Reckless Hearts (2018 Version) (Big Stir Digital Single No. 27)
Nothing that comes from PATRICK “POOCH” DIPUCCIO, currently of Big Stir Records' own THE CONDORS, founder of FLIPSIDE FANZINE and former guitarist for LA's legendary BLOW-UP, should surprise us. But even we were shocked and honored when POOCH offered us a brand new BLOW-UP recording and a live treasure from the vaults for our Digital Singles Series. And indeed, “Reckless Hearts (2018 Version” b/w “What Goes On (Live at The Roxy 1985)” will be released Friday, May 3 and are available for preorder now!
A new Blow-Up single recorded in 2018? How did this happen? We'll let the band tell the story:
1980's L.A. cult favorites Blow-Up were compared endlessly by enraptured critics to the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan and The New York Dolls. They made their debut at the Masque in December 1977, and became a fixture on the scene, recording for legendary indie Bomp! Records and providing key songs for motion pictures Up the Academy and Flashback. Their 1984 Easy Knowledge album made best-of-the-year lists from Robert Christgau and Mikal Gilmore (who deemed them "pretty amazing" and the "best garage-pop band in L.A."), and they were nominated "Best Underground Band" at the 1987 L.A. Weekly awards, alongside Social Distortion and Jane's Addiction. Pleasant Gehman wrote in one review of a Blow-Up compilation, "they gigged with everyone who was anyone in those days, including Berlin, the Dead Kennedys, Jim Carroll and The Replacements. Everyone used to say they were glam throwbacks — as in Mott the Hoople — not as in Poison. In fact, they were such a great band, and so far ahead of their time." Sweet! After Blow-Up disbanded in 1988, vocalist Jody Worth became an Emmy-nominated writer and producer for such shows as Deadwood and NYPD Blue. Keyboardist Christian Super pulled a James Williamson, reinventing himself as an IT exec, while guitarist Bruce Nicholson became a Professor of English Lit. Guitarist (and Flipside co-founder) Pat DiPuccio continued with music, releasing several well-received albums, mostly under band name The Condors, including one for Big Stir Records of rare Blow-Up compositions called Joie De Vivre (which The Big Takeover ranked as one of the best of 2018). During these sessions, Pat was joined by Jody, who sang lead on a new version of their song "Reckless Hearts." This also features late-period Blow-Up drummer Robert Williams (Tremblers, The Pop), with producer Steve Refling on bass. They've decided to release it as a Blow-Up single, along with a live take of The Velvet Undergrounds "What Goes On," recorded in 1985 at the Roxy Theatre, with Christian on organ, Ed Cirino and Paul Hilton on drums and bass, and the late, inimitable Spyder Mittleman on sax. Enjoy!