Brackmanglarna. Swedish Punk Rock from 1980.

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Shit Kids – S/T E.P. 7″


This is the legendary first release from Sweden’s Shit Kids (formely known as Ballycock Mofas and the Great Lake Hemoroids), and despite not being 100% punk perfection, the band never came closer than they did on this release. Kottmarknad and Froso sjukhus 1984 are both real corkers, and at least I really like the long and slow  Jag maste ha ett jobb. The last song Ann-Christin is a pisstake, but if you understand Swedish the lyrics are pretty funny. It’s about a guy who falls in love with the new girl in school, asks her out, dances all night and then later that night in bed realise that she’s actually a he. Lucky guy.

This is one of those records that tops the lists over the most sought after Swedish punk records, but I don’t really know why it’s so damn hard to find. It was pressed in 1000 copies according to the band members, and all copies was sold out in no time (mainly) locally, and after that the copies more or less vanished from earth and just don’t pop up for sale. Having said that, there’s actually been a handful of copies for sale the last year or so, but before that I think I’ve seen 2-3 copies for the last 10-15 years or so.

The band’s second E.P. is actually not as bad as rumours might say. Sure the songs are longer, more well played and slicker production, but the songs are still good. If you want the band at their most chaotic phrase though, this is the record you want, despite the fact that the band had no drummer when it was time to record, so they borrowed a local dansband’s drummer! Not easy to hear…

Country: Sweden
Year: 1979
Label: Viboquette
Format: 7″
Jag maste ha ett jobb.mp3
Froso sjukhus 1984.mp3

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The Sods – Mopey Grope/Negative 7″


A bit more than 6 years ago I posted the Sods first 7″, so I’d say it’s about time that I post their second one as well, especially since it’s almost as catchy as their first one. I prefer the b-side Negative, but you might have a different opinion, and if so just post it in the comment section (yeah, like that will happen).

I’m glad these chaps held on to their no pictures policy and minimal sleeve artwork as I then can make this text just as minimal.

Country: UK
Year: 1979
Label: Tap
Format: 7″
Mopey grope.mp3

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The Boyfriends – First Single 7″


Another powerpop band that was too late for the trend, and maybe a bit over optimistic when they named this release as they never did another record during the time they shared as a band. On the other hand a full lenght album emerged on 1977 records in 2011. The same label also did the third reissue of this 7″ as a second version with a totally different sleeve was released in Germany in 1983 on Firebird/ Pinnacle records.

The song Boyfriend is the obvious hit here, while the b-side is not even worth a spin.

True story here; many moons ago I was in an indiepop band, and in Texas we shared stage with our friends in Tullycraft who played their new song The punks are writing love songs, which sounded incredibly familiar to me, despite I sang “I wanna be your boyfriend” instead of “The punks are writing love songs”. Took me years to figure out why as I totally forgot I owned this record, but when I found it again I asked Sean from Tullycraft if he was aware of the Boyfriends’ song, but it turned out to be new to him. He did admit it shared some simularities though. And speaking of Tullycraft, Lognhalsmottagningen will cover their killer song Popsongs your new boyfriend’s too stupid to know about on our next release. Up yours (and a nice advertisment for one of my current bands)!

Country: UK
Year: 1982
Label: Plastic
Format: 7″
Give a little, take a little.mp3

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Kaare og Partiet – Hakekors E.P. 7″


A couple of months ago I took the shitty decision to get rid of a few of my Norweigan punk records, and when stuff like Svart Framtid & Barn av Regnbuen found new homes with other music lovers, this one made the cut and got to stay with me. Boy I’m a glad I didn’t get rid of this one as well as it’s a total power house of an E.P.! I used to think it had a hint of heavy metal before, but after I played it a few more times I realised it was just FUCKING HEAVY! The production is really intense and tight and the band sounds really tough and desperate!
Just listen to the slightly surf influenced into to Politisk asyl where the drums slowly joins, and then it sounds like everything stops before the super heavy bass comes in. Then the vocals kicks in adding the final touch of desperation and the songs pushes forward til it hits the 1 minute mark where the guitars break down into a short, but amazing burst of noise for a little while before the song continues. Killer stuff!
Or listen to the twin guitar attack of Be en bonn where the additional guitar plays the same simple riff as the first one, but with enough energy to light up your average sized Norweigan town!

And I have to give the boys extra credit for calling the first song of the E.P. lat 2 (song 2). It’s an instrumental, but I still like it’s winding guitar leads played through some pedals I don’t know the name of.

Again, I am very glad I decided to keep this one!.

Country: Norway
Year: 1980
Label: Konk
Format: 7″
Lat 2.mp3
Be en bonn.mp3
Ja vi elsker.mp3
Politisk asyl.mp3

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