Thursday, 25 February 2016

Terminal noisy bollocks: rough songs of fast British punk 81-87



Terminal Sound Nuisance has perhaps never deserved its moniker more than today (the Eat Shit post being the obvious exception).

This post is not a record review for a change, because I wanted to do something new and fresh (well, assuming "fresh" is an adequate term to qualify what I am offering here). I went through my music collection (material or digital) and selected 56 bands playing 90 minutes worth of fast, snotty, raw British punk-rock. I only picked songs from demos, live recordings or rehearsals, which account for the rough and ready quality of the compilation. Some bands are famous (Varukers, Antisect, Icons of Filth) while others are really obscure (Caustic Filth, Panik Stricken, PBA), but I always selected little-known songs or recordings. I focused on elements that are common to UK punk bands, their feel, the textures and moods, in order to achieve this, and left out crust or hardcore bands on purpose (that will be for another compilation).

The quality of the recordings (and of the files) varies greatly from a song to the other. Some bands certainly knew what to do in a decent studio, while other just made a lot of noise in their bedroom. To be blunt, some sound genuinely great, while others are just a fast sloppy mess. But well, that's the punk spirit, isn't it? All songs were recorded between 1981 and 1987.

I put all the 56 songs into one single file and tried to equalize the sound levels. It was definitely a pain in the arse but it had to be done in order to give a nice "mix tape" feel to the compilation. To that effect, I also did my best to blend the songs together.

I also decided to upload the thing unto youtube (because that is what people do these days apparently), but the mp3 version of the compilation can be found here (no flac for this one since, to be fair, a lot of the original files were mp3's, though not all obviously, so it would have been a "fake flac file" and I just didn't see much point in doing so).

Will you survive this?


1. Antisect "Aftermath", live in Nottingham, 1982
2. Plasmid "And still", demo, 1984
3. Instant Agony "Anti-police", demo, 1983
4. Disorder "Daily life", live in Nottingham, 1983
5. Heavy Disciplaine "Dead-end jobs", live in Kettering, 1986
6. PBA "Death and destruction", demo, 1984
7. Dirge "Death the fact", rehearsal, 1983
8. Warzone "Destiny", "Britain" demo, 1985
9. Victims of War "Didn't fight for you", demo, 1981
10. The Fiend "Don't let them die", demo, 1984
11. The Plague "Drop the bomb", demo, 1984
12. Legion of Parasites "Dying world", "Death watch" demo, 1983
13. SAS "Empire of destruction", "Sing along songs" demo, 1983
14. Warwound "Final nightmare", demo, 1983
15. Panik Stricken "Fuck religion", "Riot City Records" demo, 1983
16. Skumdriblurzzz "Gabba's headache", live in Nottingham, 1984
17. Asylum (Belfast) "Health warning", live at The Station in Gateshead, 1985
18. Insurrection "Human waste", "The people are starving" demo, 1987
19. Brain Damage "In the event of war", "Death to Timmy pop" demo, 1983
20. Revulsion "Insane", rehearsal, 1986
21. Asylum (England) "Is this the price?", demo, 1982
22. Chaotic Threat "Jam sarnie", demo, 1983
23. Suburban Filth "Missile base", demo, 1982
24. Gutrot "Mummy and daddy", rehearsal, 1986
25. Varukers "Never again", demo, 1981
26. Leukaemia "New years' revolution", demo, 1984
27. No Dead Meat "Noise ain't dead", demo 1984
28. The Distorted "Norma Jean", "Desecrate" demo, 1983?
29. Symbol of Freedom "Now's the time", demo, 1985
30. Social Disease "Nuclear error", "Utter nutter" demo, 1983
31. Onslaught "Overthrow of the system", live at the Station in Gateshead, 1984
32. Freeborn "Paying for the system", "Imprisonment" demo, 1983
33. Death Sentence "Points on the wall", demo, 1981
34. Picture Frame Seduction "Rebellion", demo, 1982
35. Criminal Justice "Forefathers of the crux", demo, 1985
36. Electro Hippies "Say goodbye", "Killing babies is tight" demo, 1986
37. Ted Heath "Shades of grey", "To Russia with love" compilation, 1985
38. The Uprising "Slavery", "Screaming from the inside" demo, 1986
39. Caustic Filth "Smile while you can", "Death of a melody" demo, 1986
40. Post-Mortem "Society's new way", demo, 1984
41. City Indians "Spoilsports", "Spoilsports" demo, 1986
42. Violent Uprising "System sucker", demo, 1982
43. Reprisal "Systematic slaughter", "Forgotten victims" demo, 1984
44. Urban Chaos "Tell me the truth", demo, 1983
45. The Disturbed "This is the end", demo, 1987
46. No Brain Cells "TV depression", practice tape, 1984
47. John Deathshead Formation (JDF) "Unknown", demo, 1987
48. Subnormal "Vampire", demo, 1983
49. Solvent Abuse "Vigilante", demo, 1982
50. Icons of Filth "Virus", live in London, 1984
51. Chaotic Subversion "We've had enough", "Law and order" demo, 1986
52. AOA "Who are they trying to con?", live in Cowdenbeith, 1985
53. Ad'Nauseam "Who are you?", "Bad noizeam" demo, 1986
54. Anti-System "Why should it happen?", live in Bradford, 1983
55. Atavistic "Your time's up", "From within" demo, 1986
56. Death Zone "Youth is to blame", demo, 1984


10 comments:

  1. Hi great site do you the asylum-is this the price-demo and if so is there any chance of you posting it-thanks-Podcarlisle

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    1. Hallo there,
      I have a rather rough-sounding version of the aforementioned demo in mp3's... The sound is fine for what it is but I don't post things that I don't have physically (with a few exceptions). I might upload it (and more Asylum material) onto youtube though.

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  2. Thanks That Would Be Great..Podcarlisle

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    1. Here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-82_UQap6S0

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  3. Thanks-Podcarlisle

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  4. Could you post the entire Caustic Filth demo?

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  5. I wish but I unfortunately don't have them... I only know four Caustic Filth songs that used to be on their myspace account years ago... Sorry.

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  6. Howdy and thanx for doing what your thing. Do you have the entire SAS Sing Along Songs demo???

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    1. Sadly not but I think Terminal Escape has it.

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