Stiff Richards – “Not From Here” (mp3)

Stiff Richards – “Not From Here” (play)

In the long strange trip of Berkeley, California ska pioneers The Uptones, three founding members spent some time playing clubs on the west coast as Stiff Richards, while the Uptones were on hiatus. During that time, they wrote some of the gr8 songs they now play with the re-formed Uptones. One of the standouts was “Not From Here” which I was thrilled to find is on the set list for their Warped Tour appearances this month. Here is the Stiff Richards original version, off the “E-Mail EP” recently re-released by Fun Fun Fun Recordings. A scorching ska punk number about post modern alienation, sung by The Rev. Paul Jackson himself. Rock it.

Stiff Richards
“Not From Here” (mp3)
from “E-Mail – EP”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)

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Stiff Richards was Not From Here

Stiff Richards – “Not From Here” mp3

In the long strange trip of Berkeley, California ska pioneers The Uptones, three founding members spent some time playing clubs on the west coast as Stiff Richards, while the Uptones were on hiatus. During that time, they wrote some of the gr8 songs they now play with the re-formed Uptones. One of the standouts was “Not From Here” which I was thrilled to find is on the set list for their Warped Tour appearances this month. Here is the Stiff Richards original version, off the “E-Mail EP” recently re-released by Fun Fun Fun Recordings. A scorching ska punk number about post modern alienation, sung by The Rev. Paul Jackson himself. Rock it.

Stiff Richards
“Not From Here” (mp3)
from “E-Mail – EP”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)

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Stiff Richards – “Not From Here”

“Not From Here” today’s MP3 Jackpot winner from Stiff Richards is very profound theme for popular music. How amazing, the concept of being the perpetual stranger is totally articulated in song. This was recorded when the legendary Uptones performed as the four piece, Stiff Richards, and this is one of the gems they created.

Stiff Richards
“Not From Here” (download mp3)
from “E-Mail – EP”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
Not From Here (play)

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Hear it!

1. I Want to Kill Everybody by Ed Haynes
2. It Takes Money by  Hobo
3. Penetrating Love Ray by Sex for Moderns
4. Radiation Boy by The Uptones
5. Fell In and Out of Art by Stiff Richards
6. Sick by  D Compose
7. Sex Pig by Repulsa
8. Piñata by Critical Mass & The Lazy American
9. P.M.F. by Black Pole
10. Mr. Ed by Sex for Moderns
11. Fish In a Tree by Hobo
12. Hobbit Love by The Gazillions
13. I Am a Janitor by Surface Music
14. I Want You Dead by Repulsa
15. R.A.D.I.O. by Count Slowly and The 4 Twenties
16. They Cheat, They Steal, They Lie by McBain
17. Meditations from a Father by Subverse
18. Ridiculous by The Uptones
19. Tony Alva by Opal Book Club

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Stiff Richards Rock Hard

Stiff Richards – “Markie Mark”

Stiff Richards’ delightful punky pop screed against mainstream lameness. This song launches out of the gate like a race horse with its tail on fire and never lets up. Raucous guitars, bass and vocals, and a raw, ferocious drum track that makes me wonder if the guy who played it even lived to tell the tale! Rock Hard indeed.

Stiff Richards
“Markie Mark” (mp3)
from “Stiff Richards”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)

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