Library Rock's Backpages

Ugly Things

Ugly Things

Established in 1983, Ugly Things is a music magazine, based in La Mesa, California. Originally published annually, it is now published twice yearly and covers mainly 1960s Beat, Garage rock, and psychedelic music ("Wild Sounds From Past Dimensions"). It is now accompanied by an online edition.

14 articles

List of articles in the library

By date | By artist | Most recently added

Outsiders, The (Holland): Wally Tax of the Outsiders: An Interview

Interview by Richie Unterberger, Ugly Things, 1998

OF ALL THE GREAT BANDS who sang in English as a second language in the 1960s, the Outsiders were the coolest. It's a subjective judgment, ...

The Real Kids: It's Been Real: The Real Kids

Interview by Dave Laing (Australia), Ugly Things, 1999

IN THE SPRING '78 issue of Bernie Kugel's cool fanzine Big Star there is an article by Miriam Linna called "The New Sounds of the ...

Eater: The Article

Retrospective and Interview by Kieron Tyler, Ugly Things, 2002

ALTHOUGH EATER were at the centre of the great British punk rock storm of 1976, they've never been treated with the cap-doffing respect granted to ...

The Monkees: Andrew Sandoval: The Monkees – The Day-to-Day Story of the '60s TV Pop Sensation (Thunder Bay Press)

Book Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Ugly Things, Summer 2005

IF SOCRATES, the George Carlin of his day, was right that "the unexamined life is not worth living," then The Monkees have nothing to worry ...

The Byrds, Gene Clark: John Einarson: Mr. Tambourine Man – The Life and Legacy of the Byrds' Gene Clark by John Einarson (Backbeat)

Book Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Ugly Things, Summer 2005

GENE CLARK of the Byrds was many things - a charismatic stage presence in a '60s band that became an American icon; a gifted and ...

The Flamin' Groovies: "We Can't Stop Now To Think About The Past, We're Moving To Fast": An Appreciation of the Flamin' Groovies on Sire

Overview by Dave Laing (Australia), Ugly Things, August 2006

(Note: the following piece was written prior to the recent release of the wonderful UK 2CD set At Full Speed: The Complete Sire Recordings, which ...

Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel: An Intimate Biography of Gram Parsons by Jessica Hundley with Polly Parsons (Thunder's Mouth Press)

Book Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Ugly Things, Summer 2006

LET'S TALK, BRIEFLY, about what constitutes a biography. From James Boswell writing in the late 1700s about Dr. Samuel Johnson to Hunter Davies in the ...

Pre-Punk Rock

Retrospective by Jon Savage, Ugly Things, February 2008

NOTE: This was written as an introduction to a brilliant Ugly Things article by Johan Kugelberg called "No More Jubilees: Punk Before Punk", which aimed ...

Various Artists: THE T.A.M.I. Show (Shout Factory)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gene Sculatti, Ugly Things, 2009

FIRST OFF, any regular reader of this publication whose home doesn't house a copy of this DVD–man, where are you at? Filmed before a Santa ...

Dwight Twilley Band: Live From Agora (Gigatone)

Review by Dave Laing (Australia), Ugly Things, 2010

POWER POP ICONS the Dwight Twilley Band shared a number of attributes with Big Star apart from the obvious '70s power pop connection. Both band's ...

Frank Zappa, The Mothers Of Invention: Frank Zappa: The Freak-Out List (Chrome Dreams)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gene Sculatti, Ugly Things, 2010

YOU GOTTA HAND it to the folks at Chrome Dreams. Recognizing a good thing, they've come up with yet another "unauthorized" Zappa title (their fifth, ...

Gene Clark: The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark (Four Suns DVD)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Ugly Things, Spring 2014

OF ALL THE hard-luck tales about musicians who died before their time – Brian Jones, Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison, Parsons, Bloomfield, Cobain, Winehouse, et al. – ...

Screamin' Jay Hawkins: Steve Bergsman: I Put A Spell On You – The Bizarre Life Of Screamin' Jay Hawkins (Feral House)

Book Review by Bill Wasserzieher, Ugly Things, Summer 2019

WHAT CAN BE said about the artist known as Screamin' Jay Hawkins? Perhaps that he did more to promote over-population than any other American, fathering ...

The Seeds: Jan Savage 1942-2020

Obituary by Harvey Kubernik, Ugly Things, 11 August 2020

JAN SAVAGE (born Buck Jan Reeder), guitarist with American rock band the Seeds, died in early August, according to a report in The Ada News ...

back to LIBRARY