This extremely hard to find piece of plastic was posted on Girls from Tahiti about one and a half years ago, but as Paul has removed all mp3’s to his old postings I thought it was about time to make a repost of it.
It took me years and years before I actually saw a copy of this one for sale, and I’ve seen a total of 5 copies (including my copy) of it for sale since I first heard of it’s existans about 10 years ago. Anyway, when I tried to figure out what to write in this post I started to think about which Swedish records I’ve had a hard time to track down, as well as the price of them today. My conclusion so far is that the more obscure and expensive ones are more often from the 80’s than the 70’s. Sure, there are of course a bunch of pricey ones from the 70’s as well, like the Kriminella Gitarrer’s Vardad Klädsel, the first P.F. Command0, Ebba Gron’s Anti Rock on Efel, Gollywog, the first Shit Kids and Bad Boo Band’s extremely expensive first 7″, but compared to all the ones from the early 80’s like the first and second TST, Shas, Vicious Visions, both Bizex-B’s LP’s , 57 Kez, Homy Hogs’ early releases, WC, Kessler Jugend GMBH, Von Gam, Sotlimpa’s EP, Tuppjukk, the Aminne Punk Fiesta compilation etc, plus all the early Swedish HC releases from Anti-Cimex, Skitslickers, Headcleaners, Missbrukarna, Absurd and so on.
I’m not saying that that’s a fact, and I’m not even sure that I believe in it myself tomorrow, but none the less I have thought a bit about why it might be like this, and I think it’s because in the early 80’s punk was dead according to the news papers. And maybe, just maybe some more trendy lordagspunkare bought it and moved on to the next thing. If it’s so, then that could explain why more records from the second century of punk is more often pressed in smaller quantities (as the bands didn’t expect to sell as many records). While most records from the 70’s are pressed in 500 copies or more in Sweden, the “newer” bands were more fond of pressing 300 copies or less.
Desperate Livin’s EP was released in 1981, and came pretty close to proto hardcore in their sound, if it’s OK to call a band proto hardcore in the middle of the big HC wave that started to sweep over the world that year. Killer amazing fantastic record no matter what. Melodic yet aggressive with a great production and better than average musicians.
I’ve had this one for some time now, and didn’t see that it came with a lyric sheet until a few days ago when I saw a copy for sale that had it. I talked to a friend who bought it pretty recent and asked if he could scan the insert for me, if he had it. He was pretty unsure if it was included in his copy, but took a look and said he had it. The day after I took a closer look at my copy and saw that I had the insert as well. Apparently I never looked in the sleeve. Glad it’s included though as I can finally hear what they’re singing!