Punx ‘n’ Skinz / Thugs In Uniform / Never Give In / Minority Authority / Boot Down The Door / Stop Vivisection / Skinhead / Pigs For Slaughter / No Filthy Nuclear Power
[tape kindly contributed by Geert ‘Mokka’ Mokwinski]
These are ‘Oi Polloi’s first studio-recordings from 1983 (but they were only released in 1984-85). Their second studio-demo (Green Anarchoi) followed in ’85 and then it was time for their first vinyl (the split with ‘A.O.A.’ was recorded in ’85 but C.O.R. released it in the summer of ’86; the 7″ Resist the Atomic Menace was recorded and released in between)…
In Ian Glasper’s book The Day the Country Died, singer Deek Allan tells us the band’s history. There’s mention that at the time this was recorded Deek was the original member left (apart from ‘Spook’ who played guitar on the opening track). The others were ‘Ozzy’ (David Osborne) on bass, ‘Guv’ (Gavin Robertson) on drums and guitarists ‘Rat’ (David Connolly) & ‘Gav’ (Gavin Baird). Some of tracks resurfaced on the Six Of The Best CD. Boot Down The Door was also on the compilation-7″ No Visible Scars.
Mørkets Fyrster (Princess Of Darkness) – Falsk Trygghet (False Security) – Hver Dag Er En Perfekt Dag (Every Day Is A Perfect Day) – Levereglene (Code Of Conduct) – Feigingen (Cowards) – Tilstå (Confess) – Møtet I Trappa (Meeting On The Stairs) – Du Kan Aldri (You Can Never) – Fra Utsida Og Inn (From The Outside In) – Billige Drømmer (Cheap Dreams) – Prøyssermarsjen () – Set Me Free
[recorded by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt]
The set contained mostly songs from their album Hver Dag Er En Perfekt Dag; which was recorded the next few days after this gig – in Germany (and released in 1989 by Reiner Mettner on his label Double A recs) and a few from their first LP Sangen Om Vår Vidunderlige Verden (Songs About Our Wonderful World) – Double A recs 1988. On 88-12-04 they played this Smurfpunx concert together with ‘Angry Red Planet’ (USA), ‘Erosion’ (Ger) & ‘Ludichrist’ (USA) – about half a year after their first appearance in Aalst (88-05-13).
The guys in the band were Børre Løvik (guitar; ex ‘Bannlyst’, also in ‘So Much Hate’), Jo Raknes (bass), Harald Tredal (drums; later replaced by Thomas Fosseide of ‘Bannlyst’ & ‘Kafka Prosess’) & Hasse Jørgensen (vocals).
Review of Hver Dag Er En Perfekt Dag in Tilt! #5: >>These people like to dissect human feelings and relationships in their lyrics and their music fits wonderfully: it switches from sensitive to aggressive to reflecting. Børre ‘s guitarlicks make it all even more intriguing. I like it!<<
Side A: Fuego En La Moncloa (Fire in The Mocloa, the official residence for the Prime Minister of Spain) / Religión / Estado De Caos (State Of Chaos) / Pierdete! (Lose Yourself!) / Anti-U.S.A.
Side B: Ellos O Tú? (They Or You?) / El Robot Del Futuro (The Robot Of The Future) / Hacienda (Estate) / El Modelo De Español (The Spanish Model) / Was A Boy? (Who?) / Campos De Cruces (Fields Of Crosses)
Rompan Filas!!! (meaning ‘(Break The Ranks!!!’) is a tape from my Smurfpunx-friend ‘Mokka’ (Geert Mokwinski) ‘s tape-collection. It’s the band’s first release. The guys (from Barcelona) playing here are ‘Poly’ Josep Urpí Gausachs (vocals; also bass in ‘L’Odi Social‘), Fernando ‘Ferran’ (guitar; R.I.P.; did the fanzine Melodías Destruktoras with his brother Joni ‘Destruye’), ‘Sisa’ Narcís Gelador (bass; Plasma fanzine) and Manel (drums; who replaced original drummer Carlos). By the time of their second tape (No Olimpicos) they had a new drummer (‘Legal’) and vocalist (‘Ripoll’). Some of the tracks of these 2 tapes were re-released on vinyl in 1999 by Martin Sorrondeguy (‘Los Crudos’ vocalist) on his label (Lengua Armada Discos).
[recorded by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt]
One Step Closer – Do You Really Care – How We Feel – Blinded – Poor Little Macho – Til Lykke Med Dagen (Many Happy Returns Of The Day) – Skyggesiden (The Dark Side) – Think Before We Act – Tortur (Torture) – Green Walls Of Power – It’s So Easy To Ruin – Wake Up
The summer before this Gunnar Nuven (vocals), Børre Løvik (guitar; ex ‘Bannlyst’, also in ‘Stengte Dører’), Per Arne Haugen (bass; ex ‘Bannlyst’) & Finn Erik Tangen (drums; ex ‘Bannlyst’) had finished the recordings for their first album How We Feel (which Gunnar released on his own label X-Port Plater).
I reviewed the record in Tilt! #4: >>This is one of the best records of ’87. Gunnar says one of the reasons to form the band was that they didn’t wanna play typical Norwegian hardcore. Well, I think it has the temperament of Italian hardcore bands: weird guitar-licks, unexpected tempo-changes and a lot of power. Humanitarian lyrics sung wih an emotional, furious voice. Something burns in my chest when I listen to this…<<
They played this Hageland Hardcore gig (87-11-01) together with ‘Ignition’ (USA), ‘Spermbirds’ (Ger), ‘Heibel’ & ‘Ear Damage’ (Bel), the day after I saw them for the first time (in Aalst, 87-10-31). I started a correspondence with Gunnar, helped distribute some of his releases; and we invited the band a couple of times more (88-04-29 & 89-03-25). Good memories!