Welcome to the webpage for Sonic Overload. As my regular listeners know by now, I play punk, hardcore, garage and other loud music, although there are surprises from time to time as well as decidedly slanted commentary on the “issues of the day” and that’s also presented through song selections and audio clips.


All of the shows from January 2009 to the present are archived for download at sonicoverload.blogspot.com. And check out the Facebook page.


Send any music (vinyl or CD) for possible airplay to:


Sonic Overload

Al Quint

PO Box 43

Peabody, MA 01960

E-mail: subvox82@gmail.com


SEPTEMBER 16, 2019


      It was the summer of 1978 and I had just graduated from high school. I was driving my mom’s red Chevy Impala. It only had an AM radio so I was stuck listening to the top 40 station WRKO (before it became a sewer of right-wing talk radio). Every time the Cars’ “Just What I Needed” came on, I’d turn it up nice and loud. I’m pretty sure I picked up my red vinyl copy of the single at Mass. Camera on Market St. in Lynn. That was where I got quite a few of my singles during my childhood/teenage years. It was one of the big hits of the summer, a summer I also spent wondering if my prom date Susan Burke was going to go out with me again (she didn’t—and no loss, to be honest).

      That fall I started at Boston University and they got a jukebox in the cafeteria in Warren Towers. Every night, I was subjected to Meat Loaf’s “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” (a song I never want to hear again). There were also songs from the first Cars album and that was a lot more enjoyable. I eventually picked up a copy of their debut LP at Popcorn Records in Swampscott.

      Those memories popped into my head after hearing about Ric Ocasek’s death over the weekend at 75. I can’t say the Cars were ever a top tier band for me and didn’t like a lot beyond the second album “Candy-O” but, as far as catchy new wave songs go, they had a real knack for it. And Ric also produced a number of acts over the years, including at his Synchro Sound studio. That included Bad Brains’ “Rock For Light” album. I didn’t really like the production on that record but he was definitely a fan—I remember seeing him in the back of Mavericks when the Brains played there in 1982. He was kind of hard to miss… R.I.P. Ric


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EEL-Combat Amputee Victim (Mind Cure)


LAUGHING STOCK-First World Problems (self-released)

TWOMPSAX-Fleabag (Mudd Guts)

PART TIME FILTH-Kill Everyone (self-released)

SCROUNGERS-Fuck You Up (self-released)

SEX VID-Trainwreck (Kill Test)

INMATES-Crustdust (Painkiller)


COLLATE-Symptom (demo)

NAIL POLISH-Chophouse Row (demo)

FOSTER CARE-Death On Installment Plan (Jack Shack)

BILL BONDSMEN-Eulogy (Mastermind)


FM KNIVES-I Live Alone (Broken)

TRIGGERS-Patent Pending (Dirtnap)

KNOCKOUT PILLS-Twist Twist Slit Your Wrists (Dead Beat)

CHOP-SAKIS-Shoot To Kill (Little Deputy)

ORPHANS-Nobody’s Fool (Unity Squad)




CARS-Candy-O (Elektra) in memory of Ric Ocasek

CARS-Moving In Stereo (Elektra)

CARS-You’re All I’ve Got Tonight (Demo) (Rhino)


BAD BREEDING-Raking Through The Screed (Iron Lung)

FRIED EGG-Fatalist (Feel It)

GLUE TRAPS-No Utopia (To Live A Lie)

UNSUB-Dirt (demo)

LOW LIFE-92 (Alter)


DAYGLOW ABORTIONS-Scared Of People/Black Sabbath (Financing Sharpe)

FORGOTTEN REBELS-Surfin’ On Heroin (Star)

391-You Bother Me (Posh Boy)




PERDITION-This Is Hell (Mountains Of Madness)

FRENZY-Calculated Genocide (Distort Reality)

SKIZOPHRENIA-Never Give Up (Distort Reality)

SLANT-Dry Heave (Iron Lung)

EXIT ORDER-Cornered (Side Two)

SOGA-Medianoche (Iron Lung)

ZODD-Pinhead Institute (La Vida Es Un Mus)


SWANS-Some New Things (Young God)

CASUAL BURN-Purity Standard (Handstand)


21-645-Copulator (demo)

VITAMIN-13 Whore (demo)

SOMEONE & THE SOMEBODIES-People Are Dumb (demo)

LIMBO RACE-There Goes Kafka (from “A Wicked Good Time, Vol. 2,” Modern Method)

RIFLE SPORT-Angel Tears (Reflex)




SUBHUMANS-Terrorist In Waiting (Pirate’s Press)

PAINT FUMES-Buried Alive (Get Hip)

SPRAY PAINT-Spock Fingers (S-S)

SERVOTRON-I Sing The Body Cybernetic (One Louder)


SUICIDE-Dream Baby Dream (Ze)

ROMEO VOID-Never Say Never (Columbia)



CARS-Just What I Needed (Elektra)