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


‘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)…



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