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Rare and obscure music from all sorts of neet-o genres that i like. Garage rock, psychedelic, hard rock, metal, punk. What ever dude.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Warsaw - An Ideal For Killing (1977-79 - Icy cold minimilist punk: Joy Divison, Crime)

Pre-Joy Division, pre-pre-New Order band featuring guitarist Bernard Albrecht, bassist Peter Hook, drummer Steve Brotherdale, and of course lost soul vocalist Ian Curtis.

Admittedly, I'm not much a fan Joy Division or and less of New Order, but these earlier dirt-raw demo made before the band would change its name (another band called Warsaw Pakt would force the name change) are pretty exciting.

Not at all hi-fi but for this sound, the desperate grit and grim of sounding like it were recorded in a post-apocalyptic fall out shelter often benefits the band sounding colder and crueler than most of their contemporaries.

Yes this low-fi aesthetic also means that at other times the sound it irritating and grating but that is usually on the more melodic tracks like "At A Later Date," while the more atonal tracks like "The Kill" or the paranoid-schizophrenic tracks with a jittery one-line guitar lead like "Novelty" push the bands sound into a harsh avant-guard territory.

Formed in Manchester, England following the performance of The Sex Pistols (the Buzzcocks come from the same scene) Warsaw's basement level unforgiving sound show how much fun The Sex Pistols were having kicking up their racket. Warsaw, by contrast, don't sound like their having fun at all, but are instead compelled by a possession of fuck-it worthlessness.

Stand out tacks are easily "Walked In Line," "Ice Age," and "Warsaw." Once again I'm not a big enough fan of their later bands to know if many of these songs appear on their later releases but at least some of them do, albeit in significantly less raw punk skinned-knees form.

Seriously if you like first wave punk at all then this is worth owning simply for the track "Walked In Line" alone.

- overview by denez

  1. Inside The Line
  2. Gutz
  3. At A Later Date
  4. The Kill
  5. You're No Good For Me
  6. At A Later Date (live)
  7. Novelty
  8. Warsaw
  9. No Love Lost
  10. Leaders of Men
  11. Failures
  12. Ice Age
  13. Walked In Line
  14. The Kill (2)
168 kbps, ripped from vinyl.

You can't really buy this anywhere easily 'cuz its a bootleg from 2002 released in Spanish Galaor Records SK 92037. There was an (I believe) official release of much of this material available here.



At 12:13 PM, Blogger nick beef said...

I'm putting links in here, less to hide them (don't really know what I'm hiding them from) and more so I can get a proper response from readers as to how many people are reading, feedback, talk, ect. I like music and I'd like to meet and talk to others who like music as well:

At 3:31 AM, Anonymous Harry F said...

Great post I have noot heard this stuff in years!
I was given a tape of this stuff about 20 years ago!!!
my tape had few other tracks too one of which was a
really early version of transmission, but some how a bit later
that these demos!

At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff. cheers!

At 7:56 PM, Blogger nick beef said...

harry F - you should post that shit! new stuff is always cool, even if its ripped from cassette, I've got some stuff ripened from cassettes that sounds just fine.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Don said...

No leech and run here. This is great stuff, man. Thanksloads for the stuff you put up.


At 1:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you. definitly a history lesson...

At 7:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really amazing. Thanks for posting this.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Dgrador said...

Thanks for this. Almost everything that you post is worthwile.Welcome back!

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great an raw - I used to have most of this on a tape ages ago, I lost it when moving...thanx a lot

At 8:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks man. Glad I found you. All good stuff, but the warsaw really caught me. keep up the good work.

At 7:26 PM, Anonymous OtiNaNai said...

great music man thanks very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At 12:37 AM, Anonymous James K. Polk said...

thanks dude. I always thought the early stuff on Substance was more interesting than the important later stuff. It's nice to hear some more of it.

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