Sand In The Face – Sand In The Face (Twisted Records) 1986. Another East Coast obscurity that came out way too late (ala 76% Uncertain). This album was recorded in 1984 but it wasn’t released until 1986. Sand In The Face had also contributed some excellent tracks to The Master Tape 2 Compilation. When I bought it, I remember looking at Michelle Bonani on the cover of this LP and thinking she had the “HC Girl Look” down pat.
By the way, this was another one I read about in Spin. By the time it came out I was sorta drifting away from HC but Spin gave it a real good review if I remember. In its first couple of years, Spin was not the piece of shit rag that it is today. It wasn’t the greatest thing in the world, but it was the only mainstream mag in the 1980′s that did stories on The Minutemen and Husker Du and such….
The review positioned SiTF as sort of an arty hardcore band and at that time it intrigued me. I found a used copy at Vintage Vinyl and sure enough, that is how I would have described it then too. Listening to it now, I just think it is an awesome hardcore album from the 80s. My personal faves are W.F.U.Y.C. and Divided By A Wall. So enjoy this rip, crackles and all. Thanks to George and Terry for hooking me up with this again. It’s been probably 20 years since I last heard this. Echhh..I’m fuckin’ old.
Oh…and things ended up real bad for Sand In The Face by the way. I would tell the lurid tale in its entirety but Punk Vault did an excellent job both in its’ SiTF article and in the accompanying comments section: