Zelda – S/T 7“

This live flexi 7“ from 1980 was one of two releases before Zelda’s major label debut album. On this 7“ Zelda are not yet the adventurous, eclectic and more polished pop band they would become later on. These three songs are fun, raunchy (and somewhat shambolic) punk/new wave, and could have musically ended up on their first album, too. The sound quality is okay, but it’s still kinda sad there are no studio recordings of these songs.

(For fans and lovers of outsider music: the wild trumpet solo on Mackintosh Popout is almost as good as the one on Bob Vido’s Boo Bah Bah. Almost!)

Boo bah bah, ba bobby bah boo boo bah!

Friction – I Can Tell + Pistol 7″

This two song 7“ was released on Pass Records in 1980. I Can Tell is a great post-punk song off Friction’s debut album; I really love the song’s cold, restrained, understated vibe. Pistol was an older demo recording of primitive and raunchy punk. Damn, that drum kit sounds like its heads have been beaten to shit more than once! Hell yeah!
Btw. Friction’s 1978 demo (with a different version of Pistol) is available on youtube for those interested.

Can you tell?

v.a. Oi Of Japan LP

I‘m still not really sure if posting this LP on my blog is really fitting, since most Oi! (with the necessary exceptions…) is not really my cup of tea, and I don‘t know shit (with even fewer exceptions) about Oi! Of Japan. But then, AA Records was a classic and hugely relevant label in japanese punk and HC, so why not? Also at some time or other, thanks to band incest magic, some of the bands on this comp shared members with the likes of The Star Club, The Stalin, Bradbury/G-Zet and many more, so this record is not too off the mark for my blog.
The version I‘ve got is not the original pressing on AA Records, but a european bootleg (from some time in the 90s maybe?).

Can I now go down the slippery and post some Discocks?

The Willard – 3 Years 7“

According to discogs this flexi 7“ was a giveaway at the release show for Good Evening Wonderful Friend in 1985. It came in blue and red versions, my 7“ is a red one. Two tracks (3 Years and D-Day Or Lost Day) are re-recorded versions of songs on their first 7“ from 1982, La Caduta Degli Dei. The new recordings are a bit faster (of course) and the sound is a bit cleaner compared to the old 7“. The last track, Winter Song, is an instrumental which starts out slow and contemplative (or so), gets louder and faster before its noisy finale.

D-Day. Definitely.

Joy – Perverts 12“

Joy were an avantgarde/post-punk band centered around vocalist Baki of Gastunk and including one of the guys of Madame Edwarda. Musically you can certainly hear influences by the usual suspects british classics like Gang Of Four and Killing Joke in the repetitive and/or dubby bass lines and in the jangly, atonal guitar, but there’s definitely a lot more avantgarde weirdness in their songs. Also, what’s not to love about a band called Joy with album called Perverts? The lousy job I did scanning the cover, maybe?

Except for a couple compilation tracks this 12“ was Joy’s only release.

Enjoy! Haha. Great pun. Not. Haha.

Confuse – Nuclear Addicts 7“

Song-wise it’s not really necessary posting this boot of Confuse’s legendary first 7“. All of its songs were already on this bootleg LP, so it’s mostly for the artwork. Also, these versions are a bit lower pitched and slower compared to the LP (and to the ones on 2012’s Hate War No War Fuckin‘ War bootleg), I‘m not really sure which ones are right.

That’s the bootlegging business for you…

Tokyo Rose – Fuwaku No Prosess 7“

Another power trio! Tokyo Rose played very tight, rock‘n'rolly punk rock: the songs are mid-tempo with a lot of drive, great melodies and cool guitar wanking. Too bad this 7“ from 1988 was their one and only release.

Where are Lord Haw-Haw and Axis Sally?

Think Again – My War ep.

Think Again released their 1st 7“ in 2011. This power trio (with changing vocals between all three of them) plays the wildest and nuttiest hardcore punk one could wish for. A couple of songs of this 7“ would later reappear on their debut album.

This shit is great, great, GREAT!

v.a. Go Ahead Make My Day – Smashing Odds Ness 2 LP

As can be deduced from the name (ignoring movies and presidents), this compilation was a) the follow-up to the Smashing Odds Ness and b) the second release on the Smashing Odds Ness label. What you can‘t quite deduce is that it was also the last one. Many of the bands on this 1989 compilation play late eighties thrash, with the mighty Bastard and the stenchy Asbestos definitely delivering the heaviest stuff. F.V.K., DONDON, Sic and Idora are among better known and more prolific bands on the comp, with Complete, Sicilian Blood and Sweats having fewer releases to their names.

And I have only one thing to say to the tax increasers…

Warriors – Born To Ride 7“

The Warriors (a.ka. Nickey & The Warriors / Road Warriors) are another splendid example of musicians for whom 1, 2 or 5 bands were not enough. Seems like almost each of the dozen band members went through another dozen of big name bands. Try drawing a pedigree chart, I dare you! Anyways, this 7“ from 1986 has three tracks of great, melodic punk rock; the title track is a cool interpretation of the doo-wop progression, but the stand out imho is the closing track I Do‘nt [sic!] Care. Great stuff!

In Finland they doo-wop progression is called the Aku Ankka (=Donald Duck) progression. Important to know.

Gai – Extermination EP

The bootleg of this 7“ was one of the very first records I had posted on this blog, here’s the original now. This 1984 flexi was the only record Gai originally put out during their time; their other releases were either tapes, compilation tracks, or post-humous (boots). Enjoy this true masterpiece of genius, primitive Kyūshū raw punk. Note the cute flower on the artwork, which IS cut off like this. Great photocopying skills?

Enjoy! ENJOY! That’s an order!

Poison Arts – Kick Rock 7“

Another great cover artwork by Poison/Poison Arts! One more plus: the cover opens like an envelope! This one track flexi 7“ from 1990 has a re-recorded version of the title track on their first 12“ from two years before. Great metallic, melodic hardcore. I kind of prefer this version.

Get it!

The Ease – Saiki 8“

Seems like The Ease from Aichi were one of countless one-release-and-no-hit-wonders of punk rock, so this three track 8“ flexi disc is all they ever did. The music is mostly slow to mid-tempo punk rock, with some new wave and a little bit of pop thrown it. The sound is somewhat tinny and trebly, which really fits the music: a steady beat, simple but wandering bass lines, arpeggiated (is that the correct term? I forgot!) chords and a high-pitched, sometimes a bit unsteady singer with a really cool voice. The opener Saiki is a cool punk rock song with a marching bass and a rocking guitar riff thrown on top, 時間砂陵 is a great anthem of melancholy and darkness, Hydra Dawn is a beautiful, sad pop number with an organ in the background (and it’s even greater than 時間砂陵!).

Why the hell couldn‘t you last longer and record more? This was some great shit!

Gauze – Equalizing Distort 12“

THE album. Or at least its bootleg with bonus tracks from „Thrash Till Death“ and „A Farewell To Arms“.

THE (!) album.

v.a. 時の葬列 – Selections From Excommunicated Monument

This is great compilation album of japanese mid-eighties gothic, new wave, post-punk and noisy avantgarde stuff. G-Schmitt are frail, beautiful and full of pathos, Madame Edwarda’s tracks definitely surpass the songs of their debut album, Auto-Mod deliver songs of dancable aggression and childlike wanderings (but less funk than on some of their 7“es), and Sadie-Sads‘ tracks on this album are pure genius. And to make it all perfect, the title translates as…

The Funeral Procession Of Time!

The Sexual – The Last Days / Antiseptic – First-Last 12″

Those interested in getting some of The Sexual’s output on vinyl should avoid this LP. Their tracks come from a lousy old copy of „The Last Days“ which skipped like hell, plus one song is missing. There’s also only one track off the Jisatsu Omnibus compilation. So you‘ll have some listening pleasure I didn‘t record the songs off this LP, but I included the tracks off the original compilation and this bootleg. Actually, all of their official releases plus some cool unreleased songs have recently been bootlegged on LP, so one can get them all in better quality than here.
Now for Antiseptic: their songs on this LP were all taken off their only release, 1986’s „First-Last“ 7“. To my ears there’s definitely some Zouo, The Mobs and The Bones in these songs, also loads of quality metal guitar riffing and tapping.

Last Days, First Last – The Antiseptic Sexual!

Glycerin – … From The Depth 8″

Compilation tracks aside, this 8“ from 1987 on AA Records was Glycerin’s only release. They no longer play the noisy thrash like on ADK Omnibus Vol. 2, but changed their style to a slower paced punk with some metallic riffing, thumb-muting and soloing. Fun factoid: the longest song on this 8“ is longer than all of their tracks on ADK Omnibus Vol.2 combined.

That’s arithmetics for you.

紅蜥蜴 – けしの華 LP

Before Lizard there was Benitokage (meaning „Red Lizard“). The band started some time in the early seventies and released two 7“es during their lifetime. This LP and the accompanying flexi 7“ from 1980 were released posthumously and compiled tracks from several recording sessions and live shows between 1976 and 1978. Benitokage were a lot more 70s proto-punk and glam; there’s some great pictures of theirs wearing semi-drag on the web. Musically the album is very diverse, a mix of funky rock, up-beat proto New Wave, some off-beat, some electro (Momoyo going solo!), you name it! Their synth already promises what Lizard were to keep, several of these songs would later be reworked to become Lizard tracks.

I hope I didn‘t fumble too badly describing their music… argh…

Enjoy some first class music after a mediocre description!

百夜 – 百夜独演音曲集一 聖家族 7“

This record is a solo release by Lizard’s singer Momoyo from 1985. It’s not punk, more like minimalist electro stuff. Since this is definitely not my area of expertise I‘ll just shut the fuck up and let the music do the talking. Also the record’s not in very good shape.

Sorry for the Aerosmith quote. That was uncalled for and almost as unforgivable as covering the Beatles. Plus I just found it’s not an Aerosmith original. Oh well. I‘d better go. My planet needs me.

Gomess – Lxx Ix Bx 7“

Why would anybody do such a thing as release a cover version of a Beatles song? Why? That band always was, is and always shall be The Enemy (not the UK ’82 band)! What ever happened to „How brilliant! They hate the Beatles!“?
Here the abomination cover song especially aggravates because I really like the other two tracks on this flexi 7“: Kick Down on side A is a cool, upbeat, melodic punk rock song, Jim Niteshade on side B is even cooler, dark and sad. So why do the unforgivable pay a completely unnecessary hommage to THAT BAND, when you‘ve got enough cool tracks of your own? Damn!

Unaffected Nation in Japan! 1985

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