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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Manifest Destiny



Manifest Destiny, a San Diego band, managed to defy the generic hardcore sound that a lot of Mystic Records bands were known for (especially on the We Got Power compilations). In addition to this 7" from 1984 they also released a couple of compilation tracks and a Mini LP. Other than that I don't know much about them, maybe you do???? Here's We Love Our Country, It's The Government We Can't Stand-


Screamatorium
Mr. Jones
Quite All Right
Whose Power?

Friday, November 25, 2005

Zany Guys



Normally there's two things I don't like in my punk/hardcore. The first is too much goofiness. Sure bands like Angry Samoans can get away with it but usually it's just not my thing. Second is when a punk band does their take on some other genre, be it country, blues, rap, etc. With these things in mind there should be no reason I would enjoy the Zany Guys' Party Hits Vol. 2 but I do, and you may as well. This 7" was released on Placebo @1983 and contains 4 tracks of sunbaked Phoenix hardcore-
Little Tuff Kid
Hardcore
Paperboy Blues
Mr. Ackers

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Second Wind


What a great LP this is. Someone was nice enough to hook me up with a copy of this record that I'd been trying to track down again (hmmm, I wonder why- see previous post) and it's as good as I remember. Members of Second Wind were previously in bands such as Minor Threat, Youth Brigade (DC), Double O, the Untouchables and plenty more but I don't recall this record getting much traction here in the midwest. It was released in 1984 on the R & B label, one that I'm not that familiar with, and contains 9 tracks- all solid.
Bitch
I Don't Like To Have To Fight
Above Us All
Knock On Wood
Mr. Suit
Security
Trials And Errors
It's All Expected
No Solution

Sunday, November 13, 2005

U.S. Chaos


Long ago in the era of Quincy/Chips punk rock paranoia my parents decided that hardcore music was an awful influence and I returned home one day to find all of my records laid out and my Mom and Pop were going through them. I knew this wasn't good and tried to explain that there was a wide diversity of opinion in the music- for every Gang Green drunken rambling there was a Minor Threat, a Feederz 7" countered by Rock For Light by Bad Brains, and if it seemed like every punk band had a disagreement with US policy (and government, militarism, etc. in general) well there was always US Chaos. With a whole host of conservative leaning issues set to super catchy american Oi, how could they resist. They could. They took all of my records, gave my punk shirt collection to the thrift store, and even snapped that Jesus 7" in half. My copy of the We've Got The Weapons 12" by US Chaos is long gone but it's still (I think) available on CD from GEMM if you look around, and it includes some live tracks and this 7"-
Eye For An Eye
Don't Wanna Live

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Law And Order


Law And Order, a DC band, introduced their only record that I know of in 1981 on Fetal. I think if the production was better on this 7" it may have been considered a minor classic, instead it seems to have faded into history. On this release they continue the Hardcore/Punk Rock tradition of having a song named after the band, I imagine one could make a 10 CD set of bands that do this. The only other thing I know about this band is that singer Mike Finnegan is the brother of Void drummer Sean Finnegan. Just a note- there are some weird moments where a song seems to skip, another fades out abruptly, one has a strange effect and still another contains a weird guitar start, but I can assure you that's just how the record is recorded.
Punks Like Us Get Nothing
I Hate Military Road
Teleside
Soldier Of Fortune
Adolescent Aggression
Power
Anything But The Critic's Choice
Self Destruction
IRA
Caught In The Act
Violent Waltz
Law And Order

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

DDT


I really don't know that much about this band other than the fact that they were from (I believe) Atlanta, Georgia. I bought their lone LP Broken Toy in the mid eighties even though the cover art did not lead me to believe that the disc contained within would rock as much as it did, but it was in the punk section and there wasn't anything else new that week so why not. Until recently I didn't even know they had a 7" until I saw it on the (lots of surface noise) "fanclub" release America's Most Hardcore 2. Even though in my opinion the LP is infinitely better, you can still buy it for @$10 while this 7" went for $200 recently (I know I know- rarity counts). My advice is to listen to it here, and then pick up the AMH CD which also contains the LP and some other rarities.
Mr. Rogers Neighborhood
Girls, Girls, Girls
Brave New World
I'm Walking Down The Psychopath
The End