I really want to post more often. But you know I always feels obliged to write something to add a bit extra fluff to the post. I know I know I don’t add anything with my loosy writing but still… Xpress one and only release is a TRUE(you don’t see that word used too much when people describing genres today do you? TRUE metal, TRUE hardcore, TRUE folk etc) classic in every sense. Two equally great tracks. I can’t pick a fave. Googled a bit here and thanks to Dizzy/Detour Records I leave it to him to tell you something that’s actually useful:
“Formed in 1978 by four bored school friends (The Original Bored Teenagers)”
Label: X Press
Stop, Start (And Go Back Again).mp3
If you do a search for early Swedish Oi!, or early Swedish skins this band will pop up. A bit surprinsingly as there’s nothing Oi!ish about them, and even if some of the members looks a bit like they could be skins, or boot boys for that matter, most of them look like your average Joes. I talked to a guy who knew the members, and it turned out that two of the members were among the very first skinheads in Stockholm, so that’s probably why they got the Oi-tag.
I’d say this is a pretty decent punk platter, but not really something unique, except for one part. This 7″ was practically unknown in collector circles up til a few years ago! Of all the people and collectors Peter Jandreus interviewed when he put together the Encyclopedia of Swedish punk, not one single soul mentioned this record. I don’t know if it’s a very small pressing, or if the band didn’t manage to sell many copies in the big hardcore wave that was sweeping Sweden at the time, which made their pretty slow punk rock seem outdated, or if it was something else that just made it more or less vanish from earth. The few ones I’ve talked to who knew about the band, and even knew the members says that they’ve never seen the record apart from the members copies, which seems a bit strange.
Anyway, over the last 3 years or so a few copies have popped up for sale in Sweden, but there’s still seems to be little to no information about them, except for that they later (or previous, depending on which source you choose to believe) started playing more in the psychobilly vein and changed their name to Archie Glover and the Last Lads.
Of course this is nowhere near as obscure as the Tötenkopf LPs (that I actually believe exsists as I got them taped for me, and they skips a bit in one song, and I can hear the needle drop), but it’s still worth a post just to keep on covering the Swedish scene, warts and all as someone wrote as a comment in one of my posts a long time ago.
Label: New Rock
Thank you all for the support! So sorry to say the site won’t be shut down, for awhile at least.
Born in 1965 Richard Norris where 15 years old when recording Antimatter. A master piece. The synths on it may give a hint that he later turned out to work with Genesis P. Orridge of Throbbing Gristle. Well that’s what I learned from the internet. She’s here might not be that strong of a song but the guitar sound is excellent!
Label: No Brain
Here’s a some what overlooked Norweigan classic, or at least no one bothered to tell me about it until a few years ago. Don’t know why as it’s really good and the band is sloppy in a very nice way. In Drom eller mareritt (dream or nightmare) the band is not too far away from hardcore, so it might be one of the earliest Norweigan hardcore songs. I bet someone will say something else and namedrop 25 bands and songs that was done before this one in Norway, as usual… That’s perfectly fine as my knowledge of punk and hardcore from our beloved rich neighbours is far from as good as it could be, so go ahead and enlighten me, punk!
Label: Tempererte Plater
Blir det krig.mp3
Drom eller mareritt.mp3