Take the Clash, R.E.M., and Radio Birman, add in a dose of the Blues Brothers, mix it all in a blender with some meth, and you’ll get something that resembles Claude Coma & The I.V.’s.
Claude Coma and his crew were a San Diego based punk rock band in the early 1980s. They put out a pair of singles and a couple of LPs, including the dozen-song Art From Sin in 1982 (pressed on orange vinyl). The songs are fast, snotty, and raw rock ‘n’ roll – no hardcore here. The vocals are political/issues driven with songs like “Minimum Wage,” “Who Owns America?,” “I Don’t Trust You,” and “Child Molester,” even referencing our national issues with Iran (funny how little things change).
I found this last weekend while digging for the first time at Time Tunnel Records down in Burien, which is a bit south of Seattle near the airport. I’d only just recently heard about Time Tunnel and managed to shoehorn it into a Saturday of running errands along with the promise of a nice lunch at The Tin Room right down the street. Time Tunnel is a small but pretty well stocked store with mostly used music, but I also picked up a handful of new soul/funk 7″ records put out by local Seattle area label We Coast, which will hopefully make it onto the blog later this month. Matt runs the place and he’s a cool dude, so I suspect I’ll be adding Time Tunnel to the record store rotation from now on.