Thursday, 29 March 2018

Tunes & Snot with a Message - The Recesses of the Anarchopunk world (part 4): We don't have to Live like This

This is the fourth part of the anarcho mixtapes marathons and you know the drill by now. As the previous compilation showed, selecting songs can be tricky and mistakes can be made in this day and age of cultural abundance and overproduction. Hopefully, I got them all right this time but feel free to comment if I have not. As my venerable kung-fu master used to say "mistakes allow thinking to happen" (or maybe it was an Ace of Base song, I can't remember). 

Anyway, there will be one more of these compilations and then I'll be back to my raving mania. 

Here is the tracklist for this one:  

01. The Epileptics "1970's have been made in Hong Kong", from the March 1979 demo tape, 1979 (Hertfordshire, England)

02. Carnage "All the sad people", from the All the Sad People Ep, 1983 (Bexhill-On-Sea, England)

03. Vendetta "How much longer", from the Aristocrap compilation Ep, ? (Wolverhampton, England)

04. Defyance "From a nightmare to a dream", from the Alternative to Nothing compilation tape, ? (?)

05. Urban Decay "Incinerate", from a demo tape, 1980 (Harlow, England)

06. The Strength of Weakness "Borstal boy", from the Keep going demo tape, 1984 (Bridgend, Wales)

07. Self Abuse "(I didn't wanna be a) soldier", from the Teenage demo tape, 1983 (Bournemouth, England)

08. Psycho Faction "Oppose war, oppose law", from a live tape, 1982 (Whitehaven, England)

09. Another Warcry "Past, present, no future", from the War is Murder compilation tape, 1984 (Blackburn, England)

10. Danbert Nobacon "Angry words", from the Volume One - March 1989 tape, 1989 (Leeds, England)

11. Crow People "Strolling", from the Cloud Songs 12'' Ep, 1987 (Doncaster, England)

12. The Snipers "Nothing new", from the Three Peace Suit Ep, 1981 (Oxfordshire, England)

13. The Convulsions "Media punx", from the Enemies of the State compilation Lp, 1984 (Bradford, England)

14. Radical Alternatives "Waiting room", from the Spirit of an Old Age Anthem compilation tape, 1982 (?)

15. Stress "Strike back", from the The Beginning of the End compilation tape, ? (?)

16. Stone the Crowz "Minds decayed", from the Suffer Little Children demo tape, 1985 (London, England)

17. Classified Protest "False dreams", from the S/t demo tape, 1984 (Gwent, Wales)

18. Farce "Just another animal", from the S/t demo, 1984 (?)

19. A.P.F. Brigade "Disease", from an unreleased Crass Records Ep, ? (Peterborough, England)

20. Generic "Coca-Killer", from the Join the Conspiracy demo tape, 1985 (Newcastle, England)

21. Failing Parachutes "The good old days", from the Spirit of an Age Old Anthem compilation tape, 1982 (?)

22. Legion of Parasites "I hate you hate", from the Another Disaster demo tape, 1982 (Pavenham, England)

23. Crude & Snyde "Right to survive", from the S/t demo tape, 1987 (Drogheda, Ireland)

24. Abstract Critique "Coriolanus", from the A Midsummer Night's Boob compilation tape, ? (Waterlooville, England)

25. Screams of Children "Walk away", from the Alternative to Nothing compilation tape, ? (?)

26. Co Exist "Silent scream", from the To Russia With Love compilation tape, 1985 (Brighouse, England)

27. Black Solstice "No more bright eyes", from their S/t demo tape, 1987 (Camberley?, England)

28. Look Mummy Clowns "Chuggin in the riggin", form the Ongoing Zeugma Scenario Ep, 1984 (Waltham Cross, England)

29. Freeborn "This country", from the Imprisonment demo tape, 1983 (Wisbech, England)

30. Upset Tummy "State oppression", form the Spleurk! compilation Lp, 1988 (London, England)

31. Practical Existence "Protest and get arrested", from a demo recording, ? (Glasgow, Scotland)

32. Icons of Filth "Fucked up state", from the Not On Her Majesty's Service demo tape, 1983 (Cardiff, Wales)

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Tunes & Snot with a Message - The Recesses of the Anarchopunk World (part 3): There ain't no Heaven cuz this is Hell

Alright then, this is the third installment of my 80's UK anarchopunk compilations series, this time with a rawer, punkier approach maybe but still with that all important tunefulness. As I mentioned previously, not all of those bands could be characterized or indeed described themselves as "anarchopunk" but had ties with the anarcho world in some way. Some of them were one-hit wonders bands (like Wardance or Stigma), others became quite well-known (like Oi Polloi or The Instigators). 

The humble purpose of such compilations, apart from being a tribute to the lovely 80's punk mixtapes, is to convey a sense of the diversity of anarchopunk but also to stress its commonalities. And of course, to provide a healthy slice of catchy, angst-fueled punk-rock. And they are fun to compile actually. I have also tried not to include bands that I had already selected for previous compilations (there's enough material to avoid being redundant methinks). 

01. The Deceased "Boredom", from S/t demo tape, 1982 (Wigan, England)

02. Chronic "No time", from the split flexi with Living Dead, 1981 (Bradford, England)

03. Criminal Justice "Criminal justice", from the The System Is... tape, 1983 (Huddersfield, England)

04. The Mental "18", from the Extended Play Ep, 1979 (Warminster, England)

05. Steve L "There's a place", from the Open Mind Surgery compilation Lp, 1985 (Warminster, England)

06. Wardance "Stand the proud", from the We don't Want Your Fucking Law! compilation Lp, 1985 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

07. Society's Victims "Army", from the Who is the Enemy? compilation tape, 1984 (Fife, Scotland)

08. Devoid "Conned", from the No Sense tape, 1982 (Redditch, England)

09. Indecent Assault "Nation's prisoners", from the Dawn of the Android Workers Ep, 1986 (Dudley, England)

10. Wasted Amongst Reality "Protest and survive", from the Please Don't Feed the Missiles demo tape, 1984 (Whitby, England)

11. Telic Tribe "Times", from the Wild & Crazy Noise Merchants compilation 2xLp, 1990 (Guernsey)

12. Oi Polloi "Whale song", from the In Defence of our Earth Lp, 1990 (Edinburgh, Scotland)

13. Stigma "Think again", from the We don't Want Your Fucking War! compilation Lp, 1984 (London, England)

14. Napalm Death "The good book", from And, like Sheep, we have all gone Astray demo tape, 1982 (Birmingham, England)

15. The Depraved "Democracy", from the S/t demo, 1984 (Warwick, England)

16. The Heretics "Relegion OD", from the It's Better to Die on Your Own Two Feet than Live on Your Knees tape, 1986 (Cardiff, Wales)

17. State of Shock "Excess youth", from Bullshit Detector Three compilation 2xLp, 1984 (?)

18. Class War "Class war", from the Better Dead than Wed Ep, 1986 (Swansea, Wales)

19. The Fits "Bravado", from the Tears of a Nation Ep, 1983 (Blackpool, England)

20. City Indians "Radioactive wasteland", from the Root of Freedom demo tape, 1987 (Derby, England)

21. Pagan Idols "Ain't no", from a S/t demo tape, 1983 (Leeds, England)

22. Organized Chaos "H-bomb war", from the Wessex '81 split tape with A-Heads and Wild Youth, 1981 (Warminster, England)

23. War Whores "Madame X", from the Realization Leads to Freedom demo tape, ? (?)

24. The Commited "Whose war", from the S/t demo tape, 1982 (Isle of Sheppey, England)

25. Anihilated "40 dumb animals", from the Punk Lives! Let's Slam! compilation Lp, 1986 (Ipswich, England)

26. Sore Throat "A bow to capital" from the Unhindered by Talent Lp, 1988 (Huddersfield, England)

27. Idiot Savant "Language of the privileged", from the Bleak Moments tape, ? (Hull, England)

28. Health Hazzard "Scared to dance", from the Bit's of '82 tape, 1983 (Lincoln, England)

29. The Next World "Safe territories", from the Branded Ep, 1988 (Kettering, England)

30. The Cause "Belief", from the Violence demo tape, 1983 (Manchester?, England)

31. Societies Vultures "Democracy - Corruption", from the Value of Defiance compilation tape, 1984? (?)

32. Terminal Disaster "What future?", from the Nuclear Suicide demo tape, 1981 (London, England)

33. The Instigators "?", from a demo tape, 1984/5 (Dewsbury, England) Actually this is a mystery song. I thought it was a demo song from The Instigators (I downloaded it as such a long time ago) but it appears that it isn't. I have no idea who wrote the song but will indicate if and when I find out. EDIT: the song is "Why take my life away" by Foreign Legion. It's taken from their Surf City Ep released in 1989.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Tunes & Snot with a Message - The Recesses of the Anarchopunk World (part 2): The Pressure from the Outside Vice Machine

Here is the second volume in my series of homemade compilations of British anarchopunk from the 80's with 33 bands in 89 minutes.

Like for the first installment, I tried to focus on obscure bands or on atypical songs from established ones in order to illustrate the versatility, snottiness and tunefulness that I posit are inherent to anarchopunk (to be understood in the broadest sense here, not as a genre but as a galaxy). In other terms, the point was to create a collection of catchy song in order to convey the essence of the anarcho vibe. As usual,  the quality of the recordings vary a lot so I did my best to equalize and make the whole sound as cohesive as possible. I sometimes struggled to find details about the bands but feel free to enlighten me if needed (I'd like that actually).   

Here is the lineup:

01. Revulsion "No justification", unreleased song, 1989 (Norwich, England)

02. Schutzhaft "Behind the wire", from the split demo tape with Leukaemia, 1984 (Peterborough, England)

03. The Secluded "Royal blood", from the We Despise Society demo tape, 1983 (Ebbw Vale, Wales)

04. Xoset UK "State of a nation", from the Ere What's This? Vol. 1 compilation tape, 1983 (Huddersfield, England)

05. Warning "Who's the rapist?", from the Home Made Protest demo tape, 1982 (?)

06. 2 Minutes of Hate "Vision of prison", from the S/t demo tape, 1982 (Leeds, England)

07. 4 Minute Warning "Lady killer", from the Pictures on the Wall demo tape, 1982 (London, England)

08. Cold War "Cold world", from the S/t demo tape, 1982 (London, England)

09. Total Chaos "Revolution part 10", from the There are no Russians in Afghanistan Ep, 1981 (Newcastle, England)

10. Black Easter "Rokin chair", from the Ready to Rot Ep, 1982 (Farnborough, England)

11. Part 1 "Marching orders", from a S/t demo, 1981 (Milton Keynes, England)

12. Still Life in Action "Vietnam syndrome", from the Play For Today demo tape, 1985 (Norwich, England)

13. Andy Stratton "I don't know", from the I don't Know / Evil Minds Ep, 1980 (London, England)

14. Nick Toczeck "Things to do on a saturday night", from The Britanarchist demo tape, 1984 (Bradford, England)

15. The Snapping Bogseats "Role control", from the Feed the People demo tape, 1986 (Crewe, England)

16. Lunatic Fringe "Who's war", from the Cringe with the Fringe Ep, 1984 (Bristol, England)

17. Intencified Chaos "No rights", from the Alternative South West compilation tape, 1984 (?) (South West, England)

18. Sedition "Unknown", from a live set in Norwich, 1985 (Northampton, England)

19. D&V "Today's conclusion", from The Nearest Door Ep, 1983 (London, England)

20. Active Minds "Royalty", from the Welcome to the Slaughterhouse Lp, 1988 (Scarborough, England)

21. Xpozez "No war", from the S/t demo tape, 1981 (Huddersfield, London)

22. Miasma "Rough justice", from The First Big Gamble demo tape, 1983 (Scarborough, England)

23. Noise Annoys "Unknown", from the There's More than Male Voice Choirs in Wales compilation tape, 1985 (Wales)

24. Solstice "Dreaming", from the Bye Bye Ronny compilation tape, 1988? (?)

25. The Suspects "Day to day", from a S/t compilation tape, 1982 (?) (Norwich, England)

26. Tony & Mole Chater "Class war", from the Alternative to Nothing compilation tape, 1986 (?) (?)

27. Wild Youth "Nobody cares", from the Wessex '81 compilation tape, 1981 (Trowbridge, England)

28. 16 Guns "Evil man", from the 3rd demo tape, 1985 (London, England)

29. Guernica "No more war", from the S/t demo tape, 1983 (?)

30. No Label "We gotta get together", from the 7-track demo tape, 1981 (Swansea, Wales)

31. Corpse "In Ireland", from the S/t demo tape, 1983 (Winsford, England)

32. Asylum "2000 AD", from the We will be Free split Lp with Toxic Waste and Stalag 17, 1986 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

33. Apocalypse "Setback of a nation", from the How Many More demo tape, 1988 (Drogheda, Republic of Ireland)