Tuesday, June 30, 1981

Zine - Rebel Music, Issue #1

Rebel Music is put together by people involved in our local Rock Against Racism movement. This group took their cues from the British organization and was motivated to start up to oppose the Klan who were trying to organize in Toronto. Interestingly the main interview is with Steel Pulse, who are a British reggae band that wrote a song called "Ku Klux Klan". Steel Pulse were part of the British RAR movement and shared stages with the Clash and the Sex Pistols when they first started. They payed a show in Toronto on May 8th, 1981 at the Concert Hall and James was able to talk with the drummer after the show. They spoke about the two tone scene and the Brixton riots among other things. The zine also features a well researched piece on the local reggae scene in Toronto which profiled Leroy Sibbles, the Twentieth Century Rebels, Truth and Rights, Bloodfire, One Love, and DJs and record stores on where to find reggae in Toronto. It is an amazing resource. The cover was made by Noxious Art.

Flyer - Tuesday June 30, 1981

CKCU is a campus community radio station in Ottawa. the Young Lions continue to demonstrate their commitment to underground causes, which in this case is about raising funds to get an alternative radio station on the air. Today, CKCU is one of the biggest campus community radio stations in Canada.

Sunday, June 28, 1981

DOA "Hardcore '81" LP

This is the 2nd album by DOA and the record that coined the phrase "Hardcore". This was recorded at Ocean Sound Studios and was put out on Prisoner Publishing. DOA covered one of the dinosaurs of rock Led Zeppelin and I always thought it was neat to demonstrate how they could blow them off the map with a raging version. DOA covered "Communication Breakdown".
When the record first came out Len Morgan from Ripper fanzine wrote

You'll be glad to hear that D.O.A. have released their second album, HARDCORE 81, upon our eager ears. And what an album it is, too bad that it was rushed... It is much better than its predecessor, SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE, which was released last August. This is probably because the guitars, vocals, drums and bass are all upfront instead of being lost in the muddy production of SOMETHING BETTER... HARDCORE seems like a rushed project because most of the album is filler material. They have two musical interludes as well as songs that one one claims to have written: "Bloodsucker Baby," "I Don't Give a Shit" and "My Old Man's a Bum." They also do a version of "Communication Breakdown" that puts Led Zeppelin to shame, sun in Joey Shithead's throatiest voice possible. Of the original songs, all of which are superb examples of D.O.A.'s energy, the best is "Unkown": mixing power whirds with a '60ish riff and very versatile vocals. It isn't a great album, in my eyes, but it is well worth getting.

The songs on here are:
1. D.O.A.
2. Unknown
3. Slumlord
4. Musical Interlude
5. I Don't Give A Shit
6. M.C.T.F.D
Communication Breakdown
8. 001 Loser's Club
9. Fucked Up Baby
10. The Kenny Blister Song
11. Smash The State
12. My Old Man's A Bum
13. Bloodsucker Baby
14. Waiting For You

Friday, June 26, 1981

Sunday, June 14, 1981

Horseshoe closes with riot


This article in the Sunday Sun reports that this event which has been referred to as the second Last Pogo under different promoters who were also being kicked out. The show was brokebn up during Screamin' Sam and the Problems set during "Wild and Free" ironically. Thanks to Steve Koch for sharing this with us.

Sunday, June 7, 1981