This one is a real treat. It’s a demo from 1986 that was seriously making the rounds when I was down in Tulsa at the close of the 1980′s. Chronologically this would be the next thing N.O.T.A. did after the classic blue self-titled Rabid Cat LP. After this, I believe they broke up and Jeff went on to play in Crimes Against Humanity for a few years before reforming N.O.T.A.
The real crime against humanity of course, is that this demo has largely gone unheard by fans of 1980′s hardcore and N.O.T.A in particular. Frequent visitors to this site already know where I stand on N.O.T.A.…I think they were one of the greatest punk/hardcore bands ever and I believe they symbolized the true D.I.Y. spirit of the era better than most.
I am also a big fan of Jeff Klein’s hoarse, everyman vocals. So when a friend of mine loaned me this tape in 87, I was real resistant to the idea of Jeff stepping away from the mic. Clearly, my worries were unfounded cuz Dave “the Butcher” Scum fills the vocal role insanely well. I don’t know who Dave is/was but his vocals on this demo are friggin’ crazy!
Musically, there’s a shift towards a class of ’77 style on the songs No Chance and New America. Both of these tracks ended up on later N.O.T.A recordings. The standout track however is World Behind Bars which kinda resembles Stark Raving Mad or something similar from the Southwest.
All in all, this is classic sun-baked mid-80′s hardcore from one of the best bands ever. Check it out…. and don’t bitch about the fidelity, it’s a 20 year old tape!
World Behind Bars
I gotta give some thanks to Big Al for hooking me up with this. I never thought I would hear this one again. Big Al has probably the most comprehensive collection of N.O.T.A. around and has been steadily sending me N.O.T.A. stuff for a while now. All of it is good and some of it is friggin great. The Give Em Enough Dope LP especially is much better than I expected. Jeff’s lyrics have a real skid-row desperation and humor to them that makes them entertaining.