N.O.T.A. – Live At The Crystal Pistol

N.O.T.A. – Live At The Crystal Pistol (Prank Records) 2000. Tulsa in the early 80′s was a strange fuckin’ place. I knew a girl once who went to a NOTA concert down there during the halycon days of HC and remembers hippies walking around dropping flower petals everywhere. Did I mention that this was at a fuckin’ NOTA show in like 83?

I can’t deny that the city had its share of hippies. I was down there in 89 and it was full of bra-less hippy-chicks with knee-length hemp skirts and unshaven legs, froogin away at outdoor Reggae-fests while thier stoned out peacenik white-boy dreadhead boyfriends sat on the grass glazed over…wishin’ oh just wishin they could have some Taco Bell.

The scene at that time, centered around a holistic bookstore on 15th Street with a massage parlor attached. The girls who worked there all were of the afformentioned hairy-leg-hemp-skirt variety. The guitarist for the local art-punk band The Illegitimate Sons of Jackie O worked the register. There was a real good Mexican joint across the street. Starship Records was about 10 blocks away. That was it.

There were also TONS of nazi skins in Tulsa in 89. And Oral Roberts University. And cowboys. Throw that in a fuckin’ cuisinart. Crazy man, crazy.

Of course by 89, NOTA were long gone and as the official American Hardcore history starts to get written, its bands like NOTA that will be left out. I mean really, on a music-to-music basis, DYS gets name-dropped alot more than NOTA and DYS were friggin’ terrible! Why? Maybe cuz’ NOTA were so removed from everything else that they just didn’t stand a chance.

But that’s what makes NOTA so kick-ass. They didn’t stand a chance and they still did it. They proved the DIY ethic better than anyone. It didn’t matter where the fuck you were….Oklahoma, Utah, Vermont, North Dakota…..you could play in a kick-ass band, put on your own shows, release your own records. They were DIY in the truest sense.

They also were musically fuckin great. Lightning fast when they wanted to be but also melodic in a class-of-77 sense. Lyrically they were of the fiercely independent US Southwest mindset… anti-corporation, ant-communist and anti-propaganda. They were convinced that the USA was taking away your rights and they were trying to warn you of the coming new world order…

Everything they warned you about subsequently came true by the way. Its not NOTA’s fault that nobody listened..they warned you!

NOTA – Live At The Crystal Pistol

Toy Soldiers
Sick Society
Self Destruct
Number
Propaganda Contol
Disconnected
Moscow
On the Pavement
Riot Kids
Nightstick Justice
Dumbshit

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15 Responses to N.O.T.A. – Live At The Crystal Pistol

  1. Anonymous says:

    cool post. great tunes – good info.
    thanks
    charlie

  2. Anonymous says:

    They got back together for a little while in the early 90s – I saw them in Norman with a couple of other bands in 1993/1994, and they still killed it. Show got shut down by the cops and everything. Good shit.

  3. Eric says:

    Couldn’t agree with you more Joe, NOTA are criminally underappreciated while others of lesser abilities (but better geography) are revered. The Moscow 7″ is killer. I had been planning on posting that again in fullnut I think I’ll throw the whole LP up instead. I’ve heard that the masters have been lost so the likelihood of a reissue is pretty low.

  4. malfeitor says:

    I was going to offer up the LP but if Eric wants to take it upon himself and save me the time I won’t stop him!

  5. Joe Stumble says:

    SOMEBODY help a brotha out!

  6. BIG AL THE PUNK says:

    N.O.T.A. WAS ONE OF THE ALL TIME BEST. “THE BEST” IN MY OPINION.
    I GOT ALL THEIR STUFF AND THEN SOME. I GOT THE DEMO WITH DAVE “THE BUTCHER” SCUM THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT. NO JEFF DOSENT LIKE IT HE HATES IT. BUT I THINK “LISTEN” AND “WORLD BEHIND BARS” ARE GREAT SONGS. EVEN WITH A DIFFERENT SINGER. I’VE EVEN GOT BOOTLEG STUFF FROM EUROPE OF N.O.T.A.’S.
    I’VE GOT THE LP ON CD IF YOU STILL NEED IT JOE.
    ANY QUESTIONS OR INFO E-MAIL ME
    notarules@hotmail.com
    IM A N.O.T.A. FREAK/COLLECTOR.

  7. Erich says:

    Totally agree – and the LP is a PUNCH in the face!!! One of the most aggressive slabs I ever heard, so full with power!

    Is malfeitor, the father of bloggin, back? That’d be great!!!

  8. marcos says:

    NOTA is playing next week at Unit D. I ran into Bobby Purdom the other day and said they were rehearsing at Jeff’s rehearsal space and that Bruce Hendrixson will be on bass- Russel Love may not be able to make it. Bummer- But I’m going – I went to all their shows in the early 80′s! Explode those Myths!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hey, I heard you on Scene of the Crime tonight. Kewl.

  10. BIG AL THE PUNK says:

    LAST NIGHT N.O.T.A. PERFORMED TO A ENERGIZED PACKED HOUSE AT UNIT-D IN TULSA. IT WAS JEFF, BRUCE AND BOB. RUSSELL DID NOT MAKE IT. THEY GOT BACK TOGETHER TO PERFORM AT A TRIBUTE SHOW ALONG WITH SOME OTHER BANDS FOR A LONG TIME OF THEIRS THAT DIED.
    I HAD NOT SEEN N.O.T.A. PERFORM IN 21 YEARS. IT WAS JUST AS GOOD NOW AS IT WAS THEN. THEY RIPPED THROUGH A SHORT SET OF N.O.T.A. CLASSICS SUCH AS CATTLE CALL, MOSCOW, NIGHT STICK JUSTICE, TOY SOLDIERS, I SHOULD KILL YOU, PROPAGANDA CONTROL AND OTHERS.
    IT WAS SUCH A LONG TIME COMING. AT THE END OF THE SHORT SET THE CROWD WAS LEFT SCREAMING FOR MORE.
    I HOPE THIS SHOW IS THE BEGINNING OF THINGS TO COME. IT WAS SUCH A BLAST FROM THE PAST TO SEE THEM AGAIN AND TO SEE EVERYONE FROM THE 80′S PUNK SCENE 20 YEARS LATER.

  11. Fly on the Wall says:

    if the album doesn’t turn up, let me know. i’ve got it. loved these guys back in 85, and it still holds up.

  12. acme says:

    Yeah, I first heard these guys on a (alternative tentacles?) comp, went and and got their LP, but always thought the live version of Propaganda Control on the comp was superior. I always though, when listening to Propaganda Control was, “THIS is what hardcore is supposed to sound like!”

  13. Anonymous says:

    aw cool, i wanna hear this. how do you opan .rar document

  14. achmid says:

    just ran across this, very fun.I was an old NOTA neihbor on 12th street downtown in 1981.Played with Purdom in the 90′s. Does anyone have a picture of type 1 after Julie Costain added FUCK YOUR EYES to the front of the building ?

  15. Mike says:

    Heres some footage of NOTA shot in the 90′s,pretty much a full show split into 4 parts.Enjoy this rare footage of a wild night in Oklahoma City.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ux5y-I1zNn8

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