This release is a collaboration between the two Detroit labels Italy Records and Jett Plastic Recordings.
It’s a bit of a lost release. You see, back in 2000 Bantam Rooster asked Ko from the Dirtbombs(and Ko and the Knockouts) to write a song for a 7″ and play bass and sing backup. The B-side, Love’s Too Strong, is the track that Ko wrote. It was recorded, and artwork made, but it was never released UNTIL NOW!

If you want this 7″ but you are balking at the price tag then have no fear. There is also a $6 black vinyl version which is limited to 300 copies as well as randomly inserted periwinkle copies.

If you are serious about this release then you can buy a 4 pack of each version(black, periwinkle, split colored and a limited to 5 copies pinwheel variant) for the tidy sum of 90 American dollars.

This goes on sale today at 3pm EST/12pm PST. Happy shopping!

The Details

Originally slated for release in 2000 on Italy Records, we’re extremely excited that this 7” single is finally getting its due, albeit fifteen years later, as a Jett Plastic Recordings/Italy Records release! These two songs, ‘Tarantula’ and ‘Love’s Too Strong’, represent particularly unique recordings for the band, as the original premise was to have Ko Melina (Dirtbombs, Ko and The Knockouts) to write one song for the 7” (Love’s Too Strong), and to have T. Jack Potter write the other (Tarantula). As such, Ko plays bass and sings background vocals on both songs, along with Jim Diamond, who hams it up on the Moog and Cowbell. After three years of work (and actually trying to track down the songs and original artwork!) we’re finally ready to unleash this record, complete with all the garage rock intensity and overall ferocity it would have had, had it been released back in 2000.

ABOUT BANTAM ROOSTER
Formed in 1994 by Thomas Jackson Potter (Choke Chains, The Dirtbombs, Seger Liberation Army, Detroit City Council), Bantam Rooster went on to release three fantastic full-lengths on Crypt Records, along with assorted singles on Flying Bomb Records and Estrus. The band is mostly defunct, but, hey- you never know with these guys.

WHO PLAYS ON THIS:
KO: VOCALS AND BASS
POTTER: VOCALS AND GUITAR
MIKE ALONSO: DRUMS
JIM DIAMOND: MOOG, ORGAN, AND COWBELL

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The SPLIT-COLOR vinyl (Pink/Black) version of this 7” is limited to 45 copies.

Price $15

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