Here’s a little treat for all ours favorite punk business manager Tony, as he often seems to appreciate early Swedish punk attempts. And the young monarchy hating boys in Bandage sure gave punk a nice try when they recorded this lo-fi master piece. The band sounds like they read about punk about 5 minutes before they formed the band, and immediately hit the cheapest studio possible to record an E.P. as anyone can do it! And the result is absolutely stunning of course. All four songs are mid-tempo at best, and has one of the coolestÂ guitar solo’s ever recorded on I got no enemies. I sure which I could’ve heard what they talked about in the studio.
Should we use fuzz or distortion on the solo parts?
Nah, we’ve already had enough of that, just record the solos and I’m sure it’ll beÂ fine!
Are you sure the drums are loud enough?
Who cares! Have you ever heard of anyone who listens to the drums anyway?
Should we sing about anarchy?
Nah, that’s just too much, we’ll sing about killing the royal family so that Sweden can be a republic instead.
Are you sure the sound levels are supposed to go up and down like that?
I’m sure no oneÂ will notice, so don’t worry about that!
I Got No Enemies.mp3
Wow, you are on a roll with lots of postings this week! Thanks for thinking of me with this Bandage EP. I think your summation of the record is right on the money, especially about the band finding punk 5 minutes before the EP was recorded- very funny! I was blown away when I first heard “Sven Brutal” back in early 1998 on the “Bloodstains Across Sweden #3” LP. Now THERE’s a comp that turned me onto excellent Swedish stuff that I had never heard before at the time- that is one of my favorite KBD-type comps of all time. And I have one on red vinyl- cumstains across my record collection!! ;) The whole Bandage EP is great, the best rips I had of it up until now were from its inclusion on the “Nobody Wanted Us #3” CD-only comp from early 2001. Thanks for the upgraded rips! What cracks me up about the sleeve is the guy on the left with the big fucking bell bottoms on. And that drummer with the sleeveless cowboy vest on– the 70’s were such a horrible time for clothing choices. P.S. Our friend over at the ISKSP blog posted this Bandage EP a while back, but I sincerely doubt that his rips came from a vinyl copy like yours.
What’s the deal with that blog? That guy is just stealing shit, right?
soulseek baby soulseek. downloading and uploading to his blog. boring.
What’s the problem with isksp? Can’t see any difference between soulseek and ebay. Or, isksp doesn’t hav money but have time while others can’t stop their anxiety spending lots of money at ebay.
This is an old-fashioned prejudice.
I like iskps since I don’t have the time to dig through Soulseek myself and Felipe have more or less the same taste as me.
“…others canâ€™t stop their anxiety spending lots of money at ebay.” isn’t that kind of prejudice too? Or do you talking from your own experience?
Sounds cool. thanks once again.
Also, this record is fucking great. Nice post!
Simple, noisy and completely talentless…I fucking love it! Thanks.
Killer record! Thanks Martin!
yeah…that’s really cheap…and desperate roq.n.roll…great fun!
Great record. A lo-fi classic!
I don’t find this soooo talentless. Plus it’s really great!!!
Maybe if I resided in Switzerland, it would not sound talentless too??? Hahahahahahahaha…
is the bass line in I GOT NO ENEMIES the same as in a particular EXPLOITED song?
listen to WAR by the EXPLOITED and then listen to I GOT NO ENEMIES,they sound very very similar…
great post by the way,thanks
If so then Exploited must’ve stolen the bass line from Bandage. The crime of the century since I guess Bandage didn’t earn much money on this record.
(…) “Have you ever heard of anyone who listens to the drums anyway ?”
That comment made me think and in most cases I think I catch myself
doing the same, almost always listening first to the vocals and guitars automatically,but the notorious exceptions,that come to my mind immediately, are : (so I can name-dropping now, yeah !)
THE MAIDS 7″, esp. “Bored of Education” by Canadian THE FITS, “Sex Drive” by the EMBARRASSMENT, “Laboratory Baby” by LOS REACTORS
(wow!wow!wow!), also the THE NOTHING 7″ (unfortunately the production does NO justice to MickeyÂ´s skills exactly) and some others I canÂ´t think of in these seconds.
The BANDAGE is a crude favourite from Sweden,quite an early entry also.
Being a drummer myself and one who always noted those that stand-out in this field (E.g. David Quinton – The Mods, John Maher – Buzzcocks) which is not an easy thing to accomplish or for that matter, common in punk, I appreciate your kind words and compliments with regards to my own playing style: I am the drummer who played on The Fits single ‘Bored of Education’.
I’m glad that you and other listeners noticed and appreciated my efforts and grit and that the single has left a legacy that has endured for the past 31 years. Love it!
Hey Claude, thanks for stopping by. Just listened to Clockwise. Boomtown and You Really Got Me Going Inside Out are two astonishing powerpopers!
Hey back at you! I wish I knew who I was addressing. In any case, thank you for checking out Clockwise, my songs and your words of praise! Much appreciated. No matter what happens during the songwriting process (if I can call it that), my punk roots are always showing and I bring that same punk ethos and DIY to my current music.
Loving this!!! Someone sell me a copy!
I can’t believe I forgot to mention the look of the singer, or rather the way he holds the bass! Is he really playing, or is he just posing? To me it looks like someone just handed him the instrument and he has no idea of what to do with it. Gives me the same feeling as the cover of Philosophy of the world by the Shaggs.
Dont you see it? The “fuck off finger”.
Hahahah, I’ve totally missed that one! Very underhÃ¥llande. .
PS. You were very cute last night DS.
Hi All , Hi Claude ,
glad online again.
a H.N.Y. 2010 (2 all of us) !
The name CLaude Kent was immediately recognized as the FITS drummer.
GREAT picture-sleeve of your “B.o.E.” 7″e.p. I would have had a few questions. If you donÂ´t mind,please just send me your e.mail-address,it would be great to speak to you,IÂ´d have 2-3 question,CLaude.
In case you are interested – my e.mail is :
behjan (at) mirhadi (dot) de
As of BANDAGE 7″e.p.: real crude PuNk (but not as lofi/evil-vibe as 1st MASSMEDIA 7″e.p. i.e.) and an early recording from the land of Sven.
Yes, this is very much a masterpiece. Such taste and distinction is so rare in this world.
I love this one. Still don’t have a copy. Maybe someone who doesn’t like it as much will finally sell.
Lovin’ this E.P.! And the write-up is (imo) the funniest one I’ve read on the blog! Hilarious!