Saturday, 24 June 2017

COMBAT 84 - Tooled Up EP 2009

Now a band which provided for a lot jabbering in the press although in my opinion they made clear that they are no fascists: Combat 84 was founded in London by Chris (vocals), 'Deptford' John (bass), Jim (guitar) and Brownie (drums) and a contract with Secret Records was within reach but didn't come because Chris probably gave some racist utterances, which I do not know exactly, but today as then, the masses are quick to interpret it as they want. So the band sign to Victory Records and 1982 their first EP 'Orders Of The Day' came out. 'Rapist' followed a year later and the German label Rock-O-Rama released in 1984 the full-length 'Send In The Maines', today a rare and coveted collector's item (the record was disowned by the band, which split up soon after), I sold mine. Years with bans from clubs and nervous interviews brought the guys almost at the edge of sanity but they don't give up and in 2000 they are back with five new tracks, first as CD then 2009 as vinyl on their own label 7th Cavalry Records released. I mean, Combat 84 are one of the few Oi! bands who know what they want and say what they feel, freedom of speech is as important as respect. Chris died on 31. October 2013 after a long period of deteriorating health. So in this file are all their three 7Inches, Cheers!

- Great Thx to Fredrik -

SIDESHOW BOB - The Cat In The Hat EP 1997

From California comes this awesome Punkrock band and I have to confess they are completely unknown to me: TILL NOW!! Nowadays we can get lots of infos about every shit (scandal/war/castration, etc...) via internet, but such great little bands like we have here, I find nothing. Well, that's just it and that is why I write these lines. This record was released in edition of 313 copies by Shady Troll Records, the home of the best D.I.Y. punk rock out there! And on it four cracker which fucks your brain out and you want a guitar to strain any amp. They're rough, dirty, funny and hot as hell. Incredible!!!

- Special Thx to Sunny -

Friday, 23 June 2017

YPÖ-VIIS - Karhulan Poikii/Koko Stoori 2002

Again visiting Finland and stop in Karhula, home of Ypö-Viis. I wrote much info in their Hyvästi 7'' post and I know the download link is expired but don't worry, on this compilation from Poko Records are all their studio + live recordings (1979-1980) they ever released. In whole thirty-five melodic polar lights and the detailed booklet tells you when and where the originals appeared. Confed Cup runs well for the German team, weather is great and I need a little oxygen and enjoy myself on the Main to calm down a little bit. I wish you all an exciting weekend with lots of music, beer and fun!

- Great Thx to Marcus -

Thursday, 22 June 2017

CHELSEA - We Dare EP 1994

One of the 'oldest' UK punk bands are Chelsea from London and their story starts in 1976 and more than two decades after its release, "Right To Work", Chelsea's debut single, is included in Mojo Magazine's list of the best punk rock singles of all time. So you can search for more info about the band the web and for more music move over to the great F.P.F.T.P. blog and choose your favorite record from the generous offer. On this nice 7Inch, released via the German Weser Label, are three hymns. We Dare is sung in German with text translation while the flip comes with two live goodies, recorded at their German tour September/October 1994. A brilliant idea I find.

- Huge Thx to Fredrik -

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

X-BELIEBIG - Leben Ist Blut 7'' 1982

Started 1980 in Vienna, X-Beliebig based primarily on German Punk, although none of them felt as a punk. After months of rehearsals, followed later that year the first performance at the Wiener Neustadt Snack Bar, followed by numerous gigs which organized by the band themselves and in summer they released their first 7'' on Panza-Platte, "Leben Ist Blut" become a hit at the U4. Founding member Franz then left the band and was replaced by Zoltán and they moved away from punk and turned more towards to Wave (inspired by bands such as Joy Division). Shortly they released a mini-LP which is hardly known today and extremely difficult to find. After a gig in Innsbruck the band disbanded in 1983. Visit the Austro-Rock-Lexikon blog for more secrets and catch this rare copy yet!

Monday, 19 June 2017

WORKMATES - Live In Berlin EP 1980

Not much known about this five piece from Rotterdam. Only this record from Kreuzhammer with five cool punkies. Remarkable women and man singing, ergo two singers plus the amazingly good recording quality. Berna Bermate & Harry Storemate (vox), Martin (guitar), Hermann (bass) and Herman (drums). That's it!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

MARY MONDAY & THE BITCHES - I Gave My Punk Jacket To Rickie 7'' 1977

This record is one of the best punk 7'' in my opinion and was released on Malicious Productions. I know this one's is posted in many blogs so Fredrik sent me his copy and I have no other choice to present this sucker again. Lner notes I found and I say thx for this to -k-: "Mary Monday & The Bitches with their sole release is a ‘77 favorite - John Peel even said so - that tends to get overlooked in the heaps of punk records that were coming out at the end of the 70s. Both sides are poppy, kinda sloppy, and (most importantly) just downright fun. The b-side, is also a total rocker complete with manic, burning guitar. The single leaves you wanting more, but unfortunately, like so many others, the band left us with this great piece of wax and then disappeared into thin air. The band’s story seems to be shrouded in mystery, but according to several sources Mary Monday and the Bitches were five band members that got together in 1977 from California. Riding the invigorating punk wave, the back of their single was held together by safety pins in accordance with the “punk” fashion trend that was becoming increasingly common. Mary’s backing band were apparently a San Francisco bar band known as the Street Punks who had disbanded before the decade’s end. After “I Gave My Punk Jacket To Rickie”, it’s difficult to track down where SF scene queen Mary Monday went for certain, but some have claimed she assumed another pseudonym (Vermillion Sands) and wrote for the fanzine Search & Destroy, as well as continuing within the punk scene and participating in other musical endeavors for an indeterminate amount of time. Anyway, this single’s a favorite and “Punk Jacket” was also included on the great My Girlfriend Was A Punk! compilation, which collects early punk bands from all over the world."

- Huge Thx to Fredrik -

Thursday, 15 June 2017

COPY CATS - Fuck You If You Don't Like It! EP 1998

Debut record by Frankfurt's Copy Cats and I'm too lazy to write but I found two reviews which brings it to the point: "Took a long time until the thing was done but the result can be seen and heard above all. Three snotty Punk'n'Roll numbers (two covers by Chesterfield Kings and Nomads plus a separate song that I like the best by far), which occur well ass and apparently some people also stimulate other body regions. Swen by Plastic Bomb has chosen this drive to his favorite masturbate. This is very commendable, and we support such a thing only too happy to print especially for him by a pin-up photo of the singer Silke. Who does not own this music, which was hastily send ten dollars to the address above, because it certainly does not take long to get this thing can only buy at exorbitant prices in sleazy sex shops". (Köing Chauki, Gerda No.2 1998, Frankfurt) - "This is one of my favorite bands right now. Great garage rock with sleezy girl group vocal action. ShangriLa/Runaways fans, this is gonna get ya shakin’ Hot Nomads cover!" (Jeff Dahl, Sonic Iguana, 1999) - Their second 7Inch (Better Be Good) is with it and should you love their sound you need the Vampirella 10'' as well.

SENSUURI - Hulinaa 1979

Sensuuri was founded 1978 by young and prospective musicians Pepe (voice) and Costello (guitars), completed with Jaska (bass) and Pasi (drums). In fall 1978 Epe Helenius happended to see them play live in Safety Pins Club, and he immediately offered them a chance to record a single for Poko Rekords. A year later their first 7Inch 'Kirjoitan Seinään' was released and was surprisingly very well received and of course, an album had to be followed which was finally implemented shortly afterwards. The band started practising new material and Hulinaa was released in summer 1979. It followed a couple of 7Inchers and songs on various compilations (Hilse) and in 1980 after recording a song for the 'Hellää Terroria Korville' EP, in the intention to promote a fortcoming second album Jaska and Pepe left the band and Sensuuri was buried. A CD with all their studio works comes 1996 via Kråklund Records out. Now enjoy twelve nuggets early Finnish punkrock.