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'Hate Of Mind'
45 1999.
First I've heard of these angry
punksters from Georgia, USA, and I
must say they have a lot of energy on
tap. For the five tracks on show we get
duel guitars and duel psychotic vocals,
which make for an energetic hardcore
package. First up on the 'Intimidation'
side are 3 blasts of growing up a punk
and it's daily trials and tribulations.
Bumming punks and getting the sack
from the job you hate on 'Hate Of Mind'
was pretty good! But the most
impressive track on this side was 'Win
Or Lose', which boasted a good
chorus and smart rampaging guitars.
On a downer they suffer like so many
punks do these days with a 'speed is
of the essence' clause stapled into
their punk contract. And yeah by all
means get some speed into the songs,
but without the power or tunes it don't
always work that way. The verses to
the songs were machine gunned out
but lost their impact in the blur. Side 2,
the 'Instigation' side opens up with
'Stoic Enemy' which is probably this
EP's best track. It's a song about the
indifference in society...conveyed in a
very pissed off manner. I like their
guitar sounds, especially near the end
with some 'Big John' riffs thrown in. But
again I didn't see the point in the
identical sounding duel vocals? Duel
vocals ain't needed in a band unless
they differ significantly in style or in
tone or gender. Maybe they needed a
slot for one of their mates? They finish
off with a good version of
finer moments, 'Dead
Cities' . I'd say early
Exploited were a
big influence on their sound musically,
but with a more modern political
message! Shows promise. Comes in a
gatefold lyric sleeve plus sticker.
There's a new album by these due out
in July 2000 and they are touring
Europe in November.
Available from
Mad Skull Records
'Alternative Losers'
(HSI 18) CD 1999.
The German Avengers come at us
with 10 power driven tracks here and
have improved no end from their
patchy debut in 1996. The storming
'Wanna Buy A Boyfriend' kicks in and
the velocity don't let up once over the
22 minutes plus of tracks. The
storm in with both guitars
blazing. These rockers don't know the
meaning of brakes and that's what's
good about em coz they keep the
momentum going with thick, chunky but
cleanly produced guitar riffs supplied
by the personality crisis hit Bernadette.
His guitars and Ingi, their auburn
haired tomboy singer make this a
standout. You do only get ten tracks
which leaves you wanting more but
that's probably the way they planned
it...hit and run! If you like your punk
fast and powerful these are worth
checking out. They even do a cover of
'Second To None' by
The Avengers to
confirm where they are coming from
the Runaways 'Cherry Bomb'
follows close behind. Their own tracks
are just as good, take 'Stereotyped'
which nicks a 'Pretty Vacant' intro and
then steams into a trashy rock n roll
riff. They shrewdly left out their lyrics
this time around coz the broken
English vocals sound great but read
like a dyslexic nursery rhyme! Another
big plus about this CD is when it comes
out your speakers it's seems to reach
far louder emissions than yer average
album in comparison which has gotta
pull the volume addicts in their droves.
I'd love to catch these live. Well
High Society Records of Hamburg
Germany now defunct.
Tape (Dragnet) 1999
The first time I'd heard anything by this
Doncaster 3-piece and probably the
last! This 20-tracker begins in fine
form with a guitar based instrumental
'Titan Ambition'. But then the singing
starts which is your average sounding
Joe Bloggs and blows it all apart. From
then on most of this was fucking
torture to sit through! And another
thing that really pisses me off about
this tape is the live/studio
alternate tracks. They couldn't have
picked a more stupid way of
introducing themselves. Some of the
studio stuff was bearable but most of
the live tracks were as rough as the
lager in Wolverhampton's Caesars!
And that's fucking rough, I tell ya!
'Mucus' is a really low-fi production and
I'm ashamed this was put together by a
fellow Wolves fan!!! C'mon Benny you
cheapskate, get your fucking act
together! It's great your releasing stuff
by unknown punk bands and doing it
on a shoe string budget but c'mon this
was taking the piss! There was
however a glimmer of hope and that
came with the energetic 'Rip Me To
Pieces' which was easily
Adulescents UK's
best track,
followed by their previous single and
best known number... 'Death Wish'.
Which I'm afraid were the only
highlights of Side 1. Side 2 had a nice
little riff on 'Killer' but that was it! The
rest was a stodgy mess. So 4 tracks
out of 20 ain't up to much in today's
standards. Maybe I'm ignorant or just a
cunt but this was painfully
Dragnet label now defunt.
'International Paranoia'
Promo CD 45 1999
Indie rock here that's played well with
good arrangements but I just can't get
my head around that well practiced
vocal. And the  choirboy backing
vocals plus the sickly clean smell of it!
It's like those baggy trousered gangs
of cunts who had that hit with "oh sit
down, oh sit down, sit down next to
me." Coz that's who this reminds me of.
This is a professional package you
can't fault em for that, and very well
put together. But if more honesty was
put towards a real sound instead of a
studio one, then this is gonna lose
every time. It's so main-stream and
clean it will fail big time in the punk
domain. 'National Paranoia' has a
good sound and is catchy but it's
just...I dunno too fucking posh for me.
The second track 'Gift horse' gallops
off with a good riff but the over
produced vocals are too independent
for my liking. I can smell em a mile off
and it grates! There's some good
keyboards sniffing around on here, but
they are left with not enough input.
Best bit was the slowdown ending on
the last track. I think these made a big
mistake sending this to me coz this
needs to be petted, stroked and filed
away in some NME office not in the
scruffy confines of the Wolf's Lair.
Lost the address as well!!!
DemoTape 1999.
Hey a local band here from near the
Wolfs Lair. I'd never heard em before,
and these have been together 18
Pigfish play quick, snappy
addictive punk in a
fashion. That claim is born
out especially on the 'Bring back my
Ramones LP's' track. Which is
probably their best song on this
3-track sampler. Maybe the vocals
could do with a little more attack. Coz
it's like he's got a permanent cold. And
they seem to be aiming at a crossover
market far too much to be a real
threat. But with good reviews in metal
mags like Kerrang! and Metal Hammer
(wow fucking wee!), this don't mean
fuck all to some deranged punk with an
ounce of suss. It can only mean the
kiss of death! (tee hee) They have
however got together a pretty
impressive biography for themselves
but...(now ain't there always a but?) in
Pigfish's case maybe they could use
a bit more originality in their restrained
style. They seem to be retaining a bit
of pent-up aggression that should be
unleashed with no regrets instead of
treading water like a load of other
wannabe's seem to prefer. And for
fucks sake lose that name fast!!! It
conjures up visions of student bars
with wallet chains, stupid fucking
haircuts and baggy jeaned beatniks
carrying portfolio's around like
headless chickens! Their best vice is
their duel guitar sound that is half the
battle! All they need now is a more
insulting vocal and they could be on
their way!
'The Good And The Bad'
(beg14cd) CD 1999
I heard a bit about these proud
Canadian skinheads in the street-punk
press and was expecting to hear some
good sounds, considering they are
supposedly one of Canada's best and
oldest exports in the Skinhead scene.
But this 28-track collection of all the
Lager Lads recorded output was a
fucking very predictable, basic and
boring compilation indeed! Clumsy,
amateurish odes from a band who
were very lucky on this showing to
have got a record deal in the first
place! They own as much rhythm and
coordination as a pissed up sumo
wrestler walking the thin white line in
high heels! I didn't like the thin guitar
that dogged their sound much either,
and their cumbersome attempts at a
couple of Ska tracks like on 'Moy
Street Blues' was pretty pathetic. God
this is like listening to a gang of
unrangutans let loose in a studio. They
sing (if you can call it singing) about
drinking, fighting and being
(yawn!!!). You knew exactly what
stale lyric was gonna follow next with-
out looking at the lyric sheet. And life
for these Windsor skins must be very
fucking mundane if their lyrics are
anything to go by. Real alcoholics
wouldn't have the motivation to form a
band...but then again I could be
wrong!!! They also dump in a few
tunes about the local 'Rose City Slags'.
They blatantly rip off the riff straight
from the
Pistols 'Great Rock Roll
Swindle' on 'Finest Hour' which
documents another career of sneers
and beers. Miracles do happen though
coz they get slightly better musically as
they reach the end of their 7-year
drone which sees their best stuff in the
shape of 'Rose City Rocknroll' and
'Drinking My life away'. They had also
by now got rid off the weak guitar and
added a more rougher sounding riff.
But that wasn't gonna save us from the
Rocky Bilbao type of vocals. I think the
singer must've been more interested in
coming over all hard and imposing
than in getting his message across coz
his style made him out to be just
another thick skinned cunt. It wouldn't
have been quite so bad if they had the
means to inject some humour but
surprise, surprise they don't!! They do
own up in the sleeve notes to being
just a 'piss-head' band so if that's your
thing you might get more satisfaction
from this than I did. But on the whole
this was a fucking chore to listen to.
Worse news is they plan on new
recordings for a future date
Blind Beggar Records
'Painless Suicide'
(Weird16) 45 1999
Castle Donnington punks RoadRage
give us 4 more blasts, on yet another
record label! It's as you'd expect from
these fuckers lately. With a quartet of
fast in your face but pretty poor
attacks on life. Similar to their last
outing. What I wanna know is what's
happened to the diversity lads? You
had it on the 'British Invasion' comp.
and your acclaimed debut LP, so
where's it gone?..down the sucker I
RoadRage going through the
motions ain't much fun I can tell ya. For
highlights we had to wait for the B-side
and 'What's In It For Me'. Which had
that familiar yobboesque spiel rearing
it's ugly head, but it was short-lived.
Last track 'Chelsea Hotel' was the
RoadRage version of events on dear
old Sidernee and Nancy's demise. And
that was as they say...it! There was a
local radio interview sandwiched
between the tracks that seemed a
whole lot more interesting than the
music on show. I dunno about painless
suicide? This was pretty excruciating,
especially the production!
£2/$5 postpaid from Weird Records,
from Newark Notts (not the New York
label) also defunct.
'Demo Tape' 1999
Fucking hell not more of that sickly
fucking bad excuse at being punk....
'alterna-grunge-punk!' Jezussss!!! yet
another group of young Scots who
need a dose of salts shoving up their
ring piece far more than I need this! As
soon as I read in their accompanying
letter how they described their unique
sound, I feared the worse and got it!!!
The first basic riffy track showed a
teensy weensy bit of hope but then
they displayed their true colours with a
major Kurt Cobain genuflection sliding
in on the vocals and song structures. It
just got so fucking boring! Thank god
there are only 3 tracks. Watershed
in a punk rock scene if this pathetic
attempt at diversity is anything
to go by. Come back when you've
discovered apeing your betters ain't all
it's cracked out to be! NEXT!!!!
Contact em if your really desperate like
Runnin' Feart must've been at
72 Cairnscadden
Rd, Craigens, Cumnock, Ayshire,
Scotland KI8 3BA.
'I Wish It Could Be 77'
(data010) 45 1999.
Alluring vinyl that comes in a nice
shade of blue for all the Colchester
fans out there, complete with a shiny
new safety-pin on the label! And the
title 'I wish It could be 77' (All over
again) is typical
Special Duties
terrain with a good dampened down riff
to set the scene. The song is basically
a name drop of all the UK punk bands
from the day and although I'm a big fan
of 1977 Punk Rock I couldn't help
feeling this was a halfhearted salute in
the way it's put over! And can see this
being a red rag to the bulls of modern
punk critique, who will most likely rip
the piss out of Steve Arrogant's misty
eyed nostalgia trip. And it's a trip that
seems to be getting more and more
frequent on
Special Duties releases
these days! If Mr Arrogant could've
some how retained his earlier Jack
Russell snarl in the vocal department
then maybe he would've silenced the
critics but this is bleated instead of
belted out in his new Larry the Lamb
style which is far too weak to be
serious. The two covers on the B-side
confirm our fears with one pale attempt
the Adverts classic 'Gary Gilmore's
Eyes' and one very fucking bland track
'Johnny Won't Go To Heaven' by
which was shit when the
Killjoys done it, so I dunno why this
was ever resurrected when they had a
magnitude of classics to deform!!!
28 Silksby Street, Coventry,
Live Tape 1999
This got sent in late last year (1998)
and is the first new stuff I've heard by
these infamous Harrogate paraffin
lamps, since their 'Punk Az Fuck'
Demo back in early '98. And I must say
this is as rough as the gusset in
Roseanne Barrs underwear! But still
shows signs that there's still an
unkempt tune, still a slice of real life
and still some offensive material in
these piss artists of the UK to rattle
more than a few cages. The 'Die Di
Dodi' track is pretty old news now, so is
purely a novelty dig, but I like the way
they incorporated that Arabic sounding
guitar which is similar to that world
Offspring riff. Second track
'Death Of A Claiment Advisor' is as
you'd expect, a tale of revenge for all
the hounded drunks, punks and other
lowlife that seem to make up the
unemployed register these days. Like
true doley's they retain that 3rd on the
bill down the old Roxy snotty attitude in
this live taster. But as with all their stuff
they suffer from really badly produced
outings that are a chore to listen to.
What these mutts need is a good
studio and a degree of sobriety to
unleash their real in your face punk
rock to the masses, instead of just
causing a stink in the local job centre!
2 Westmoreland Street, Flat #3
Harrogate, HG1 SAT, England
'Millennium Buggered'
Tape Sept./Oct. 1999
Easily the funniest band in the land
and definitely cult punk listening that
seems to be slowly taking off in cult
circles around the UK.
The Rabid
introduce another 8-tracks
of insane punk pathetique
observations from the bedroom of
Grannyville. They kick off with an
hilarious, rib-tickling indie piss take,
that sends up the indie genre of doom
'n' gloom in the best possible way. As
always they cover a wide range of
wacky subjects, like getting battered
on New Years Eve for probably taking
the piss out of some local yokel
The Rabid Grannies theme
tune is spat out to a Monkees hit and
uses a great Monty Python sketch in
the intro. Also they give us their
fascination with vampires and zombies.
As always the packaging is spot on via
a slash 'n' epoxy madness and comes
in shiny, glossy collage fold out poster
with the lyrics. Oh yeah before I forget
thanx to Spikey Tim (guitarist and
sound engineer) for the cover snap of
Linda Blair from
The Suffragette #11.
Strangely no mention of 'the infamous
'Frosty Jacks' (
The Rabid Grannies
favourite cider) on this release, but
you can bet your grannys arse it was
an inspiration behind the scenes. They
end with a Postman Pat recital by
piano, amid cheers of
"Encore and
...Bravo! Definitely
£1.50 from 17 Cornford Close,
Osbaston, Monmouth, Monmouthshire,
South Wales, NP23 3NT, (UK).
'The Best Of Charlie Harper & The
Urban Dogs
(ahoycd108) 1999
For 25 years Charlie Harper has led
UK Subs through numerous
lineups, global tours and literally an
alphabet of albums are safety pinned
to his studded belt, as well as getting 7
top 75 British hit singles. He's punks
elder statesman and still touring today.
You'd think with a career like that it
would be enough for any punk to
handle? But no Mr Harper ain't any old
punk and the speed must've been very
good in Tooting back in the early 80's
coz Chaz made time. In-between busy
subversive activity he managed to get
his solo songs out under the
banner. He was accompanied
along the way by Knox of
on guitar (another punk
veteran), Alvin Gibbs
UK Subs bass
player and Mathew Best
Psychic TV
on drums for most of the tracks. This
CD sums up the best songs released
under the
Urban Dogs 3 year
existence between 1980-83. And some
of these tracks proved to be
UK Subs
live anthems. Take for example the
never used opening track 'New
Barbarians' that comes marauding out
your speakers from the bands debut
45.  It's followed by the rumbling
torture of 'Limo Life' that is a study of
fame and it's claustrophobic pitfalls.
Charlie also concentrates more on
world issues with a distinct antiwar
message in a lot of these tracks. And
some of these more political views are
aired like on the pounding 'Wanna
. "wanna world where - we
can swim without pollution, wanna
world where - the bomb is not the
final solution, wanna world where -
the seas and trees are special to
people, wanna world where - life is
sacred and not a church steeple"
And the acoustic 'War Babies' that
builds up into a great antiwar track.
Plus of course a
Dogs version of the
classic 'Warhead' is always great
to hear. There's also light relief in
songs like 'Barmy London Army' giving
a nod to the faces of the time, and
Charlie's favourite substance 'Speed
Kills'. More nocturnal habits are
covered on 'Sex Kick' which is the old
Vibrators song 'Into The Future' and
they also do a version of 'I need A
Slave' from
the Vibrators 'Pure
Mania' LP and 'Dragnet' from a 1982
45. There a few more predictable
covers towards the end like 'Pills' by
the Dolls and 'I wanna be your dog'
Iggy but they all get the South
London Charlie Harper drawl which
gives em an individual feel. 18 tracks
of Charlie's best
Urban hits here is a
good insight into one of punks
mainstay's so check it out coz it's well
Captain Oi! Records
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