Growing Pains – Compilation (A Faction Production) 1983. So…it’s been a while since I posted a skate comp. How about this one from 1983, released only on cassette by the folks in The Faction outta San Jose? Here we have a great set of early 1980′s hardcore. Most of the bands on Growing Pains really didn’t go very far other than some other comps and most are pretty friggin awesome. The tracks by the lesser-known bands towards the end are where it’s at on this one.
Of course we also have some stuff on here by Los Olvidados and The Faction who both went on to bigger and better things. The Faction tracks I believe are not available on the two collections released a few years back. With that said, they are live tracks and are probably for completists only (like me – ha).
The set starts off with the Bruces who I know absolutely nothing about. My favourite song by them is the first one on the cassette Getting Closer By The Hour. Some of the songs by The Bruces sound like early 7 Seconds….My Organ’s Frustration for instance. The recordings are OK but are kinda generic.
Next up we have the mighty Executioner with a set of extremely lo-fi tunes…which is a shame cuz Executioner were a pretty intense band. They were one of the earliest crossover bands ever. Their vocalist, a dude by the name of Dave Burks, absolutely kills. They have a myspace if ya wanna read up on them. More importantly, they recorded an LP in 83 that was never released. Apparently, slackertone records is planning to unleash it soon. Check out Nagasaki from it and witness the fuckin’ power of Executioner!
Next up is the Faction, doing a set of tunes that are all on the Collections volume 1 and 2 in better format. This one’s for the SJPD!
Next up we got Grim Reality with another set of poorly recorded HC tracks. Ha ha…I used to confuse Grim Reality with The Grim. They both were skate bands with “Grim” in the title. To my uneducated mind they were both from California…although I now realize there is a huge distance and difference between San Jose and SoCal. Then I heard Grim Reality’s faux UK style on the San Jose comp FROM THE VALLEY WITHIN back in the day and I never made that mistake again. It’s hard to tell if they sound different on Growing Pains cuz the recordings are so raw. Anybody got a copy of FROM THE VALLEY WITHIN they wanna share?
Los Olvidados is next with only two tracks both of which are available on the Alternative Tentacles comp I believe. They sound a bit different but I’m pretty sure this is due to tape speed and stuff. If they are different recordings, they are very similar.
Next up we get Ribzy (pictured to the left – check out the Saxon shirt!). This is where Growing Pains really picks up. First of all, the recording quality seems to improve. These are studio recordings, not live recordings. Second of all, Ribzy was a pretty killer act. Their only vinyl appearances were on Not So Quiet on the Western Front and FROM THE VALLEY WITHIN. With the exception of All Cut Up which is on FROM THE VALLEY WITHIN, these tracks are all new to my ear and are great in a very Rudimentary Peni meets skatecore sorta way.
Next up is The Unaware who also deliver a great set of well produced (for demo tape standards) HC. The Unaware were also on the Not So Quiet on the Western Front comp with Race War. They released two demo tapes as well and that was it. The guitar sound on some of this is reminiscent of Bitchin’ Summer-era Agent Orange. I wish the vocals were better mixed in but whatcanyado? Can’t find anything on The Unaware online.
The tape ends with two tracks by Whipping Boy, a great Bay Area band. I believe both of these tracks are on their first LP The Sound of No Hands Clapping. The Sound of No Hands Clapping was produced by DK’s Bassist, Klaus Fluoride. After that Whipping Boy apparently released a psychedelic album MuruMuru in 1983. This abrupt change in style was not welcomed by Whipping Boy’s fanbase, and after several personnel changes and the release of another record, The Third Secret of Fatima, the band broke up in 1986. Incendiary front man Eugene Robinson is now in the avant-garde noise-rock band OXBOW.
Anybody have any of this Whipping Boy stuff? I’ve never heard any of it. The early stuff sounds like Crucifix to me, which isn’t a surprise considering they were both from the Bay Area.
All in all a pretty killer tape. Thanks to Mat Gard for hooking me up with this! Enjoy!