Thursday, February 28, 2019

Top 10 – February 2019

1. MAKABERT FEND "Systemkollaps" (Phobia / Anomie)
2. CHEAP APPEAL "You Lose" ep (Neon Taste)
3. BOOTLICKER "6 Track" ep (Slow Death)
4. DESTRIPADOS "Gutless" (Black Water)
5. RUIN IT "Locked Up Dead" (Armageddon Label)
6. U-NIX "Nuke Portland" LP (Feel It)
7. VANILLA POPPERS "I Like Your Band" ep (Feel It)
8. BYSTANDER ep (Goodwill / World’s Appreciated Kitsch)
9. BOOZE AND GLORY "Chapter IV" (Pirate Press)
10. KAKAFONI "Kralar I Stoftet" (Phobia)


Sunday, February 24, 2019

Radio - Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Tonight's show starts off the latest instalment of LatinoAmerica Resiste. Tonight's focus is on Chile. Jose El Podrido has curated a show that looks at various bands from the beginning to today. 

You can hear the show on the player above or download the radio show here

VINCHUCAS - Dejen Respirar - Demo Tape (Not On Label) 1983 Santiago

This band changed their name to Los Prisioneros and became one of the most famous Chilean "rock" bands. They also changed their style from a band heavily influenced by the Clash and the 80's new wave and synth pop.

PINOCHET BOYS - Pinochet Boys ( Self Released) 1984 
Pinochet Boys are another band that are considered the first punk band in Chile although like the rest of the bands in this first part of the show don't actually sound a lot like punk but more in the new wave / no wave genre, for some reason i feel like Pinochet Boys is better known internationally and more famous for being the "first Chilean punk band" but the information i found is divided since according to all of the bands and their fans all of them were the first ever punk band in Chile, the only certain thing is that all of this younger individuals were playing music that no one else was playing while the dictatorship was still in full effect and that has a lot of value in my opinion.

VANDALIK - Maldito Espejo - The Unlikely History of the Punk Rock Chile. (Not On Label) 1986, Santiago

DADA - Yo Odio A Los Politicos. (Self Released) 1986 Santiago
Dada never recorded an album but a few of their recordings belong to a live session at a show called Melodias Subterraneas on the University of Santiago. They also played the first punk festival in Chile in 1986 organized by Pinochet Boys, bands like Zapatilla Rota, Niños Mutantes, Indice De Desempleo and Corruption Girls also played at the fest. The band was active for only 2 years and ended up due to the tragic death of the singer nick-named "Rock Star" who suffered from epilepsy.

ORGASMO - (a.k.a. CENSURADO) - (a.k.a. THE SLAM) - Hijo De Puta. (Self Released) 1987? Santiago de Chile
They meet in school and started playing in 1983, apparently they became famous and were constantly playing concerts plus tv shows interviews and they recorded one studio album. The name of the band was constantly censored on tv and radio which lead them to sometimes introduce the band with the name (CENSURADO) or sometimes THE SLAM. They reunited for one show on the 90's and recorded it. There is one more compilation album called "Antropologia" featuring all of their known recorded tracks.

FISKALES AD HOK - Estupidos Policias Mata Ratas Demo (Self Released) 1987 Santiago.
Fiskales Ad Hok started playing in 1986 but didn't released any official album until 1993. This song comes from their 1987 demo titled "Mata Ratas". They are also considered one of the first and long standing punk bands in chile since they are still active and playing.

POLITICOS MUERTOS - Burocratas Corruptos - Politicos Muertos (CFA Corporacion Fonografica Autonoma) 1997 Santiago. 
This is from"Politicos Muertos" their first and only studio album, and although it was released in 1997, but featured recordings from 1987 through to 1995.

EMOCIONES CLANDESTINAS - Animate - Abajo En La Costanera. (Emi Records) 1987 Santiago.

OCHO BOLAS - Corrupcion - ...Al Servicio (Self Released) 1989 Valparaiso.

CAOS - Libertad De Expresion - Caos O Democracia (Self Released) 1989 Santiago.

LOS KK - No Eres Nada - Kk Urbana Demo Tape (Self Released) 1989 Santiago.

INDICE DE DESEMPLEO - Werema Kk - Warema Kk 7". (Hueso Records) 2013 Santiago. Originally released in 1989.

ANARKIA - Desarmer Nuclear taken from a cassette recording called "Censurado". 1989

LOS MISERABLES - Mata Al Enemigo Democracia? (Liberacion) 1991 Santiago.

BBS PARANOICOS - Libertad Condicional - Incierto Final (Alerce) 1993 Santiago.

CAMION POLICIA - Contra El Gobierno Y La Burguesia - Demo (Not On Label) 1991 Valparaiso.

MACHUCA - Yo Aspiro - Si Tapas Tus Oidos. (Self Released) 1992 Concepcion.

LOS JOROBADOS - Animal De Pelo Corto - Etapa Anal (Self Released) 1996 Santiago. This album was released in 1996 and is a compilation of all of their songs.

LOS MOX!! - Se Me Apago La Tele - Se Me Apago La Tele. (ANadie Records) 1997 Santiago.

PUNKORA -La Cancion Del Rencor- . Nadie A Los Llamados. (Self Released) 2001 Santiago.

MARCEL DUCHAMP - Utopia - Redencion 9.11. (Masapunk Records) 2001 Santiago.

TETRANARKO - Carta Ajuste - Luchando Por Su Vida. ( Ktim Records) 2001 Arika. The singer on this band burn himself to death inside his car.

CURASBUN OI! - Moreira - Kaos (Anarko Proleta Rekords) 1999 Santiago. 
They wrote this song to ivan moreira a 90's senator in chile which among other things became famous for his support to Augusto Pinochet he even did a hunger strike in support of the dictator while he was detained in london. A piece of shit war criminal supporter none the less. Curasbun toured a couple of times in Canada in 2016 and 2017 playing toronto at the hard luck the first time and coalition the second one.

BÖMBARDEÖ - Viviendo Con Terror - Misfortunes Of War (Espiral DIYscos, Eskaramuza Distro, Disordera Records) 2017 Santiago.

EDIÖNDÖ - Basura Policial - Punk Hardkore Que Te Hace Estremecer (Orate Asusta A Turistas Con Motosierra Records) 2016

ALAMBRE DE PUAS - Punkis Viejos - Demo (Self Released)

PESADILLA - Paralisis De Sueño - Pesadilla Cassette (Tobi Records) 2016 Santiago. PESADILLA also played Toronto a while ago, two of the members were somehow visiting/living in Toronto and decided to do a show with the help of Lautaro another Chilean member of the Toronto punk scene who also plays in bands like

IGNORANTES - Persuacion Montajes Y Banderas Falsas - Demo Buena Onda (Tobi Records) 2015 Concepcion. 
Ignorantes is playing this year in canada, they are touring towards the end of the year and they certainly have a date in Toronto so be aware of this if you're into this awesome band.

Some sources for tonight's show include the following:
1) One of the main sources to inform tonight's show is a documentary called "Pank: Origenes del punk en Chile" by Martin Nunez that you can watch below.

There is a transcript of an interview with the Director in English found on-line here.

2) LOS PRISIONEROS Cristian gala teleanailsis

Leonarda Aller Jeria
Libros la Calabaza del diablo.
Santiago de Chile, 2014

4) Orgasmo la primera banda punk Chilena
Mikeh Serrano
Ediciones Askasis
Libro de anécdotas, una bitácora para viajar por indios del punk Chileno

Pablo berthelon
Carnada Films
2013, Chile

Gonzalo Justiniano
1984 Chile

Some compilations that you might find helpful on this scene:
1) V.A. - Clasicos Del Punk Chileno - Alerta Discos 2013 Santiago
2) V.A. - La Revuelta Deforme Vol. 1 - Babuino Records
3) V.A. - La Revuelta Deforme Vol. 2 - Babuino Records
4) V.A. - La Revuelta Deforme Vol. 3  - Babuino Records  

Some of the bands that we were not able to play include:
1) ARKOLIKOS ANONIMOS - El Recluta - A La Salud De Los Muertos (Venganza Records) 1994 Santiago 
2) MALGOBIERNO - Guerra - Split With Apatia No ( Self Released) 2002 Santiago
3) SUDOR OBRERO - Dolor Sangre Lagrimas Y Sudor - Callejeros (Frontline Records-Bar Crew Records) 2003 Santiago
4) IGNICION - Falso - Demo Tape ( Not On Label) 2018 Constitucion Chile
5) DISHUMANIZAR - No Hay Futuro - Trastorno Explosivo Intermitente ( Not On Label) 2017 Concepcion Chile
6) MUERTE TOTAL - Ahogo - Muerte Total Ep ( Orate Asusta A Turistas Con Motosierra Records) 2015 Santiago
7) INMADURA RESPUESTA ACTUAL - Cuidado Somos Los Daggers - Inmadura Actitud Adolecente (Toby Records) 2011 Santiago
8) NERVIOS - Disciplina - Demo (Toby Records) 2014 Santiago
9) NINJAS MUTANTES ADOLECENTES - Furioso - Demo (Toby Records) 2010 Santiago. MNE Played last year Not Dead Yet Fest and went on a north american tour right after. 

Here are some new Canadian releases.

SUBVERTER - Pharm Life (Self-Released)
ALIEN BOYS - Mother Chaos (Self-Released)
CHAIN WHIP - Overstimulated World (Neon Taste / Dirt Cult)
THE FAPS - John Denver (Double Lunch)
WIREHEAD - Conjure Club (Self-Released)

A.S.O.P. - Cap'n Punk (Self-Released)
BOOJI BOYS - Kanadian Kontent (Sewercide)
NERVE BUTTON - Bite the Bullet (Self-Released)
TOMMY AND THE COMMIES - Permanent Fixture (Slovenly)
PLASTIC HEADS - I Can't Sleep (Self-Released)
PRIORS – Swelter (Slovenly)

Friday, February 22, 2019

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Radio - Sunday, February 17th, 2019

Black History Month and punk : Black Dots - 1985-1995

The continuing look at the impact that Black punks have had on the scene. Listen above or download a copy of the show here.

BAD BRAINS - Black Dots (Caroline)

DC Scene continued
Revolution Summer begins in DC in the summer of 1985 in which the original kids from the hardcore scene re-engaged with the punk scene by starting bands and working on a cultural revolution within that took a hard stance on violence especially at shows, a hard stance against sexism, and a re-engagment with political activism in the form of the punk percussions events. Musically they created the basis for Emo,  but it started with a broad experimentation in sound.

There was no broader inspired band then BEEFEATER, who borrowed liberally from funk, soul, reggae and metal. Of course they layered everything over a punk bed. the band started in 1984 and didn’t start releasing records until 1985. They had a black guitarist named Fred Smith who brought the metal. He was a metalhead with leather jacket and studded shin guards. I saw him play at Ildiko’s where he put his foot through the wall. This is BEEFEATER with a song that Fred wrote called “Fred’s Song”.

BEEFEATER - Fred’s song (Dischord)
BEEFEATER - Satyagraha (Dischord)
BEEFEATER – Wars in Space (WGNS)
BEEFEATER – Apartheid (Olive Tree)
BEEFEATER – Freditude (Dischord)
BEEFEATER – Blind Leads Blind (No Master’s Voice)

BEEFEATER recorded three records and broke up in 1986. Fred Smith had the nickname “Freak” and would go on to play in a band called STRANGE BOUTIQUE in the 90’s. Sadly, Fred Smith was stabbed to death in San Fernando, last year on August 8th at the age of 55 s reported by MRR. In that last set comprised songs from everyone of their releases : i) Plays for Lovers, ii) Alive and kicking, iii) Need a Job, iv) House Burning Down, and v) The ALF is Watching and There is No Place to Hide.

FIRE PARTY were an all women punk band that also came out of the Revolution Summer. Tomas Squip, the singer for Beefeater, credits Amy Pickering, the vocalist for FIRE PARTY, for setting Revolution Summer in motion. FIRE PARTY’s drummer, Nicky Thomas, was black and experienced discrimination on another level. On a European tour, while FIRE PARTY were being dismissed as BANGLES wannabes, Nicky Thomas was being asked what was she doing at the punk show? The band defended her but the story demonstrated how racism was still an issue in a movement that was trying to bring this to light in the mainstream. 

FIRE PARTY – Only Nine Mottos (Dischord)
DAG NASTY – Never Go Back (Dischord)
SWIZ - Sunstroke / Pet Tricks / Tylenol (Sammich)

Shawn Brown, was originally known for singing in DAG NASTY with a bunch of scene vets. In some liner notes to the Selfless Recording, Don Zientara, the sound engineer, said that Shawn brought the edginess to the band whereas the other members were starting to fall back on pop hooks which is evidenced in their next release “Wig Out at Denko’s”. DAG NASTY kicked out Shawn before releasing “Can I Say” and re-record it with Dave Smalley, which is still a monster release, but Dischord had the foresight to keep the recording and after much pressure release the Shawn Brown recordings in 2010.

Shawn was inspired by Bubba Dupree from VOID. Shawn was not deterred and starts a band called SWIZ in 1987. SWIZ strived to be a non-political band so even though DC is hugely political place like DC that had Positive Force and Revolution Summer. Shawn still wrote songs like “Sunstroke” and “Pet Tricks” comparison between black men and animals., and “Tylenol” about getting a headache from continually having to explain your presence in the scene.

NYC scene continued
1986 - UNDERDOG formed when Richie left YOUTH OF TODAY to start a dub mosh blended hardcore band. It was truly unique at the time. They would go on to release a number of eps and LPs and Chuck Treece from McRad would later join the band which seems like a natural fit in terms of sound and direction.

1986 - ABSOLUTION featured Djinji Brown on vocals. Djinji was from brooklyn and was the son of Marion Brown who was in the jazz scene. “Blogged and Quartered” described ABSOLUTION as “in a league of their own. They played some of the most creative, energetic, and powerful hardcore with some of the most thought provoking and intelligent lyrics the 80’s NYHC scene had to offer. They didn’t release much and there was a wealth of bands which has kept them in relative obscurity. They were part of the second wave of NYHC existing between 1986 and 1989. Known for song “Never Ending Game”, which is a song directed at other black folks who called him a freak because they didn’t understand where he was coming from. When Absolution break up Gavin and John formed BURN.

1987 - Chris Fist was the guitarist in CLENCHED FIST, who were a second wave supergroup for the NYHC scene. Chris Fist was in MENTAL ABUSE when joining CLENCHED FIST he would go on to start BREAKDOWN and jam with CITIZENS ARREST. He currently has a hardcore band named the WILDING INCIDENT.

ENUF were a New Jersey band that introduce Hip Hop into the hardcore sound.

1987 - TRUE COLOURS - were in a hardcore band formed out of members form OUR GANG and would go on to start CITIZENS AREEST. The contribute a song to the “New Breed” compilation titled “No Way to Live”.

UNDERDOG – True Blue (Revelation)
ABSOLUTION - Not This Time (Temperance)
CLENCHED FIST - Inner Strength (Self-Released)
ENUF - Fantasy World (Self-Released)
TRUE COLORS - No Way to Live

1985 – S.C.U.M. were a crossover band from Montreal. They appeared on the P.E.A.C.E. comp put out by R Radical Records. The singer’s name was Anthony and he was a black punk. He was known for break dancing on the stage. The band’s name is a ingenious slight on the Montreal police who were known as C.U.M. There were signs everywhere that they just spray painted an S in front of to re-name them cum – Society Controlled Under Murderers. That help explains why they had so many songs about police harassment.

S.C.U.M. - So M.U.C.H. Hate (Psyche Industries)
AFGHAN WHIGS – Doughball (Ultrasuede)
ANGRY RED PLANET – Mediocrity (Angry Red)
TRENCHMOUTH - Here Come the Automata (East/West)

1986 - AFGHAN WHIGS - a soul influenced punk band from Cincinnati, Ohio
Steve Myers – AFGHAN WHIGS

1988 - TRENCHMOUTH - post punk band from Chicago. Damon Locks was the vocalist. They did most of their recording between 1991 and 1995.

BURN would feature Chaka Malik on vocals. Members would go on to form ORANGE 9mm, DIE 116, and QUICKSAND. ORANGE 9mm formed by Ckaka Malik

ORANGE 9MM – Driver (Revelation)
BURN – Drown (Revelation)
ANASARCA -Stationary People (Planaria / Second Nature)
DUB WAR - Mad Zone (Earache)
CANDIRIA – Tribes (Rising Pulse)

1992 - CANDIRIA - progressive metal / hardcore band from Brooklyn calling their blend of metal, hardcore, hip hop and jazz “Urban Fusion”. Carley Coma was their singer.

DUB WAR – from South Wales, described as ragga rap punk. The singer Clive Webbe would go on to play in LOS HOOLIGANS and SKINDRED.

1994 - ANASARCA were a six piece demo band from Cockeysville, Maryland. They formed in 1994 and broke up in 1997. They recorded a demo and an ep and a split. The band pushed the screamo sound from the fury and intensity side of things. Jonathon Wilson was a black punk

1980 - POISON GIRLS an anarchist punk band from the UK that featured Vi Subversa on vocals, a middle aged mother of colour who wrote songs that explored sexuality and gender roles from an anarchist perspective. They are an important omission from last week which we will feature a few songs from different releases.

POISON GIRLS – Crisis (Small Wonder / Xntrix)
POISON GIRLS – Take the Toys (Xntrix)
RUBELLA BALLET - Money Talks (Ubiquitous)
RUBY KARINTO – Chikotan (Self-Released)
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS – Bloody Dub (Chrysalis)

Vi Subversa passed away on February 19th, 2016. Her kids would go on to play in Rubella Ballet.

LANDFILL CREW - Youth Revolt (Pirates Press)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Radio - Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Tonight's show is the first of a four part series looking at the contributions of black punks and the impacts they had on the scene. This first part looks at the proto punk period (1974) through to hardcore (1984) and could not been pulled together were it not for the excellent work of Chris Murdoch's "Black Dots" presentation. 

We are also indebted to Tony Rettman's book "NYHC" for the Bad Brains period in NYC. The imprint of the Bad Brains defines New York Hardcore.

Download the show here.

So we started with the BAD BRAINS song because the song described the experience of black punks in the scene. 

BAD BRAINS – Black Dots (Caroline)

DEATH (Proto punk)
So we are going to starts at the beginning with a proto punk band from Detroit called Death. The band started in 1971 and initially started out as an R and B band called Rock Fire Funk Express. The band went in a hard rock direction after seeing the Who and Alice Cooper. "Politicians in My Eyes" was the band's first release in 1976 on their own label, DIY before it was known as that. 

DEATH – Politicians in My Eyes (Tryangle)

The band was made up of the Hackney brothers (Bobby, David, and Dannis. They recorded an album in 1975 called  "...For The Whole World To See" which wouldn't see the light of day until 2009. The band was truly a rock n roll victim

DEATH – Rock n‘ Roll Victim (Drag City)

Their music has since been documented in the 2012 documentary "A Band Called Death", a film that has won them a cult following decades after they disbanded.

DEATH – You’re a Prisoner (Drag City)

Their music has since been documented in the 2012 documentary A Band Called Death, a film that has won them a cult following decades after they disbanded.

DEATH – You’re a Prisoner (Drag City)

In 1974, a band called Pure Hell started up in Philadelphia. Also part of the proto punk era, Pure Hell came up at the same time as MC5, Dead Boys, and the Sex Pistols. The band would play New York City and befriended the New York Dolls and Sid Vicious and in 1978. 

PURE HELL – These Boots are made for Walking (Golden Sphinx)
SID VICIOUS – C’mon Everybody (Virgin)

Golden Sphinx was a label run by Curtis Knight who was in the Squires, aa band that featured a young Jimi Hendrix. Curtis liked the idea of an all black punk band because it was Pulling an Elvis on the music industry.  In his mind he was looking for a black group that could mimic white music. 

PURE HELL - I Feel Bad (Welfare)

Curtis thought of Pure Hell as a novelty act. Pure Hell recorded an album in 197, but after falling out with the band he refused to release it. The widow of Curtis auctioned off the recording and Welfare would come to release the collection in 2006 by Welfare Records.  The album was called 'Noise Addiction'.

PURE HELL – Wild One (Welfare)

Started by two black men who chose the name because Patti Smith had just released a single called “Rock ‘n roll Nigger”. The band name expressed that black punks didn't appreciate the use of that term. The NY Niggers would self-release a single and this is the B-Side.

NY NIGGERS – Headliner (NYN)

There is some confusion about whether there was one band or three in a review below: 

"THE NIGGERS - Seemingly three bands in three different cities (New York/Boston/Detroit) used this ungenteel name. The most prominent band appears to have been the Detroit Niggers, who had a story printed in Creem magazine in 1978 (as part of a larger piece on the Detroit punk scene) and a brief news blurb in Bomp. Both articles had pictures of the band with processed Chuck Berry hairdos and flaunted bare chests. Their songs included "Crazy White Bitch," "Dirty Dogs" and the anthem, "Niggers," and of the band name, members Reno and J.C. Richards explained, "Should we call ourselves The Honkies?" One New York punk legend of our acquaintance suggests that the N.Y. Niggers were "friends" with the late Nancy Spungen, Sid Vicious' doomed girlfriend. They self-released a ridiculously obscure single, "Just Like Dresden" b/w "Headliner" in 1978 as the "N.Y. Niggers." Though there's no picture sleeve, the rough punk sound of the record is Detroit influenced enough to possibly suggest it was the same band transplanted out East. (JP)"
Black Punk Time: Blacks in Punk, New Wave and Hardcore 1976-1984 (Part 2) 
By James Porter and Jake Austen (From Roctober #32, 2002)

NY NIGGERS – Just Like Dresden ’45 (NYN)

Moving over to England, X-Ray Spex started out in 1976 after Poly Styrene saw a Sex Pistols gig. Poly stood out among her peers not just for being a person of colour or being a women but she wore these dental braces and stood against the typical sex object female archetype. "identity" embodied so much about poly's life.   

X-RAY SPEX – Identity (EMI)

There was a story about Poly Styrene chopping her hair in Johnny Rotten's place to take that anti-sex object one step further, and is a perfect segue into their most famous song....and the song that I grew up listening to over and over at summer camp off of some compilation. it took my years to realize that they had a single and an album out. 

X-RAY SPEX – Oh Bondage Up Yours (EMI)
X-RAY SPEX - Warrior at Woolworths (EMI)

Poly Styrene also had a unique vocal sound. She had been trained in Opera and her voice had been described as "effervescently discordant" and powerful enough to drill holes through sheet metal. Being of mixed race and wearing a lot of dayglo Poly was referred to as the face of modern day feminism. 

Meanwhile in Los Angeles another strong black woman was having an impact on their punk scene. Karla (Mad Dog) Duplantier would join the CONTROLLERS on drums. The band was unknown until Karla joined partially because she was a phenomenal drummer She also went to radio stations and started getting them better gigs. The GERMS borrowed her kick drum when playing and recording. and she wound up joining the FLESH EATERS which is where we found a recording with her on it. 

THE FLESH EATERS - Ten Inch Razor (Upsetter)
BAD BRAINS - Redbone in the City (Caroline)

BAD BRAINS started out as a jazz fusion that did covers, but their second guitarist,  Sid McCray, turned them onto the SEX PISTOLS, which is evidenced by "Redbone in the City". They were nervous about being seen as a novelty act and didn’t play out right away. It wasn’t until they saw footage of PURE HELL that they started playing shows on their own and would go on to lay the foundation for what would be known as DC Hardcore.

BAD BRAINS - Banned in DC (Caroline)
BAD BRAINS - Attitude (Caroline)

Positive Mental Attitude first expressed in the song "Attidude' would becme a defining ideology behind DC HarDCore. They became mentors for the TEEN IDLES and SOA. They would hold showcases for as many as 10 - 15 bands at a time. They shared a rehearsal space with the TEEN IDLES so they had somewhere to practise. They would give them tips on how to play their instruments. BAD BRAINS played the housing projects they were form in DC and Maryland. Valley Green housing project is one of them that had one of these matinees. But these shows were the reason why they got in trouble which is what the song "Banned in DC" is about. The bands that BAD BRAINS nurtured would go on to play wilder shows then them. So the mayhem was set in motion. What is interesting is that the TEEN IDLES would bring back the Huntington Skank from California which would make shows more dangerous. And they would not get banned. But the all black band was the one that got in trouble by the authorities.

So the next set will be about the bands in DC who also had prominiant black punks in their bands. Toni Young, was a promoter and was able to join RED C who only ever release 4 songs on the legendary “Flex Your Head” compilation. The song that they are most well known for is “Pressure’s On”, a song about police harassment. 

RED C - Pressure's On (Dischord)
VOID - Go South (Dischord)
SCREAM - Solidarity (Dischord)

VOID were from Colombia, Maryland and were younger than most everyone in the scene. They had a guitarist named Buppa Dupree who would inspire a young Shawn Brown to be in a band a few years later. VOID wrote a song called “Go South” about southerners who would come up to see their show and fight the band because they didn’t like the fact that Bubba was black and in the band. They also had a song called “Black Jewish and Poor” was a song that described the make up of this band.

SCREAM were another great band from DC and had Eugene Thompson better known as Skeeter, playing guitar for them. He was the person who convinced the band to add a lot of non-punk elements into their first record like acoustic guitar, reggae, country. They were not well liked at first. They opened up for Minor Threat a lot and they would cover “Guilty of Being White” and Skeeter would sing. They are one of my all time favourite bands from DC.

So after Bad Brains got in trouble with those showcase shows they moved to New York city and their sound becomes synonymous with the New York Hard Core sound. BAD BRAINS experience is well documented in Tony Rettman's book called “NYHC”. The chapter on BAD BRAINS is called “The Big take Over” which takes on a new meaning with their arrival.

BAD BRAIN – Big Take Over (Roir)

Tim Summer did a radio show on WNYU called “Noise the Show”. He spoke about getting the “Pay to Cum” single as soon as it came out, which means it was released when they were in NYC. He said that he knew that this was something completely different from anything else. It was a record where nothing was the same afterwards, like “Blitzkrieg Bop” or “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks. It’s in that league. “Pay to Cum” invented an entire genre of music in a minute and a half.

BAD BRAIN – Pay to Cum (Roir)
BAD BRAIN – Supertouch - Shitfit (Roir)

The BAD BRAINS used to have an introduction “Quicker than the Dickies, Faster than the RAMONEs, ladies and gentlemen : the BAD BRAINS.

The editor of Tse Tse Fly zine said the BAD BRAINS were the centre of influence. Anybody from the CRO MAGS to AGNOSTIC FRONT to the MOB were indebted to the BAD BRAINS.

Todd Youth wrote that the BAD BRAINS were our Led Zeppelin and our Beatles.

Here is a set of bands influenced by BAD BRAINS starting with the STIMULATIORS who open the first time BAD BRAINS  come to NYC.

CRO MAGS – Dub (Cro Mag Recording)
BEASTIE BOYS – Beastie (Roir)
THE MAD - I Hate Music (Disgusting)
HEART ATTACK – Society (Serious Clown)
URBAN WASTE – Public Opinion (Mob Style / Mad at the World / Even Worse / Way Back When)
AGNOSTIC FRONT - Society Sucker (Rat Cage / Combat Core / Bridge Nine)

The breakdown in "Society Sucker" sounds like it is derived from "the Big Takeover" and "Supertouch". 

John Dancy was the drummer in Urban Waste and the song "Public Opinion" would express the identity crisis experienced by a black kid in the punk scene. 

Jesse Malin from HEART ATTACK expressed how helpful the BAD BRAINS were in loaning them their gear and had HEART ATTACK  play a set at their show. He said they were super into developing a youth movement. 

David Hahn from the THE MAD put up BAD BRAINS when they first came to town, took them out for Chinese food, and took them to clothing stores to get their second hand clothes.

The BEASTIE BOYS in their recent book talked about how important BAD BRAINS gigs were in NYC. 

The Dub song on the Age of Quarrel demo suggests the lasting impression that the BAD BRAINS had on a young Harley Flanagan when he was in the STIMULATORS. 

Skate scene
The skate scene was made up of a lot of black punks like Mike Cornelius who was in JFA from Pheonix. Probably the band that defined skate-core. 

JFA - Skateboard / We Know You Suck (Placebo)
McRAD - Dominant Force (Red Music)
YDI - Out for Blood (Blood Bubble)
DEAD KENNEDYS - Nazi Punks Fuck Off (Alternative Tentacles)

MCRAD from Philadelphia featured Chuck Treece, He would go on to play for UNDERDOG which we will feature in next week’s show.

YDI featured Howard Twigs on drums, also from Philadelphia. He expressed his frustrations in the songs “Out for Blood”

DEAD KENNEDYS feature D.H. Peligro on drums. His first recording with the band is “In God We Trust Inc.” which features “Nazi Punks Fuck Off”. The song took on a new meeting as the band started to get attacked by nazi skins because D.H. was in the band.

The STRANGLERS talked to me about how they developed their sound. The bass drives their sound. That came from checking out King Tubby's sound system. 

THE STRANGLERS – Peaches (United Artists)
BASEMENT 5 - Heavy Traffic (Island)


Chris Murdoch "Black Dots"

Tony Rettman "NYHC"

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Radio - Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Given that this is a Sunday, I thought we would start this week's show with a tribute to the day. The Radiators from Space from Dublin start out this week's show. Listen above or download the show here.

THE RADIATORS FROM SPACE - Sunday World (Chiswick)

We started out this week's show with an oldies set with these releases coming out within the first five year's of punk's inception. 

BORED GAMES - I Don't Get It (Flying Nun)
THE SECRET - Handel a Vandal (Arista)
THE VICTIMS - What I Want (Golden Disc)
THE DAMNED - Sick of Being Sick (Stiff)

A a counterpoint this set is all brand new punk. 

UBIK - Lost and Later (Helta Skelta / Lost in Fog)
ABOLITIONIST – Avalanche (Self-Released)
THIS MEANS WAR - Greed Is Out (Demons Run Amok / Pirates Press)
THE FALLOUT - Walk in the Sun (Rebel Time)
UPPER DOWNER - Disarm the Police (Riot Ready)

OFFBEATS - In a Rush (Smog Veil)
URGENT MATTER – Oh No (Self-Released)
NAO SOMOS NADA - Não quero entender mais nada (Self-Released)
THE HARD TOMS – Love Me Tonight (Take it Hard / Samo)
RIK AND THE PIGS – Keyhole (Total Punk)

ETERAZ - هرج و مرج (Self-Released)
HEXE -Escape Artist (Self-Released)
SELKASAUNA - Sydämen Jääkausi (Self-Released)
VAASKA - No A La Guerra (Beach Impediment)
MURDERSQUAD – In your Grave (Self-Released)

A.S.O.P. - Monkey Bite (Self-Released)
THREE IMPOTENT MALES - Destroyer Divine (Self-Released)
FRIED EGG – Confidence (Shout)
THE ANOMALYS – Fire in the Hole (Slovenly)
FLAG OF DEMOCRACY - Professional Sleeper (SRA)

The first half of this next set mostly features re-Issues that came out in the last couple of months.

RIPCORD - Subliminal Decay (YOFC / Raging)
WARWOUND - Already Judged (Unrest)
MOMENT MANIACS - Flesh Power Dominion (Unrest / Distortion)
BOREDOM - The One-Handed Parasite (Contraszt / Halvfabrikat
CANSOC - Mayhem Till The End (Self-Released)

This next set features bands that didn't make it into the top 10 picks for January releases.

SUCK LORDS – Shut In (Stucco
MOOM - Bet Zonot (To Live a Lie
TORPUR – Progress (Self-Released)
CLUELESS? – Just a Girl (Self-Released
VANITY - It's That Way For A Reason (Beach Impediment)
SAUNA YOUTH - Theatre 83 (Upset! The Rhythm)

Here is my top 10 picks for January 2019.

10. SOAKIE “Dangerous Dope” – Cream (Self-Released)
9. FAILURE “Cross the Border” - Cross the Border (To Live a LIe)
8. MORUS “Cialo Aboe” - Na Sen (Unrest / Trujaca Faita)
7. PERMISSION “Drawing Breath” - Atmosphere (La Vida Es Un Mus
6. NUEVA FUERZA “Hitos Y Derrotas” - Hitos Y Derrotas (La Vida Es Un Mus
5. CONVENIENCE “Stop Pretending” LP – Invisible (Iron Lung)
4. STIGMATISM ep - It's Too Late (Beach Impediment)
3. BLOOD PRESSURE “Surrounded” LP – Surrounded (Beach Impediment)
2. RAW PEACE “Total Death” - War is Here (Hypertension)
1. NAZI KILLER ep - Find Our Way (Kids of the Lughole / At War with False Noise / Samizdat / Superfi / Gronk / Nuclear Mind / Repulsive)

Here is a set of newer edge bands

SICK BURN – Goof (Self-Released)
DOMAIN – Feeding (Refuse)
NO SKIN - Neck Deep (Self-Released)
MAREE NOIRE - Marée Noire (Destructure / Donnez-Moi Du Feu)
POINT OF CONTACT - Still Drug Free (Self-Released)

Tonight's demo feature is a band from Moncton called the Phone Jerks. They have a collection of covers on their bandcamp page that we are going to feature tonight. You can find this recording on bandcamp.

PHONE JERKS – Cigarettes and Alcohol (Self-Released)
PHONE JERKS – Time Bomb (Self-Released)
PHONE JERKS – Damage Your Health (Self-Released)
PHONE JERKS – What a Way to Die (Self-Released)
PHONE JERKS – Heebie Jeebies (Self-Released)

Friday, February 1, 2019