brady Street area of Milwaukee's lower East side.

Shepherd Express: 

Track List:

A1. Baby Let's French 2:20
A2. Liberace Is Coming 2:48
A3. Hard To Smile 1:38
A4. Born To Eat Cake 3:02
A5. Deadman's Shoes 2:47
A6. Drop The Bomb 3:26
A7. Little Dolls 1:59
B1. Chinese Vacation 3:33
B2. Stay Up All Night 2:47
B3. Psycho Hairdo 2:41
B4. Body Language 1:58
B5. Walk To The Beach 3:29
B6. Rock & Roll Hoodlums 2:10
B7. Haskel Hotel 3:13


Barcode and Other Identifiers:

Barcode 8 44667 04402 7
Barcode 0844667044027
Pressing Plant ID 197599E
Matrix / Runout 1D-87131 / SPL-025 - A 197599E1/A
Matrix / Runout 1D-87131 / SPL-025 - B 197599E2/A


Copyright (c) Splunge Communications Inc.
Pressed By GZ Media

Design, Art Direction - Jeff Menz
Drums - Guy Hoffman
Guitar - Gerard LaValliere
Mixed By, Mastered By - Billy Cicerelli
Producer - Clancy Carroll
Vocals, Bass - Richard LaValliere
Vocals, Guitar - Presley Haskel

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