Ludichrist (USA) live (Aalst, Bel, 88-12-04)



(soundcheck) / Blown Into The Arms Of Christ / Big Business / Only As Directed / Government Kids / Damage Done / Games Once Played / Fire At The Firehouse / You’re In A Jungle / Young, White And Well Behaved / Powertrip / Zad / Legal Murder / Mengele / Earache My Eye (‘Cheech And Chong’ cover)

The Barber Of Sevilla [T.B.O.S. = Barbiere Di Siviglia] / Sweet Home Alabama (‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’ cover) / (band-introduction) / Green Eggs & Ham / You Can’t Have Fun / This Party Sucks / Most People Are Dicks

[recorded by Jan ‘Bux De Vriendt]

This is the set ‘Ludichrist’ played on their Smurfpunx show (88-12-04) together with ‘Erosion’ (Ger; the band they were touring with), and ‘Angry Red Planet’ (USA) & ‘Stengte Dører’ (Nor). It was their last show of their first (Power Trip) tour in Europe. The people playing here were: Glen Cummings (guitar), Tommy ‘Christ’ (vocals), Guy Brogna (not Mike Walters who played on the album) (bass), Dave Miranda (drums) & Paul Nieder (guitar). Most songs are from their albums Immaculate Deception (1986) and Powertrip (1988).

Before this I’d done a brief interview with Tommy ‘Christ’ (Tilt! #2) and here’s my review of their Immaculate Deception LP (Tilt! #3): >>Musically I find this album an innovation. From the interview you’ll know they call their music hardcore-rock’n’roll. Well, that’s a suitable discription. It has a bit of everything in it. They start off with the explosive Fire At The Firehouse. This bomb has a kaleidoscopic effect: bluesy, aggressive, psychedelic, hypnotising, rocking, … Wonderful what Glen does on that guitar of his. In their lyrics, they don’t take anything seriously: religion, army, governments, big business, moral majority, media; industries, … Tommy’s voice sneers ruthless, rages on at full speed. You sometimes  cannot imagine that he’s actually singing all this…but he is! For me this is the best album of the past semester. Includes the ultimate hardcore-rap Green Eggs And Ham.

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