that’s it… bye! buy it at http://www.dorkrockcorkrod.com/ because it rules. if I recall correctly, Mitch Clem of the at times hilarious Web comic Nothing Nice to Say – which I’m pleased to say was actually recently picked up again – designed the cover. check out nn2s as well, http://mitchclem.com/nothingnice/ because it rules.
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let’s continue down memory lane with The Ergs! this one isn’t as rare as the previous posts though. it’s actually still for sale on http://www.dorkrockcorkrod.com/ – so run pick it up! it’s The Ergs! so it sounds like The Ergs! you know who The Ergs! are by now, right? they are that great punk rock band that are messing up my punctuation. check them out. [insert guitar solo here.]
more The Ergs! rarities for you folks. this is their second release. this is a more traditional release in that it’s not an attempt to convince some alien species that we are equipped to rock and thus deserve the chance to live. this release has the punk-rock-meets-whatever-lulz-we’ll-do-what-we-want style that The Ergs! became famous for years later. (some of these songs were later rerecorded as well.) upbeat and über catchy punk rock with lots of treble. in my opinion, this release deserves regular rotation along with the rest of their catalogue. f’n is f’n great. check it.
I’m digging up some rare The Ergs! songs for you. I’m starting with their very first release. a ridiculous concept album in which aliens are threatening to annihilate the earth on account of too lame rock’n'roll, and The Ergs! have to save the planet by making the most outrageous and yes, outrighteous, rock’n'roll the world has ever heard. whether they succeed or not is up to you to find out. by the way, this upload features the entire album in one track as well as the tracks by themselves.
remember Cheeky? of course you do. I posted them yesterday. while active during the ’90s, they are back now! well, they are sort of back. at least in the studio. and it’s still tight! there are some alterations to their sound though. it doesn’t sound as fast, but just as energetic. the recording quality has improved vastly, which enhances the crispness of their sound. the vocals are more melodic and pleasant (there’s an other vocalist on these re-recordings) – less hasty, just like the music in general. but changes aside, it’s still Cheeky at its core. thus, if you approved of the previous post, you will definitely approve of this one. if you didn’t, you probably won’t. you know what to do. by the way – this includes a rerecording of the title track! enjoy.
Cheeky were a cheeky bunch out of Trondheim, Norway. they played infectious skate punk during the ’90s. their members went on to form bands such as rest of my life and Youth Pictures of Florence Henderson (both of which can be downloaded from this blog), but Cheeky has little in common with those bands. perhaps apart from a tendency towards the obviously melodic. Cheeky are however far less sensitive. they are a more direct punk rock band. I have reason to believe Cheeky being influenced by a lot of ’90s melodic emo, alternative and punk rock, ranging from NOFX, to Pulley, to Propagandhi, to Cooter, to Weston, to blah blah blah. there are a million bands that sound similar to Cheeky, who obviously draw a lot of influence from their peers and predecessors. however, that does not make them obsolete. there’s great fun to be found in Black Album. fast and ultra-melodic punk rock with everlasting appeal. check this out!
after Per Bergersen’s death in 1990, an LP that collected a great deal of his recorded material was put together. only a thousand copies were made, and they are highly sought after today. it consists of different recordings, gathered from different sources. a great portion of Redrum Psychosis is also on here, and the total runtime is 45:58. this is the most complete Per Bergersen collection available. this is a national treasure, if ever there was one. witty and clever, ironic and furious – this is essential Norwegian punk rock. (for all you non-Norwegians who don’t like stuff that’s not in a language you speak: sorry! but this is one of the last Norwegian posts for a while. but what a post!) get this!
let me start off by being completely honest. this album is of minimal interest to most people. it’s another Norwegian language post (except for one song), and it’s not at all as interesting to non-Norwegians as Kjøtt (potentially) are. this is a album from 1985 by the cult band Røde Hunder, known almost entirely due to the ingenious song writer Per Bergersen (who I will be talking more about in the next post). Per Bergersen is a little comparable to Daniel Johnston, in that it’s as completely overlooked as it is brilliant. it is also centred around mostly dark and depressing lyrics. bleeding hearts, booze and feeling useless are common themes. but so is – unlike Daniel Johnston – sharp critique of the society we live in. musically this album varies between acoustic guitars playing something somewhat comparable to Norwegian folk rock, and Norwegian ’80s punk rock. while it is understandable and actually very natural that the lyrics overshadow the music, the music is indeed well worth listening to by itself. but to strangers to the Norwegian language this might – sadly – pass them by as uninteresting and a little weird. but hey, if you are interested you should definitely not let the language barrier stop you. the lyrics can be sort of translated with Google translate, right? and the music is obviously beyond spoken and written language barriers. if you understand Norwegian however, there are no excuses to not download this. Per Bergersen’s life was cut short when he at age 29 was shot by a shotgun by a friend, allegedly as per requested by himself. here are thirteen of few the recordings he left us.
now we have a Kjøtt concert from 1981, with both songs from Op as well as older songs. all I can think while I’m listening to this is «WOW! I wish I was there…». unfortunately I wasn’t, and chances are you weren’t either. so the next best thing – I guess – is to listen to this bootleg. it’s nigh forty minutes long, and in a by all means ok recording quality. though I definitely listen more to the studio recordings, this is a pleasant curiosity that deserves to be heard nonetheless. and this ends the great Kjøtt marathon on that’s punk. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!
this is a small collection of live songs by Kjøtt in 1979, plus one track from 1980. it’s only 11:39 long, but still worth getting. the recording quality is decent enough, and they play four songs you haven’t heard on any of the other posts here. this is Kjøtt at their perhaps most primitive and straightforward. most of the songs sound a lot like “Elektrisk” (“Electric”) and “Primitiv” (“Primitive”). blistering punk rock, filled with intensity and energy. the influence of first generation English punk rock like the Sex Pistols is clear. the energy and intensity dominates the flow of the songs. check this out!