my loveliest vinyl, part 48

7 Seconds - New Wind (Better Youth Organisation BYO 014 / Postive Force Records 08, 1986)
7 Seconds – New Wind (Better Youth Organisation BYO 014 / Postive Force Records 08, 1986)

Whilst having time off over year end i had ample time of listening to records and somehow stumbled across this. Actually i had Second Wind from DC on the player (and their actually quite cool „Security“ 12″ – a short lived post Minor Threat thingy with Bert Queiroz and Steve Hansgen) and then it struck me that 7 Seconds had their own „New Wind“ LP and that i always thought of as totally underrated (and back in those days many many selfish folks – who most likely nowadays sell insurance – took the piss out of them because of the slight deviation from early H/C).

7 Seconds even over here made it big early on: Their first 7″ on Alternative Tentacles („Skins, Brains & Guts„) put them on the map and was available thanks to AT, then „Committed for Life“ and the BYO LP’s firmly put them next to eg. Black Flag, Descendents and others. On top MRR was full of praise for the Reno H/C scene plus they had great songs – sold. Once their 1985 effort „Walk together, Rock together“ included „99 Red Ballons“ from Nena we were not only sold but hooked. Big time.

And then came „New Wind“ and that changed the picture slightly. But first the verdict:

1977 – naaa, but straight outta CA H/C, with some scents i smelled on „I don’t want to grow up“ by the Descendents and some other non H/C references!
published by a cool label – their own „Positive Force Records“ with help by the Better Youth Organisation, can’t get any cooler!
found in a cool shop – Konneckschen, where else!
catching sound – thats a twisted one – i loved it back then but latter set put it aside because of both their move into other territories and the really bad recording production job!
the lyrics – Back then considered great and still today even considered greater. It is about love, it is about change and you can not make out if they mean a personal thing or their tie with the H/C scene – really clever stuff that stands the test of time!

What really stuns me today (and that is 2018, so more than 30 years later) is how bad the record has been done sound wise. I have no clue about recording, mixing, producing and mastering but somehow and against what i am used nowadays it just sounds not good. Just image this would have been recorded and produced today, say by Ms. Stephenson and Egerton at the Blaasting Room – i guess it would be GOLD material. Easily. It was recorded at Radio Tokyo (where Stephen Egerton had his first recording work and plenty of LA Punk stuff was done) and at Inner Ear Studios in DC (with Don Zientara on the knobs) but somehow they where not able to bring the beauty of the songs home.

And even worse (or add more salt to Kevin Seconds wounds) the record just came years to early. If that would have come out early 1990s in the hight of the US Punk frenzy and would have had major label money and recording professionalism behind it would have been a massive hit on both college radio and in selling records. I am damn sure.

But hey, sometimes you have the right idea, the right stuff and somehow the times where not up for it. And this is what had hit 7 Seconds. And worst – they even where unhappy with the cover as Shawn Stern of BYO fame recalls:

Shawn Stern on New Wind Cover
Shawn Stern on New Wind Cover

… and on top many people taunted them as U2 wanna-be’s and for years they where like a persona non-grata and also i for myself decided not to buy any more records (that only changed recently, as their newest stuff is firm back in H/C territory).

I think in essence this is the pre-Pop Punk Record that everybody stole from later. It is a gem, even though the bad recording/production job. It is here to stay and i will not listen to it so much more.

When it comes to loveliest song on the record i am split – and the songs actually split over the two recording sessions (Grown Apart was recorded at Inner Ear, Expect to Change at Radio Tokyo) – but listen up youth:

It's hard to tell just how I feel, exactly what do I say,
These feelings from within for now, they just get in my way,
It seems that lately for some reason, we've been torn apart,
A bond so strong at one point, has it been blown away,

I'm gonna say this now and I won't hold back, 
Have our hearts grown apart, do we still have a chance?
Do we still have those hopes?

And then I feel like giving in, forgetting what's been said,
Pretend like things are just the way, they were when we were young,
With those new friends, acquaintances, will they be there for good?
To share emotions we have shared, in friendship, brotherhood

I'm gonna say this now and won't hold back, 
Have our hearts grown apart, have we broken on sight
Do we still have those hopes and dreams?

And then I feel like giving in, forgetting what's been said,
Pretend like things are just the way, they were when we were young,
With new friends, acquaintances, will they be there for good?
It's their emotions we have shared, in friendship, brotherhood

I'm gonna say this now and won't hold back, 
Have our hearts grown apart, have we broken on time
Do we still have those hopes?

It's all nothing for everything

(C) 1985, 1986 POSITIVE FORCE MUSIC 

 

I keep thinking each and every day.
Have I really made a difference, have I made things change?
In all these years of "growing up," and "standing strong,"
Has it made a single dent with all that is so wrong?

But if I haven't done a thing for world affairs,
At least I know I try and I'll show that I care.
'Cause it's me that has to make an effort,
Or what can I expect to change.
That's where it starts, in myself,
Not just shifting all the blame.

And as I'm growin' older, I can see the changes.
Yet history ain't history at all it seems,
I try to keep my head held high, eyes open wide,
And growing keeps me learning, yeah it keeps me free.

But if I haven't done a thing for world affairs,
At least I know I try and I'll show that I care.
'Cause it's me that has to make an effort,
Or what can I expect to change.
That's where it starts, in myself,
Not just shifting all the blame.

What have you got, What have you got to think that time will stop for you? 
What have you got, What have you got?
Your time, expect to change!

(C) 1985, 1986 POSITIVE FORCE MUSIC 

A wholeheartedly FANX to 7 Seconds for this one mate!

Record Collectors Are Pretentious Arseholes – 40 years in still true!

I guess i am a record collector but actually i tend to see myself somehow outside the norm: I am not searching for eg. completing a collection, i do not go to record fairs and i do not sell records (and rarely swap). But i do love to buy records (and that in my head is still vinyl) and most of my records i buy from bands after shows nowadays in contrast to records shops like Michelle, Konneckschen  resp. Unterm Durchschnitt and Drugstore in the past.

I do know that i have some records considered rare, most by virtue of early enough birth, as i started buying records when i was 12 (my first ones where the blue and red Beatles Double-LPs) and never stopped. Only when i got myself into punk fucking rock in 1979 i swapped out all of the rock records (some i regret by now).

Nevertheless, every once in a while i get surprised. This time round a discussion on the Internet (damn internet, never forgets) zoomed in on „40 years of Never Mind The Bollocks“ and on how rare the first 1.000 pressed in the UK are (11 songs only, no song listing on the back cover etc). So out of curiosity i went to my lovely record rack and checked my version.

And got surprised. Big time. I have one of the first 1.000 and i have one in a rare A1/B3 pressing (that is marking on the run-out matrix). Wow – how the hell got that over to Hamburg? I bought it in 1979 in a local chain store called Membran and back then just did not bother (though some friends later noted that it misses one song and the back cover did not have any track listing).

The Internet (damn internet, never forgets) tells me (and you, and if you are into it knee deep than you gotta dig Phil’s page!):

What to know about the Blank Back Version?

Even a simple event like the official release date is not simple with Never Mind The Bollocks: Officially scheduled as the 4th November '77, Virgin Records needed to advance the release by one week, to 28th October '77, because an unexpected French Barclay pressing softly flooded the UK market without warning in the middle of October.

Between the end of August '77 & September '77, members of the Sex Pistols could not decide if the record was going to be released with or without 'Submission'. To speed up the band Richard Branson decided to press an 11 track version without 'Submission', and non-featuring - on purpose - a back cover without any titles. 

1000 copies were pressed but the band changed their mind and finally decided to include the song on the record. 

Rather than send the whole batch to the bin, Branson decided to recycle the copies exclusively on the promotional circuit, but the Barclay release caused him to change his masterplan again and Virgin Records sent most of the copies to France in order to counter attack Barclay on its own playground, although some copies were also sold in the UK, Sweden and USA, and possibly others countries as a single album without any single or poster bonus. 

©2000 - 2012 Phil Singleton / www.sex-pistols.net

And here is my beauty thus, for €1.978 it could be yours if you are daft enough to send that amount of cash over.

Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks - Front Cover (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – Front Cover (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks - Back Cover (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – Back Cover (Virgin Records, 1977)

And it does look like this on the inside:

Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks - Side One (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – Side One (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks - Side Two (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – Side Two (Virgin Records, 1977)

And the little secret is hidden here:

Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks - Run Out Groove Side A (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – Run Out Groove Side A (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks - Run Out Groove Side B (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – Run Out Groove Side B (Virgin Records, 1977)

And some useless collectors data points:

Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks - Dust Cover (Virgin Records, 1977)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks – Dust Cover (Virgin Records, 1977)

See – it’s a special beauty but it ain’t one of me loveliest records!