Here’s one of the most underrated HC records ever. Up there with classics like Zero Boys – Vicious Circle, FU’s -Kill For Christ/My America, Jerry’s Kids – Is This My World, Scream – Still Screaming yeah you get the picture. This is some of the finest and most “typical” US HC you’ll ever hear. The guitar sound is THE sound of US HC. The cover has to be one of the ugliest ever made maybe that’s why it’s been forgotten. And yes it’s released in 1984. One year after the big HC boom. Their later stuff is awful though!
Bill Colins the guitarist is now a folk music artist. Check out the liner notes and the lyrics here. Listen to Gung Ho now and realise what you’ve missed. From Berkeley, California.
Murder In The Streets.mp3
This was requested a few times over at the punk records.org but he never got around to it (I’m not sure what’s going on with that site, seems to be down). Thanks for the post.
Ahh! I was thinking about doing a tribute Jahwn and punkrecords.org since it’s now down for good. Well then this goes out to Jahwn and the great job he did with punkrecords.org!
thanks for this,boner had some great stuff
punkrecords.org will be missed
Killer twelver! I eriously wonder what made me selling my copy long ago …. Anybody got a spare one for sale?
this more than makes up for the mood that i get in when i want to hear old school from 7 seconds thanx wassail!
Killer hardcore. Their second LP is just as good. Orlando (vox) sang for a few bands since Special Forces, but isnt in any bands currently. Bill Collins moved to the East Coast (after spending time in MDC and Fang) and now plays a damn good acoustic set of Irish songs. And he was also in Baltimore Footstompers. X-Pist, I think?
Bill Collins lives in New Haven, CT and currently plays in the Swaggerts as well as does his acoustic Irish sets and writes Union songs. He is also the area’s best guitar instructor to tons of students of all ages. Back in his Berekely days, he actually taught a few of the now Rancid kids how to play…
I have been friends with him for about 5 years now and he is an incredible guy and song writer!!
Thanks for posting this LP, all of the Special Forces stuff is great!
In the late 80’s, Gilman St. would put Special
Forces on bills, but they would never actually play.
Ox was working there at the time so I suppose he had something to do with it. I must have gone to 6 or 7 shows with them on the bill, and never got to see
I\’m selling selling cdr copies of Special Forces. Hurry up and buy one cuz they\’re selling like crack cocaine!!! You can reach me at:
Email me anytime: email@example.com
Unless you’re selling them for the cost of the CD-R,
you can kiss my ass dork.
that’s a great idea, mike rush, to buy cd-r’s from you that one could download here free of charge …..
OK PETER, YOU WANNA PLAY HARDBALL? CHECK MY TRADE PAGE AND SHOVE IT UP YOUR FAGGOT ASS!!!
KEEP EDITING MY COMMENTS BUT THE COMMENTS ON MY PAGE WILL STAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU FUCKING FAGGOT PIECE OF SHIT!!!!
Fuck off cornball.
I guess this guy’s comments will really really really stop everybody getting involved with Peter and his projects ….. Hahaha.
Ha ha ha Mike Rush you’re really funny :D!!!! So how many CDs have we released? I’ve lost track by now. Yeah I encourage everybody to not do any business with me. For those interested you can easily check my eBay ID and ask most of the wellknown punk traders who will tell you their experience. Here’s my emailadress: info at kbdrecords dot com
Another thing is that Mike Rush aka NiteOwl still comes to this “shitty” blog to download music. Strange isn’t it?
Ok everybody can we give Mike a group hugg cause I think he needs it. Send him an email telling him he’s a wonderful person.
HEY SCHRAPSIE! GO SUCK A PELLICAN BALL!! YOU AIN’T SHIT AND IF YOUR ASS WAS ON FIRE I WOULDN’T EVEN PISS ON IT!!!
HEY PETER, WHAT’S YOUR EBAY ID? I’M SURE THERE’S A LOT OF NEGATIVE FEEDBACK!! I’VE SEEN YOUR FILES IN SOULSEEK AND YOU’VE DOWNLOADED BEATLES TUNES, MAYBE I SHOULD CONTACT APPLE RECORDS!!!
Ha ha you still haven’t figured out my eBay ID? I’ve got 100% positive feedback from sellers and buyers. Been there since march 2001.
You want to claim to know that I use Soulseek well as I’ve told you a couple of times I don’t use Soulseek.
I’m thinking about banning you again but I feel a bit sorry for you.
By the way isn’t it a bummer sitting on a dial up connection at work down in Tempe, Arizona?
Go ahead and ban me but I will always return from another computer.
OH YEAH, FUCK YOU ERICH! YOU THINK SOMETHING? YOU DON’T KNOW A FUCKING THING!
So why do you return to a blog you said was crap and wouldn’t visit?
By the way here I found you at 7inchpunk asking Huw from Huvudtvatt/Headcleaners what he thought about selling CDR copys at eBay ha ha:
And sure you’ll return and I’ll ban you and you find a new PC. Ha ha :D!! I love you! Will you marry me?
YOU’RE A SICK FUCKER!!!
I love you!!! Please take me out on a date! I would love to see you naked.
Would you guys mind me taking part too? We could have loads of fun!
You’re certainly welcome Erich. NiteOwl is it ok for me and Erich to nickname you AnalOwl in case you’re getting ready for some love?
Thanks for all the homo-erotic feedback NiteOwl.
Sucking “balls” and “pissing” on my “ass”? Dood, leave me out of your gay fantasies. Fucking douchebag.
Oh great, you\’re all a bunch of fags like me. I think I\’m on the right blog! This must be the gay punk site and when I mean gay I don\’t mean happy!!!
I must have a laptop cuz I tend to be online constantly and comment promptly. I\’m a fag and I would like to fucked you in the ass!!
Thinking about posting the traces you leave to your work place: http://10.40.2.200:15871/cgi-bin/afterWorkOptions.cgi?ws-session=587629056
BETTY FORD CENTER AT EISENHOWER
You\’re a great guy, you know that?
And I feel proud to spread some false rumours about you at my Hows Your Edge trading page.
Of course I know that :). Thank you Mike.
Well, actually half of it is true.
Ha ha LOL :D! No no my friend all of it’s true!
And it’s even worse with Peter – he’s the leader of the swedish KKK and pedophilia-club!!!!
YOU AINâ€™T SHIT AND IF YOUR ASS WAS ON FIRE I WOULDNâ€™T EVEN PISS ON IT!!!
I don’t mean to be beating a dead horse here……BUT THAT WAS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER READ! HOLY SHIT! WHO COMES UP WITH THIS STUFF!?!?!?!
but more importantly: The Special Forces lp is one of the best records of all time (the artwork puts it over the top!) thanks for the mp3s….that will replace my taped copy until I track an original down.
hey all, this is some pretty funny shxt. you want to know anything about this band, just ask me. BC and I started this band. After i brought in the drummer Steve, and we played like a million shows, we got sacked because we were ‘too flakey’ as collins put it. i think the real reason is that we refused to shave our heads and be little berkeley hc clones. Mostly, he just used us to borrow money from my girlfirend so he could do this record. Anyway, i still see ox around, he’s ok, but collins can kiss my azz.
Schralpsie – we played at Gilman street several times that I can remember (I played bass with Special Forces from 87-89).. I think that was after OX left there though? But I really do sort of remember playing there lol
Hmm…lite melodic music from the ’80s. Nice. The kind of music to listen to while studying.
This LP is really great,Does anyone have the 2nd one?I would be happy to trade some mp3s for it,Whatever.Anyone willing can hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org .Thanks!
Hey Kirby or Killer K,
I guess you do know some stuff about this band, seeing as you were one of the first four members, along with Eric-drums, me, Bill-guitar and Orlando-vocals. Unfortunately, I must point out the inaccuracies of some of your statements. Firstly, we didnâ€™t play â€œlike a million showsâ€ together, it was a grand total of twenty six 10/22/83 -10/23/84. You â€œbrought in the drummer Steveâ€ after the first 3 or 4 shows when we fired Eric for not being able to keep up, which was, ultimately, the same reason you guys â€œgot sackedâ€. The two of you were satisfied to stay where you were as far as style and musical ability and the band was ready to up its game.
As far as your idea that I wanted to replace you with â€œlittle berkeley hc clonesâ€ look at who we did replace you with: Tom Flynn, Fangâ€™s original guitar player who if anything dressed like Joe Normal with a haircut to match (no shaved head), and Anna Chapman, from Deadly Reign, who would probably resent the hc clone description (once again, no shaved head)! We didnâ€™t enlist them for their looks, it was their musical abilities and drive that got them the job!
As far as mostly using you to borrow money from your girlfriend so I could do this record, we were all scrambling around to get money to put out our record (oh yeah, thatâ€™s right, you â€œjust wanted to put out a singleâ€) . If Kate helped to finance the record, that was appreciated by all of us, not just me, and by the way, she wasnâ€™t just â€œyour girlfriendâ€ she was my friend too â€“ actually before you ever met her!
So, in conclusion, it just sounds like sour grapes â€“ nobody likes getting kicked out of a band. I am truly sorry that I wasnâ€™t very good at doing the deed but Iâ€™d never personally â€œsackedâ€ anyone before (Ox fired Eric) and I just did what I felt needed doing in order to make the music as good as possible.
If Iâ€™m guilty of anything itâ€™s having bad social skills, not being the evil schemer you make me out to be. Oh yeah, deshea, itâ€™s spelled â€œkiss my assâ€!
Bands are a funny dynamic-some people get together to make music, and its all fun, you get better, start playing shows, people come and go, then one guy starts to think of the project as HIS band, starts telling everyone what to play and how to act, the bands stops being fun, and in the end it falls apart. Sounds familiar doesnt it? Happens over and over in the music world.
Its odd how a band that wanted to ‘up its game’ went from being ‘really great’ to ”their later stuff is awful..”. Guess the plan didnt work out that well did it? Yes, no one likes getting stabbed in the back, espicailly when being accused of ‘being flakey’ (the exact wording by the way). It’s so much more honest to just say ‘I dont like you you guys and you’re out of the band’ At least OX had the stones to come by with some beer and shoot the shit. And as far as ‘being satisfied to stay where you were..blah blah..”, that’s funny too since Collins/Ox were writing all the later songs and telling us what to play on it. Maybe we didnt play ‘a milliion shows’, but it sure seemed like it, spending an hour w/ Collins is like an eternity in hell..But hey its all good..after SPF music became fun again. Steve and Kate and I had a blast in Miserable Sex, i suggest anyone that wants to see what the scene was like in SF around the years ’85-’89 check out the book called ‘Chatterbox:A History of a Bar’ available from Last Gasp. Alfie did a great chronicle of what was happening at the time. I went on to play w/The Feederz for several years (and was there at
the famous ‘Speckles’ show @ Gilman) and Steve went on to play for years w/Vomit Launch (credited with nearly inventing the ‘indie pop’ scene),and the wildly popular county-punk bad The AAsskickers,over many albums and tours.
Here’ sone more tip for all you wanna-be guitarists..when you go to a recording session, make sure to BRING YOUR GUITAR!!! And dont try to blame the rest of the band for you not bringing it.
Hello Out there,
Trying to make contact with Anna Chapman from Deadly Reign.Im an old friend from LA. back in the day.
Hope all is well.
Special Forces were great memories, politics aside, intrapersonal drama aside, you guys fucking kicked ass. Bill i got great inspiration from watching you play in SF/FANG/Verbal Abuse/MDC. Nice post also Thanks
My favorite punk band of all time !!!
Sorry to say Anna Chapman died in car crash in L.A.last October
hi, Bill from Special Forces here…Is this true about Anna dying? Wow…
Please, I hope you’re joking.
I got a Facebook message from Anna on Dec. 9, 2009, so if she died in a car accident it must have been later than this.
I sure hope she’s alive and well though.
– Harold Helson
(from the old Barrington Hall)
too bad about anna she was hot a real cutee
This is a great record ! Thanx. Their other LP on New Wave records is also a great record.