The Panics – Test Test 7″

I posted the first killer 7″ of Floridas Panics a month ago or so. Here’s their second which is equally great if not better concerning I’m A Fan is a tune that will be spun in the background when the punx are overthrowing the government and install Wattie as their CEO. I know what you’ll think when listening to it: WHY THE HELL haven’t anyone let me hear this before? Well that’s why I’m here. Here you go the first post of 2009 on Kanacken(great word that not many swedes use these days) Bankar Degos Records.

Country: USA
Year: 1980
Label: Superdisc
Format: 7″
Test Test.mp3
I’m A Fan.mp3

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39 Responses to The Panics – Test Test 7″

  1. Jay Thurston says:

    Nice record. Truly enjoy the B side better than the A side. Thanks

  2. Gott nytt år din galning. Du levererar som alltid.

  3. Senap says:

    Yepp. Nice record indeed! B-sides a killer. I like that they’re punk enough to have rotten teeth? Or didn’t he sing “I’m keeping my tandtroll” in the 1st verse of Test Test?

    • Jason Slaughter says:

      No no no. Spencer and I always had issues with his pronunciation of certain words. He actually sayx I’ve got a list I keep in my top drawer . Hope this clears things up. WTF is a tandroll anyway?

      • Jason Slaughter says:

        Never mind I found out what a tandtroll is. Now why would he keep a list in the tooth fairy? well…now that I think about it, maybe it is kinda cool.

  4. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Tack detsamma Mats :).

  5. chris says:

    Mercy!!! I’m A Fan is delirious pop punk genius! The way the white highlight makes your long hair curl!!

    • Jason Slaughter says:

      Sorry to be picky but the lyrics are “The way the white hot light makes you long hair curl. Just so you know. lol

  6. Martin says:

    Hahaha, hilarious! He really sings I’m keeping my tandtroll in the first verse!!! Thanks a million for pointing that out Senap. That alone made the song much better. Apart from that it was a bit too much mustache rock for me. B-side is pretty great pop though.
    How odd that they picked up the Swedish word tandtroll, but I’m glad they used it instead of the boring word karies. Now I’m just waiting for the first band to sing about their problem plack… Wait, didn’t Crucial Youth sing about that? At least they gave praise to dental floss.

  7. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Ha ha Senap I forgotten to give you cred for pointing out the word “tandtroll” :D. Hilarious.

  8. DB74 says:

    Im liking The Panics a lot, thanks for bringing them to my attention :)

  9. Senap says:

    I think Gang Green sang “I’ve got Karies – stay away from me” on This is Boston comp? Or was it Tand Strul?

  10. Tony says:

    I’ve never heard this one by the Florida Panics so thanks for posting it. From what I’ve heard, in addition to several 7″s, they also had an LP. Hey, I finally updated my blog with a posting of some unreleased KBD stuff!

  11. Senap says:

    And no Martin! It wasn’t Crucial Youth. It was Floss of Pink Indians. From some ska/hc comp with bands like Plack Flag, Tooth Brigade, Flour Skins, Tooths & the Maytals…

  12. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    The descendants of Arne Hegefors have arrived and I love it. That´s why GBG rules so much more then Fjollträsk. Here they don´t appreciate ordvitsar as you goa gubbar does. Flourtanten is well enna GBG fenomen?

  13. Martin says:

    Hahaha, you just made the funniest reply here ever Senap! A good word whites are the funniest thong one can experience.

    It was Besökarna who sang about the kidnapping of Sweden’s most Greek friendly politician Anna-Kreta Leijon, right?

    I can’t wait til the day when Fritzel is so old that he’ll have to use a pervobil.

  14. Haha. Funny guys. I have no idea what you’re talking about.

  15. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    You guys just floured me.

  16. Collin says:

    The vocals quivering like a clit = pretty hot.

  17. pirateradionut says:

    Yikes. Too many pun(k)s here…

  18. EEK says:

    Florida punk generally gets very little respect. Glad to see someone appreciate it – even if it was made 28 years ago! Thanks from the Sunshine State.

  19. god says:

    hey,i’m from ft. myers,and i’m soon posting all the panics stuff on my blog incl.their lp and a band the singer joined in ca. after this i think it’s the mutts,anyway come check out my blog,almost exclusively the ft. myers ,fl. underground,but lots of boots and rares and other stuff to download for free!please leave comments thanks your pal god.

  20. b e h j a n says:

    Anyone knows how this release made its connection to MYSTIC Records
    “subsidary” label (?)
    I mean that address on the labels sound familar to the MYSTIC one or am I wrong here?
    Have no explanation for this -anyone?
    “I´m A Fan” (or “Test Test”) somehow escaped an inclusion on these KBD/POWERPEARLS (you name them) compilations back then…. a pity!

  21. How’s it going! Happy New Year. I know I haven’t posted any comments lately but work and family life- especially work- have been too busy unfortunately. But when you’re a Punk Business Manager, there’s a lot of business to manage at a billion dollar corporation. It comes with the territory and the business title ;) Anyway, thought you might want to know that someone just ripped me the Panics “Press The Button” 10-song LP from 1980 and it is a mediocre effort. Some of the tracks are pretty bad- there’s even a cock rock song! Both sides of the “Test Test” single are on the LP, as is a slightly different version of “Kill It” from their 1st 7″. But too many “drifters” on it- meaning, that when I listened to the songs my mind starting drifting away to other thoughts like what is for dinner, or I better go to the grocery store after work. LOL. I was going to post the LP to my blog when I first received it in my Inbox but now, after listening to it- definitely NOT!! Flakes//Drummer, if you want rips of it though e-mail me “off blog” and I’ll send em over.

  22. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Hey Tony! Nice hearing from you :). Yeah adult life takes time from what you really want to do. And being a Punk Business Manager…I wouldn´t even like to think about the work load you must have. Bringing out anarchy, making dreads for the crusties and killing cops.

    I have the Panics 12″ but I agree it´s not good at all. Totally different from the 7″. How could it go so wrong? The productions is weak to say the least. Bummer.

  23. “Making dreads for the crusties”- LOL!!! That’s the best laugh I had all day! I finally got a new posting up on my blog, maybe it’s one you’ve never heard before…

  24. Chris says:

    Oh yeah, “I’m a Fan” is one of those pop-punk stormers that just gets better the more you listen to it! Now please post “Long Distance Love” by Manufactured Romance and we will all be in 1980 punk rock heaven!!

  25. Chris,

    “Long Distance Love” by Manufactured Romance is on a comp LP called “Back Stage Pass”- I found it at the below link:

  26. Jason says:

    Okay here’s the deal with the album and some Panics history. Spencer (the lead singer of The Panics), Jim (drummer) and I recorded and produced both of our singles in Ft Myers, FL. We were pretty happy with the results considering we had no money in the first place. So we did a limited release and sent singles to labels around the country.
    Someone in A&R at a minor label heard the singles and hooked us up with a supposed big time Los Angeles producer who agreed to record an album in his studio for cred and an undisclosed amount of the proceeds from the album sales. We were young and stupid and all we wanted to do was play live music. We weren’t into studio work. We wanted to gig in LA!
    When we heard the final mix of the album we were not at all happy. Pissed is more like it but because of time restraints and once again money…we had to go with it.
    We had no intention of releasing half of the songs on the album. They were first set fillers we used when we played live.
    Don’t get me wrong. We had an awesome time in LA playing the punk scene with bands like Black Flag, Fear, The Adaptors, The Busboys, The Fans (who later became The Bangles and for whom the song I’m a Fan was written) and many other groups still around today.
    We just weren’t ready to release an album and needed writing time and money to really do it the way we wanted. We had a live album ready to go but we were told that no band’s first effort is a live album.
    We should’ve done what we already knew as artists, to go with our guts. Looking back now, I have no regrets. We had a killer time in Los Angeles, met a lot of really cool people and generated a lot of interest in the band.
    Anyway thanks for listening to our stuff all these years later. It totally freaks me out that its still out there and people still like it. Well, most of it anyway.
    BTW Spencer and I are talking about putting together a retrospective release and maybe even including a few unreleased tracks as well.

    Jason Slaughter

    • The Flakes // Drummer says:

      Hi Jason! Thanks a lot for the story about Panics. That I´m a fan was written for The Fans/The Bangles…who would´ve knew? Please do a discography!

    • Hey Jason! I did’nt know you well ,but I remeber when my band was in the studio next to yours ,and we were calling you guys ,”The Pancakes”! I really do like all your stuff ,and always thought you were a great guitarist.Spencer is one of my all time favorite vocalists ,and I learned of you guys from Leo Johnson ,back about 25 years ago. I have a few blogs and a webstore ,I’ve posted your LP ,and plan on posting Spencer’s later band ,The Mutts, eventually.Hope to hear back from you ,thanks _Ed J

      • Jason Slaughter says:

        Ed Sorry for the years late reply. Yes I remember you. Did you play with Dave (The Kid) Cook? I think that was his last name. I worked with him at Avis Rent a Car back in the day.
        Good to hear from you. Hope you’re doing well. Rock on. Punk snot dead.

    • Jason Slaughter says:

      OK I don’t know why the album was even released. I hated it. So did Spencer. We had absolutely no say in the mix and the tracks included on the vinyl. We were hooked up with a producer (RIP) who thought he knew what punk was all about and he refused to let us use his studio unless he was in control to the sound. We had a contract we had to abide by.
      Being in this position really sucked but we had to put something out there good or bad. Even bad publicity is publicity. So to everyone dissing the album, you are entitled to your own opinion but we put a lot of work into those songs and the sound before all those stupid effects were added was raw and real and fun. I wanted to release it as it stood but this producer wouldn’t budge. This is part of the reason I left the band. Having no artistic control over your product is ridiculous.
      Anyway a lot of bands first efforts were sucky ie: Stones, Chili Peppers, X and many more.But it IS true production can kill you. I don’t even have a copy of the 12″ anymore. I didn’t even like the cover art.

  27. Jason says:

    I’ll see what I can do. Its been so long since I actually had to sit down and think about it but Spencer and I are trying to come up with something close to accurate. We dealt with so may dickheads on the recording side I don’t want to give anyone press that shouldn’t have it. LOL

  28. Amanda and Vicki says:

    We had forgotten that I’m a Fan was written for us and we’re very pleased. Hope all is well with you! Fond memories of the Relic House!

    • Jason Slaughter says:

      Hey you two! Whats up with everybody in LA? I remember The Relic House well. Especially when I slammed into what I thought was a sturdy stage wall and it collapsed into the entryway with me on top! At least I kept on playing. You were awesome even back then with the “original” and in my opinion the best line-up. No disrespect intended to anyone…

  29. thommyberlin says:

    Jaysus, how cool to find this. My very first studio recordings were done at Sound Check studios. I am still a fan!

  30. Jason Slaughter says:

    I haven’t been here in a long time! Hi Amanda and Vicki! So I found a first pressing of Test Test and I’m a Fan (b side) in one of my old suitcases. I would like to sell it as it is in mint condition. In fact I doubt it was ever played. Anyone know a website where I could sell this? I have heard from several people from outside the US begging me for our stuff but I can’t find their email.
    Thanks for the help.

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