Lullabies were a bunch of Dutch teen punks who I guess didn’t spend too much time in the rehearal room before they recorded their trash considering the primitive racket they kicked out on this E.P. Their first E.P. was released a year prior to this one and was a close to 30 minutes long 21 songs double 7″ E.P. that’s even a bit more under produced than this one. Apart from 2 own records, the band had a bunch of songs on the Seven-Vijftig comp LP as well as one track on the U-Track LP from 79 and the great Utreg Punx comp 7″.
The band was from the home of drooling record collectors, Utrecht, which is pretty well known for an insane record fair where you can find pretty much every single record on your want list these days. And the fair apart, the city had a very healthy punk scene with bands as the Nixe, the Rapers, Rakketax, Coitus Int, the Ex, Dangerous Pyjamas, Bizon Kids etc. It seems to me like most bands from the town got documented with at least one song on vinyl, for which these guys have a decent responsibility as they were the initial force for the close-knitted local scene.
Label: Rock against
Cops in the street.mp3
Politiek zinj we.mp3
I am junk.mp3
Could be anybody.mp3
This is the legendary first release from Sweden’s Shit Kids (formely known as Ballycock Mofas and the Great Lake Hemoroids), and despite not being 100% punk perfection, the band never came closer than they did on this release. Kottmarknad and Froso sjukhus 1984 are both real corkers, and at least I really like the long and slow Jag maste ha ett jobb. The last song Ann-Christin is a pisstake, but if you understand Swedish the lyrics are pretty funny. It’s about a guy who falls in love with the new girl in school, asks her out, dances all night and then later that night in bed realise that she’s actually a he. Lucky guy.
This is one of those records that tops the lists over the most sought after Swedish punk records, but I don’t really know why it’s so damn hard to find. It was pressed in 1000 copies according to the band members, and all copies was sold out in no time (mainly) locally, and after that the copies more or less vanished from earth and just don’t pop up for sale. Having said that, there’s actually been a handful of copies for sale the last year or so, but before that I think I’ve seen 2-3 copies for the last 10-15 years or so.
The band’s second E.P. is actually not as bad as rumours might say. Sure the songs are longer, more well played and slicker production, but the songs are still good. If you want the band at their most chaotic phrase though, this is the record you want, despite the fact that the band had no drummer when it was time to record, so they borrowed a local dansband’s drummer! Not easy to hear…
Jag maste ha ett jobb.mp3
Froso sjukhus 1984.mp3
A bit more than 6 years ago I posted the Sods first 7″, so I’d say it’s about time that I post their second one as well, especially since it’s almost as catchy as their first one. I prefer the b-side Negative, but you might have a different opinion, and if so just post it in the comment section (yeah, like that will happen).
I’m glad these chaps held on to their no pictures policy and minimal sleeve artwork as I then can make this text just as minimal.
Another powerpop band that was too late for the trend, and maybe a bit over optimistic when they named this release as they never did another record during the time they shared as a band. On the other hand a full lenght album emerged on 1977 records in 2011. The same label also did the third reissue of this 7″ as a second version with a totally different sleeve was released in Germany in 1983 on Firebird/ Pinnacle records.
The song Boyfriend is the obvious hit here, while the b-side is not even worth a spin.
True story here; many moons ago I was in an indiepop band, and in Texas we shared stage with our friends in Tullycraft who played their new song The punks are writing love songs, which sounded incredibly familiar to me, despite I sang “I wanna be your boyfriend” instead of “The punks are writing love songs”. Took me years to figure out why as I totally forgot I owned this record, but when I found it again I asked Sean from Tullycraft if he was aware of the Boyfriends’ song, but it turned out to be new to him. He did admit it shared some simularities though. And speaking of Tullycraft, Lognhalsmottagningen will cover their killer song Popsongs your new boyfriend’s too stupid to know about on our next release. Up yours (and a nice advertisment for one of my current bands)!
Give a little, take a little.mp3