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!

my loveliest vinyl, part 47

V/A - Tooth and Nail (Upsetter Records UP WR 1&2, 1979)
V/A – Tooth and Nail (Upsetter Records UP WR 1&2, 1979)

And that is another cool compilation – as i said in a previous version of „my loveliest vinyl“ there was little spare money back then and i went for a lot of compilations as they provided more bang for the buck and a chance to experience new and unknown stuff.

I think this was the first US compilation i got, must have been in 1980. A friend did tape me some stuff, included there i think it was U.X.A.’s signature song and that got me (as i do like women singing punk songs). And it is an absolute smasher my dear!

The verdict:
1977 – yes, but US Style (and you can smell a scent of H/C and things to come – do i have to say „The Middle Class“?)!
published by a cool label – Upsetter Records – a complete DIY effort by the Fleash Eaters frontman Chris D. (and named in fame of Lee „Scratch“ Perry i’d recon)!
found in a cool shop – cheapo bin at local Membran (back then a local record store chain) outlet in my northern suburb in 1979!
catching sound – For fucks sake, this can be injected into my veins anytime – it is the perfect blend of punk and to-come hardcore!
the lyrics – Thanks to Chris D. for having a lyrics insert (he dodged that one on a later reissue) and thus allowing me to actually work it out (with a dictionary)!

Just that this one from said „U.X.A.“ – you can wake me up anytime anywhere and i am able to sing this chorus:

How fast three minutes seem to pass these days
when all your sacrifices haven't changed a thing
how fast your life will seem to disappear away
when you finaly wake up from your sleep

No, honestly, this is most likely the greatest moment in US Punk glued to Vinyl. It has the DIY ethos, it has exclusive recordings never featured anywhere else and was driven by an enthusiastic individual – Chris Desjardins from the Flesh Eaters.

He was around in LA forever, starting as a writer for Slash and funding member of endless bands including said Flesh Eaters. He also branched into writing, acting and even directing: „I pass for human“ is a 2004 horror movie that plays on the fact that heroin addicts escape death –  heroin leaves its users never quite dead, yet never quite alive. And that is full circle back to Tooth and Nail, as Chris D. in 1989 whilst sporting a nice heroin (and alcohol) addiction was in need for money and did a repress of Tooth and Nail, the only re-release ever done.

You can read more on Chris D. here or here (beware, that one is in German).

He recalls Tooth and Nail in John Doe’s „Under the Big Black Sun“ as follows:

Chris D. on Tooth and Nail ( (c) 2016 Da Capo Press)
Chris D. on Tooth and Nail ( (c) 2016 Da Capo Press)

For me this record was the door opener for The Middle Class (and soon after i did buy the „Out of Vogue“ EP at Konneckschen, soon to be presented here) and specifically to the Germs. Little did i know about the band itself but their „What we do is secret“ 12″ and the LP soon also found home in my collection and they became a mainstay!

So whats makes it stand out – listen up and for yerself! Here my 4 loveliest songs from that record, but just by inches!

The Controllers – Jezebel

Aaaahhhaaaahhhaaahhhhaaah

If ever the Devil was born without any horns
It was you, it was you
If ever a pair of eyes promised paradise
It was you

If ever the Devil's plan was made to torment me girl
Deceiving me, grieving me, leavin' me blue
Jezebel, it was you

If ever the Devil was born without any horns
It was you, it was you
If ever a pair of eyes promised paradise
It was you

If ever the Devil's plan was made to torment me girl
Deceiving me, grieving me, leavin' me blue
Jezebel, it was you

If ever the Devil's plan was made to torment me girl
Deceiving me, grieving me, leavin' me blue
Jezebel, it was you

Aaaahhhaaaahhhaaahhhhaaah

If ever the Devil was born without any horns
It was you
If ever a pair of eyes promised paradise
It was you, It was you

If ever the Devil's plan was made to torment me girl
Deceiving me, grieving me, leavin' me blue
Jezebel!

(Word & Music W. R. Shanklin)

Flesh Eaters – Pony Dress

Stick a mirror between the bars
see what'S happening to me
you in your pony dress looking up into my face
there's a nasty little tear befor the sheets hit the floor
there's a sticky gleam of sweat like the firemen get
I'm gonna trip my holster, draw the bell spur
blur with the ringing in your pony dress

She can't escape, she meaning I, from the private world
She can't escape, she meaning I, from the menstrual delusion
She can't escape, she meaning I, from the private world
She can't escape, she meaning I, from the constant derision

You're an axe cage screaming from justice
roaming in the alleys, crying in the dark
you're breaking up breakdown, my big day against the house
I'm stringing along the city to upset sex
expecting to end but marked to live
I'm gonna trip my holster, draw the bell spur
blur with the ringing in your pony dress


She can't escape, she meaning I, from the private world
She can't escape, she meaning I, from the menstrual delusion
She can't escape, she meaning I, from the private world
She can't escape, she meaning I, from the constant derision

You look so pretty in your pony dress
you're so pretty in your pony dress
You look so pretty in your pony dress
you're so pretty to me ...

(Words & Music Desjardins)

U.X.A. – U.X.A. (United Experiments of America)

Let's forget this and that again
and talk about the nightmares about the nightmares
the froozen city of Baltimore
those slippery terrors traditions affairs

What do you think you're dying for?
it's changed you name changed your name
youir friends will call you famous doctor or Jim Jimmy 
impossible crime

How fast three minutes seem to pass these days
when all your sacrifices haven't changed a thing
how fast your life will seem to disappear away
when you finaly wake up from your sleep

(Repeat verse and chrous)

Famous doctor
but you're blind
you can't see, you just can't see

Famous doctor
that's all you've got
that's all you've got to show, but anyway

In the U.X.A. why did you die today?
In the U.X.A. why did you die today?
In the U.X.A. why did you die today?
In the U.X.A. why did you die today?

(Words: DeTroit/Kowalski, Music: Piscioneri)

Germs (GI) – Strange Notes

Billy Druids face is marble
he keeps every thought in its place
he lets the days turn tomorrow
someone's always walking on his grave

He wears the lines just like Garbo
and talks at a saturnine pace
listening to the strange notes' marvel
only giving what it takes

It's a sad man's world
and for Billy, it's sure to crown
dragging beauty into darkness
inflicting a pale white frown

And the matter the runs
through Billy's head -
is too concerned to fall -

(Words: Darby Crash Music: The Germs)

In a nutshell? This is for sure the best southern Californian punk compilation ever, if not for all of the US. It is the „link“ between classic rock based punk and faster hardcore. And it is just a hell of a great effort, by one individual and with a load of friends. One of the best scene documents from out there. Lovely. One of my lovliest vinyl records in me collection!