The Pagans – Street Where Nobody Lives

The Pagans – Street Where Nobody Lives // What’s This Shit Called Love (Drome) 1978. …YEAH!!!!!!

I hint upon the whole “midwestern aesthetic” on this blog occassionally. I am very proud to come from a place that has produced so much great music. However, the fact remains, that when I was 18, I FUCKIN’ HATED this place. I hated everything about it….and if I had the muscial chops back then to express this hatred it would have sounded alot like this single:

“One of these days Im gonna break out of this place
and then I’ll be on top of the whole fuckin human race.”

Yes, The Pagans… a true KBD fanband. Midwestern Punk Wrock at its uber-finest! But seriously, have you ever heard this single? It blows everything else they ever did clear out of the water! Listen to the bass! It’s tuned so ungodly low it just rattles….and c’mon, when Mike Hudson screams “Somebody Help Me Please!!” on “What’s This Shit Called Love”…you know there ain’t nothin in the world that can really help him.

A true “double A-side” if there ever was one. I couldn’t pick a fave if I tried.

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6 Responses to The Pagans – Street Where Nobody Lives

  1. Cassidy says:

    Pagans are definitely in my top 10!

  2. Brian says:

    I heard they got the guitarsound by running a pignose through a marshall speaker.

  3. Trashcan Baby says:

    Great job on posting this record! I’ve loved this record since the first time I heard it. Both the bass and guitar sound incredible, and those songs! “Streets” is such a pissed off, chaotic sounding track, the kind that makes me feel all violent. “Shit” is so desperate sounding, and I agree with your take on it.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Don’t even get me started on the Pagans!! I grew up in Cleveland, so I know the places they talk about in their songs and understand their angst, anger, bitterness with my/their hometown. This single is one of the Top 10 U.S. punk singles of all time. Period. “Dead End America” is such an anthem. “Six and Change” is so raw, although I prefer this single. Etc, etc, etc.

  5. Suburban Voice On-Line says:

    whoooah! The “1-2-3-4″ opening on “What’s This Shit” is a transcendent moment. I was lucky enough to see these guys play a reunion show in Cambridge, MA in the late 80s…

  6. Monger says:

    And that hollowbody guitar thru a tube amp…why couldnt they have recorded an albums worth at these sessions?

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