RPA – S/T 7″

What is there to know about RPA(Raging Peasant Army)? Some people claim links to both Solger and The Lewd. Brad Ramels who played guitar in Lewd plays bass here. Shoot the Pope is a smash hit and should be in every hardcore lovers playlist. There’s no year to be found on the record so I have to trust the internet but it sounds very “modern” for being a HC record released in 1981. Bonecrusher is so so but anyway… Let’s see what you have to say about this cause I’m way too tired to write anything more. Fuck off!

Country: USA
Year: 1981
Label: Self Released
Format: 7″
Shoot The Pope.mp3

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19,170 Responses to RPA – S/T 7″

  1. Jay Thurston says:

    This is great!! I never heard of them before…thank. Sounds a little like Sick Pleasure.

  2. For some reason, I got totally sick of this 7″ and sold it long long time ago. But funny enough: The song “Shoot the Pope” got stuck in my brain and as soon as I realized that, I started regretting selling this. Now I can finally hear it again – and it’s indeed pretty good. Dammit.

  3. dewey decimal says:

    The Flex book dates it at 1985 but with a question mark, and rates it a lowly 3! Sounds more 1981 KBD than 1985 late HC to me. A-side is great, the B-side not so great.

  4. chano says:

    Nah , this is toneless shit…

  5. I bought this in 1986, I remember very well and I highly doubt it can be from 81, musically.

    • Phil says:

      It definitely is 1981 and they have a bunch of other original songs that would blow your mind. songs like: Circus Freak–lyrics:I have a job/i go to daily/i’m a circus freak/with barnum and bailey

  6. justin says:

    I have to agree Shoot The Pope is the better of the two tunes. As usual you have pulled something out of nowhere for my listening pleasure. Not bad for a guy who was called “grandiose” by a commentor on Erich’s Good Bad. Thanx man.

  7. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    The only reference I’ve found this being from 1985 is the Flex site. Rest of the internet resources sez 1981 so I’ll let it be.

    Thanks Justin. It wasn’t my persona who’s called “grandiose” it was my comments ;). Whatever that means.

  8. Several pages state 85, Peter – and others say it’s from 82. The double guitar-intro and the overall sound and the color xerox sleeve make 85 seem realistic.

  9. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Please point me to those pages who state it’s from 85 Erich. The double guitar intro?? Ha ha :D. Most of the copies came with a b/w sleeve.

  10. Just google, Peter. It’s easy :-)

  11. Carl C says:

    anyone know where i can find the lyrics for “shoot the pope?”

  12. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    You can google in several different ways. Here’s how I did it: “rpa+shoot the pope” most pages that comes up states 81 among them Break My Face. If do it like this:”rpa”+”shoot the pope” I’ll get some sites like collectorscum who states 82. And sure you can also do it like this: rpa+shoot the pope but it gives too many nonsense hits.

  13. Of course you have to use the “”, Peter. I’d bet my ass this is neither from 81 nor 82.

  14. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Not all people search with “”, Erich. And you can still use “” in some different ways that’s why I asked.

    If this is from 85 then it’s re-enactment core :D.

  15. Sure, PEter, haha. It’s not that somebody forces you to use “” – but using “” allows you to search for an excact phrase, of course.

  16. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    “Exactly” ;)

  17. LHOOQtius says:

    This guy:
    was supposedly in RPA. Why not just ask him?

  18. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    I know Erich will say “I told you so” but it seems 1985 is likely to be the year of the release then :). Thanks for the link LHOOQtius.

  19. Martin says:

    Too bad “Bonecrusher” is cutting short! Incomplete! It’s missing the last few seconds!

  20. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    He he funny Martin :)-

  21. Martin says:

    I’m serious! There is about 10-15 seconds missing.

  22. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Seriously? Do you have the original to compare with since this is ripped directly from my personal copy.

  23. Martin says:

    Npt an original, but a copy on cdr ripped by a friend from his original! I can send you an mp3 if you want.

  24. behjan says:

    if this was recorded in 81 or 82 then it has to be a “anomaly in Punk-music” …In the early 80s the Pope was not such a biiiggg issue,was he?

  25. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    If you read the comments Behjan mystery is solved.

  26. Renik says:

    This 7 inch is fucking rad. I heard “Shoot The Pope” on Killed By Death 5 many years ago and it’s good to hear more of their stuff, even if it is just one song.

  27. Peter Davis says:

    This came out in the summer of 1982–late summer. Band played my going away party September of that year at a sorority house right next door to the one where Ted Bundy did some of his damage.

    Time to post that excellent Cannibal 7″ please.

  28. Paul Diamond Blow says:

    Ha ha, I stumbled on this site thru a google search for something else… I played bass for RPA from 1984-86, I wasn’t on the record, it was recorded before my time, not sure what year. Bonecrusher ends exactly like it does on the 7″ single… thanks for posting the mp3’s, I haven’t heard these tunes in a long time, my own copies of the single are somewhere in my parent’s attic.

  29. alan says:

    No, this one is 1982 , not 1981 or 1985.

  30. jame says:

    Yeah, but what month in 82?

    Great record, whenever it was released.

  31. 3bk says:

    this is a classic. I still have the 7″. I think it was one of the first records I ever bought, i was about 12 at the time. I used to go to downtown seattle to time travellers, and ask who ever was working there to play records, i’d listen to dozens of them then buy one lol , i think i got this for less than $1. I saw them play a couple times later on.

  32. Kyle Nixon says:

    Solger was my band, and Doug Rockness was our bass player before starting RPA. I spent a lot of time with Doug before he died in 2006. And from what I recall – 1982 would have been the most likely year for this record to be recorded or released. I was still hanging out with Doug through most of 1981 and I know RPA wasn’t really that active yet.

  33. Ian says:

    It may have been recorded in 81/82 but I think it was released a lot later, my copy has a Tower price tag dated 8-84 on the front.

  34. Gen says:


  35. YNoT? says:

    i know imma WaY L8 comin in on here. . .
    but does ANY of y’alls have that full ‘TaPe’ that was alluded to here above??
    fer what it’s worth. . . i got my copy of th’ 7″ in ’85. . .
    fer like $3 @ some records ( ‘legendary nyhc store’ )
    blah. . . blah. . . blah. . .
    pls. . . SOMeONe have that ‘TaPe’ ??

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