The Spindle: Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, “Orphans” b/w “Less Of Me”

Short songs, short shows, short-lived bands: Lydia Lunch was big on making a point quickly and moving on. For this episode of The Spindle, John and Marc drop the needle on 1978’s “Orphans” b/w “Less Of Me” by Teenage Jesus & The Jerks. Led by Lunch on guitar and vocals with bassist Gordon Stevenson and Bradly Field and produced by Robert Quine (Richard Hell & The Voidoids, Lou Reed, Matthew Sweet), the Jerks might not have lasted very long, but they made an impression. Press play on this episode to learn why.

The Spindle: The Monkees “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone”

You’re walking ’round like you’re front page news, pressing play on a new episode of The Spindle. On this episode, the guys focus on The Monkees’ 1967 hit “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” with a couple detours into other versions of the song, including Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Sex Pistols, and Minor Threat. As post-modern as it gets, The Monkees were (and are) a pop phenomenon, and this single illustrates why. 

The Spindle: Thinking Fellers Union Local 282-The Natural Finger

Originally situated in Iowa, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 established themselves in the Bay Area in the late ’80s. Clattery, complex, and super musical, TFUL282 combined tight songcraft with rough edges, pulling from spaghetti western tropes, absurdist poetry, and spiraled noise rock to create a singular body of work. On this episode, Marc and John drop the needle on “The Natural Finger,” the band’s 1990 7″ EP and sort out what makes it tick in its unique fashion.

The Spindle: New Order, “Temptation” b/w “Hurt”

Released at the dawn of the remix era, New Order’s “Temptation” b/w “Hurt” came in two formats—33 ⅓ speed 7” and 45 RPM 12”—on the same May 10, 1982. With this single, bassist Peter Hook, keyboardist/guitarist Gillian Gilbert, drummer Stephen Morris, and guitarist/vocalist Bernard Sumner stepped out from Joy Division’s shadow to establish themselves as a distinct entity. Painstakingly played alongside sequencers, Hook’s melodic bass to Sumner’s mantric vocals are unmistakable.