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Requested Re-Up

In March 2008 I wrote:

C.AARME plays punk as it’s supposed to be: fast, loud and dirty, really dirty. These guys, hailing from Gothenburg/Sweden, bring back the violence and intensity of the earliest punk acts. Bass-heavy slam dance attacks, no punkrock wannabees and and pop-punk grommets. You better grab your skateboard and old Black Flag shirt, put C.Aarmé on your mp3-player and start to destroy, skate and destroy, you can be sure that swedish machine will never slow down.

Slam Dance!


Well, it is possible to write a lot about No Means No from Vancouver, Canada, but I will keep it short: One of the most interesting bands from the Punk sector.

But is it still punk? With a drummer talking about playing drums like Art Blakey and a funk-rythm inspired bass to accompany the monster-breaks? Call it avantgarde or just a band which has listeners who normally don´t give a fuck about Punk (I can´t believe they exist).

“The Worldhood of the World” – their 9th release from 1995 – is one of their best releases which and brought back the fun, after some weaker records. A exuberant tour de force through the different NMN´s styles.

Wikipedia labels NMN as a progressive punk rock band and also says:

NoMeansNo’s output features a seemingly endless flow of “Wright/wrong/right” puns, and significant measures of black humour.

I think they would like also like progressive punk rock very much. Mr. Right and Mr.Wrong, the Wright Brothers are also loved by David Grohl. Who lately recorded boring rock farts, no no no, not everybody can be a genius, cause no means no.

Wiggley, wiggley, wiggley, wiggley, wiggley wiggley, wiggley, viggley, wiggley worm.


Welcome to the world of male homosociality, step into early hardcore. For most of today hardcore music I just have contempt, but I´m not one of that old guys who whines about the good old times. In fact I´m too young to take actively part in the days of early hardcore, my youth fell into the 90s. And I also don´t want to glorify the past; though guy shit, machismo, homophobia were always a problem in some parts of hardcore, from the beginning until today. But for my ears the early hardcore records keep until today their fresh breath, you still can feel the anger, the hope for something new, for something better, the enthusiasm and the fucking fun. Todays hardcore is so serious and narcissistic,  either they play metal or try to copy the old sounds. Well, here is the Antidote, the three greatest records of early hardcore, the energy gets my heart going even decades after its release…. of course just my personal view, if you don´t agree leave a comment or present your own selection, I´m eagerly interested.


Black Flag were formed 1977 in California from the mastermind behind the band: Greg Ginn. They are widely considered to be one of the first hardcore punk bands. Black Flag forged a unique sound early on that mixed the raw simplicity of the Ramones with atonal and microtonal guitar solos and frequent tempo shifts. The band was also known for the intense and evocative lyrics found in their songs, most of which were penned by Ginn. Like other punk bands of this era, Black Flag gave voice to an anti-authoritarian, non-conformist message, featuring songs punctuated with descriptions of isolation, neurosis, poverty, and paranoia, themes that would be explored further when Henry Rollins joined the group as lead singer in 1981 and in my eyes the golden age of Black Flag evolved. Most of the band’s material was released on Ginn’s independent label, SST Records. You may have a look at your record collection who many milestones were released by this label. They are even often regarded as pioneers in the movement of underground do-it-yourself record labels that flourished among the 1980s punk rock bands. The 1981 released “Damaged” was the first full-length from the band, mainly with songs from the pre-Rollins era, but with the only 20 year old guy on the mic. Songs like “rise above”, “TV party”, “six pack” or “gimmie gimmie gimmie” have their secured place even in nowadays hardcore pantheon.

“Try to stop us, it´s no use!”



Don´t call yourself hardcore or even punk if you don´t know Minor Threat. This iconic band from Washington DC existed only three short years, from 1980 to 1983, but their groundbreaking sound influenced uncountable bands. The song “straight edge” is the basis of a youth culture until today, although Ian MacKaye – who wrote the lyrics – don´t want to be connected with that phenomenon. Minor Threat released only four EPs, all released on (Ian MacKaye and Jeff Nelson´s) Dischord Records, down to the present day an important indie-label. All band members played in famous bands after the split up, which resulted from disagreement over the musical direction. To name just a few bands with Ex-Minor Threat participation: Fugazi, Embrace, Rites of Spring, Dag Nasty, Government Issue. Because all EPs from Minor Threat are awesome, I present the whole discography.

Out of step with the world!



From the Westcoast over Washington DC to the Eastcoast, but New York still isn´t on the map: Boston Hardcore. SS Decontrol (Society System Decontrol) started performing at smaller venues throughout the greater Boston metropolitan area in the summer of 1981. The band quickly gained notoriety within the local music scene for intense, charged performances and the provocative antics of their core group of followers, the Boston Crew. They released their debut LP “The Kids Will Have Their Say” on their own X-Claim label in 1982. By the way, X-Claim was never a “classic” record label (contrary to Dischord and SST), more a sort of a name and logo, which was used by a group of people in the Boston  Area to release records. In 1983 they added second guitarist Francois Levesque, who brought a more wild and savage guitar playing into the songs,  and released the EP “Get It Away”.  The opener “glue” is one of the most covered hardcore songs and nobody can scream like the vocalist in it. The last song is a cover of the Buzzcocks and though SS Decontrol covered an “old” punk band, they were later one of the first bands which was rooted in the hardcore sound but exhibited overt heavy metal characteristics, such as a relatively high number of lengthy guitar solos. This progress started 1984 with the follow up release to “get it away” for which they shortened their band name to SSD. At the same time at the westcoast Black Flag got under the influence of Henry Rollins (whose first release with his former band State of Alert was released on Dischord Records, Ian MacKaye (from Minor Threat/Dischord) again was a good friend of SS Decontrol) more and more into metal, but not with fast metal-influenced guitars and soli like SSD, Black Flag played longer, slower, and more complex songs, mixing in influences such as Black Sabbath with hardcore.

SSD broke up in 1985.  “Gotta stick together, gotta stick together!”


PS: the first photo was shot in Dortmund/Germany in 1999, Man Lifting Banner (a legendary dutch hardcore band, maybe I will tell their story once) played their  farewell gig (they actual reunited only for a few shows, first splitted up in 1994).

An pissed-off punch in the face! The Now-Denial are a hardcore/punk “all star” group from Germany, their members played in so much famous and important hardcore/screamo groups, the list reads like the hall of fame for western german hardcore: Enfold, Hybris, Buoyancy, Hocus, Durango 95, to name such a few.

First just a project of some friends as a result of the love for harshed and pissed-off hardcore, the Now-Denial soon became a “serious” band and they released a split 7inch with european punk legend Seein´ Red from the Netherlands (ex-Members from Man Lifting Banner and Lärm) on tomtetummetott records. The very small, but important label from singer Søren, who releases always lovely done records.

In fall 2002 the debut record “the truth is on fire followed”, heavily Tragedy and His Hero Is Gone influenced tuned down hardcore, pissed off and angry. A very good start for a band.

The Now-Denial – the truth is on fire

Extensive touring spread their fuck you message around Europe and after another split 7inch, this time with old school trash heroes Highscore (don´t know, you have to check em out!) they released in 2004 the follow up: “viva viva threatening”

The song writing much improvised The Now-Denial reached the same high level like the bands which influenced them when started, but now they added a lot more own sound. The second album also reached international attention and let their reputation grow massively. If you saw them live once, you won´t forget them I promise!

The Now-Denial – viva viva threatening

The latest record is “mundane lullaby”, a killer record. Now with a more rocking edge the band sets free a furios bastard that finds the perfect balance of pissed off, but catchy guitar melodies and ass kicking uptempo rhythms. The singer is like a fire storm and the lyrics are pure declarations of war on the state of our society. You might spare out the debut and also the second record, but you have to get this. Dance, smash, an emotional outburst – too sweet to be punk, too punk to be hardcore, too hardcore to be crust, too cynical to be anything at all!

The Now-Denial – Mundane Lullaby

After 12 years of Endstand, the band decided in January 2008 to take a break – Endstand is fuckin´ dead. The band was formed early 1996 in a small town called Riihimäki based in Southern parts of Finland – 60 kilometers away from Helsinki. And like many bands from the countryside, the basic idea was to create something passionate and interesting to kill the boredom in their lives. After 6 months of practicing Endstand played their first show and started to tour constantly – over ten European tours done, one tour in Japan and numerous shows in Finland have been a base for the strong following they have nowadays.

12 years is a long period, especially for a hardcore band and they have released a lot of good albums, EPs and split releases, the “hit and run” EP is from 2003 and contains four intense hardcore-punk songs with lots of guitar melodies and screaming vocals, worth a try if you don´t know them until today. But I guess you aren´t from Europe or not into hardcore at all if you didn´t recognized them.

Never Fall Into Silence

This is my (anti-) christmas posting, a fine release from The Ex combinated with a (photo-) book about the spanish revolution, released 1986 – the 50th anniversary of the revolution. The Ex is a band you already might know from another posting, the 1979 formed band released this recording originally as two seven inch vinyls, I took the 1997 re-release as two 3inch CDs to ripp the four tracks. The avantgarde punkrock band from the Netherlands took 4 songs from the spanish revolution and covered them, melting together the traditional folk songs with the energy of punk music. “The Ex create the perfect stimulating collision of art, pop and politics to date, musically subverting and visually building a forum of thought.”

The Ex – 1936 (reupped!)

The book, published with some basic informations in english and spanish from the point of view from the anarchists about the spanish civil war, the reasons for the revolution, the fights against the clerical-fascist Franco military, the worker collectives, the cultural efforts and the victory of the fascists, supported by fascist Italy and nationalsocialist Germany.

The photobook shows ~100 photos from the fights and efforts that capture the enormous outburst of enthusiasm of those days perfectly, the republic was under attack by the fascists, but the people who had been oppressed for centuries finally took things into their own hands and had one main goal: breaking with the past and control of their own lives. I scanned you some photographies from the book.

19th July 1936 – barricades in Barcelona

On the 17th of July 1936 the military revolted against the democratic voted leftist coalition government, that started several social and cultural changes since their election 1931, which ended the military dictatorship of Primo de Rivera. On the 19th of July the workers took up the weapons and went into the streets to defeat the young republic and to start the revolution. Todo para todos – the land, the factories, the streets. The churches – which were deeply involved with the fascist military, bishops and abbots were large landowners, feudal barons with their own form of justice – were plundered, the land taken for those who worked it and the industry under the control of worker commitees, men and women were finally equal. In Barcelona and the region aorund it the anarchist had a strong support, the anarchist union CNT had more than 1.000.000 members, several socialist and communist unions and organisations were also strong and ready to fight. They all not only wanted to defeat the republic, they wanted a social revolution.

women preparing for departure for the front

In Catalonia, the industrial center of Spain, most factories came directly into the hands of workers. In many cases the owners fled, sometimes they co-operated. The making of decisions by the workers in the factory itself meant that there was a great variety of approaches. Sometimes everybody received the same wages, sometimes there were different wages, here and there all the power was in the councils, on other places the councils only supervised. But the old hierarchy no longer existed, the factories, the workplaces and other means of production were taken over by the people.

The country-side was also collectivized, after centuries of exploitation the changes were more logical to the peasants and the workers than to many outsiders. Here too, many different forms of production and consumer co-operatives developed. Agriculture improved quickly, better irrigation, more machines, less hard work, more variety in production, reforesting…

The number of collectives grew steadily, after some time there were 400 collectives in Aragon, 900 in Levante, 300 in Castile. The control of the catholic church over education was ended and improved quickly.

“the book as feast” – the revolutionaries spend considerable attention on the provision of information through publications for everyone

Art and culture now belonged to the people, museums and libraries were thrown open to everyone, books, manuscripts and collections were protected as much as possible. The cloisters, once the fortresses of opression by the church and education for only a few, were closed or burnt down. The revolution also spontaneously developed a whole new wave of art. Popular poetry and music were revived during the revolution. Poets, musicians and actors joined the revolution en masse. Theatrical companies went into the country and many peasants saw theatre for first time in their lives.

But besides all this, there was the front and the army of Franco. The general had the disposal of soldiers, money and weapons from Germany and Italy, he recieved support from Portugal and the fascist Falange party supplied an enormous amount of money. The antifascist militias, formed by common men, were poorly armed and they couldn´t expect any support from France, Britain or governments of other countries. But Franco only advanced slowly, on and behind the front mass executions and political murders were the order of the day.

There were 1.400 cannons and 650 planes on the fascists´s side, against 120 cannons and 100 planes on the Popular Army´s side. Franco had the support of almost 90.000 italian troops and 35.000 german Nazis, including the “Legion Condor” – which bombed as an experiment Guernica off the earth and practiced town-bombing. In the second world war the Germans again used that kind of air bombing against several cities in Poland, France and England. They bombed them off the ground, but today the Germans keep whining about the bombardement of Dresden, but don´t want to hear one word about the german war crimes and who invented that sort of bombing.

This army of Franco simply couldn´t be stopped.

the leftist worker organisations forming militias for the front against the advancing fascists

In March 1938 Madrid, until that day defended by communist troops, was captured by the fascists, in April they pushed through to the Mediterranean. In January 1939 Barcelona fell and on the first of April Franco announced his victory. Thousands of peoples were taken prisoners or executed. The Netherlands, England and France were the first to recognize the new regime. The pope sent a telegram with congratulations, Franco thanked Hitler and Mussolini. Hundreds of thousands fled from Franco´s armies to France, were they were confined in camps.

Fascism reached another victory in Europe, the experiment of a social revolution was destroyed. September 1939 Germany started the World War Two, it took six years to beat the Nazis and to end the national-socialist barbarism. Franco died 1975 and ruled Spain until this day.

children in Barcelona

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