(soundcheck) / (2:36) Solitary / (5:35) Flight Of Fancy / (8:03) System Of War / (12:17) Window On The World / (15:21) Symptom / (17:31) Apathy / (22:33) ??? / (25:53) Down Amongst The Olive Groves / (27:58) Winter of Our Discontent / (31:30) Disarm Or Die / (33:49) Not For Tomorrow / (36:58) Do They Care? / (42:57) Standing Over Me
This is a recording (by Jan ‘Bux’ De Vriendt) of the second concert that Political Asylum’ did for Smurfpunx (88-09-03; with ‘Ripcord’, ‘Lethal Gospel’ & ‘Yuppies’Death’).
The band-members at that moment were Ramsey Kanaan (vocals), Keith Burns (drums), Ewan Hunt (bass; R.I.P.) & Steve Dewar (guitar). Their first Smurfpunx gig (87-07-05) was still with guitarist Stephen Brown. During the summer of 1988 ‘P.A.’ played all over Europe (Italy, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands & Belgium), promoting their album Someday (recorded with Stephen Brown) – most were also on the Window On The World LP (with Steve Dewar) – and playing some older songs…
Someday reviewed in Tilt! #4: >>To all people who say ‘P.A.’ plays pop: fuck you! There’s definitely something wrong with your brains. One of the most refreshing and addicting records ever. What a power and enthousiasm, in both words and music. There’s an all-cleaning storm waving through my mind when I hear this. Fabulous guitar-wizardry (slobber, slaver…). Excellent lyrics too…<<
Window On The World reviewed in Tilt! #6: >>One of my all-time faves. Super-melodic and sensitive stuff here. These Scottish ‘lads’ sure know how to brew a decent song. Tight rhythm-section, inventive guitar-playing (brilliant) and convincing vocals. Intelligent lyrics that put your mind at work. Yeah, I really like this a lot!!!<<
The unknown track is a song we never recorded. I think it was called Henry and dedicated to H. Rollins but also about all the straight-edge madness at the time and hordes of baseball-capped boys’n’girls (uniform)…
I believe I joined ‘P.A.’ 1987-88. Previously I was in ‘Sad Society’, another Edinburgh punk-band with more of a ‘Sex Pistols’, ‘The Clash’, 77 attitude rather than the anarcho sound that came later. I was impressed by the honesty and non-punky attitude of the band, they were a bit like more like me at that time and that appealed. At the same time, I found the music a bit too prog-rocky and something had to be done about that, and they knew it. We started working on my tightness, since it was lacking and I got working on giving them a harder sound. In retrospect though now I would have made it sound harder. There was still too much cleanliness to the sound. We live and learn…
Ramsey was good at getting gigs through all his contacts and teamed up with ‘5Les’ to tour Europe. For me it was a big experience, having never been on the road before. I lost it once in Winterswijk (NL), throwing Ewan’s bass-guitar out the bus. I think I still have a temper.