Saturday, March 28, 2009

Crux/The Samples - The Oi! Collection (2000)

There's got to be hundreds of Oi! bands in the 80's that had more potential and attitude than the over-rated bands like the 'Cockney Rejects', '4 Skins', and others. 'Crux' and 'The Samples' are one of those bands that their name never made it as big as the Rejects. Both bands first appeared in the great 12 inch compilation "A Country Fit For Heroes Vol. 1" (1981), which was a compilation made to help promote unknown bands to get their names out there. That compilation quicly sold out and was the beginning for Crux and The Samples, as well as the other bands in the compilation, made a name for them selfs. As the 80's went on, Crux released their first 7 inch with the band 'Crash' in 1982, as well for The Samples, they released their first EP titled 'Dead Heroe' that same year. Sadly, both bands did not last very long and came to an end sometime during the 80's. This split album-CD was released by 'Captain Oi! Records' (as well as other bands with the same title of the album) in recognition and tribute to the songs that were never released. This is all I can tell you about both bands. I do know Crux later came out in some other compilations that were released in 2000 by some other labels, as well you can find a copy of their Demo and Live albums online, but thats about it. I hope you like it.

Crux
1. C.L.A.
2. Keep On Running
3. Streets At Night
4. Brighton Front
5. I'll Die With My Boots On
6. Liddle Towers
7. Give Us Work
8. Brighton Front
9. Riot
10. War
11. Skinhead

The Samples
12. Vandetta
13. Computer Future
14. Rabies
15. Government Downfall
16. Dead Hero
17. Fire Another Round
18. Suspicion
19. 1984
20. Nobody Cares
21. Fight For Your Life
22. Running Down The World

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Fuck Ups - FU82 (1982)

This got to be San Francisco's ugliest, and most hate band from the early 80's. The band was formed by singer Bob Noxious who was banned from the punk scene and every where else he went, as well as disliked by most people, even his band mates, hahahaha. The band came out on the "You'll Hate This Record" compilation LP, which was a horrible album. It came out in 1983 on the 'Seidboard Enterprises' label featuring the track 'I Think You're Shit'. The other punk band in the LP was GG Allin, but the rest of it was compose by shitty/loud noise bands. Sadly 'FU82' is the band's only EP. It first came out on a pink sleeve and then later for the second printing it was a black sleeve. The band was so hated by everyone they came out to an end quickly by the mid-80's. Even though, I don't think many people still like them, hahaha. I hope you enjoy this great record.

1. White Boy
2. I Think You're Shit
3. Negative Reaction
4. I Hate You
5. Once I Had A Brother
6. Get Out

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Histeria Oi! - Meninos Do Brasil (1988)

I went farther down the continent this time and made it all the way to Brazil, a very beautiful country with gorgeous girls and great bands. This got to be one of my favorite bands in South America, as well as Comando Suicida from Argentina. Histeria Oi! was born in the mid-80's being one of the first Careca (Brazilian skinheads) bands in Sao Paulo. Histeria relesed their first and only full length album in 1988 by 'Devil Discos' titled 'Meninos Do Brasil' (Boys Of Brazil). The band did later appeared in a compilation with two other great Oi! bands from Brazil, Virus 27 and Bandeira de Combate, titled 'Oi! Um Grito De Uniao' in 1995 released by 'Rotten Records'. Concidered to be one the best Oi! bands in Brazil, the band split up around '95. I do know they played at 'Inverno Oi!' (Winter Oi! Festival) in Sao Paulo in '94, and you can see the video under the cover of the album. Well, I leave you with this, I would like to thanks Roy from 'Expulsos Do Bar' for a copy of this LP. Enjoy!

1. Meninos do Brasil
2. Protesto
3. Não Me Prenda
4. U.S.A.
5. Impotência
6. Challenger
7. Submundo Selvagem
8. Perigo
9. Parasitas
10. Herói Não
11. Miséria
12. Manicômio

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

U.F.C. - U.F.C EP (2000)

Hello once again, I know I've been doing this for a while and keep posting bands from Florida. I gotta tell you, U.F.C. had to be my favorite band when I use to live in Florida. The band came out around '99 and their members were from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. They were one of the first bands to get punks and skins together, and everytime they played, they played one of the most chaotic shows in South Florida. These street punk kids got signed to Charged Records in 2000 and released their first self-title EP. The band later regrouped in New York where they had a change of members. The band is still active today, and they have released a full length album; 'All That I Despise', and a demo titled 'Quiero Mas Cerveza'. Well, thats all I can tell you about the band. I hope you like it. I had a hard time trying to record the EP onto my computer. Enjoy!

1. Second State
2. Fuck The World
3. Punk Rock Stars
4. I Fucking Hate You

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Demob - Better Late Than Never (2002)


Ah yes! I bring you Demob! An amaizing band from the late 70's. For the ones that have not heard them yet, you should definitely take a closer look at this album. Demob was born in 1978 in Gloucester, England. It was formed by Terry Elcock and drummer Johnny Melfah. At first the band had two singers and was one of the first punk bands to have a double singer, as well as being one of the first bands to have a black member in the band, who was one of the other singers. In 1979 the band was concidered one of the most chaotic bands of the era, specially when they fooled the authorities into letting them have a place in the Gloucester annual carnival parade. The parade turned into a riot when a punks and bikers fight broke out leading to the suspencion of the carnival. Round Ear Records heard about the riot and quickly got in contact with the band. By 1980 the band lost both of their singers and gave a push to which later lead to the decline of the band. That same year the band released their first EP titled 'Anti-Police' which became a Demob Anthem. Since the band had a multi racial line up, it attracted many of the NS members with intentions of shutting down their gigs as well as causing riots. In '83 the band released their second single, 'No Room For You', quickly followed to add to the success, but unfortunately, like so many punk acts of the era, musical differences soon developed amongst the line up and Demob split to pursue other musical avenues that same year. The band later reformed in 2001 and released 'Better Late Than Never' which contains tracks from the early Demob and some new tracks recorded in 2001. Today we can say Demob became another "cover band", they had too many members that came and go in the band, the only original member was guitarrist Terry Elcock, which later abandoned Demob in 2007, leaving the rest of the members being part of a cover band. Demob attracted mostly punks and some skinheads followed them. They had that typical sound of the 80's, it was almost Oi!... almost. Enjoy!

1. No room for you
2. No more talk
3. My life
4. New Breed
5. SUS
6. Anti-Police
7. 3 Months DC
8. No Fun
9. Unfinished Business
10. Teenage Adolescence
11. Kids are making a stand
12. Think Straight

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Monday, March 16, 2009

A Global Threat - What The Fuck Will Change? (1999)

I digged through my collection and pull out this classic of street punk. A Global Threat was formed in 1997 in Maine but later the following year they relocated in Boston, where it was based until their break up. The band played innumerous shows in New York and Boston. At that period the band met Mark Civitarese (Mark Unseen) who was a big supporter of the band, and later join himself in. In 1999 the band released 'What The Fuck Will Change? EP' which was later re-released by Step-1 Records as a full-length LP including some tracks from their previous EP 'The Kids Will Revolt Against All Authority'. After the released of 'Until We Die' LP, the year of 2000 was when the band started to kick off as well as changing and losing members. That same year Mark played their last show, deciding he only wanted to stick to one band; The Unseen. A Global Threat became one of the most famous bands during the early 2000, specially because they toured the USA plenty of times, and everytime they came to your town, they always brought a good band with them, as well as everytime you've seen them, they had different members. By the released of their 3rd LP 'Here We Are' they band was almost concidered a cover band, since most of their members already have been replaced or quit the band. Not till their last album 'Where The Sun Never Sets' released in 2006 by BYO Records, I think is a big shame that the band still calls them self A Global Threat, specially because it doesn't even sound like AGT anymore. I've seen them with their last line up, and its just embarrasing. The singer actually sings now, and the guitarrist and bass player look like they've played in some lame-pathetic MTV band or something. Either way, to me the end of AGT came after the released of their second album. In my opinion, their first 2 LP's is what made a difference in street punk, after that it was just all shit. I hope you like it

1. Religious Scam
2. Idle Threats
3. All We Really Own
4. False Patriot
5. Stop the Violence
6. Proles, The
7. Live For Now
8. Power, The
9. Cause For Abortion
10. This Town
11. Kids Will Revolt
12. Conformity
13. American Culture
14. What's Left Now?
15. Who's to Blame?

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rough - Indelebile (2004)

Well, hello again. I'm back and this time this blog it keeps getting better. I bring you a gem in Italian Oi!. If you haven't heard it, or have not been educated yet, 'Rough' has to be Italy's best Oi! band from all times! This is my favorite band from Italy, as well as 'Nabat'. Rough started around 1980 in Torino and was one of the first Oi! bands as well as one of the first Skinheads in Italy and Torino it self. Recorded and released their first EP in '82 titled 'Torino E La Mia Citta'. In 1984 they were invited to be part of a tape compilation titled 'Ahhhh... Italian Punk!', but not till the following year when they appeared on the 'Quelli Che Urlano Ancora' compilation released and put together by C.A.S. Records, a self-independent label by the band Nabat, 'No Politica' was the title of the track and it was concider one of their rare songs, even though you can find it on some of their old demos. After Rough appeared in that last compilation, they quickly desintegrated and that was the end of the best, loudest, and the most unfamous Oi! skinhead band from Italy. By the early 2000, a few ex members and fans recolected some of their demos, first EP and a 7 song live track and turned it into this magnificant album, it was released by 'Oi! Strike Records'. It was only released as a CD format. Well, took me a while to find this, but I hope you like you it!

1. No Politica
2. Comunicato
3. N'oi
4. Borghesi
5. No Politica
6. Torino E La Mia Citta
7. No Mai
8. Riot In The Street
9. Abuse Of Power
10. Restiamo Uniti (N'oi)
11. Italian Skin
12. Rebel Boy
13. Abuse Of Power
14. Riot In The Street
15. Live In Padova (7 tracks in one)
16. Grezzo

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A Country Fit For Heroes (1981)

I'm back and I bring you another great compilation from the early 80's. As Oi! was progressing in the late 70's and early 80's, in most of the Oi! compilations it always seem to have the same bands over and over, it didn't matter what was the name of the compilation you always seem to have the 4 Skins, Cockney Rejects, Business, Angelic Upstart, and so on. No Future Records released this LP in '81 with the purpose of giving other Oi! and Punk bands the opportunity to get their name out there. Bands like Crux, Samples, Violators, One Way System and others. Which in my opinion I thought it was a great idea, this compilation is great. The first volume made a great impression and sold out quickly, two years after the first volume, No Future released Volume 2 in '83. The compilation had the same idea and structure as the first volume, the only difference was the bands. This time ABH, Intensive Care, Criminal Damage and others had the chance to show what they were made of. I will post the second volume of this great compilation very soon. I hope you all like it.

1. Blitzkrieg - The Future Must Be Ours
2. The Violators - Die With Dignity
3. The Violators - Government Stinks
4. Hostile Youth - Fight Back
5. The Samples - Government Downfall
6. One Way System - Jerusalem
7. Attak - Blue Patrol
8. Protest - Orders
9. Crux - C L A
10. Distortion - Action Man
11. Pseudo Sadists - Power Schemes
12. Chaotic Youth - Whose Bomb

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Monday, March 9, 2009

S.B.L.C. - Falling Apart (1990)

I saw this EP one day when I was shopping at 'Hits and Misses', the cover of the album cought my attention. I did some research of the band, and they came out in the early 90's, 'Falling Apart' was their first EP then later released a full-length during the 90's. As the years went by the band had a numerous changes of member, which they came to an end a little before 2000. 'S.B.L.C.' stands for Screaming Bloody Leper Children. I'm sorry but this is all the information that I have of the band. Enjoy it.

1. All Night
2. Teenage Youth
3. Flesh And Blood
4. No End
5. Children Of Today
6. Detroit Bootboys

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

VA - Oi!... Rare & Exotica (1997)

This is an amaizing compilation released in 1997 by 'Teenage Rebels Records' from Germany. The purpose was to put an LP of Oi! bands from all over the world except the UK and USA since finding bands from both countries are easy and have a bigger chance to be known over the world. A thousand copies were made then it was later reissue as a CD. Today it's very hard to get this LP in your hands, and if you do find it I garantee you it will cost a lot of money. The compilation made great success that it was later released a Volume 2 in 1999 by different bands from all over the world once again and again the UK and USA did not make part of the compilation. I think both volumes are great, I will post the volume 2 soon. Enjoy it!

1. Reich orgasm - Futur Pour Tous (FRA)
2. Hope And Glory - Working Class (ITA)
3. Central Do Brasil - Eternos Amigos (BRA)
4. Cockney Cocks - Standers Rule (JAP)
5. 12 Pointbuck - Dead Hero (CAN)
6. Rezystencja - Rezystencja (POL)
7. Zona A - Muz S Kozusinoym Rimcom (TCH)
8. Psychoterror - Let's Oi! (EST)
9. Mata Ratos - Eu Tenho Um Pobre (POR)
10. La Leche - Los Planetas (COL)
11. Antisociales - Ultimos Rockers (MEX)
12. Stromberg Polka - Hoffnung (ALL)
13. Birthward '82 - Modern Trouble (GRE)
14. Ocho Bolas - Lautaro Rocanrol (CHI)
15. Comando Suicida - Grito Proletario (ARG)
16. Maniacs - Unite (SIN)
17. Quick & The Dead - Pyramid Party (AUS)
18. Agent Bulldogg - Justitiemord (SUE)
19. Kohu 63 - Kulttuuriarmeija (FIN)
20. Micky Und Die Mäuse - Guido Und Anne (AUT)
21. No Tag - No Tag (NZ)
22. Diminished Return - Concrete Jungle Jive (AFR)

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Thursday, March 5, 2009

80's Punk is out... Street Punk is the new Oi!

I've been thinking a lot about this lately. I read zines and internet articles on punk music most of the time, and for majority of the time, most of the articles are based on late 70's and 80's punk band. Ohh I wish i was a teenager in those days, but I wasn't. It's very rare to find articles talking about the rise or reborn of punk in the mid 90's, I think many people has forgotten about it, even though it was only 15 years ago.

Punk its a very weird kind of music, that somehow it keeps coming back fresher all the time, as well as taking a break every 5 to 7 years. We all know it started in the mid 70's and thousands of bands came out till the late 80's. It started as punk 77, then picked up some more speed and attitude having a UK82 sound, and in the early 80's Oi! was the new voice of real punk. Punk to me it has always been about the aggression, about how it belong to kids that felt rejected from society, rebellious kids, kids that came from working/lower class families. I've never seen it as a political "movement" or any of that bullshit. I mean, if the people in our society don't have the right to say what they want, who the fuck is gonna listen to a bunch of filthy punk kids? hahahaha, no one! But all that was back then, I love all of those bands from the 70's and 80's, but as much as I love it, I'm not part of it, neither I'm never going to be.

As the 80's go on, it seems to be self destructing the scene on its own. Either if they were a punk band or an Oi! band, by the end of the 80's, either you had to be Red or a bonnehead. Like I said before, none of the shit that I like, neither give a shit about it. The 90's started and it seem that punk was a thing of the late 70's and the 80's, or maybe just too a break from all the bullshit. I say around '94 is when it starts to pick up. In my opinion, The Casualties gave it that push to bring back again, at least in American soil. This time punk seem fresh, with a whole new look, way of thinking, a sound that stick to the kids and brough unity between punks and skins once again. No! it wasn't Oi!... it was Street Punk. Street Punk was the new face of punk, it re-created it self again. It was a mixture of Oi! with American Hardcore, and best of all this time was not about politics. It felt like we had our own music again, for the ones that didn't live it in the 80's, it seem that we went back to the pass and it started all over again.

Even though The Casualties had shitty ass lyrics and still do, hahahaha, most their songs were dedicated to the punks, drinking and having a good time, and unity between skin and punks. As the mid-90's picks up, more bands started to come out, and most of them had the same sound and the same ideals. This time there was no politics behind, instead it was more of a protest against our government and everyone else that pissed us off. Around '97 'Punkcore Records' came out, and sign 4 of the greatest bands that you HAD to listen to. The line up was The Casualties, A Global Threat, The Unseen and The Virus. In my opinion they were the ones that brough back Punk in the mid-90s and even early 2000. I remember going to shows waiting for any of those bands to play, and you see kids, they all kind of look the same, in a way it was like an uniform, hahahaha. Most guys had spikes or mohawks (some more than one), hair had all kinds of diferent color (blue and green most preferable), some ripped band shirt with no sleeve, stud belts (some wore 2 to 3 at once), others prefered the bullet belts and that shit was heavy, I don't know how they could wear that, hahahahhaa. Tight jeans was preferable by most kids, or jean fucked up shorts, as well as boots (any kind), vans and converse always came in handy too. I also remember some kids always had a big Oi! in their shirts wearing it with thing suspenders and the rest of the outfit that I just described. Basicly most kids were Oi! Punks. The girls had a look of their own as well, leopard print pants (any color), boots or some kind of shoes that look hot (haha), jeans or skirt depending on how much of a skank they were, also they cut it the neck of their shirts and turned it into a wifebeater kind of looking. Belts never missed, and of course, I remember it was a competition who wore better make up, hahahahaha. Specially the ones that were a Devotchkas fan, most of them they all liked like Alaine. Ohh, how I miss those girls. Also, the jackets it look like they made it in art class or something, everyone painted their favorite bands in the back, front, sleves of the jacket. I also remember some kids were too "Oi! Punks" already and use to have a British flag in their jacket, or just wore the sleveless Union Jack shirt, hahahahhaa they were a bunch of queers, specially when they faked their british accent by saying "give me a fukeeen beeaaaar".

To me this was the golden days of punk, no one really cared about anarchy or fascism or any of that shit. I also remember going to local shows and see the crappy bands that use to play, and as phonney as it sounds, we still had a good time especially when they played covers. Most bands were pretty shitty so they covered The Casualties a lot. Songs like "Oi! Song", "Policy Brutality" and "Punk Rock Love", and the ones that were a little more "diversed" played "Oi! Punks" by the Oi! Scouts, hahahahhaa. Looking back it brings so much good memories, especially the girls, they were sooo hot and skanky as shit, most of them were just fashion whores though, I don't think most of them knew more than 10 bands, hahahahhaha.

Anyway, everytime any of 4 bands that I mention played in your town you knew it was going to be a big party, specially when other Street bands from Europe came and toured in North America. In a way it seems weird on how once again it just happen with out being planned out, we were all blind kids, we didn't know what was going on, and all the bands that were coming out they all sounded the same in a way with out even noticing or attempting to sound like the rest of the others.

By 2000 it just kept getting better, New York was the home of The Casualties and CBGB's kept having punk heroes everyweekend. California and the rest of the West Coast was more a European-style of scene, specially because most of the European bands toured on that side of the country. I really thought punk was here stay this time, but I guess I was wrong. As it arrived to '03 and '04, most of the bands that I looked up to, started to split apart, or had continously changes of members. The Virus was basicly over, they had 3 diferent singers and that was it. Mike Virus went to start that gayass band Cheap Sex, which in my opinion they were one of the first bands to kill Street Punk. They were and still so fashionable, they sound was so mainstream and inflenced a lot of the bands that are coming out today. Punk in my opinion dies in late '04 early '05. It seem that no one cared anymore, like I was saying, most of the bands we're splitting and record lables like Punk Core started signing bands that were horrible. It came to an end. Most kids jumped quickly into 'Hardcore', I guess they felt they needed to be part of something, and others quickly became crusties. The whole crusty punk to me its pathetic, they are not punks and never going to be. To me they are long hair hippy/metalheads living in the streets, and for the most part they are rich kids, hahahahhaa. The whole idea of sticking together, seeing thousands of punks and skins in one pit pogoing or skanking together it was a dream that one day I hope it comes back. But oh well, I really don't see a comeback this time. Punk became so comercial it's not the sound of working class kids anymore, but it became a music of the rich kids.

Well, I leave you with this then. It was just something that I remembered and everytime I look back it fills my eyes with tears, remember the good days. I guess the only thing I have left now is my record collection. R.I.P. Street Punk, Oi! Punks, Skins and everyone else that lived it through that time.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Indecent Exposure - Reveal All! (1984)


One of the best Oi! bands of all time. Brought back the spirit of Oi! to their roots in the mid-80's and too bad they did not last too long. The band was formed by Steve 'Milky' in 1980, influenced and passionate by the 4 Skins and the Last Resort, with no political ideas, never supported the left of the right wing. In 1982 the band released their first EP' titled 'Riots' in which turned to be a hard Oi! anthem reflecting to what happen a year before in 1981. Later in '84 'Reveal All! LP' followed by their second full-length 'No Looking Back' in 1985. By late '86 the Oi! scene has seem to split between the far right and the left, it was turning ugly. That same year singer Milky got into a fight before a gig with some political skin and told him to fuck off due to his politics. Indecent Exposure continued to played the show, and after a few songs that same skin that Milky had an argument threw a bottle to his face and split him. Indecent continued playing their set till after they were done he jumped into the crowed looking for the asshole who threw the bottle at him, but he seemed to run away. That was Indecent Exposure last gig in England and quickly after they broke up in '87, and waited 25 years to reunite again. In my opinion they are one of the greatest band from all times. They played at the Oi! Fest in '08 but I couldn't catch them. Hopefully they will keep playing and touring all over the world.

1. A Way of Life
2. Rich Man
3. Rocking the Reds
4. Bank Holiday
5. The Fool
6. I Won't Let My Country Die
7. Riots08. The Slag
9. Save the Nation
10. Get Out
11. Shitter
12. England My England

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