Rhythm Pigs – An American Activity E.P. 7″

rhythmpigs.jpgClassic release from another underrated and awesome original US HC band. Their Chocke On This LP and this their first 7inch blows shit like Youth Of Today out of the water.


Rhythm Pigs don’t sound like a clone. They sound like themself and that was what I liked so much about the early HC. Togheter with Capitol Of Punishment I saw Rhythm Pigs live in Copenhagen in 1987. 50 people in there and they rocked the house. From the raging HC in Baal to the hook laden Radio Silence you can’t go wrong with this.


Country: USA
Year: 1984
Label: Unclean
Format: 7″
I Can Fly.mp3
Get It Now.mp3
Military Fairy.mp3
Radio Silence.mp3
The Guest.mp3

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19,170 Responses to Rhythm Pigs – An American Activity E.P. 7″

  1. johnny says:

    this is a”classic release” awesome band from texas

  2. malfeitor says:

    I actually posted this one a long time ago but was never very happy with the way the mp3s sounded since it came from a vinyl to cassette copy. It will be great to have some good sounding versions. Both of their LPs after this 7″ are collected on one CD that I think is still being produced.

  3. Jim says:

    Totally underated band. There never seems to be any interest in this AWESOME 7″ on ebay. Don’t know why? I’m more than happy to own two copies of this!!

  4. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Ok, sorry for the double post Malfeitor. But I did a search at Dressed For The H Bomb before the post but nothing came up. Anyway here you have the mp3s directly from vinyl and in 192kpb.

    Anyone know how many copies that where pressed of this 7inch?

  5. Erich says:

    I guess 1000 copies (that’s what my collector-instinct tells me). Any other guesses?

    A brilliant record – way better than the follow-ups, thinks me. Indeed a miracle and another perfect example for rock’n ‘roll injustice that this babe hasn’t gotten more recognition yet. Posts like this may help though. Makes one melanchholically contemplate about the days when you could just order records from bands directly after you had read the newest MRR or FLIPSIDE and 2 or 3 weeks later you’d haveone more pearl on your turntable. And nobody had the slightest idea about how things would change …….

  6. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Roger that Eric. Or for example when a distributor down in Texas wanted 50 copies of our old bans first release and I asked if it was ok to pick out records from their catalog to trade with. They said ok. And I start looking hmm Koro 8 songs on that 7inch have to be good. And here’s Rebel Truth 7inch lot’s of songs on that one too. And here’s a band called Mecht Mench cool! Ok have to have one. I still remember the day when that big package arrived and I sat down to listen to all the stuff. I knew it’s going to be good so it was no suprise. That’s how it was back then he he ahhhh nostalgia.

  7. Erich says:

    And I remember very well when I got that RAPED TEENAGERS 7″ from Per (Protes Bengt) and how it made me flip around in my room (and it still does. You should allow somebody to post a guest-entry oon RAPED TEENAGERS here)! And our bands, my unknown friend, even nearly played together at the same festival in 87 in Thalwil, Switzerland. Now if that ain’t a sign!

  8. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Ha ha ha what the fuck :D! Hmm I knew we where supposed to get down to Switzerland but our van was in such a bad shape so we couldn’t make it. But I can’t remember what bans that where supposed to play at the festival. I knew I was pissed cause there where some bands I wanted to see.

    I meet Per Thunell from time to time nowadays. So may I say hello from you? Erich and more?

    7inchpunk.com allready posted our EP so I don’t know. Maybe some unreleased stuff.

  9. Erich says:

    Yeah, say Per hello from me (Erich the megawimp from Fear Of God), and if you happen to run into the singer of ROVSVETT (forget his name) and CRUDE S.S.’ guitarist, please do the same. Will think of some more of my old pen pals from Sweden, if you need something to do this summer ….

  10. malfeitor says:

    7 inch punk posted that Raped Teenagers EP right after I took the time to rip it for my website. I was bummed, its hard for us English only speaking lot to read those song titles and it would have been nice to not have to do it. Great record though. By the way, this Rhythm Pigs sounds a lot better than the one I put up.

  11. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Ha ha ha yeah the back of the sleeve was done by my dear friend TV Eye // Drummer and the front(ouch) was done by me. Great looking sleeve! Hmmm or maybe not ha ha.

  12. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    I haven’t actually heard Fear Of God! Maybe cause it was in the vein of that super fast roaring shit that was coming up that I didn’t like. Ala Filthy Christians, Heresy, Napalm Death?

    Jerker is the name of the Rovsvett singer. Haven’t talked to him for ages. I check out their website from time to time though:www.rovsvett.com.

  13. Erich says:

    Thanks for the Rovsvett site!
    And now you inspired me to make a wish: Please write something about the 2nd best swedish 7″ ever – DODEN! I sold my copy for a very good price some years ago, but ever regret it. The 7″ cover of theirs could easily compare to the artistic quality of yours, haha. And the music, welll, the music – the b-side was so beyond. Per once translated some to me when we met 20 years ago and he couldn’t believe his ears …..

    A bit off topic, I know, but that’s what I’m tending to be after a good bottle of Merlot.

  14. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Yeah the Doden 7inch. Long time since I listened to it. I never bought it back in the days. But remeber how sick and hilarious it was. Don’t know if Packe aka the TV Eye // Drummer is sitting on a copy of it.

    mmm Merlot! bring me some!

  15. Erich says:

    Maybe one day we will be able to digitize wine ….. Until then, I’m having one more glas of my favourite summer-wine, it’s Fetzer’s Merlot, 2003. Yeah, it’s a pop-wine, I know, but I really really dig it when it’s hot and you serve it at the correct 17-18 degrees celsius. Cheers, P.!

  16. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Time to start a blog about drinking Merlot and posting punk records I guess ;). Pop wine you say. Sounds like it would suit me since I’m a pop geek.

  17. Schralpsie says:

    I saw these guys open a show at the On Broadway in
    SF around ’85-’86. Only caught like 3 songs, but
    they were really good. They played under Christ on
    Parade, D.I., and Agent Orange. Great show.

  18. Danny S says:

    i got this 7″ copy at a show in 1986 in juarez mexico at the copa…unfortunately i punched my friend in the nose for it.

  19. Neu Mejican says:

    I remember when these guys played these songs in my living room in Las Cruces…

    Kick ass…

  20. JC says:

    Saw the Rhythm Pigs in Houston (Cabaret Voltaire?)way back when. Awesome band… Military Fairy is a great song, but link seems to be broken. Any way you could re-post this?

  21. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    JC, Military Fairy works. Maybe you came here from one of the mp3 leeching sites? If so you need to clear your cash and reload this page.

  22. KlausKlau says:

    Hello, does anyone have an idea where to get the album “el paso”? it’s so hard to find…
    thanks for helping

  23. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    hi KlausKlau. Sorry can’t help you here. It’s a later album(1993) that I’ve never heard. Anyone?

  24. paxpunk says:

    Got it at home. How can I make it available to you?
    By the way, it’s much more in the mid-era Meat Puppets vein than on the hardcore side and not up on pair with Choke On This but still worth it, I guess.

    I/We organized a show for them in my town when they toured Europe for the second time – sold out! Great band, great people.

  25. paxpunk says:

    Ah, to recover part of the losses they made in their first European Tour (a nightmare, really), Konkurrel put out a live LP which is pretty good, actually, mixing songs from the Ep and the first Lp plus jams and covers. “I’m Not Crazay, I’m An Airplane”.

  26. Billbo says:

    Hell yah! Im from El paso and I did the cover for this EP wayyyyy back when and i still think these guys rock! Good to see that others remember them!

    • Japx63 says:

      Billbo – Didn’t you also do some flyers for them in ’85 or so? I remember seeing them in the UTEP art department – reminded me of Rat Fink on acid (if that’s possible…). Great website, btw – I like your work.

  27. RawBrains says:

    F*cking internet. What one can find in it. Amazing. I remember “Los Pinches Rhythm Pigs”, and I remember Billbo (and some huge punk-dude sculpture he did for an art show at El Paso Comedy College). I remember The Rathskeller off of Mesa, and the SoundSeas Warehouse on Texas Ave, then out in the middle of nowhere (where I with about twenty people came out to see Suicidal Tendencies once). I remember The Pigs opening up for Black Flag, and Tom Trickolli’s Dog being booed offstage. I remember “Rob Reb” and “Red Zone” (big bone!), and I remember Maria Burron and the “Steppin’ Out” radio show. And I remember Ed Ivey eating at Popeye’s once and being real cool to three awestruck poser dorks who wanted to say “Hi” to him.

    • Japx63 says:

      Some great memories, RawBrains. The Rathskeller, Sound Seas (I was one of the 20 that showed up for the Suicidal Tendencies show). A lot of great punk bands came through El Paso, usually just stopping off on their way to or from Austin. One of the most memorable gigs (to me, at least) was when the Dead Kennedys played at the Sancho Brother’s Ballroom. They ruined the place! Speaking of the Rhythm Pigs, I was working at the El Paso Surf Club when Ed Ivey (very nice guy) teamed up with Mike Nosenzo (he was the head cook at the ‘Club) and Johnny Thunders of Teenage Popeye to form Piggy Bank, a VERY good cover band. Mike, of course, would tell me to STFU and stop living in the past…

  28. Jim says:

    Walking down a residential street in a Boston suburb in 2005 I found a giant box of LPs marked “Free- Roomie Moved” in front of a house. I took the whole box. Most of it was crap (Eagles, ELO, etc) but the first Rhythm Pigs album was in there and was practically untouched. I have cranked that thing so many times and love it, this is even better! Thanks.

  29. billbo says:

    Hey japx63! i did indeed used to to flyers for the boys….and rawbrains….i STILL have that sculpture in my shed out back! he’s weathered the yrs pretty well!

  30. Torba umeå says:

    Tack för att du introducerade mig till den här sjuan. Har lyssnat på den något vansinnigt mycket de senaste åren och Köpte den nyss på ebay. Så vansinnigt bra den är.

  31. tim says:


  32. billbo says:

    Billbo here….the guy mentioned above! I STILL have that sculpture in the shed behind my house…once when the house got broken into the cops went searching the backyard and freaked when they saw these huge booted feet sticking out of the shed….
    then seeing the bulging eyed statue the cop for a split second thought it was a person…
    or so he said….hehehehe…love the first ep…whoever did the cover was a %$#$^%$ing genius! hheheheheh (I did the cover…) every song is tight fast and rockin…cant pick a favorite track…love em all…having been friends with the Piggies since they were C.I.A.
    I love all their records…..they were truly an amazingly talented, musically diverse rocking band….personally I think the sound on the original ep is clear crisp and well
    mixed…not all the tracks on their later recordings were as well produced….some great songs didnt get the representation they deserved sometimes…but then i heard all the songs live often as they were introduced!….I wish i had more than one of the very first R.P. shirts i did wayyyy back when…I have one left somewhere….i went down town and bought used pajama and tuxedo shirts etc and printed the pigs logo on them….ahhh those were the days….

  33. billbo says:

    By the way i was in some bands back then….CREATION ATTEMPT, WHEATIES….PETTY TYRANTS….

  34. Noah Sheetz says:

    I grew up in El Paso and played in a punk band from 90 to 91. Back then Ed Ivy booked a lot of the shows around town.. On the weekends I used to look for him and follow him around the different clubs so that I could hit him up for future gigs… He was a super cool guy.. Glad this EP is here.. I used to have it but lost it somewhere over the years..

  35. OMH says:

    I heard about the Rhythm Pigs last year on youtube and went to Itunes and bought Choke on this! I listen to it every freaking day I love it so much. I bought El Paso 2 months ago and I have to say, the Rhythm Pigs have become one of my fav punk bands besides Circle Jerks, Bad Brains, Minutemen, and The Plugz. I’m so happy I was able to find this great band and lot more people should know about them.

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