Fire Records Releases “Dance To The Best Of ESG”


London’s iconic Fire Records has announced the release of the two-disc Dance To The Best of ESG, from New York City’s legendary punk/funk collective, ESG (Emerald, Sapphire, and Gold.) For the very first time, all of the songs that made the South Bronx family band such an innovative influence over the past two decades of hip-hop are available in a single release. Covering their earliest Martin Hannett produced tracks, such as “Moody” and “UFO,” right through to their more recent output, this compilation leans heavily on the foundation that has made ESG one of the most sampled artists of all time- giving both diehard fans and first-timers a taste of every one of their stellar records. Every cut runs deep and every ass had better shake. When ESG says dance, you had better dance!

Dance To The Best Of ESG tracklist:


01 You’re No Good
02 Tiny Sticks
03 Moody
04 Come Away
05 U.F.O.
06 Dance
07 Parking Lot Blues
08 Chistelle
09 Talk It
10 Erase You
11 Hold Me Right
12 It’s Alright
13 Get Funky
14 My Love for You
15 About You
16 Insane (Tambourine Mix)
17 Keep on Moving
18 I Can’t Tell You What to Do
19 Moody (Spaced Out)


01 Dance To The Beat Of Moody
02 Bam Bam Jam
03 A New Day
04 In the Streets
05 Erase You (Puppy to Your Side)
06 You’re No Good (Alternate Version)
07 Standing in Line
08 I Wanna Dance
09 Six Pack (Original Version)
10 Moody (A New Mood)
11 There Was a Time
12 Earn It
13 Like This

Surf City Gives ‘Kudos’

It has been a long time since a band could combine elements of early ‘80s alternative with the velvety guitar melodies of ‘90s college rock to the poetic lyrics of many indie bands of today, but New Zealand’s Surf City has managed to do all of that and still sound original and on the edge of something truly spectacular. 

Surf City was formed by guitar mavens Davin Stoddard and Josh Kennedy.  They quickly added Josh’s brother Jamie on bass and Logan Collins on drums and from there the group was complete.  Driven with a passion to create some of the best psychedelic pop music around, they sought out Steve Keene who had previously worked with bands Pavement and Silver Jews to produce their self titled EP.  Upon the release of their first EP, Surf City immediately gained momentum which did not go unnoticed as they impressed music Web sites Stereogum and All Music. 

Surf City released their long awaited debut album Kudos on Fire Records on November 30th to a lot of buzz with the band being hailed as New Zealand’s most hyped and possibly best indie band to emerge in a very long time.  The first two singles, “Crazy Rulers of The World” and “Kudos” have already whet the palettes of music lovers everywhere leaving them all wanting more.