>>Loro Decidono… Tu Paghi!<< (They Decide… You Pay!) (Ita) compilation (1984)

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My friend ‘Mokka’ Geert Mokwinski tells me he got this by trading one of his Smurfpunks compilation-tapes with Chris BCT.

It was compiled by Roberto De Capitani (bassist of the Alassio-based band ‘NoiseNoiseNoise’) who did the label Edizione Storie Tese (in the beginning mostly tapes) with a couple of friends. It also came out on B.C.T. (Borderless Country Tapes ran by Chris Chacon from San Diego). BCT #25 is one of several B.C.T. tapes with Italian HC. This one features mostly live recordings (some at the famous social centre Victor Charlie in Pisa)…

side A:

‘Cani’ – Questa E’ La Tua Vita (This Is Your Life) / ‘I Refuse It!’ – Frecce Avvelenate Sul Comitato Disastri (Poisened Arrows For The Disaster Committee) / ‘Savage Circle’ – Violence Grows / ‘Vivisexzione’ – Cancro (Cancer) / ‘C.C.M.’ – No Wordz / ‘Cani’ – Di Che Parli? (What Are You Talking About?) / ‘London 77′ – London 77 / ‘Kina’ – Vietato (Forbidden) / ‘P.S.A.’ – Bandiere Nere (Black Flags) / ‘Cani’ – I Tempi Sono Cambiati (Times Have Changed) / ‘C.C.M.’ – Easy Target (Skank Version) / ‘Vivisexzione’ – Tensione (Tension) / ‘I Refuse It!’ – Sogni A Doppie Vie (Double Dreams)

side B:

‘NoiseNoiseNoise’ – Laredo Soul * Mass Murder / ‘Kina’ – Nessuno Schema (No Plan) / ‘London 77’ – Nessuna Illusione (No Illusion) / ‘Cani’ – Quando Sarai Grande (When You’ll Grow Up) / ‘Vivisexzione’ – Vita (Life) / ‘C.C.M.’ – Frustration 2 / ‘I Refuse It!’ – Chocu Umeret (I Wanna Die) / ‘Kina’ – Bagliore Accecante (Dazzling Light) / ‘London 77’ – Giornalisti (Journalists) / ‘Savage Circle’ – Falling Down / ‘Cani’ – Guai A Voi! (Trouble For You!) / ‘NoiseNoiseNoise’ – Cielito Lindo (Beautiful Sky)

 

Cani (Pesaro): Adamo Sanchini (bass), Mirco Uguccioni (drums), Roberto Russo (guitar), ‘Mughi’ Mauro Copes (vocals)

Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers (Pisa): ‘Syd Migx’ Piercecchi (vocals), Antonio Cecchi (bass), Alessandro Fantinato (drums), ‘Dome La Muerte’ Domenico Petrosino (guitar)

I Refuse It! (Florence): Sandro Favilli (bass; later ‘C.C.M.’), ‘Boz Lapinski’ Lapo Lombardi (keyboards/noises), ‘Pino’ J. Zarkosic (guitar), ‘Walter’ a.k.a. Wally Dread (drums), ‘Il Generale’ Stefano Bettini (vocals; Nuove Dal Fronte zine & Belfagor recs)

Kina (Aosta): Sergio Milani (drums/vocals), Alberto Ventrella (guitar/vocals), Giampiero Capra (bass/vocals; also ‘Contrazione’)

London 77 (Latina): Marcello (vocals), Fabio ‘Demente’ Furlan (bass), Giulio (guitar), Tommaso (drums). In 1984 Marcello & Fabio left, (Ferdi)Nando Ferdinandi took over (bass/vocals)

NoiseNoiseNoise (Alassio): Roberto De Capitani (bass), Vincenzo/Enzo ‘Sid’ Bianco (drums)

P.S.A./Punk Sound Against (Sassari, Sardinia): Geppi Sanna (vocals), Danilo Sini (guitar), Gigetto Carta (bass; later replaced by Gianfranco Squintu), Luigi Palomba (drums)

Savage Circle (Alassio): Claudio ‘TomTom’ Tomati (vocals/guitar; R.I.P.), Marco ‘Ely’ Barbarino (guitar), Alessandro ‘Kino’ Rossini a.k.a. ‘Kasbah’, Vincenzo/Enzo ‘Sid’ Bianco (bass)

Vivisexzione (Pesaro): ?

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[Condemned] Attitude (USA) live (Scherpenheuvel, Bel, 87-11-15)

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Tracks:

(thanks to Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt)

(?) Homeless Crew / Read All About It / American Paranoia* / (?) Big Time Game-Hunting / (?) No Blind Power** / Crucified System** / Dead Serious* / Save Thy Brother** / Warhead (‘UK Subs’ cover) / Dope Fiend* / D.S.F.A.* (Doesn’t Stand For Anything) / When Worlds Collide / Third World Child** / Kill A Hippie / (?) To Whom It May Concern / Practicing For War** / It’s No TV Sketch (‘Discharge’ cover) / Freak** / (Thoughts Of) Equality**

[* ‘Attitude Adjustment’ /// ** ‘Attitude’]

‘Attitude’ (formerly ‘Condemned Attitude’) was actually a new band formed by former members of the band ‘Attitude Adjustment’. It was not a continuation of ‘A.A.’ by a different name, which was still active when ‘Attitude’ was formed. ‘A.A.’ split up around July ’86 and reformed with a new line up a few months later (original ‘A.A.’ drummer Chris Kontos and others).

Their first tape was recorded with Andy Andersen (vocals; ex ‘Attitude Adjustment’), Chris Scaparro (guitar; ex ‘Attitude Adjustment’), Rick Strahl (bass; ex ‘Attitude Adjustment’), Paul Birnbaum (drums; ex ‘Septic Death’) and Keith Chatham (guitar; formerly bassist of ‘Condemned To Death’). It was released around July/August. When Thomas Issler of We Bite recs brought them over to Europe (see 87-11-15 & 87-12-11), Keith wasn’t in the band; though he had participated in the recordings (July 1987; Keith back on bass and Rick on guitar) of the Kein Schlaf Bis Deutschland 12″ (released August/September). Joe(y) Devlin (of ‘Condemned?’) hit the drums during that tour. The 12″ The Good, The Bad…The Obnoxious (enregistred December 1987 in Germany) was with Joey; and on To Whom It May Concern (recorded in the U.S., in July 1988) Eric Brecht (also in ‘D.R.I.’ & ‘Hirax’) was the drummer.

Brob

Read All About It! I forgot about that song. It never got to vinyl. Kill the Hippies is just some goofy song we used to jam on at practice.

Christopher Scaparro

These (?) songs are some I wrote for the first ‘Condemned?’ album but then Andy changed some lyrics later. The cool thing is the drummer on this recording Joe Devlin, I met some many years later and has been the ‘Condemned?’ drummer for several years! He was from Santa Rosa (just 19 I think) and in a band called ‘Insanity Puppets’.

The set-list is a lot of songs from the Australian ‘Condemned?’ recording (’87), that Nuclear Blast re-issued (together with another CD with ‘Condemned2Death’ stuff) in 2011.

So the first intro is (the last part of) Homeless Crew. Read All About It is a song from ‘Condemned?’ (Humanoid or Biomechanoid? album): Emotional Blurr with different lyrics. Big Time Game-Hunting is from the same ‘Condemned?’ album; same lyrics. Then into No Blind Power. Between  D.S.F.S. & Third World Child is When Worlds Collide (also from the ‘Condemned?’ album then re-recorded by ‘Attitude’. To Whom It May Concern was entitled Deadly Euphoria at first: I wrote the music and early lyrics. I re-recorded this in 2015 for the ‘Condemned?’ Steamed Punks 4-song disc as Department Of Authority. See www.condemnedmerch.com

Keith Chatham

Lougaroo (Swi) tape (1991)

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side A /// side B

In the early 90s, Kirsten Romig, the vocalist of the Amsterdam-based band ‘Do Or Die‘ moved to Bern (Switzerland). She started singing for ‘Lougaroo’ (Claudio Gehrig was the original vocalist), with Mike Belac (guitar), Päd/Paed Conca (bass) and ‘Stebi’ Stefan Woodtli (drums).

This tape here was released (“with the consent of the band”) on Harmony recs from Warsaw (Poland) – the label of the band ‘Ahimsa’. Their music is a versatile crossover/mix of hardcore, thrash, jazz & rock (that reminded me of ‘Victims Family’, ‘Assassins Of God’ e.g.) accompanied by strong female vocals, and all with great musicianship.

They also put an LP out, entitled Minorities, on the label Record Junkie (1990), had 2 tracks on the compilation-LP Avalanche 2 Swiss Underground (Far Out recs, ’91) and one on the Gift & Galle International antifa benefit-compilation (Schwarze 7, ’93).

Brob

We started in ’89 with a other singer and did one LP and some samplers with him, then we played only instrumental for a while until Kirsten arrived. We also did this tape, in ’91, with her (in Poland, where we toured a lot…). Harmony recs was the label of the band ‘Ahimsa’; ‘Dezerter’ was also involved in it, and a bunch of HC kids from there…

I also played for ‘Do Or Die’ on a tour or two after their bassplayer left the band. Kirsten went back to the states in the late 90s. Before she also stayed in Bern and did another music-project, more singer/songwriter style (‘Stella & Eye’)…

Paed Conca

I started singing for ‘Lougaroo’ when Mike Belac came to Amsterdam in ‘90-‘91. He had heard me singing with ‘Do Or Die’ and was looking for a singer to tour with them through Poland and with ‘Ahimsa’ – another polish jazz-coreish band. I was looking for something different at the time and I liked their music. I agreed to sing for them on the basis that I make my own lyrics and melodies. It worked out. I eventually moved to Switzerland a year or two later and I think we were together for a couple of years before we broke up. We were quite popular. I was sick of touring (touring with two bands takes its toll). But, somehow got involved with the duo ‘Stella & Eye’ – which also had some popularity. ‘Stella & Eye’ toured until the year I moved back to the states in May 2000. We did a Good-bye Tour through Europe and played a few gigs in New York in June 2000.

Kirsten Romig

Vortex (Bel) tape (1985)

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side A: Boudha! / Anti-Tout (Against Everything) / It’s What They Say / Fucking Life Of Pain / Get Up Punk / No Fun / Merci (Thank You) / Allez Louya (Go Louya) / Football Afternoon / Attaque (Attack)  / Enfants Du Chaos (Children Of The Chaos)

side B: Enfants Du Chaos (afterpart) / Jack The Ripper / Buvez Le (Drink It) / Repression / It’s What They Say (*) / Enfants Du Chaos (*) / Jack The Ripper (*) / Boudha ! (*) / Fucking Life Of Pain (*) / Merci (*) / Allez Louya (*) / Get Up Punk (*) / Anti-Tout (*)

From the ‘Mokka’ (Geert Mokwinki’s) collection…

The first real release by these French-speaking Belgians (from Charleroi). But there was already a tape circulating of a show in Antwerp (@ Paradox; 84-11-02). Soon after this tape here they recorded for the split-LP with ‘Vortex’ and the compilation-LP (Alle 24 Goed!) that came out on Punk Etc. It was distributed by M-Extäz International Produkts (Jean(not) Chaperon of the Parisian zine M-Extäz, drummer of ‘Razzle Dazzle’ & ‘M.S.T.’). The last 9 tracks (*) on the B-side were recorded live (most probably another gig then the one mentioned above). The band also appeared on a few compilation-tapes around that time (e.g. Punk Etc.’s Allez Crachez & >>Maja De Brij<<)

In 1985 they also played a show for Smurfpunx (85-12-21). J.R. or (J.Roy) played bass [Antonio Marella mentioned somewhere on the www he played bass for them in ’79], ‘Fax’ Vincent Delcorde (R.I.P.) hit the drums, Marco Hinic strummed the guitar and Thierry ‘Steve’ sang. Their music can described as a mix of street-punk and hardcore.

‘Vortex’ @ Paradox, Antwerp (84-11-02); pic by Sascha Van Tilburg

Ripcord (UK) live (Aalst, Bel, 87-06-27, 88-01-30 & 88-09-03)

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‘Ripcord’ played 3 Smurfpunx shows: 87-06-27, 88-01-30 & 88-09-03. The first one was when I had organised a tour for them (their first time crossing The Channel). The plan was actually to let them play in my hometown but since the venue there got closed down by the cops, my Smurfpunx mates helped me out (starting-point of a long collaboration). I’d gotten to know the band through the flexi (The Damage Is Done) I’d gotten from Onno Hesselink and developed a correspondence with their drummer John Millier. After that first tour (where they brought along ‘Napalm Death’) I visited them in Weston-Super-Mare and got to know guitarist Steve ‘Baz’ Ballam better as well.  Brian ‘Buzby’ Birchell (vocals) and Steve Hazzard (bass) didn’t come in sight. As far as I can remember ‘Buzby’ was working and Steve was making plans to immigrate. By the time they came over for the second time Jim Whiteley (who had been in ‘Napalm Death’ during the first tour and was also in ‘Filthkick’) was Steve’s replacement. For the third time Steve had returned and he was doing vocals because ‘Buzby’ had left…

Recordings provided by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt. Thanks!

87-06-27 set (interspersed with an interview; the LP Defiance Of Power, on Shane Dabinett’s label Manic Ears, was just out and Thatcher re-elected for the third time): Lucky Ones / Single Ticket To Hell / Furder / Drugshit / You Don’t Care / Empty Faces / Ignorant / Eternal Tomb / Kiss Of Death / Thatchula / Defiance Of Power

88-01-30 set (the recordings for the Harvest Hardcore 7″ happened shortly after this; with Steve on vocals): Vivisection – Tortura Innecessaria / The World I Hate / Lucky Ones / Empty Faces / Passer By / Drugshit / Starvation (‘Siege’ cover) / Furder / You Don’t Care / Poetic Justice / Eternal Tomb / Death By Consumer Demand / Defiance Of Power / Can’t You See / Subconscious Thoughts / Boiling Point (‘S.S.D.’ cover) / Live By The Bomb / Prisoners / Furder / Boiling Point (‘S.S.D.’ cover)

88-09-03 set (a few days later their set in Alzey, Germany was recorded for an LP in the Your Choice Live Series, the show in Alkmaar (Ned) was later released on CD; and in October they recorded their Poetic Justice album): Barriers / Poetic Justice / Get Away / Infiltrate / Censorship / Vivisection / Subconscious Thoughts / No Effort, No Thought / Existance Without Cause / Passer By / Drugshit / So Strong / Aim To Please / Can’t You See / Resolute / Collision Of Vision / Subliminal Decay / Overload —tape-switch— Starvation (‘Siege’ cover) / On The Way Down / Defiance Of Power / Furder / Boiling Point (‘S.S.D.’ cover) / Drugshit / Vivisection / Furder

After all this I would see John & ‘Baz’ back when I got ‘Can’t Decide’ (band with ‘Heresy’s John March singing and Simon Hobbs on bass) to tour… In the mean time the first 3 had also recorded some ‘joke’ straight-edge songs under the moniker ‘Uniform Approach’ (with bassist Ed Varney, who would later also play for ‘Violent Arrest’ – with John Millier, ‘Baz’ and Steve)…

 

 

Aside (Fra) L’État Ne Fait Pas Le Bonheur; tape (1997)

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Tracks:

Day After Day / Direct Democracy / Pink Triangle / Su Vida De Dolor (His Life In Pain) / Terre (Earth) / Média Contrôle (Media Control) / Femmes Stéréotypées (Stereotyped Women) / Casadores (Hunters) / Blocage (Blockade) / Raise Your Fist / Guilty (‘Oi Polloi’ cover)

This band, playing fast & raw crusty hardcore/punk with fe/male vocals (reminiscent of ‘Disaffect’), were from Rennes (Bretagne). Sophie (vocals), Phil(ippe) (vocals), ‘Guéna’/Gwenael (guitar/bass), Pierre Boislève (bass live), Roger (drums; when in jail replaced by Gilles) were active people with their hearts and minds in the right place…

The tape was sent to me by Pierre (El Trasgo), I believe. Probably as an introduction to get gigs. They were announced for a gig at the Vort’n Vis (97-09-19&20 Leed festival) but unfortunately that got cancelled… My copy has 9 live-tracks (97-01, Planguenoual) on the B-side but since the sound-level of these is inconsistent and they’re no new songs, I don’t ad this here…

In October 1997 the band re-recorded (with the help of Gilles ‘Anomie’ Auvinet @ Ape studio) some of these (and some new) tracks for their Victory Day 7″ (released by Yann Dubois on his label SanJam). They did a split-7″ with the Groninger ‘No I.D.’ in 1998 and appeared on a split-CD with ‘Shortcut’ (also from Rennes) in 2003. The band also featured on the compilation-CD Reconstruction: 1997 Hardcore (not the one on Stonehenge recs but done by Yann Boislève), and on the 7″ Autonomie Vol. 2 (compilation on Christophe Mora’s label). A split-EP with ‘Rawness’ (announced 1998/99) an one with ‘Sin Dios’ never materialised… More is mentioned on Guéna’s website (where you can also download the band’s discography).

Brob

The drummer, Gilles, that replaced the rhythm-box we used, is not Gilles Auvinet who recorded all our records. Funny thing is that Gilles Auvinet did come to rehearse with us a couple of times (September ’96) when we were searching a drummer. There was the possiblity of doing a demo with him but in the end, it didn’t happen. We recorded with the rhythm-box and then foud that drummer Gilles.

‘Guéna’

Tempo Zero (Ita) Barattoli Vuoti; demo (1992)

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(A) L’Altro Gregge (The Other Herd) / Non Rinunciare Mai (Never Give Up) / L’Istinto Di Sapere (The Instinct To Know)

(B) Uniforme (Uniform) / Passaggio Obbligato (Mandatory Passage)

A band from Aosta (city of ‘Kina’ and their label Blu Bus) with Romeo Sandri (guitar/vocals), Leo Salvatore (bass/vocals) and Gio(rgio) (drums/vocals). Later Michele Berselli joined on second guitar. They played uptempo melodic hardcore. This was there first demo. (Barattoli Vuoti means Empty Jars.)

My review in Tilt! #7: >>Nice uptempo melodic HCpunk with beautiful intros and angry outbursts. Cool chorusses. Lyrics in Italian. Very good!<<

Above are the lyrics and an additional text about our social situation and personal stuff. Absolutely not fascist, we were always against that kind of people and ideas.

We started in 1991. This first official first demo-tape was (totally DIY) self-recorded in our rehearsal-room.  We also got in touch with ‘Kina’ who asked help to run their label. After a first period influenced by melodic HC, our music changed to a more rhythmic post-core style inspired by the Dischord/DC sound (Tempo Zero self-titled CD). The band toured a lot (mainly Italy, Germany, France). We befriended quite some bands, which led to various collaborations and shared adventures (just to name a few: ‘Shock Treatment’, ‘Eversor’/’The Miles Apart’, ‘Nuvolablu’, ‘Alcatraz’). In 1997 we started our own label (and fanzine) called Enphasys that released our later works. We ended our ‘journey’ in 2002 (after a demo, 2 albums, 2 7″ EPs & 3 split-7″s)…

Romeo Sandri