Flipside Vinyl Fanzine – (Flipside) 1984. Another classic compilation from the waning days of the hardcore era. It makes a nice companion piece to Blazing Wheels and Barking Trucks. Some of the material on this is pretty awful but it has some choice tracks as well. At the time, it was the most accessible way to hear Black Market Baby. In fact, the East Coast bands (BMB, Kraut and The FU’s) really stand out in general on this.
One of the unique elements of this comp is that it has a little spoken intro before each track done by the band. It’s kinda cheesy but definitely the kind of thing I tried to do with mixtapes back then. Some of them are pretty funny too.
More importantly, it serves as an interesting time-capsule. You hear opinions on many of the things that were important in the “scene” (ugh) at that time. Individuality (GI), poseur bands (Scream), patriotism (TSOL), violence at shows (Psycho), feminism (ASF), and the scene itself (Borscht) are all covered. Of course, the best bands are the ones who don’t give a fuck about any of this shit (FU’s and Black Market Baby) but it is funny hearing all of these little time-capsules today.
1. Dickies – Gigantor (live): Another version of this song. A great song no doubt but one I have heard a million times.
2. Government Issue – Religious Ripoff: A great version of this song. I can’t remember if it is the same as the one on Legless Bull? I think it is.
3. The Freeze – No One’s Ever Coming Home: One of the best songs by The Freeze. Different from the versions on the Rabid Reaction LP.
4. White Flag – Question of Intelligence: Never really got White Flag. I think they were an inside joke for a bunch of Hollywood scenesters. I remember at one point they had a three sided LP? Also I remember hearing that one of the dudes in the band is the guy drawing on Darby in The Decline of Western Civilization. Regardless, this is an OK HC song with really bad white boy funk stuff in the breakdowns.
5. Kraut – Flossing With An E String: Super heavy and bad-ass Kraut song. Off of the very underrated Whetting The Scythe mini-LP. These guys got no respect back in the day.
6. F – Attack: Great track by F. “If we had a message we’d make a newspaper or something.” Always dug F’s vocals.
7. Plain Wrap – Meat Between the Treads: This one is kind of funny. Its only 7 seconds long. Years later I heard a comp of theirs on GTA and was very impressed.
8. Flag of Democracy – Madhouse: I never got into F.O.D. Couldnt get past the singer. To say he is derivative of Jello Biafra is a bit of an understatement.
9. TSOL – What If They Gave a War and No One Came: Change Today era TSOL (thank you Danny!). Nowhere near as good as the older stuff but at least it doesn’t have Joe Wood singing. Interesting intro too as it reflects the more conservative political direction that US Hardcore was heading in at this time.
10. Adrenalin OD – Me Three Bunch: Their version of the Brady Bunch Theme. Kind of a throwaway but I like AOD song!
11. Scream – Fight: A live version of one of the classics from the first LP. One of the funnier intros too. Note The Clash are considered poseurs at this particular moment in time.
12. The Undead – In 84: Production on this one is odd but its a good song.
13. F.U.’s – Warlords: As frequent readers of LDoMoE know, I am a big fan of the FU’s and this is one of their best songs. Live version. This is from their last LP Do We Really Want To Hurt You. After this they morphed into The Straw Dogs who were more of a rock band. You can tell in the band photos that these guys were going metal. Note the Scorpions t-shirt. Love the intro. Everytime I hear these guys I am reminded of my years up in Boston.
14. Black Market Baby – Total Waste: So I knew this girl from DC who relocated to my High School in 84. She considered herself a ‘mod’ which really meant (in St Louis circa 1985) that she was into bands like The Smiths. I hung out with her largely due to the fact that she was extremely hot and I was impressed with the fact that she had been to shows in DC. One day I was rattling on about how great Minor Threat, Scream and Government Issue were and she told me, “the greatest band from DC was Black Market Baby.”
I remember thinking her head was up her ass or something. How could there be a great band from DC that I, the all-knowing Joe Stumble, was unaware of? Then I found this comp you are currently listening to at Vintage Vinyl and there on Side B was Black Market Baby. I bought it, took it home and you know what? She was sorta-RIGHT.
Sorta right y’say? Well yeah, saying any band is the BEST band from DC is a tall fuckin’ statement. But I do believe BMB were the best Punk Band from DC hands-down. At this time, hardcore was all the rage and I remember it was sorta-frowned upon to call yourself a ‘punk’. BMB were total punk rock and I remember digging the shit outta this one when I first heard it. I still think it is one of thier best tracks. Ended up buying Senseless Offerings later that year.
15.Psycho – Master Race: OK track. Not as good as the 45.
16. Gay Cowboys in Bondage – Domestic Battlefield: Off of the 45. Good punk track.
17. Borscht – Suburbia: Very similar to their stuff on Blazing Wheels and Barking Trucks. OK but somewhat unmemorable.
18. ASF – Big Women: Aw geez. Awful, awful awful. I could totally see how this came from Boulder!
19. Charged GBH – Give Me Fire: Bland live version. Not remotely as good as the studio version.
So there you have it. An OK comp with one very classic song and a couple of other gems. By this time hardcore was starting to show its age and a lot of the energy just wasn’t there. Still, the Black Market Baby track alone is worth it.