The Accident – Kill The Bee Gees 7″

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I don’t know how well this reissue compares to the original. Sounds good to my ears even if it happened too many times that reissues or boots don’t come close to the original. Kill The Bee Gees is a good but not great track. A bit too long for my taste. I like it most cause of the line:”Kill the Bee Gees right now.” that’s punk ain’t it? True Detective is quiet boring powerpopishpunker without the hooks.

Did you read the story about how this one ended up on Kurt Blochs No Threes Records? “They asked Kurt if they could release a single on ‘his label’. He tried to explain to them that it wasn’t really a label to begin with, and that nothing had been released at that point.

Country: USA
Year: 1979/1990
Label: No Threes/Knifeman
Format: 7″
Songs:
Kill The Bee Gees.mp3
True Detective.mp3

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48 Responses to The Accident – Kill The Bee Gees 7″

  1. fred says:

    This reissue has sound far superior to the muddy original.

  2. Tony says:

    Personally, this mediocre record never did much for me. When I first heard “Kill The Bee Gees” on the great KBD#9 back in ’95, it seemed like a filler track to me. I agree- the song does kind of drag on– is it longer than 2:36? ha ha Plus in 1979 they were like 2 years late hating the Bee Gees since Saturday Night Fever (a movie I have grown to like over the years actually) and its soundtrack by the Bee Gees came out in ’77. The No Threes label had other releases that were so much better like the powerful Vains EP. Funny that Duff McKagan who went on to Guns n’ Roses in the mid 80’s played drums in so many Seattle punk bands like the Vains, Sillykillers, Ten Minute Warning, etc. And then became a hair farmer a few years later. Thanks for the nice link to the story.

  3. Baraba says:

    Tony,

    The Bee Gees had a #1 hit in the uk and usa in 1979 with “Spirits Having Flown”. A disco hit. You’re probably to young to remember this or you probably never knew. The Bee Gees and disco were still very popular in 1979. So your blind theory that the ACCIDENTS were 2 years too late fot an “anti” Bee Gees song is 100% wrong. So, please think first next time you open your clueless mouth.

  4. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Ha ha Tony it’s longer than 1:36!! My preferred song length you know. I have to take a look at Saturday Night Fever. Believe it or not I’ve never seen it. My old punk self resist to let me do it I guess.

  5. hdvns says:

    It must have some redeeming value, otherwise why post?
    Thanks for this!

  6. hdvns says:

    BTW the original cover can be found here:
    http://pages.cthome.net/chrisrenna/sleeve1.html

  7. sgm says:

    The Bee Gees were better than the Accident

  8. Lee says:

    Great 7″… Thanks for the post!!!

  9. Tony says:

    Hey Barabas, sounds like you have some issues with me. But I think I know who you are. Yeah, I was only 7 years old in 1979 and, yeah, I don’t remember the Bee Gees big disco hit from that year but you know what– I was listening to PUNK FUCKING ROCK 24 hours a day back then so I didn’t know anything about the Bee Gees or anything else!!! Oi! Here in Chicago, there was a big anti-disco night at a White Sox baseball game back in July of 1979- they blew up a bunch of disco records and then it kind of turned into a riot with cops on the baseball field and fans running all over the place. Pretty funny. Then disco petered out by the end of ’79 pretty much, no? But then came new romantic music in the early 80’s and then bad new wave music full of keyboards throughout the 80’s so which was the lesser of two evils? Maybe disco since it had a shorter life span than bad 80’s music. There were actually a few good disco songs like Sylvester’s “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)” I think. But that’s probably just my tastes…

  10. Baraba says:

    My point is, “Kill the Bee Gees” wasn’t 2 years late for an “anti” disco song. Disco was still very popular in ’79/80 and it’s a FACT! You’re WRONG!

  11. Tony says:

    NO, BARABAS– YOU’RE WRONG AND I’M RIGHT! THEIR SONG WAS SO FUCKING LATE FOR THE TREND! COMPLAINING ABOUT DISCO WAS SO, LIKE, 1978 DUDE! I AM A PUNK BUSINESS MANAGER, SO THEREFORE I AM RIGHT! PERIOD!! END OF STORY!!!! >:(

  12. Baraba says:

    Wow! 1978? 1979? Yeah, they were too late for trend? The Bee Gees were #1 in the uk and usa in 1979, it was still time for an “anti” Bee Gees or disco song. Idiot!

  13. Tony says:

    Lighten up Chachi– you’re falling hook, line and sinker for my messing with you. New topic?

  14. Jay Thurston says:

    What is wrong with the Bee Gees?

  15. Jay Thurston says:

    I saw the MC5 at the age of 4…thanks Mom!

  16. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Ha ha Tony :D. Thanks for making me laugh once again. Keep on rocking in the free world everyone.

  17. QWERQWEQWEQ says:

    GENIAL

  18. fred says:

    greatest punk song titles:

    Kill the _______

    I Hate _______

    F&%k ________

  19. Hardison Collins says:

    – in the film, Saturday Night Fever, Tony (John Travoltas character) only really exists when he is on the dancefloor. He has a shit job, a shit family and dubious friends, so he trys (and fails) to try to build his entire world out of the disco scene. I saw the an obvious parallel to this in the punk scene of the 80’s. Most of my friends (and myself) tried to construct our entire world from punk rock. We came from families that barely existed, and a culture that appeared to offer little more than repetition or failure. Punk was going to save us – and it did at least remove us (just like Disco saved Tony) from the monkey circus for a little while. Wonderful post by the way.

  20. fred says:

    As a punk rock kid in the late ’70s, we use to sneak in to the only disco in our town and set off M-80s. Hard to relate to someone treating Sat Night Fever as parallel to punk. Times change as do perceptions, I guess.

  21. Tony says:

    I think perceptions of some things do change over time, or people revisit things years later and say “Now what was that really all about?”. But nor have I ever thought of a sort of parallel between punk and disco in relation to Saturday Night Fever like Hardison drew in his posting. For years I never saw Saturday Night Fever since that specific movie and John Travolta in general were like the poster children for what is not punk. But I happened to watch the flick late at night about 10 years ago on cable and thought “Wow, this is actually a good movie”. The dreadful clothes and platform shoes are laughable on all the characters but the movie has a good plot and good acting, especially from John Travolta. The movie also explores class and racial tension which are like cornerstones of American culture unfortunately. 90% of late 70’s disco that I’ve heard is horrible but a few songs are kinda cool since they fall out of the generic, whitebread formula that disco fell into. Yes, most disco was dreadful sounding but some of the backlash (including some anti-disco punk songs) took on an ugly racist and/or homophobic tone instead of just attacking the music and mindset behind it. Regarding punks hating disco (and hippies, yuppies and whoever else over the past 30 years), it’s always been funny and ironic to me that some punks would share a common love of the same hard drugs as their “mortal enemies”. I keep getting on all these tangents, but speaking of drugs I recently saw a great documentary called “Cocaine Cowboys” that explores how billions of dollars worth of it was imported into the U.S. starting in the 70’s. Check it out if you’re into movies.

  22. sgm says:

    American Punk = white rich sururban kids music. Disco = Working class and black music.

  23. fred says:

    That’s a funny joke!
    Of course this is obvious: Studio 54: Biggest disco club in the US, total of working class blacks allowed into the place: Zero

  24. Dr BLT says:

    They ought to thank the Bee Gees for the inspiration. In fact, in a strange sort of way, the Bee Gees became the primary inspiration for punk. The Bee Gees were great as songwriters, as musicians and as entertainers. Personally, I miss the days:

    When the Bee Gees Were 3
    Dr BLT
    words and music by Dr BLT (c) 2007 Smash Records
    http://www.drblt.net/music/beegees.mp3

  25. briand says:

    This reissue was totally botched. The new artwork is terrible and the “improved” mix almost entirely obscures the lo-fi charms. C’mon if this was too late for the trend(s) back in 1979, then what about any punk band from 1989 or 1999 or 2009. I’d have to rate it as a classic (the original mix). I can almost understand the difference of opinion on this one though because it might come across as plodding and predictable on the initial spin.

  26. Erich says:

    Well, where I grew up (in a shithole), in thr 70s rich kids were into Punk and the working class kids were either into Disco (especially those with a migration background) or Metal (like meself).

  27. The Accident grew up just across the border from where I plotted to kill the Bee-Gees. I took a couple good shots at them but their heavily hair-sprayed heads deflected the bullets. Back then people actually used to walk around dressed as the silly wannabe Beatles wankers. Kill the Bee Gees Right Now! was a better song than just about anything being played on the radio at the time. That is why The Accident wrote the song in the first place: Radio staions in our neck of the woods had effectively censored anything other than what the Canadian Subhumans called “mindless music.”

  28. David says:

    I was a child in the disco days but I seem to remember that it was cruel, sick and decadent. The veneer was hiding a really seammy side that was at least as fucked up as punk.

    Steve from the VKTMS used to play in disco bands as well as salsa and several other types.

    Lighten up, punk sucks as bad at this point as disco ever sank!

  29. Justin? says:

    If I remember correctly, on the original pressing there is a very short spoken intro to “Kill The Bee Gees” like that on “True Detective”. Perhaps the No Romance For You LP discog of theirs was the source for the reissue since they eliminated the quick intro on that release as well. I will listen to it now and report back with what it is.

  30. Justin? says:

    The spoken intro is a snarly sounding voice saying “Is everyone around here really a bunch of wimps?” and, also unlike this reissue, there is no feedback in the beginning and the full 1-2-3-4 count can be heard clearly. The intro is said by the same guy who counts off the song I believe.

  31. Hitman says:

    Please, the Accidents vs. The Bee Gees?
    Sadly, the Bee Gees have proven to be far more successfull than the pathetic Accidents.

  32. vic says:

    the BEE GEES group is better than accidents…!! Bee Gees is one in the world’s successful band….!!!! and many award claim…please RESPECT the LEGEND in the music industry…!!!!

  33. vic says:

    PUNK IS DEAD
    BEE GEES IS STAYIN ALIVE.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  34. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Thanks for the comment.

  35. pirateradionut says:

    Yuck, the many virtues of disco?

    I think “True Detective” sounds like a copy of the Rezillos. Decent song.

  36. StEvE says:

    Maybe A-side is a little longer but played with great attitude, agressive vocals and a knife-guitar then the title of the song makes the record a classic one.
    B-side is a powerpop great tune,not the one we needed but still nice, that’s all.

  37. Yangzi Man says:

    Listening to these two songs gave me an absolute orgasm. I was in high school in Seattle in 1979 when this came out and I have to tell you that Disco was still the dominant culture then. People younger than 45 don’t understand that being Punk in the late ’70s and early ’80s was actually dangerous. You’d get your ass kicked by football jocks for saying “Kill the Bee Gees.” Punk was not fashionable then, it was anti-fashion, just like the 1983 Social D. song, unlike today when punk fashion is now hip. If you’re into punk today because it’s hip and cool and fashionable, you can’t get how powerful this record was back in 1979. It was nothing short of revolutionary and incendiary.

  38. Yangzi Man says:

    In fact, the 1979 movie “Rock N’ Roll High School,” starring the Ramones, was originally planned to be called “Disco High School,” but at the last minute they changed the name and the music. That’s a fact. This shows 1979 was a turning point in music and The Accident were right on target.

  39. trent kelly says:

    Enjoyed reading the comments. I was the bass player for the Accident and “wrote” the music for the song Kill the Bee Gees – really just an 18 year old trying to sound like the Sex Pistols in his first year in college at Western Washington State in Bellingham WA. It was a remarkable time with a lot of chaos but that’s pretty much true for anyone during that point in his life.

  40. sfhfs says:

    What do they speak?, Haha want to kill himself. The Bee Gees have sold over 300 million albums, including music doctor, never did disco music became a sort of R & B, but by white artists. Look for Rock songs like”Bad, Bad Dreams,”by the Bee Gees and then tell me. If you do not know do not speak

  41. martin says:

    I had the patience to download, but it’s not worth it… poor, noisy… mediocre. I do prefer Bee Gees
    (Martin, 29 01 1984)

  42. norton says:

    damn… another great one. KBD you’ve opened my eyes…

  43. Anonymous says:

    Love “Kill The Bee Gees.” I remember back then, and even if I didn’t get into punk early (waited until the Autumn of 1984 for that) I still knew what sucked when I had it shoved into both eardrums in the late Seventies.

  44. CBJ says:

    Wow, arguing about who has ‘true punk cred’? Doesn’t that sort of make punk an ‘establishment’ all of its own? In effect changing one pointless set of rules for another power base. Anarchy demands abandonment of such constraints. Gang Of Four is punk and if you listen to ‘Damaged Goods’ and don’t hear the ‘disco’ influence then your ears are painted on.

  45. Herber quattro says:

    True detective is the best song on the records. Yes and yes.

  46. zach says:

    eh, it’s alright, wouldn’t listen to it ever again. plus the disco bee gees are great.

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