Toxic Reasons

**Joel from Toxic Reasons recently got ahold of us here at 7inchpunk and told us of a unreleased track (God Bless America) from the recoding sessions of War Hero. He sent in the track and we now posted it for you to enjoy! Thanks to Joel for sending this out to us!

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Originally posted December 15 2008

Toxic Reasons – War Hero (Banit Records) 1980

Toxic Reasons were from Dayton, Ohio. This is their first record, recorded in January 1980. They released one other single (Ghost Town), and an LP (Independence) before dumping their lead singer (Ed Pittman) and moving to San Francisco, where they made a bunch of other records.

I’ve never understood why they dropped Ed Pittman. I never saw him perform with the band, but I met him a few times at the Jockey Club in Newport KY in the early 1980’s and he must have been one hell of a frontman. He was a huge, imposing guy, and from the sound of these early records, a great singer also.

This record is great, but it has always cracked me up somewhat that a bunch of guys from Dayton, OH decided to sing with British accents on their record. How quickly we US punks forgot that punk started in New York City and Cleveland, etc., not the UK.

Tracks
War Hero
Somebody Help Me

Never before released track from the War Hero’s recoding sessions, Thanks to Joel of Toxic Reasons for sending this one to 7inchpunk!

*Bonus Track*
God Bless America

Posted by: 1983

Ed Davis Band

Ed Davis Band – Keith Richard’s Dead/Asshole (Mike Enright 1978)

The Ed Davis Band was the first punk band in Cincinnati, Ohio.  This record, their only release, was recorded in 1978.  I saw them at an art opening in 1979 — my only memory is that they they had a female guest vocalist that night, and that I (thankfully) bought this record from the band.  The Ed Davis Band was part of an artist community called We’re Just Like You.  The drummer, Cury Gary, was a disc jockey on WEBN at the time this record was released.  It certainly doesn’t seem like a big deal now, but in 1979 it was pretty outrageous to put a song called “Asshole” on a record, especially in Cincinnati.  Also — is “Asshole” the beginning of the Oi movement? — the band chants “Oi Oi Oi”, and this record predates the Cockey Rejects and all those UK Oi bands.  

Tracks

Keith Richards Dead

Asshole

Posted by: 1983

Squirrelbait / David Grubbs

Squirrelbait / David Grubbs – Motorola Cloudburst

This record came as a free gift with some fanzine, I don’t remember which.  It was released in the late 1980’s, but the recording on side one is from 1983.  Side one contains the first two songs on Squirrelbait’s great first album, which was recorded in 1983, but never released.  The line up at that time was:

Peter Searcy — Vocals
David Grubbs — Guitar
Clark Johnson — Bass
Britt Walford — Drums

I don’t know the title of the song on side two.  As you can see from looking at the label pics, the label is adorned with inside jokes, so you have no idea what it is you’re getting with this record.  I can tell you this, however: the voice (talking about Elvis, Che Guevera and revolution) is that of Phil Ochs, take from Phil’s Live at Carnegie Hall LP.

The text on the back refers to a fictitious band called Motorola Cloudburst.  More inside jokes.  Clever stuff.

Tracks
Squirrelbait – Tense / Earth Shattering
David Grubbs – Untitled

Posted by: 1983

Dennis The Menace

Dennis The Menace – Dennis The Menace (006026 1980)

Dennis The Menace was a short-lived punk band in Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1979-1981.  I believe this record is from 1980, but there is no date on the record — it could be 1981.  There is no lyric sheet or information about the band with the record.  I love the cover with the band members in plastic bags set out for the trash.  The lyrics are inspired — “Working Girls — Get Me Up!”.  Locate some wrap-around sunglasses and pogo around in your mom’s living room to this underground classic.

Tracks
Go Go Wah Wah
In My Reflection
Working Girls
1980s

Posted by: 1983

The Edge

The Edge – The Edge (Smear Records 1984)

Victor Garcia-Rivera was born in Cuba around the time Fidel Castro took power. His family fled Cuba in the early 1960’s and ended up settling in Cincinnati, Ohio. Victor founded The Edge in the early 1980’s. The Edge was a local favorite at the Jockey Club in Newport, Kentucky. This is their first single, recorded in late 1983 and released in early 1984 on their own Smear Records. Later in 1984 the band relocated to Boston where they recorded a 2nd single for Throbbing Lobster records.

The Edge were highly influenced by Stiff Little Fingers, which you can tell by Victor’s wonderfully gravelly vocal execution. Newport Gestapo refers to the police in Newport, Kentucky, where the Jockey Club was located. The song refers to a police raid on a Circle Jerks gig in 1983.

Tracks
Death To AOR
Leave Home
Newport Gestapo

Posted by: 1983

FORETHOUGHT

FORETHOUGHT – Dejenlos Cruzar… EP (Self Released) 1986

The instrumental work on this EP, which sounds the work of an undisciplined MINUTEMEN, tends to lack focus and drive. While “Sunburn” sustains energy, the other four tunes use more complex, “funk” guitar figures that left me unexcited. (Steve Spinall)

All I know about this band is they came out of San Fran in ’86, Tommy sent me this single for a review in a fanzine.
Last track on my copy has a big gouge in the vinyl so it wont appear here.

Tracks
Dont Needle Me
Whats Makes The Machine Keeping Running
Spreading Words
Sun Burn
Let Them Come Across

Posted by: 7inchpunk

Burn

Burn – s/t 7“ (Revelation Records #22 / 4 tracks) 1990

Formed by Gavin Van Vlack (Side By Side, Absolution and later Die 116 and Pry), Alan Cage (Beyond and later Quicksand), Alex Napack (Pressure Release) and Chaka Harris (later Orange 9mm), Burn set out to create something new and more interesting than the preexisting sound of late 80’s New York Hardcore.

Burn released their self-titled debut on Revelation Records in 1990 which today still stands as one of the most innovative, powerful hardcore records. Burn is like a forefather, serving as the inspiration to many bands to follow both in and outside of hardcore.

Tracks
…Shall Be Judged
Godhead
Drown
Out Of Time

Posted by: absolom

**A hardcore CLASSIC for the 90’s generation and all is it gets is 3 comments? Very sad, come on people if you dl a few tracks throw us some feedback. We are as strong as our readers, so please share your opinion.

Circle Storm

Circle Storm – Spirit 7” (Ambassador Records/Revelation) 1996

“This record was recorded free of charge in the summer of 1988 at SPOT. No For An Answer was recording their debut album for Hawker Records, when we borrowed their equipment, unknowingly, and recorded two songs while they were out of the studio on a dinner break.

Originally recorded with Chris Bratton on Drums, Ryan Hoffman on Bass and Alex Barrato on Guitar”

Nice record with members of Chain Of Strength. Of course this sounds a bit like Chain Of Strength…88’ straight edge Hardcore at its best. I don’t know when or on which record label this one was originally released. Thje one I got is released in 1996 on Ambassador Records and seems to be a repress or something.

Tracks
No One To Blame
I Wont Turn Away

Posted by: absolom

CHARLES BRONSON

Charles Bronson – SELF TITLED (DIET ROOTBEER) (Six Weeks Records) 1995

“You know who Charles Bronson is. This is their first seven inch. Classical 90’s punk. I love this record more than most things.”

Tracks

SIDE A:
Silenced
Diet Rootbeer
Ebro’s Mosh Song
Sick of OJ
Chicago
Bible Thumpers Go To Hell
Irritation

SIDE B:
Security Blanket
Why do you bother?
Eavesdrop
I can’t be friends with you because you like Epitaph
Easy E’s Fucking Dead
Second Hand Choke
Theme Song

Posted by: casey