side A — side B
On this tape the anarcho-punk band (not afraid to speak out against sexism in the scene) ‘Lost Cherrees’ were Siân Jeffreys – sometimes referred to as Jeffries (vocals; later ‘Blyth Power’), Andy Rolfe (guitar), Steve Battershill (bass), ‘Nuts’ Warren Samuels (drums) & Rob (guitar/keyboards). It features studio, live & rehearsal recordings, and was released by Dick Lucas on his tape-label Bluurg in 1983. The band (orginating from a village in the London borough of Sutton) existed a few years already by then and had gone through a few line-up changes. They also had their first 7″ (No Fighting, No War, No Trouble, No More) out on Riot/Clone. A Man’s Duty, A Woman’s Place would follow the next year…
Having split up in the late 80s, the band reformed after the turn of the century. Siân Jeffreys has written a book called Next To Ness, about ‘anarcho punks’ in the early 80s (fiction with some biographical content, set in a squat in Brixton).
I’d heard ‘Lost Cherrees’ on a compilation-tape once and thought they sounded nice. When I ordered a few EPs of the ‘Subhumans’, I also bought this from Bluurg tapes.
Geert ‘Mokka’ Mokwinski
Emmanuel ‘Manu’ Othelet (guitar, violin), ‘Boukknio’ Richard Bouqueniaux (bass, piano, vocals), Ludo(vic) Charlier (sax, trumpet, vocals) & Franck ‘Franky Mookill’ (drums, R.I.P.) were in this band from Fourmies (North-France). They described themselves as “NoMeansNo meeting 2BAD”. Manu gave/sent me this tape to get gigs. We invited them to the Vort’n Vis in Ieper but even though the guys visited our gigs, their band never made it over… Their friend and driver Arnaud ‘Barney’ Boudart was the a tour-driver for many bands and squatted in Liège for a while, so we saw quite a bit of him over the years.
Besides this demo there was also their Involution tape (recorded Dec. ’92 in Valenciennes) that was released by a Polish label; and they had a track on the benefit compilation An Insult To Our Freedom – Smash Fascism (on the Belgian labels Gnome and Grinding Madness, ’94).
I reviewed this demo in Tilt! #7: >>Fresh poppy HC/punkrock. Occasional reggae-touch, and use of sax and piano. Songs talk about sun, girls, beer and small-talk. Silly but OK.<<
‘Constant Summer’ existed from 1991-94; we were friends from secondary school: Manu & Franck played in ‘Gore’ (thrash), Richard was in ‘Flambed Bananas’ (thrash/grind) and myself in ‘Two Sides’ (melodic HC) before. We did some mini-tours, 2 demos and appeared on compilations. We reformed (with the same line-up) in 2000 as ‘Ahellagoodbandname’ (in 2007 Manu left, he lives in the South of France now). Franck unfortunatelly died in 2017; Richard does the one-man band ‘T.a.K.O’ and myself, I play in ‘Gura’ with Leen & David [Stubbe; ex ‘Neuthrone’, etc.]!
(intro tape) / Perpetual Motion / Timshel / Mentally Starved* / (intro tape) / Common Ground / Maelstrom [from the compilation-LP A Vile Peace] / Means To An End / (intro tape) / A Question Of Priorities / Creatures Of Habit / Half Life / (intro tape) / Liberty For Whom?/ It’s All Lies** / Your Time’s Up /// Sun Fell To Earth /// Standardised And Compromised***
These recordings were made by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt in Netwerk, Aalst where the band played a Smurfpunx show (88-06-25) together with the American ‘Rich Kids on LSD’, the Berliner ‘Squandered Message’ and ‘Belgian Asociality’.
‘Atavistic’ was an East Kent (Whitstable) HardCore (thrash/crust/grind) band with Jeremy ‘Jez’ Upcroft (guitar/vocals), Patrick McKernan (bass) and John Brenchley (drums; R.I.P.). At the time of this gig they had done a tape (From Within; 1986) and released 2 7″s out (Equilibrium & Life During Wartime; both ’87). Profane Existence put out their album Vanishing Point in 1990. The band spoke out against major labels and had political lyrics.
I’m delighted and amazed that you’ve managed to track this recording down and even more so that you’ve been able to identify the songs [Brob: our mate ‘Bux’ copied most titles from the set-list] out of what sounds to my ears (in 2018) to be largely indistinguishable noise. Fantastic stuff!
(*) This song at the beginning also contains the intro riff for the album version of Survival Of The Fittest, but is still essentially Mentally Starved.
(**) This is the song starting at 30.46 and running to 31.59. I think this song might be called It’s All Lies. In truth I actually have no real memory of it at all and was totally surprised to hear this in the set. It might be one of two or three songs that we wrote in our early days (even before From Within) that we never did anything with for one reason or another. It gets quite a good cheer and isn’t really even a bad song so I can’t tell you why we never recorded it. As far as the set (and your website) goes it is certainly a collector’s item and may be the only version of it in existence!
(***) Although this is Standardised and Compromised (as named) it also has most of the intro-section that we eventually used on Unlearn (included on the CD which accompanied Ian Glasper’s book Trapped in a Scene) but was otherwise unpublished in the lifetime of the band.
This has been a real trip back into the past and I’m delighted that you’ve sought to include it on your site. Thank you again for your support for the band and for keeping the name and the interest alive.
Read more about the band: ‘Atavistic’ interview (1987) in Ripping Thrash #3