THE STEMS – \’Let Your Head Rest\’ /\’Don\’t Let Me\’ / \’Tears Me In Two\’ (Zero Hour 001) 1990

The Stems are and always will be in my top 5 bands of all time. They join The Byrds, The Beatles, The Electric Prunes and Love. Wow, they\’ll probably be embarrassed being in that company but there you go.

Back in the mid 80s they kicked every neo garage bands arse and delivered classic punker after classic punker. Also in leader Dom Mariani they were blessed with a talented songwriter and someone with the best mushroomed head of hair this side of 1966.

I loved them and they were MY band. In my little corner of England, The Stems spread their Australian sunshine and I lapped up every sunray. Those days I was a young teenage long hair with a turtle neck, black Levis and Chelsea boots and these Aussies looked just like me!!!

This record came with a Stems Illustrated Biography and contained rare tunes unavailable elsewhere. \’Let Your Head Rest\’ is killer garage punk with fuzz, tremolo, caveman drums and punk attitude. I find it amazing that this track was left in the vaults and never released until they had disbanded. It was recorded during their first sessions in 1985. Even to this date \’Let Your Head Rest\’ has never surfaced on CD.

The flip are demo versions of songs that were released. These were recorded in 85/86. 

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