A Glorious Day In History

Chumbawamba Thatcher EP sleeve

The evil old hag is dead. Last night we partied in the streets. Today I had the happiest hangover ever, made even more enjoyable by the arrival of Chumbawamba’s long-anticipated anti-tribute to The Thatcher. If you didn’t pre-order it, it’s too late to get one. But don’t despair, I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on the chance to dance to the Chumba’s final greatest hit.

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On a more sombre note, MediaFire recently killed my account after allegedly receiving a couple of DMCA takedown notices, thus also killing all the links on this site. I’m not convinced about MF’s claims, as the notices involved a couple of tracks that I KNOW the copyright owners were cool with (I have a suspicion that MF are just killing any obvious music-related accounts regardless of copyright issue, expecially if they’re popular). However, the effort involved in arguing the case legally is just too much fucking hassle. So, for the moment, you’ll need to request a re-upload for any dead links while I consider my longer-term options.

And sorry for the quietness of late, but that’s just how I roll sometimes. Rest assured I’ve been having fun on a regular basis.

Downfall – Not Your Fault 7″

Downfall cover

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Artist: Downfall
Title: Not Your Fault
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bitrate: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:09:20
Size (mb): 61.7
Label: Godsend (defunct)
Cat. No: god1
Year: 1992

A1. Not Your Fault
A2. Face Down
A3. Confined
B1. Amen
B2. Deception
B3. A Woman’s Place

I’ll hold my hands up to the charge of intense slackness with sharing old tunes from my boxes of vinyl. Hopefully, this little gem will make amends.

I don’t know too much about the band, except that they played at The Joiners in Southampton sometime in the early ’90s, stayed at my house afterwards and were very pleasant chaps. This EP was a gift for giving them a floor, beans on toast and tea.

The band hailed from the Nottingham area and their singer, Si Feirn, went on to become part of twisted post-hardcore outfit Bob Tilton. This EP is more straight-up old-school style, full of that intense, tight, slightly gritty hardcore sound topped with a voice that literally screams its outrage at the injustice in the world. The band aren’t just a one-trick pony though and there are some really nice mid-paced riffs and breaks, as well as a final track that’s as much rooted in Discharge as it is Discord.

OP’s opinion: Four

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Pro Patria Mori – Where Shadows Lie Demo Tape & Lament Of The Damned

Source: Tape
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:16:58 (Where Shadows Lie) / 00:04:55 (Lament…)
Size (mb): 128
Label:
Cat. No: BRITPLOD2 (Where Shadows Lie) / none (Lament…)
Year: 1986 (Where Shadows Lie) / 1987 (Lament…)

Where Shadows Lie Side 1:
1. Where Shadows Lie
2. But A Child
3. Far Too Long
4. The Question (Chains Of Guilt)

Where Shadows Lie Side 2:
1. Intro
2. Clockwork Mind
3. Standing In The Hall Of Vanity
4. Lost In The Voices

Where Shadows Lie tape cover

If the internets died tomorrow I wouldn’t weep too many tears, for I have finally obtained my punk rock Holy Grail thanks to its myriad tentacles. The cousin of the bass player for Pro Patria Mori, the most criminally almost unheard of band in all of @-punkdom, somehow saw a post where I’d mentioned them and passed on the info to his relative. Said cousin, Paul, got in touch, we had a quick e-chat and next thing you know I’ve got my mitts on the cleanest ever rips of most of their recorded legacy (the first demo is still MIA).

The tracks on ‘Where Shadows Lie’ are nothing short of perfectly controlled fury. At a time when the metal edge was being taken on board by the @-punk crowd, PPM set a standard for others to aim for. Personally speaking, I don’t think anyone else did it quite as well. Even Antisect, for all the power hinted at in their later stuff, couldn’t quite hit the spot as sweetly or as competently as PPM did.

The ‘Lament’ track wasn’t brilliant to begin with, audio-wise – I remember Pete (guitar) having a good moan about the quality due to poor studio work. Nevertheless, once your ears adjust to it, the technical skill and lyrical strength on this track (originally intended for a comp that never happened if memory serves me right) showed a promising progression in their sound that sadly remained unfulfilled.

Paul has kindly given me permission to share these almost-unknown classics with you, and I would urge anyone passing through to grab them. Even if you’re one of the few who has/had the tapes, you’ll never have heard the tracks sounding this fucking awesome.

OP’s opinion: Five

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Finally, here’s a picture of the band playing live with a very young Old Punk (more hair, less fat) dancing around in the crowd:

PPM live with a young Old Punk

© Russ Snell

I’m the one on the far left. Some things never change.

Misery – From Where The Sun Never Shines DL

Misery - FWTSNS coverBack with a bang after too many years, heavy crusters Misery return to show the young pups how it’s done.

Embracing the new audio world order, this is a download-only release. But that doesn’t mean getting lumbered with crappy bitrate mp3s. No, this one’s available in full studio glory FLAC. Burn it to CD and you’ve got exactly the same thing the boys heard at the mixdown.

And this really needs to be heard uncompressed. It’s a monster of a recording, made even more impressive by the fact that “the whole lot was recorded in the HOM [House Of Misery – OP] basement over a five year period by some pissheaded bastard that is far from a pro producer” (in the words of Jon Misery, who does himself a massive disservice). IMHO, it sets a new milestone in DIY and delivers an album that nicely expresses what the band are about and how they want to say it.

As you’d expect, there’s a clear Amebix influence on many of the tracks. But it’s no clone. Misery have taken the sound and then mutated it into their own creature. There are also clear nods to the early UK anarcho scene throughout, some gothy touches, and even a flavour of Blitz-style Oi! (albeit with added gravel) in parts.

Bass riffs are hammered home while the chugging and riffage are all-encompassing. The strings are fleshed out with some smart use of effects. For the most part, the drumming is pleasingly heavy, although I found the cymbals and hats to be a little too crashy and dominant at times. But that’s just me, I know that many others love that crasher percussion. Overall, the end result is a cavernously big sound that embraces the senses.

The apocalyptic lyrics are well-written and stand out from the over-simplified ‘war/oil/man bad, nature good’ style that’s overly common in this scene. They ask heavy questions and pose challenges to us all, but there are glimmers of hope within them, a recognition that we can take the power away from the fools and find it within ourselves too. The shared vocal delivery leaves no room to hide and makes sure the message is received loud and clear.

It’s nice to see them have a bit of fun too, with their own takes on New Model Army’s ‘The Hunt’ and Amebix’s ‘ICBM’. They do a top job on ’em.

This is a quality piece of work and, for only five quid ($8), should definitely find its way on to your hard drive at some point.

For people who also like: Bolt Thrower, Aus-Rotten, Instinct Of Survival

OP’s opinion: Four and a half

Download sample track – Autonomy (FLAC)
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Scab Aid – Let It Be 7″ EP

Scab Aid

Artist: Scab Aid (Chumbawamba)
Title: Let It Be
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bitrate: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:09:50
Size (mb): 53.5
Label: None
Cat. No: SCAB1
Year: 1987

Never ones to shy away from tackling the issues of the moment head-on, Chumbawamba released this single just after a bunch of has-been popstars collaborated with capitalist scumbag Rupert Murdoch and his shitrag tabloid The Sun, to release a ‘charity’ EP for victims of a tragedy that saw almost 200 people drown when a passenger ferry, the Herald Of Free Enterprise (no prizes for guessing the political affiliations of the owners), sank just outside the Belgian port of Zebrugge. Many of the dead were daytrippers who had taken advantage of a discounted offer in The Scum to stock up on cheap booze and fags.

The previous year, Murdoch, in collaboration with the Tory government, the cops and their own trade union bosses, had destroyed the union presence at his Wapping printing plant in a bitter dispute. 12 months of protest, sabotage and riot by a small but committed band of strikers and supporters were no match for the combined might of capital, reformist union leaders and the state (although it was fun while it lasted).

The cynicism of Murdoch and his chums in the music biz as they capitalised on the tragedy was only too apparent to those of us who had watched him destroy the lives of decent, hard-working people only months before. This EP gave a voice to our disgust, a feeling that remains to this day.

OP’s opinion: Five

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Requested by Phil of the rather excellent Canuck politico-punkers Humanifesto, who also happens to have a severe case of Chumbawambitis.

Blaggers I.T.A . – Guns Of Brixton EP

Guns Of Brixton sleeveArtist: Blaggers I.T.A.
Title: Guns Of Brixton
Source: Vinyl 1-sided 7″ EP
Bitrate: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:03:13
Size (mb): 22.1
Label: Disinformation
Cat. No: BITA2
Year: 1992

As an extra bonus for the Blaggers lovers, here’s the one-sided EP with their dubby bass-heavy version of The Clash’s ‘Guns Of Brixton’. As with most things Clash-inspired, I have a soft spot for this clever reworking. It was released on the label their manager set up after they were made persona non grata in the music biz world and dropped by EMI, mostly for Matty Blag’s altercation with a poncy journo from Melody Maker who was fucking stupid enough to accuse him of still being a fascist.

OP’s opinion: Four

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Ramraiders I.T.A. – Wildside EP

Artist: Ramraiders I.T.A.
Title: Wildside
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bitrate: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:07:11
Size (mb): 49.3
Label: Fluffy Bunny Records
Cat. No:
Year: 1992

Ramraiders A

Here’s another little vinyl rarity that’s long had a loving home at Old Punk Towers. This EP, recorded by the Blaggers, was a bootleg put out by their previous label under the Ramraiders name (presumably as some kind of protest) when they signed to EMI, and it features two tracks they laid down as a demo for the big boys. It’s pretty ballsy to include a track honouring the 10 dead IRA hunger strikers when you’re pitching to a major, but typical Blaggers style – this is us, deal with it. I’m glad these tracks saw the light of day in this form – the slightly rough ‘n’ ready sound and mix make these strong tracks that stand out in their own right among the more polished studio stuff.

I’ve already raved about how crucial I think the Blaggers were and still are – that sounds-from-the-streets mix of punk and dance coupled with a pitbull attitude that’ll see you through the tough times as well as the good. Expect nothing less from this cut too.

Ramraiders AA

OP’s opinion: Four half

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AOS3 – On A Knight Train 12″ EP

AOS3 - On A Knight Train labelArtist: AOS3
Title: On A Knight Train
Source: Vinyl 12″ EP
Format: FLAC
Running time (h:m:s): 00:15:00
Size (mb): 100
Label: Inna State
Cat. No: I.S. TV002
Year: 1996

With the British summer seemingly over, I needed something a bit warm and cuddly to perk me up so grabbed this and threw it on the platter. It’s been quite a while since I’d heard it and I’d forgotten just how chirpy it is. Don’t expect the usual AOS3 sound if you grab this – the remixers, Zion Train and Knights Of The Occasional Table, take these tracks on a dancey mission that nicely exemplifies how the punks and ravers could ‘get it on’ when the mood took ’em.

It seemed a shame to keep these uplifting beeps and bleeps to myself so, whether it’s grey or sunny outside, grab these and give yourself a drug-free boost (unless, like me, it’s too late for the drug-free bit).

OP’s opinion: Three half

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