“Be a pop music snob!”

…says award winning writer, author, musician and rock and roll sneerster Serene Dominic.

How many times has this happened to you—you’re at a party, the subject turns to music and you blurt out bland opinions like “There’ll never be another band like the Beatles” or “Thank goodness the Eagles patched up their differences so they’re back to doing what they do best.”  Chances are people stopped listening to your opinion right after you said “Well, if you ask me…” But that’s another story.

It’s for people like you who aspire to beige that we, in conjunction with Bendi Records, have created  The Serene Dominic 24/7 Club. As a public service to tastemakers everywhere, Mr. Dominic, noted rock historian and musician in his own right, is eager to share his encyclopedic pop knowledge about obscure musical acts no one has ever heard of so that YOU, cherished subscriber, can better your station in life.

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The Complete 24/7 Club Box Set!


Hey! Look at this! Now you can download ALL 24 singles in just on click!!

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Serene Dominic presents… The Evolution VI!

Punk rock history was made on April 13, 1966 when Nicky Mollash walked into a Safeway supermarket on La Cienega Boulevard to purchase some Gleem toothpaste so he could look his best for a photo shoot at Pandora’s Box, a then popular hangout on the Sunset Strip. Mollash picked up a tube that was incorrectly priced at a whopping $5.99. When the gum chewing, non-plussed cashier, evidently a stranger to both retail and fluoride, demanded he pay the denoted price or put it back on the shelf, an irate Mollash completely lost it and started a small scale mini-mart riot, threatening the checkout girl, Procter and Gamble, its shareholders and of course, The Man for once again keeping him downer than he ought to be. The Evolution VI’s volatile lead singer was already smarting from being refused service at Bob Dalton’s Restaurant the night before, mostly because the feathers from his ostrich vest were landing on other patrons’ Porterhouse steaks.
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Serene Dominic presents… Russ Walton!

When Indian composer Rahala Shimuyanti scored the unsettling music that would eventually become the foundation for “Please Stand By”, he thought he was receiving bad karma for not thanking Vishnu when accepting his Grammy. He set the troublesome recording aside, yet Bollydor A&R rep Sal DeMory, who overheard the hostile session which left at least two musicians hospitalized for unspecified injuries, he grew insistent that Shimuyanti include it on his next album. Recalls DeMory, “I hounded Rahala for weeks asking about that demonic triad song that made me want to punch somebody. He finally just handed me the spool of tape and said he wanted nothing more to do with it. I think it was about three weeks before that scaffolding fell on him and he lost all sensation on his right side.”
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Serene Dominic presents… The Makeup Sects!

You could do a lot worse in 1966 and early 1967 than worship at the altar of the Rolling Stones and if anyone ever wondered what the music of Aftermath or Between the Buttons might have sounded like sung with authentic American accents, they could do no better than this Seattle quintet. Stones copyists to a man, The Makeup Sects not only purchased their orange corduroys from the same haberdasher that Brian Jones did, they made sure Jones’ bangs and muttonchops were never longer than those of their rhythm guitarist Derek Linseed’s at any given time. Sometimes that emulation ate through the band’s living funds–purchasing all the exotic instruments the blonde Stone mastered and then discarded with every new Jagger-Richard composition.
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Serene Dominic presents… Weather Gnome!

This release of 24 Originals Happening Now marks the first-ever appearance of the German prog-rock titans Weather Gnome on a various artists compilation, and odd that it should be one that contains 24 songs. A typical Weather Gnome track clocks in at about the average running time of a sitcom, with suites, segues, overtures and Roman numerals galore to attend to.

The lone aberration in their career was their 1977 bid for Top 40 radio acceptance, the unashamedly commercial Viola! album, which yielded an unheard of six songs on one long playing album. When that failed to sell in the desired numbers necessary in order for it to be deemed a US success, the crafty Krauts ordered their record label (Duetchbagg Ltd.) to destroy all existing copies and several pretend ones.
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Serene Dominic presents… Watson the Telly!

Good sir! In trying to represent every conceivable style of music on 24 Originals Happening Now, we were surprised to find through exhaustive and pricey marketing surveys that so many of you, our cherished listeners, wanted us to include something representative of “steampunk” on our collection. We searched high and low, sparing no expense (O.K., we Google’d that) and found there was not a genuine “steampunk” musical movement at all like the steam-less punk of years passed, just a lot of pith helmet, pocket-watch and tarnished brass enthusiasts.
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Serene Dominic presents… Mister Catherine 2U!

World renown hairstylist Mister Catherine had millions of coiffure fanatics around the world, a client book filled with movers and shakers who’d sit still long enough for him to apply his Midas Touch to their hair follicles. But was that any reason to offer him a recording contract?

Embassy Records seemed to think so, feeling that his name recognition alone among hair hags would be enough to rack up millions in sales when it signed him in late 1984..
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Serene Dominic presents… Mendlessohn’s Brain!

The neo-psychedelic movement in the 80′s may have seen a boost in sitar use and bands swathed in paisley but there was precious little vinyl that was as truly hallucinogenic and skin crawling as early psychedelia had been. “Yellow Shampoo”, a slab of acid battery drippings caked over a bummer of a bad trip, may have proved the exception.
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Serene Dominic presents… Brooklyn Beard!

No band has been more blatant about their wish to be mistaken as an indie rock band as Brooklyn Beard, a Melbourne chicken-in-a-basket supper club duo who had neither facial hair nor a Park Slope P.O. Box number. Thusly Horbitt and Shanelle Bogan migrated stateside for some much needed indie cred, going as far inserting the “I-word” into this 2005 song title to secure some college radio airplay. Stacking the deck, they heaped on copious helpings of distortion every three bars of what was essentially a bossa nova number. The ruse worked but none of the subsequent soundalike follow-ups, “Independent Survey,” “Independent Means” and the desperate “Up to My Neck In Dependents” failed to sustain their charade any longer, not when actual bearded groups from Ohio, Philadelphia, Illinois and Nevada began invading Brooklyn.
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Serene Dominic presents… P@RN!

How many times have you watched VH1’s Where Are they Now or Behind the Music and heard a formerly popular hair farmer band member decry, “Things were going great- till that Nirvana came along and chased us off the radio”? Jack Prisston, lead guitarist of Satyrn, is one such disgruntled curmudgeon. But he didn’t waste time grumbling. He simply stopped using conditioner, traded in his spandex for flannel and formed P@RN, a band whose first order of business was to record this grungy rocker about a guy with a good work ethic who became even thriftier since his high consumption girlfriend left.
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