Active Minds

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Active Minds – You can close your eyes to the horrors of reality…but they won´t go away (Loony Tunes) 1987

Two guys from Scarborough England… providing you with all the political correctness you need to survive in this mean world…
The sound of this ep is quite good but never beats the sheer brutality of their live performance…(those guys made my day that evening I watched them…)
They´ve released some more stuff including an LP “welcome to the slaughterhouse” which is absolutely worth to be checked…
they rule!

Tracks
Murder In The Laboratory
Bullshit Detector
Being Different Is No Crime
Blind Acceptance
Dead Bodies
An End To The Killing
Too Far Away To Care
An Excuse For Apathy

Posted by: Seppo

 

The Angry Samoans

38 Votes | Average: 4.39 out of 538 Votes | Average: 4.39 out of 538 Votes | Average: 4.39 out of 538 Votes | Average: 4.39 out of 538 Votes | Average: 4.39 out of 5 (38 votes, average: 4.39 out of 5)
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The Angry Samoans – Queer Pills EP (Homophobic Records 02) 1981

For me one of thee greatest, snottiest punk recordings of the early 80’s, agree or not…who cares! The single was released under the assumed band name ‘The Queer Pills’ apparently to try and fool their ‘friend’ Rodney Bingenheimer, in hopes that he would play the record not knowing it was the Angry Samoans. My first copy of this single was the unstamped version, leaving me confused to the name of the band. I went through a few months of life thinking I was listening to the Queer Pills.

Tracks
Stupid Jerk
Time To Fuck
The Todd Killings
They Saved Hitlers Cock

 

The EX

22 Votes | Average: 3.77 out of 522 Votes | Average: 3.77 out of 522 Votes | Average: 3.77 out of 522 Votes | Average: 3.77 out of 522 Votes | Average: 3.77 out of 5 (22 votes, average: 3.77 out of 5)
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The EX -6.1 (Ex Records No.? 1991)

“Hands up! you´re free” was my first encounter with netherlands anarcho group The EX…that record was different from the style I listened to,that time…their clockwork-like rhythm and the will to experimentate fascinated me.After a concert I purchased this first 7inch of a series of six.Later in 1994 I got hold of a CD by The EX with Tom Cora,called “and the weathermen shrug their shoulders” which impressed me as well…Refering to the cover sleeve of “6.1” it came with a paper bag,a collection box and leaflets…well…I got none of that…
(maybe there is some one out here who would like to post the other five e.p.´s…)

Tracks
SlimyToad
JakesCake

Posted by: Seppo

 

The Partisans

39 Votes | Average: 4.18 out of 539 Votes | Average: 4.18 out of 539 Votes | Average: 4.18 out of 539 Votes | Average: 4.18 out of 539 Votes | Average: 4.18 out of 5 (39 votes, average: 4.18 out of 5)
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The Partisans – 17 Years of Hell (No Future Records Oi12) 1982

Any band that includes a head shot of Kojak on the front cover of their single gets top billing in my books, and as an added bonus a couple of great tunes.

Hailing from Bridge End in South Wales, THE PARTISANS were formed in the summer of 1979 by vocalist Rob”Spike”Harrington , drummer Mark”Shark”Harris, guitarist Andy Lealand and bassist Louise Wright, all four members only 14 years of age at the time! Initially learning to play covers of Punik classics of the day the band started to write their own material and sent a demo to Chris Berry who’d just started No Future Records and had immediate sucess with BLITZ’s “All out attack” EP. The demo convinced Berry to make the band his second signing and on September 28th 1981 he issued the double A sided “Police story/Killing machine”. (read more here)

Tracks
17 Years of Hell
Power & The Greed
Bastards in Blue

 

Blitz – Warriors

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Blitz – Warriors (No Future Records Oi16) 1982

Third single by Blitz, Warriors covered by many but never sounding as good as the original.

Warriors
Your sun is setting and the day is late
As we walk over this wasteland of hate
There’s people getting angry in these darkest hours
There’s blood on the streets and the streets are ours

Warriors, never forget the Warriors

Our mates are diamond and we shine like steel
You can’t beat us down the wounds will never heal
You can’t take us for a ride
You can’t rob a warrior of his pride

It’s your hate on which we feed
We are the new class we are the new breed
Send our regards to a nation on fire
And with love a bouquet of barbed wire

From the warriors.

Tracks
Warriors
Youth

 

Faith

35 Votes | Average: 3.91 out of 535 Votes | Average: 3.91 out of 535 Votes | Average: 3.91 out of 535 Votes | Average: 3.91 out of 535 Votes | Average: 3.91 out of 5 (35 votes, average: 3.91 out of 5)
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Faith – Subject To Change (Dischord Records 11) 1983

Well not a 7inch but could’ve been with only 8 songs. Been a fan of Faith since I first heard them on the split w/ Void. This 12inch EP is no exception, great listening right from start to end. Seems if you ask people if they like Faith you get alot of “never heard of them”, or “oh yeah, did they put something out after the split with Void?”. Ian’s brother was the singer for this band which also had Michael Hampton on guitar formerly of S.O.A..

Like other great D.C. records, this one is released after the band is broken up. Which is sad because this is a great record, not only because of its heavy, melodious (but not poppy, in fact punk) sound, but because there are some great personal, introspective lyrics here. Things you can really relate to.
-Al Flipside, from Flipside #43, 1984

Tracks
Aware
Say No More
Limitations
No Choice
Untitled
Subject To Change
More Of The Same
Slowdown

 

DOW JONES & THE INDUSTRIALS

37 Votes | Average: 4.14 out of 537 Votes | Average: 4.14 out of 537 Votes | Average: 4.14 out of 537 Votes | Average: 4.14 out of 537 Votes | Average: 4.14 out of 5 (37 votes, average: 4.14 out of 5)
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-DISPOSABLE ARRANGEMENT OF SOUND WAVES FOR THIS DISPOSABLE ENVIRONMENT-.

“The Industrials are interested in technology, manipulation, machines, media, chance, logic, design. We wear clothes, eat food, drive cars, watch t.v., etc…” -from the red snerts lp insert

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It’s high time that the (evil) GENIUS of DOW JONES AND THE INDUSTRIALS is exposed to more than just a handful of record collector/KBD nerds (like me). From West Lafayette , Indiana- The band initially consisted of Greg Horn on guitar and vocals, Chris Clark on bass and vocals, Tim North on drums, and Mr. Science(Brad Garton) on keyboards. These science-minded weirdos quietly released some of the best music the midwest had to offer, EVER!!

“Trapped in Indiana, 1979. It was boring. And worse, the music was excruciatingly boring, hideous, unacceptable. It made people angry and thus the Industrials started jamming as a way to punch through the oppressive Hoosier heat and have some fun”.

“After a pilgrimage to Bloomington to meet the Gizmos and be annointed by Record Boy Bob Richert of Gulcher Records things started happening. Soon there were wild gigs where people danced with an abandon rarely seen to this day. The police raided a Gizmos set at the 2147 Club on Talbot street and Tim North’s buddy Reefer Brown was cuffed and hauled away to the tune of “I Fought the Law.” Other bands popped up, the Zero Boys, Latex Novelties, Joint Chiefs aka Last Four Digits, the Skunts, and this was just the first generation of bands in a incestuous world where a new fleet was born nearly every nine months”.
-Band memeber, Chris Clark

Their first release was a split LP entitled “HOOSIER HYSTERIA” with fellow statesmen the GIZMOS. These songs were re-recorded versions of some of their earliest material (from the demo)

“It Ain’t Good Enough” was a roaring piece of pop-punk, fueled by a chugging rhythm guitar and an off-the-deep-end lead. It had one of those melodies that sound at once totally modern and like it’s been around longer than Chuck Berry. Greg Horn’s vocal was one long extended squawk. The line, “Hey over there, are you receiving me?” was effectively reduced to its vowel sounds. It was the only song on the tape that the Gizmos could conceivably have written and we sure wished we had”.
-Dale lawrence, GIZMOS

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Hoosier Hysteria LP (Technological Fun / Gulcher records 101) 1980

Tracks
Whats the difference??
It aint good enough
Set yourself on fire
Malfunction
Dude in the direction field
Rocking farmers
Hold that coed
USA

Their second release, the self titled 7″, features the song “can’t stand the midwest” to which most casual KBD/BLOODSTAINS listeners may know these guys from. That song, along with “let’s go steady”, an ode to the presumably ridiculous sorority girls that singer Chris Clark was employed by (he was a houseboy @ a Purdue univ. sorority) were cornerstones of DJI’s sound. The hidden gem of this record though, is the last song “indeterminism” . It’s a heavy, wave-ish dirge with some seriously melodious vocals and an upbeat, rocking ending that displayed the arena rock aspirations of guitarist Greg Horn.

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S/T 7″ (Hardly Music HM-000002) 1980

Tracks
Lets go steady
Cant stand the midwest
Indeterminism

Their final released material was on the RED SNERTS compilation lp. The comp. featured a bunch of newer and already established Indiana bands such as the GIZMOS, DJI , ZERO BOYS and the DANCING CIGARETTES. By this time, Chris Clark had left, and was replaced by Jenny Sweeny on bass. Brad Garton had also left to group, and was replaced a fellow named Dave on keyboards. Brad Garton appeared as Mr. Science on the compilation, contributing a track called “Mr. Science.”

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Various – Red Snerts LP ( Gulcher records 102 ) 1981

Tracks
Dow Jones and the Industrials – Ladies with appliances
Mr. Science – Mr. Science

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“For two years, Dow Jones and the Industrials were an absolute phenomenon in West Lafayette. To the rest of us, stuck in Indianapolis and Bloomington, they were a great and timely rock and roll band. They definitely stood apart from their peers. A big part of their persona — the love/hate relationship they had with technology — was something you instantly recognized and understood, without ever being able to quite pin down. Like the Gizmos, the Zero Boys, the Panics and a few others, they made a huge noise, a great big Something out of the Nothing that there was to work with in Indiana in the late 1970s”.
-Dale Lawrence

After the demise of DJI, the members all went their seperate ways. Some of the band member continued in music and some didn’t. Sadly, drummer Tim North passed away in 2003 (info HERE). There were reunion gigs planned before Norths passing that ended up being a teary memorial/benefit gig by surviving DJI members and a reunited GIZMOS. There has also been talk for years of discography of all their stuff being released, but nothing has ever materialized. Until then, enjoy one of thee BEST bands from the midwest.

Check HERE for some amazing live footage.

Bonus Demo Material
Leave Me Alone
I Want a Pi Phi
Straight A Students

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Posted by: SurlyOldPunk

 

SPEEDOMETORS

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The Speedometors -- Disgrace

The Speedometors – Disgrace (Mascot Records) 1977

Catchy as hell early punk/powerpop 45 from this London 1st-gen mod punk band. That Donkeys post from last month prompted me to dig this up, as “Four Letters” by The Donkeys is a complete rip-off of this song. “Disgrace” is two years earlier, and better… (B-side is atrocious, not worth posting.)

Tracks
Disgrace

Posted by: ampnoise