Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Germs - (MIA) The Complete Anthology (1993)

This is a band that needs no introduction, a band that ruled the California L.A scene in the late 70's and sadly end up with a tragedy. The band was formed by frontman and punk icon 'Darby Crash' and guitarist 'Pat Smear' in 1977. At first they were called 'Sophistifuck & The Revlon Spam Queens' but since it would cost them too much money to fit all the letters in a shirt, they re named the band to The Germs. Even though the band couldn't played their instruments well, they had their first show at 'The Whiskey' that same year they formed, which was also released a live LP of their first show by Bomp Records. The Germs put numerous of great shows, the only bad thing was that Darby always had a hardtime getting his lips near the microphone or actually trying to sing, thats because most of the time he was either too drunk or too high on something. If you watch the documentary 'The Decline of Western Civilization Part 1' the manager of the band says that they tryed all kinds of things to get him to sing to the mic, glued the mic to his hand, ducktape it, forced him to sing without being drunked/high. I guess it never worked. Their first release was 'Lexicon Devil EP' in 1978 released by Slash Records, their fans were a bit happy that they released some sort of record, due to it was hard to tell live to what he was saying, even though they were not full satisfied with the EP. In 1979 they released their only studio LP '(GI)' by Slash Records again. The band split up quickly after the released. In 1980 Darby gets in contact with Pat and tells him to have a reunion show, claiming it was necessary to "put punk into perspective" for the punks on the scene. With the money they were going to make, Darby told Pat that he was going to use that money to buy heroin and use it for suicide, but since Darby has said things like that many times, Pat did not take it seriously. The reunion show went great, in fact it was described their best show. Crash commited suicide on December 7th, 1980 at the age of 22. He had overdose on China white heroin in a suicide pact with close friend Casey Cola, who ended up surviving. As he lay dying, he attempted to write "Here lies Darby Crash" on the wall, but did not finish. That was the end of the Germs, even though they reunited again in 2005 with some queer singer, band did not make any success and fans were just grossed out by it. Later in 2008 they came out with a Germs movie called 'What We Do Is Secret'. The movie was based on the life of Darby Crash, played by some pathetic idiot call 'Shane West'. The movie is horrible, not even worth seeing it. If you want to see a good movie about the California Punk scene from the late 70's early 80's, then try finding the movie call 'Suburbia', played by real punks from that era and was produced by the same lady that made 'The Decline of Western Civilization'. Well, the spirit of the Germs still lives on today, there's even a whole movement devoted to his name, there is even punks that calls them self 'Germ Punks'. Too bad Darby had to be a fucking idiot and take his life, he could have made thousands of records with the Germs, but he's not here any more. Enjoy!

1. Forming
2. Sex Boy [Live]
3. Lexicon Devil
4. Circle One
5. No God
6. What We Do Is Secret
7. Communist Eyes
8. Land of Treason
9. Richie Dagger's Crime
10. Strange Notes
11. American Leather
12. Lexicon Devil
13. Manimal
14. Our Way
15. We Must Bleed
16. Media Blitz
17. Other Newest One
18. Let's Pretend
19. Dragon Lady
20. Slave
21. Shut Down (Annihilation Man)
22. Caught in My Eye
23. Round and Round
24. My Tunnel
25. Throw It Away
26. Not All Right
27. Now I Hear the Laughter
28. Going Down
29. Lion's Share
30. Forming [2]


Monday, February 23, 2009

VA - Oi! The Album (1980)

I'm sure you've seen this picture thousands of times all over the internet, stickers, patches, etc. This got to be the album the one that put Oi! in the map. It was compiled by the famous music journalist Garry Bushell in 1980. He describes in his site (link) that he was the one that gave the name Oi! to this genre. Before it was called Oi! it was better known as 'Real Punk', 'Street Punk', or 'New Punk'. Cockney Rejects were the first ones to say Oi! and even though they were a punk band, most of their followers were Skinheads due to their passion to football (soccer). Oi! was the mixture of punk with football chants, it was more real than punk it self. Today I can say they are the kings of Oi!, Sham 69 and Cock Sparrer to me were more a punk band that were hardcore supporters of their team. After the introduction of this album, skinheads adopted this sound as their own and by the mid-80's and still today, most Oi! bands are played by skins.

1. Cockney Rejects - Oi! Oi! Oi!
2. Peter & The Test Tube Babies - Rob A Bank (Wanna)
3. 4 Skins - Wonderful World
4. The Postmen - Have A Cigar
5. The Exploited - Daily News
6. The Terrible Twins - Generation Of Scars
7. Angelic Upstarts - Guns For The Afghan Rebels
8. Cock Sparrer - Sunday Stripper
9. Angelic Upstarts - Last Night Another Soldier
10. 4 Skins - Chaos
11. Cockney Rejects - Here We Go Again
12. Max Splodge & Desert Island Joe - Isubeleeeene
13. The Postmen - Beardsmen
14. Slaugther & The Dogs - Cranked Up Really High
15. Barney and The Rubbles - Bootboys
16. Peter & The Test Tube Babies - Intensive Care
17. The Exploited - I Still Believe In Anarchy


Combat 84 - Orders Of The Day (2000)

I'm back and I bring back another controversial band from the 80's in the Oi! world. Even though they caused a lot of confusion and had a bad reputation since their beginning, Combat 84 played with a lot of anger and was not afraid to say what they had in their minds. Chris 'Chubby' Henderson started the band back in 1981 in Chelsea, London and played their first show with the Last Resort. Roi Pearce from the Last Resort (later in the 4 Skins) liked the band and decided to produce a two song demo tape with them. In '82, Gary Hitchcock manager of the 4 Skins tryed to sign the band to Secret Records, which they already had the 4 Skins, Infa Riot, The Business and others signed to the label, but they end up not signing with Secret, but they rather release their first EP titled 'Orders Of The Day' with Victory Records, which was later released as an entire discography LP in 2000 by Step-1 Records. The band did not make a good name for them selfs, specially because of the 1982 'BBC Arena Documentary' where the singer makes a racist comment towards the blacks, and as well when a riot breaks at one of their show and the singer starts shouting "stop it stop it, we're all white!". The band was frequently labeled as far right wing band, Combat 84 denied their association with any political parties, as well as not having any racist lyrics. But oh well, its all history now. In my opinion I don't think they are a nazi band, but I do know they weren't reds, thats for sure and just because of that can't classify them as right wing. Combat 84 was very controversial, and too bad they only lasted till '84.

1. Violence
2. Combat 84
3. Poseur
4. Skinhead
5. Rapist
6. Barry Prudom
7. Right To Choose
8. I'm Alright
9. 1982
10. Trouble
11. F82123
12. Soldier
13. Violence (Re-Mix)
14. Barry Produm (Re-Mix)


Saturday, February 21, 2009

Chickenhead - Everything Must Go! (EP + Demo) (1993)

I know I keep posting bands from Florida, but I had to post this. Chickenhead had to be Miami's best punk band from the 90's. Even though they sound like an 80's punk band, they have a very similar sound to the Germs, except they play better. Chickenhead was formed by frontman Chuck in the early 90's, I think in 91, with the intension of playing old school punk, even though they were very chaotic, drunk, and hulerios, the band played everywhere, from bars to small venues and from the everglades to house-parties. The band released their first EP in 1993 titled 'Everything Must Go!' which cost at the time a dollar and another dollar with a few weird-looking stamps for shipping. I know later in 99, I believe Chuck released a complete discography CD-SPLIT with Los Canadians another Miami band that I never heard of. The band split up around 1996, and Chuck later formed The Crumbs in 2000, which in my opinion they are not as good as Chickenhead. I did not get a chance to see them when I lived in Florida, I do hope they re-unite sometime, maybe that way I'll get a chance to see them. Chickenhead was an amazing band!

1. Born To Lose
2. Smash And Grab
3. Burn It Down
4. Everything Must Go!
5. Short Fuse
6. Chickenhead Won The War
7. Young Fidel
8. Teenage Chickenhead
9. I Like Drugs
10. Downtown
11. Ron Varndell
12. Ruin Your Day
13. One Way Or Another (Live on WFMU)


Friday, February 20, 2009

Skrewdriver - All Skrewed Up (1977)

This got to be one of most controversial and miss understood record in the history of punk rock. Skrewdriver was formed in 1976 by front man Ian Stuart, influenced after seeing the Sex Pistols in Manchester that same year. At first the band came out as a punk image, but quickly became the first skinhead band, and was always performed by a large skinhead audience since their beggining which most of the time the show had to be shut down do to skinhead violence. This record and the early Skrewdriver, they did not supported any political parties till the band split up in '79 and later in '82 when Ian reformed Skrewdriver with new members, the band came out as a far right National Socialist band (Ian was the only original member of Skrewdriver when they reformed). In my opinion this is one of the best records of all time, even though I get shit from other skins or punks for listening to their early stuff, I do not support the second face of the band. It's sad in a way, because if Ian changed the name when they reformed in '82, Skrewdriver wouldn't have this reputation, but thats not how things went.

1. Where's It Gonna End
2. Government Action
3. Backstreet Kids
4. Gotta Be Young
5. I Don't Need Your Love
6. I Don't Like You
7. An-ti-so-cial
8. (Too Much) Confusion
9. 9 till 5
10. Jailbait
11. We Don't Pose
12. The Only One
13. Won't Get Fooled Again


Monday, February 16, 2009

Infa-Riot - In For A Riot (1999)

Had to be one of the best Oi! band of the 80's, influenced by the Angelic Upstarts, Infa Riot played it faster and louder than them. Born in 1979 and played their first gig with the Angelic Upstarts, the band earned respect in the Oi! scene, too bad they didn't last long, and broke up in '86. This is a re issue of "Still Out Of Order" which came out in 1999 with some live tracks as well. I hope you enjoy it.

1. Five Minute Fashion
2. Riot Riot
3. Kids of the '80s
4. Each Dawn I Die
5. Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
6. Emergency
7. The Winner
8. Drug Squad
9. Still Out of Order
10. School's Out
11. Friday Oh Friday
12. Catch 22
13. Bootboys
14. In for a Riot
15. Punch the Air With Glory [Live]
16. Feel the Rage [Live]


Friday, February 13, 2009

The Ejected - A Touch Of Class (1982)

Some people loved them, other hated their guts. The Ejected was a band from Essex, England (London suburbs) born in 1981 and their success did not last long. The band was composed by Big Jim Brooks (vocals, guitar), Gary Sandford (bass, vocals) (later replaced by Paul Quain), and drummer Mick 'Sticks' Robinson (later replaced by Paul Griffiths), influenced by the Cockney Rejects, UK Subs, Angelic Upstarts and other Punk and Oi! bands of the early 80's. Signed to Riot City Records, appeared in the Carry On Oi! compilation and had their debut EP in '82 titled "Have You Got 10p" later followed by "Noise For The Boys" EP released in '83 and as well as their full length 'A Touch Of Class'. The band had a bad reputation of being accused of being a right wing band and judged their LP of a "completely empty of any real substance" by Punk Lives. The band came to an end soon after their second LP. Band broke up in 1983, and that was the end of The Ejected.

1. Young Tribes Of England
2. Fast 'N' Loud
3. Gang Warfare
4. Class Of '82
5. England Ain't Dead
6. Carnival
7. Football Song
8. Man Of War
9. Fifteen
10. Have You Got 10p?
11. Mr.Muggins
12. East End Kids
13. I'm Gonna Get A Gun
14. Dressed To Kill
15. Karnal Dub
16. The Sky's In Love
17. Have You Got 10p? (Single Version)
18. Class Of '82 (Single Version)
19. One Of The Boys
20. Fast 'N' Loud (Single Version)
21. I Don't Care
22. What Happened In Brighton
23. East End Kids (Oi! LP Version)
24. What Am I Gonna Do?


Thursday, February 12, 2009

VA - Skins E Punks = T.N.T. (1983)

This is an amazing compilation EP put by the gods of italian Oi! Nabat. The purpose was to bring unity between punks and skins, being Arrm and Rappresagla the punk bands, and of course Nabat and Dioxina representing for the skins. I really don't have much information about this compilation, but I do know it was released by C.A.S. Records, (Nabat's own record label). After the release of 'Skin E Punk', C.A.S released another LP skin and punk compilation in 1985 titled 'Quelli Che Urlano Ancora'. This is all the information that I have, I'm sorry. I hope you all like it.

1. Siamo N Oi! (Dioxina)
2. Franz (Dioxina)
3. Tu (Arrm)
4. Combatti Pela Tua Pace (Arrm)
5. Skin E Punk (Nabat)
6. Generazione '82 (Nabat)
7. Attack!! (Rappresagla)
8. Disperazione (Rappresalgla)


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Hits And Misses Records

I've lived in the States for almost 9 years, traveled most of the East Coast, started in Florida and made it all the way to New York, and I got to tell ya, I still haven't seen any other punk record store like 'Hits and Misses' located in Toronto, Canada. You go in there and you will get lost in the thousands of punk goldies that they have, its pretty much a Punk/Oi! heaven for me, specially 'cause its near to my house, hahahaha. For the ones that live in Toronto, you definitely have to check this store out, it doesn't just sell records, but shirts, small patches, back patches, and everything you name it. Right now their site is down but do check their blog (link under text) and its being updated everytime they have new arrivals with details of the LP or EP even CDs. As I said, their site is down right now, but give them a call or email them for their catalog, I'm sure the owner will have no problem sending it to you, he's a very nice cat. Gotta tell ya, its my favorite store in Toronto, I hope they never go out of business cause they carry thousands but thousands of great punk rare albums, used or new.

The Grunts - Demo (2004 ?)

The Grunts, ahh this band brings many memories. One of the greatest street punk bands that came out of Miami, Florida as well as U.F.C. (sign to Charged Records). I don't remember when the band was formed, but I do remember seeing them a lot. Mostly in the Miami area and Pompano. Their sound is the typical band that started in the early 2000, very influenced by The Casualties and other street punk bands from the 90's. In my opinion, they are a great band to get drunk to. After they broke up around 2005 or so, that was the end of street punk/oi! kids in South Florida, most kid turned into crusty-hippy faggots. I found this demo in some old scratch demo CD they recorded. But oh well, I'll leave you with this gem of my early high school days.

1. City Drunks
2. Disarm The Great
3. Fuck You Pig
4. The Grunts


No Tag - Oi! Oi! Oi! (1982)

This got to be in my opinion, New Zealand's best punk band from the 80's. I don't have much information of the band. All I really know is that they came out either in the late 70's or early 80's. They were one of the few bands at the time to do a full length titled 'Can We Get Away With It?' which was recorded live at the Reverb Room and contains their full discography. They also put out 'Oi! Oi! Oi!' as a 12 inch with only 3 studio tracks that was released by 'Propeller Records'. From what I've heard the band broke up after the releases of one of those two LP's (I don't know which came out first). Even though they play a British Oi! style, they play it good. I've seen a few pictures of No Tag, and they had a skinhead member in the band. Enjoy!

1. No Tag
2. Mistaken Identity
3. Legalised Dogs

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Devotchkas - Annihilation CD (2000)

Aah yes, the Devotchkas, what a great band and great memories of horny punk days. This girls make punk rock sexy, fuck Vice Squad and any other ugly ass chick punk bands out there, no other female band can't compare to them. The band started in 1996 in Long Island, New York with the mentality to play street punk and a mixture of British Oi!. At first it was formed by the 3 beautiful girls that we all know their names, Stephanie (vocals), Alaine (Bass), Mandy (guitar), and Jon (drums) from The Krays till 99 replaced by Gabrielle who was living in Boston at the time. The band put out their 4 track self-titled EP on '98 released by 'Punkcore Records' followed by 'Annihilation EP' on the same year by the same label. Devotchkas quickly made a name for them self in the Ny area and other major cities like, Philadelphia, Boston, Jersey City and others. One night Alaine gets and email from a tour manager from England who wanted to set up a two week tour over Europe. This group of beautiful girls played with hundreds of great bands like Last Resort, Cockney Rejects, Vice Squad, Hard Skins and many others as well they played on Holidays In the Sun. They get back to the states to record Annihilation full-length CD, which is a combination of their first two EP's plus some other new tracks. Band quickly takes of to Europe again and this time for 2 months. On the second tour things don't go very smooth, some of the girls started to feel like rockstars and a lot of drama between the girls. When the band gets back to the states ready to record their second full-length disc. Steph one night gets a call and they let her know they replaced her spot. Band puts out their second LP titled 'Live Fast, Die Young' that came out on 2001 by Punkcore Records again. The band quickly change their name to the 99's, but it just led to catastrophe, and the band splits up soon after. In my opinion there is no other band like them, and they will always be remember for their talent and their sexiness. Man, how I wish they were still together, or at least have a chance to hook up once with Steph, hahahah, such a heart breaker. I hope you all enjoy this.

1. One-Sided Society
2. Disappointed
3. Hip Hop Kids
4. Annihilation
5. Sorry (4 Skins)
6. Oi! Toy
7. Shit For Dreams
8. Damaged Goods
9. Coppers in Force
10. Mr. School Psychology
11. Oi! Toy (Demo)


Oxymoron - Fuck The Nineties: Here's Our Noize! (1995)

If we try to name some Skunx bands (skin and punk), we can come up with many bands like Blitz, Vicious Rumours, and many others. But no other band is more of a skunk band than Oxymoron, other than playing loud mixture of Punk and Oi! you could never figure out if Sucker (singer) is a punk or a skin, but that doesn't matter at all. In my opinion they have to be one of the best bands out there. Formed in 1992 in Erlangen/Nuernberg, Germany by Sucker and his cousin Bjoern on drums the band brought unity again between punks and skins. Oxymoron first released and EP titled 'Beware, Poisonous!' on their own Oxyfactory Records label on 1994, led to their full-length album 'Fuck The Nineties: Here's Our Noize!' in 1995 released by Oi! Records on vinyl which was later re-released on CD the next year in the United States. The band put number of great LP's and EP's over the years, and always became loyal to their style. In 2005 the band officially breaks up and a year after the singer Sucker puts out a solo project called Bad Co. Porject. Today many of their fans want Oxymoron to get together and to tour at least one last time to give the chance for those who did not get a chance to see them. Like I said it before, this is one of the best bands of all times. Enjoy.

1. Bored & Violent
2. Dead End Generation
3. Hey You
4. Dirty Punk
5. Fuckers Everywhere
6. Borstal
7. The Factory
8. Mohican Tunes
9. Beware Poisonous
10. Drug Shock
11. Selfrule
12. Nuclear War
13. Dawn Patrol
14. On The Outside
15. Strike