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Bloody Müesli (Fra) Ras Le Bol; tape (1993)



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I got this from Joel Person, a correspondent of mine and fellow-zinester (Scène Plongeon). He was the singer of this band (from Nantes, France). Xavier Garot played guitar, ‘J.P.’ Jean-Pierre Person was the bassist & Yann the drummer. They had done a first demo (entitled Miam [“yummy”]) in 1992; this was their second and a third would follow in 1995 (Gavé [“stuffed”]). They also had a track on the compilation-CD Pogo Avec Les Loups (out on On A Faim!, 1992)…

Here’s what I wrote about this Ras Le Bol [“fed up”] tape in Tilt! #8: >>Fusioncore is what you could call this: a melting-pot of different styles (funk, ska, jazz, rock, punk, tribal, …). Pretty amazing what they put totgether but quite ‘danceable’. Insightful, ironical – French & English – lyrics (e.g. Small Tribe, about the ‘scene’), by seemingly intelligent – but also humorous (see the comic that comes with the tape) people.<<. If I remember well, some of Joel’s favourite bands were ‘Victims Family’ & ‘NoMeansNo’… In their own words their music is “miam-core à tendance sarcastique”.


This demo was recorded in March 1993 at the Onyx (at that time a big venue for contemporary dance and theatre productions) in a totally clandestine way. One of our mates, Ricou, worked there as technician. Some Sunday afternoon he did these recordings of us playing live in front of 800 empty chairs. The song Cankhü Wicasa (La Vision) was also on the compilation-CD of On A Faim!.

This was in fact our 3rd demo. There was also Enjoy The Taste… in 1992 (recorded in another empty venue, l’Olympic in Nanntes, by Tétèch, soundman for ‘The Thugs’). Miam! Was recorded in 1991 recorded by Ricou in his sound-engineering school of in Rennes. We also have 3 tracks on the Nantes CD-compilation Les Mammifères De L’Ouest in 1996.

The term ‘miam-core à tendance sarcastique’ was a stupid label but during that time we were rather critical towards the mentality of ‘scenesters’ and ‘musical cliques’. Let’s say we’ve gotten more mature in our reflections. For me personally, playing hardcore was a stylistic and humanitarian deadlock. I want to music for and with everybody: children, youngsters, elderly…

Nowadays my brother Jean-Pierre plays the bass in a funk-band and in a cover punk-band. Xavier plays Irish music. Myself, I never really stopped making music: after ‘Bloody Müesli’ I sang for ‘La Poque’ (acoustic rock, influenced by stuff like ‘De Kift’) and from 2005 on in an acoustic cover-band with bluegrass, hillbilly influences (‘Boo Grass & The Toothache’). I also have project going with 2 ‘Boo Grass’ mates where we do songs in French…

Joel Person




The Abs (UK) promo (1989)


the-abs-logo1. Same Mistake Twice / 2. Hand Me Down / 3. Legal Aid  / 4. Jackhammer

These 4 tracks were on the Turbosphinct 12″ EP (out on Vinyl Solution in 1988). The tape was sent to me (by Frank Babel of Blasting Youth) as promotion-material when the band toured with ‘H.D.Q.’ They ended up doing a show for us twice (89-10-01 & 90-12-22).

Around that time ‘The Abs’ (from Newport, Wales) consisted of ‘Fatty Ashtray’ Jon Simpson (bass), John Oldfield (a.k.a. ‘The Rev’, ‘The Reverend’ or ‘Rev John D’; drums), ‘B. Funnunyon’ Bryn Jones (guitar/vocals) & ‘Boggs’ Barrie ‘Baz’ Oldfield (vocals/guitar). they played tuneful punk-rock (with “hook-heavy guitar-work”) and had tongue-in-cheek lyrics. Not the most PC band but fun…

In 1989 they had a mini-LP out entitled Mentalenema and their album Nail It Down (Blasting Youth recs) was released in 1990 (with ‘Dingo’ Richie Glover on bass). Later ‘Baz’ & ‘The Rev’ would form ‘Doctor Bison’ with Dickie Hammond of ‘H.D.Q.’). Nowadays Richie Glover plays in ‘Bad Sam’ with Dean Jeffery Beddis of ‘Cowboy Killers’…

The description below translates as something like: “Power, melody and humor, that stands for ‘The Abs’ – live on stage, when they ignite a 100% fireworks best power-pop-punk with their energized set. With their new LP (to be released coinciding with this tour)  Nail It Down – already an all time classic – these 4 kick-starters from Wales won’t have any problems to rock each club against the wall in a jiffy and turn each concert into a big party. With their earworm-like songs they hit the nail on the head, they can be listed along their examples (‘Hüsker Dü’, ‘The Ruts’, ‘The Damned’, ‘The Replacements’, etc.). There’s hope for punk-rock again!”.