Saturday, 23 May 2015

SOVIET PUNK ROCK
































"Red Wave"
Year:  1986
Country:  USSR
City:  Leningrad
Label:   Big Time
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  23
Time:  70 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:    New Wave      Punk
































"Red Wave: 4 Underground Bands from the Soviet Union" was a split double album released in 1986 and featuring Russian rock bands Aquarium, Kino, Alisa, and Strannye Igry (Strange Games), all from Leningrad. It was the first release of Russian rock music into the United States. Joanna Stingray, who developed a friendly relationship with some of the most prominent Soviet underground rock band members upon her first visit to the Soviet Union, and Boris Grebenshchikov, the Aquarium frontman, are credited with the idea of publishing such album in the West. The material for this compilation was recorded on a non-commercial basis by the four Leningrad bands and smuggled by Joanna Stingray to the US. Production and release was done by the Los Angeles-based indie label Big Time Records on June 27, 1986. The musicians do not bear any responsibility for publishing these tapes. "Stingray Productions" is grateful to to all those people who had the courage to preserve and deliver the tapes. The album was recorded in 1985 just arrived of Gorbachov and his "perestroika" and these four bands since then in the complete underground, had the opportunity to enter in a professional studio and make LP's totally professional too. Musically is quite "new wave" oriented and a bit punk rock maybe also goth rock.
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Friday, 22 May 2015

LIFE... BUT HOW TO LIVE IT?
































"Ugly"
Year:  1992
Country:  Norway
City:  Oslo
Label:  Boss Tuneage
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  32
Genre:  rock
Style:    Hardcore     Punk



























LIFE... BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? was a band based out of the Blitz anarcho squat in Oslo, Norway. Their drummer Dyret had earlier on played in the bands; Hjertesvikt A/S, Rognan Handballag and Blindt Hat, while Roger on guitar and Tom on bass had played in Barn av regnbuen. The girl Katja on vocals later sang in the first line up of Drunk and in Xisters. LIFE... BUT HOW TO LIVE IT? existed from 1988 to 1994 and they toured Europe several times and put out several records on various labels. Their musical style is clearly hardcore punk but the band added other elements like funk, psychedelic rock or metal in small doses. A different and original band with intelligent lyrics which dealed social issues with an original way. They reunited to celebrate the 20 yr anniversary of the Blitz Squat house,a legendary venue in Oslo-Norway awesome gig of rockin' female fronted hardcore!!
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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

SWINGIN' UTTERS

































"A juvenile product of the working class"
Year:  1996
Country:  US
City:  San Francisco, CA
Label:  Fat Wreck Chords
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  20
Lyrical themes:  socialism , life
Time:  39 min.
Genre:    Punk     Hardcore     Folk





































SWINGIN' UTTERS is a punk rock band that formed in the late 1980s. Having begun in Santa Cruz, California, the band moved to San Francisco where they are now based. They have been signed to label "Fat Wreck Chords" since 1996. As well as being classed as a "punk revival" band (reminiscent of UK 70s bands such as The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers, The Damned or Newtown Neurotics), SWINGIN' UTTERS have increasingly shown themselves to be influenced by Irish folk, particularly The Pogues. "The Utters" paid homage to their influences with two stellar covers of Cock Sparrer’s on the Blackout compilation Punk Rock Jukebox. In 2003 the group split up until 2010, when they decided to return and to record three albums. The band is still active and making a tour during 2015.

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Wednesday, 13 May 2015

TOXIC HOLOCAUST
































"An overdose of death"
Year:  2008
Country:  US
City:  Portland
Label:  Relapse
Format:  CD
Tracks:  13
Time:  32 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Thrash      Punk











































Thrash metal / punk band TOXIC HOLOCAUST mutated into existence in 1999 in Portland, OR (USA) when Joel Grind merged his love for classic punk, hardcore and metal and also the flash of hard rock into his ideal band. Like his influences: Slayer, Kreator, English Dogs, The Exploited, Broken Bones, etc. The group started in 1999 in Portland and since then, they have recorded seven albums plus twelve ep´s.
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Monday, 11 May 2015

999

















































"Separates"
Year:  1978
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  United Artists
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  11
Time:  39 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:     Punk  Rock









































What? No 999? Well, guess it's up to me to write a review, then. "Separates" is the long-running punk band's second album, and is arguably their best and certainly their most famous. The album opens with the insanely catchy, Rolling Stones-influenced "Homicide," which became a minor hit in the U.K. It's a little slow and the album never really gets up to the average punk tempo, but that just differentiates it from other `77 punk and early Oi! bands. Next up is "Tulse Hill Night," which has a catchy chorus, and reminds me of slow `90s pop-punk. The next track of note is "Let's Face It," which manages to be a little faster, and just as catchy as the other songs. The songs are basically in this pattern, sounding like a slow Buzzcocks, with a little bit of Stiff Little Fingers mixed in. The peppiest songs are "High Energy Plan" and the CD bonus track "Soldier," both of which are as good as anything their contemporaries put out. The only really bad track on this album is "Feelin' Alright With the Crew," which is basically a crappy reggae-punk song, which the Clash and the Ruts had already done with much better results. This album is a classic for fans of `77 punk rock, and is just as essential as The Clash, Inflammable Material, and Teenage Warning.(*NOTE = this review is from HERE ).
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

CRO-MAGS
































"The age of quarrel"
Year:  1986
Country:  US
City:  New York
Label:  Profilerec.
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  33 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:      Punk  Metal





























"The age of quarrel" is the first album from the New York hardcore band CRO-MAGS. It was released on Profile Records in September 1986 and subsequently re-released by Another Planet in 1994, along with their second album, 1989's Best Wishes, on the same disc. The video for "We Gotta Know" received airplay on MTV at the time (during their alternative/underground specialty show "120 Minutes"), and was one of the first-ever clips on MTV to feature slam dancing and crowd surfing.
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

THE VIBRATORS










































"Garage punk"
Year:  2009
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Anarchy rec.
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  14
Time:  40
Genre:  rock
Style:      Garage Rock




























Despite the second VIBRATORS album entitled "V2" is one of the best but the best, this covers collection from 2009 and entitled simply "garage punk" is truly a very good recording. The goal was to search for and to discover the old gemms which could be the roots of punk rock, early 70s or even during the 60s decade. Something similar did Ramones in 1993 with the album "acid eaters", a clear hommage to forgotten bands from that decade. THE VIBRATORS did exactly the same in this album and frankly the final result is more than satisfactory but very good. There are true hits like "7 and 7 is" (Love), "Hey Joe" (Jimmy Hendrix), "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)" (also covered by The Damned), "Brand New Cadillac" (covered by The Clash in its "London calling" album) or "Psychotic reaction" (Count Five), to just mentions some of them. "Garage punk" like "acid eaters" (Ramones) could be also a kind of hommage to that already legend compilation entitled "Nuggets" and its four albums and also reviewed in this blog. High quality music and interesting to know what are the roots of hardcore / punk community before 1977. Highly recommended.
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"The early years"
Year:  2006
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Cleopatra
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  20
Time:  55 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:      Punk  Rock




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"French lessons with correction"
Year:  1997
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Anagram
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  15
Time:  48 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Punk  Rock





























This is the twelveth THE VIBRATORS album since its beggining in 1976 and after some little adventures with other musical styles like hard-rock or power pop, the band come back to the classic punk rock with melodic and clear voices. A bold attempt to make something of relevance in the late '90s, this included a jab at Blind Date host and former Beatles confidante Cilla Black ("I Hate Blind Date") and a little bit of halfhearted self-parody ("Judy's Killing Herself"). Arguably their best album in some time.
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"V2"
Year:  1978
Country:  UK
City:  London
Label:  Epic
Format:  CD , LP
Tracks:  13
Time:  35 min.
Genre:  rock
Style:       Punk  Rock







































"V2" is the second studio album by the punk band THE VIBRATORS, released in 1978 on Epic Records and generally considered its best album ever. It was their most successful album, reaching No. 33 in the UK Albums Chart. The single "Automatic Lover", taken from the album, was the only THE VIBRATORS’ single to reach the UK Top 40 where it reached No. 33. It earned the band a TV appearance on the prime-time TV show Top of the Pops. Some of the songs from this album and the previous album "Pure Mania" were combined to form the american album "Batteries Included", released by CBS Records in 1980. It was packaged together with "Pure Mania" by Track Records in 2002, and has recently been re-issued by Captain Oi! Records with bonus tracks "Judy Says (Knock You in the Head)" and "Pushing Too Hard"on CD format. Despite some celebrity sites like "Wikipedia" or even "Discogs" describe this album as a mix with punk and new wave, the true is this is nothing to do with "new wave" or pop like other THE VIBRATORS albums. This is pure punk rock even more irreverent, noisy and acid than its debut "Pure mania". Here we can to find true anthems such as: "Automatic Lover", "Troops of Tomorrow" (covered later by The Exploited), "Destroy" (covered later by GBH) or "Pure Mania" (this song was not appeared in the album under the same name).
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