One of the oldest English Oi! veterans are Condemned 84 from Ipswich and they were formed Autumn 1980 as Criminal Tendencies, after three years the band changed their name to Condemned. The 84 moniker was added a year later, coinciding with the release of their first demo tape. This compilation (released via Cock-O-Rama) contains, in my opinion, their best songs: all from the Oi! Ain't Dead EP + In Search Of The New Breed 12'' and a few Gröhlies from the Battle Scarred mini album. Thirteen streetpunk anthems from the Eighties and they don't get tired... but I and there's coming soon a fine movie with Louis de Funès (the man with forty faces per minute). Yeah!!
Wednesday, 13 December 2017
Tuesday, 12 December 2017
This fuckin' christmas time is full with all kinds of crap but the best goodies are the cookies or hot Äppler/Punch/Wine, etc... and I'm getting fatter each time. Well, enough from my little private stories and let's talk about Japanese music. This compilation on O.B.R. Records is decorated with Osaka maniacs, six bands, two songs each and I'm a litte surprised because we find excellent mid-tempo goodies, Punk/Metal/Oi! style, and no screaminhardcorenoisecantunderstandpunk lullabies and that looks interesting like blood im urine. Now I need a shower and come back with a fresh lemon scent.
1.Easy Life - CYCLAMENS
2.Run Like Hell - CYCLAMENS
3.The Angel Kills You - DOROCHYS
4.Dead End Dreamer - DOROCHYS
5.Wind Jammer - GRUESOME
6.Dog And Stag - GRUESOME
7.Holy Terror - BUGS BUNNY
8.Rusty Eyes - BUGS BUNNY
9.Come Back, Maria - WHITE ROPES
10.Heartache & Trouble - WHITE ROPES
11.Fireman (My God Ittue) - GHAPPS
12.Heavy Time - GHAPPS
Monday, 11 December 2017
This record was also very influential in my musical history and I remember very well their hit that splashed over the ether day and night but I mean Men At Work have more to offer than Down Under. Formed 1978 in Melbourne by Colin (vocals + guitars), Jerry (drums) & Ron (lead guitar). They were joined by Greg (flute, saxophone, keys) and John (bass). Business As Usual is the debut album and was released 1981 and is one of the most successful albums internationally by an Australian group. The excellent mix of Pop, Reggae and New Wave makes these ten songs absolutely worth listening to, without stress, melodic, anytime and bring you to a pleasantly relaxed level (that's the case with me). Thirty-five years old and still a delicacy. Also album #2 (Cargo 1983) is, in my opinion, a solid record which I like to hear as well but with the third slab (Two Hearts, 1986) the band loses its class in all points: Uninspired, Boring, Poor, Cruel! Ergo, the group had to disbanded in 1986. Now sing the classics with me again.
Sunday, 10 December 2017
A complete underrated band I think is the next post: Die Crackers with their brilliant debut album. Sure, in punk circles rather unknown and really only known among local rockers but this album is the best they ever released and that's certainly not only German rock. Their lyrics are funny and frighteningly close on current affairs and the music is pure impact. Originally established 1980 in Wiesbaden at the height of summer, intended to be a joke combo at the beach party of a student nude volleyball tournament, the band has released four albums to 1987 and many singles. Apart from some initial difficulties some of their songs have become great hits. Moreover, they were in 1984, in addition to the Rodgau Monotones, Flatsch! and Hob Goblin are the protagonists of the so-called "Hessen-Power". A national success they celebrated with songs like Phonhaus & Pornokino (both in 1981) and their biggest one was the 'Klassenfahrt Zum Titisee' (1983) 7Inch, in which they coined the term "Turnschuhgeneration" that quickly found its way into the German language. 1987 the band broke up and two years later they recover with a new line-up. Since 1998, however, they play back in the original cast. In 2003 they appeared at the "Silberne Hochzeit" a anniversary concert for the Rodgau Monotones at the Stadthalle Offenbach and played there in front of 8.000 fans. For their 30th anniversary, the band recorded at concerts on 5 and 6 December 2008, the double CD "Die Crackers Live", which appeared in May 2009. The setlist of the evening came in agreement with the audience. In July 2009, the band released the 7'' 'Wir haben einen Traum', the official fan song of the soccer club SV Wehen Wiesbaden. So if you have the chanxe to buy this album (excellent cover b.t.w.) do it, because: it's unique! - Fuck..... it's snowing vehemently
Saturday, 9 December 2017
Dentist was a french punk from Nice, founded in the late 70's. They play fast, rough & they make it good. Dentist chose superbly their covers ranging from Otis to Radio Birdman, from The Stooges to Question Mark, essential songs exclusively... Even more, Dentist got to writing their own material inspired by the models that they were caught up in, producing an original sound that was neither ridiculous or immature. The A side of the album presents the 1978 session and on side B their 1979 session. Sliding towards a more 60's sound which was an early sign of things to come and the end of the group. Late 1980, Dentist split to leave space for another story: Les Playboys. All in all a classic punk rock nostalgia and this compilation was released by Mémoire Neuve in 2009.
Friday, 8 December 2017
Now something almost new with Michael Alonzo (singer of KSMB) have not made music since KSMB's reunification in the early 90's, but now he felt it was time and in summer he contacted bassist Inge Johansson from The (International) Noise Conspiracy. The band, Fas 3 is Sulo (acoustic guitar) from Diamond Dogs, Nicke Andersson on guitar (Hellacopters), Tony Johansson (guitar) and Tomas on drums. This is their debut record, released on Ny Våg Records and you get two tracks and both pretty damn good. The title track is a perfect upper mid-tempo punk rock number, powerful & melodic while the flip starts tranquil and increases slowly to a proper ballad. I like both songs even if the length is more than three minutes and those of you who like the legendary KSMB albums is well served here and all others become new fans. Alonzo & Phase 3's debut album is released on Blue Fin Recordings in 2013 and the second 'Hur Du Blir En Man' (300 copies) two years later. Also Obacht!!
- Special Thx to Fredrik -
Very good EP by this combo from Turin which belongs to the glorious 333 x Up & Down series via Incognito Records. Probably the first record and it comes along with four songs in a decent '77 style. Sounds almost strange because from this country I know finest Hardcore & Oi! stuff but these are the 90s Baby and the world is changing. Enough bla bla, who cares? By the way, my monitor is starting to shit off who sends me money?
Thursday, 7 December 2017
Emotional Punk from Linz/Austria here with Strahler 80 and the band introduce themselfs as follows: "... after a not clumsy-needled system, consisting of state, religion, capital, media, sexuality, gender, race, math, science, prison, + myriad other components, us all the possibility takes (you notice that you fucking hippies) to get out of this, we want at least donate some confusion in it, and search for the weak point. Domination, go shit yet. Furthermore we are präpotent wankers." That sounds quite decently I think. Strahler 80 released a few singles and one album which is called Knuth on Lufthanfa Records. Musically they play a nice mix of energtic punk with a touch hardcore and emo. And they're loud! They disbanded probably at the end of the 90's. Not bad :)
- Special Thx to Reinhard -
A long time since the last Metal post although the debut album of the Stormtroopers Of Death (S.O.D.) is more a Hardcore/Trash/Metal slab and they formed 1985 in New York by Scott Ian (guitars), Charlie Benante (drums), Dan Lilker (bass) and Billy Milano (vocals). "They recorded a 63 song demo called Crab Society North and set to work on an album for Johnny Zazula's Megaforce Records. The album, titled Speak English Or Die, was recorded and mixed over three days and has since been hailed as a landmark album that was among the first to fuse hardcore punk with thrash metal. They toured in support of the album in 1985, opening for Motörhead and The Plasmatics, among others. Their music served as the theme of the '80s incarnation of MTV's Headbangers Ball. They planned a follow-up titled USA For S.O.D. which was ultimately scrapped and never recorded." I heard a lot of Metal & Hardcore in the 80s and then came this album in and I was immediately excited, the intensity and dynamic which play the four their twenty-one songs is just awesome. Let yourself be intoxicated by this brilliant record.
Wednesday, 6 December 2017
The cool Greek label Wipe Out! Records released this fantastic slab by a Serbian band called KBO!, formed January 1982 in Kragujevac by Saša (vocals + guitars), Aleksandar (guitars), and Slobodan (drums) and they have three tapes recorded (listen here) before they went to Belgrade and made in only four hours their debut album. Sixteen splendid nuggets they pack in and with this powerful sound, the bar is raised high. In 2002 they need a creative break and a new album should follow but has not appeared to date. Now back to rip some vinyl, Живели!
There are bands which made almost no bad records and Canada's D.O.A. are certainly one of them. Active since 1978 they are one of the longest-lived punk bands I know and they don't get tired to continue their mischief and release cool records. On this litte 12'' are eight songs on the subject of war, which has raged here on the European continent all the centuries the most. War is a human disease where only those happy who make the utensils for: the fuckin' weapon producers all over the world. And that will certainly not change in the foreseeable future. D.O.A. make clear what many of us think as well: FUCK WAR! and prefer drinking a beer, talking and decently fucking, in this sense!
Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Another band I worshiped in the 80's are Marillion from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire who founded in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene in Britain and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the most commercially successful neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s. When singer Fish left the band in 1988 they became uninteresting to me because he wrote poetic brilliant lyrics, has the voice for this and proved this with his intense performance on stage, I had the opportunity to join a concert 1984 in the Eissporthalle. The first three albums are all great and their debut slab is this 12'' with three songs with the epic song Grendel (17:40) on the B-side. Well, there are many bootlegs with live and demo recordings and I'm partly really surprised, thought they aren't so popular. Well, my friends were not very fond of their music in those days. Egal, nowadays everything is different and the shit what is broadcast via the official medias invites me to bring the 'old' records out again.
Monday, 4 December 2017
Today is a special day because a very good friend I know through and through has birthday today and I honor him with his favorite band EA80 with their second rarest single. 100 copies made that were never sold, but given to friends of the band on their birthdays. Each copy comes in a different gift wrap and is personalized for the particular birthday child. Recorded May 1987 @ Joswigstudio Düsseldorf during the Mehr Schreie sessions. On the B-Side is nothing, a mute track so to speak. This post is dedicated to everyone who celebrates birthday today and everyone who always celebrates. Let it crack!
Start December door #4 with a short-lived five piece called O21 from Birmingham and they released their only 7Inch on U:K Pop Records. Three years earlier the legendary Mell Square Musick compilation was released on No Rip Off where they excelled with one song. Their single became a crowd favourite and the small press run was to sell out instantly, the band were now regularly gigging in London with memorable performance at La Beat Route Club and The Cavern in Liverpool. Unfortunately they did not make it to an album and in 1982 the band broke up. In 2001 the title track was used for the unofficial Powerpoppers slab and in 2015 the sub-label Paisley Archive brought a CD (All Was Nothing!) with all the recordings of the band out.
Sunday, 3 December 2017
Everbody knows the Sex Pistols and this is the 7'' which came out 1979 and Side A is the title track of the film, Side B comes with "Rock Around The Clock" which is sung by TenPole Tudor and the complete soundtrack was then released as a double album and is the last 'official' brilliant output by the Pistols. A few words from wikipedia about the film: The Great Rock'N'Roll Swindle (1980) is a mockumentary film directed by Julien Temple and produced by Don Boyd and Jeremy Thomas about the British punk rock band Sex Pistols. Guitarist Steve Jones plays a detective who - through a series of set piece acts - uncovers the truth about the band. Drummer Paul Cook & bass guitarist Sid Vicious play smaller roles, and the band's manager, Malcolm McLaren, is featured as "The Embezzler", the man who manipulates the Sex Pistols. Fugitive train robber Ronnie Biggs, performer Edward Tudor-Pole and actress Irene Handl also make appearances. The movie tells a stylised fictional account of the formation, rise and subsequent breakup of the band, from the point of view of their then-manager Malcolm McLaren. In the film, McLaren claims to create the Sex Pistols and manipulate them to the top of the music business, using them as puppets to both further his own agenda (in his own words - "chaos"), and to claim the financial rewards from the various record labels the band were signed to during their brief history - EMI, A&M, Virgin, and Warner Bros. Records. The footage was filmed in early - mid 1978, between singer John Lydon's departure from the band and their subsequent split. The movie was finally released nearly two years later. Lydon (who was listed in the credits as "The Collaborator") and early bass guitarist Glen Matlock only appear in archive footage - Lydon having refused to have anything to do with the production." The Pistols are great and their songs are still one of the best punk tunes ever, Black Leather, one more 7'' I posted a few months ago for example, I love them!! - If you have not already seen the film so go ahead and buy a copy.
Friday, 1 December 2017
Final post for today and it's a band that was completely unknown to me until now and I have to say the record is a hammer. Powerful two-minute smasher in just thirty-three total and this is already their second plate on Jimboco Records, excites me completely. Well, a few words from discogs: TMA started out as a three piece in New Brunswick, NJ (Rutgers) in 1981 with Tom (Emanuele), Mike (Demko) and Al (Rosenblum). Lead vocalist Dave Oldfield joined shortly thereafter. The band's moniker either stood for the original band members names or Too Many Assholes, depending on the day of the week and who in the band you asked. Influenced by the Angry Samoans, Black Flag, Circle Jerks and a variety of 70′s punk bands, TMA went on to record What's for Dinner? two years later. During that time, the band played a lot of local gigs at such infamous venues as the Dirt Club, where they built a loyal following and eventually wound up on a live compilation the club released called Hardcore Takes Over (Live @ the Dirt Club). New Jersey had a good hardcore/punk scene in the early 80s with a lot of bands and places to play, besides the Dirt Club, there was the Court Tavern, Roxy, Patrick's and the Melody. TMA were often paired with bands like Detention and Send Help, and played some of their best gigs with the Circle Jerks, Anti Nowhere League, Government Issue and the Joneses. They also did a few hardcore Sundays at CBGB’s, including a show with the Freeze. Tim Yohannon (R.I.P.) and the staff of Maximum Rock'N'Roll were fans of the band. What's for Dinner? was played a lot in the office and received exposure on Tim's radio show as well. Jello Biafra was also a fan. Nun, I think there is something for everyone with all three posts today and I have promoted you accordingly into the weekend, see ya!
- Big Thx to Fredrik -
So that no one falls asleep, I pack a classic out. We look back in 1978, the year which Hass was founded by Steffi (vocals), Jan (bass), Hektor (guitars) and B.A.P. (drums) in Marl and they were known for their direct lyrics against everything that annoys us. First noises were banned on the grandiose Soundtracks Zum Untergang compilation and in 1981 they released their first EP, better known as Rocker (listen here), as self production and a few weeks later this brilliant debut album via H'art Musik with fourteen smasher follows on. A milestone of German subculture in my eyes: rough, brutal, honest & dirty, their best record. All in all they released nine albums and five EP's and on many compilations represent. Hass disbanded in 2001 but in November 2013 they announced their reunification and the last call was 2014 with the 'Kacktus' album on Aggressive Punk Produktionen and a tour through Germany rounded off the life of Hass intoxicating. I saw them live in 1990 or 1991 I think, in Frankfurt/Nibelungenschule with Molotow Soda and another local band and I remember this evening very well, it was cold like now and it was a highlight because cool gigs were rare in the 90s. Hass was and is still part of my grubby punk life, Thanks!
The first door in December I want to open with the excellent Cranes and depending on the season, we come to quieter sounds. All four tracks are non-album goodies and come out via Dedicated and I think you will dive in to their beautiful dreamy sound like me.