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DETENTION- Dead Rock’n Rollers 7" (Rigor Mortis, USA, 1983)

detention_front.jpgdetention_back.jpgI’m pretty sure everybody has heard the title track of this on some bootleg or the CD reissue (on GTA, I believe). Fair enough. The B-Side of DETENTION’s 7″ is nowhere as good but honestly, “Dead Rock ‘n Rollers” is hard to beat. A true milestone in contemporary art, both sound and lyrics will stand there forever.
There isn’t much I could tell you about DETENTION other than that the follow-up LP was a major dissapointment, the band came from New Jersey and I first heard them on some “Borderless Country Tapes” comp with some lively recorded songs. Everybody with more detailed non-google info, shout it out!
For your pleasure, here’s both songs of this hard to find 7″:

Dead Rock’n Rollers.mp3
El Salvador.mp3

19 Comments

  1. Mikhail

    Dead Rock N Rollers is a fucking killer track. The BCT songs were bootlegged onto a 7″ in the mid 90s. I did a legit re-release of those songs (with help from Brian GTA who did a CD discography of the band) a few years ago.

    http://www.ponk-111.com

    cheers,
    Mikhail

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    Posted on 15-Sep-06 at 09:07 | Permalink
  2. Peter - KBDRecords

    One of the best! Fix the link mongo so everybody can hear it.

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    Posted on 15-Sep-06 at 09:13 | Permalink
  3. E.

    Fixoirisé, Peter; you may download now! 😉

    I hope you or the band don’t mine me posting this, Mikhail. Could you provide lyrics for “Dead Rock ‘n Rollers”? That’d be great, as I can’t make it out all.

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    Posted on 15-Sep-06 at 09:36 | Permalink
  4. E.

    “mine” reads “mind”, actually.

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    Posted on 15-Sep-06 at 09:37 | Permalink
  5. Jellyfish_kiss / France

    Perfect choice! One of the best ever. I also love “El Salvador”. Could you re-do the scan of the back?

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    Posted on 16-Sep-06 at 04:31 | Permalink
  6. Mikhail

    Here’s the Dead RockNRollers lyrics:

    JIMI HENDRIX AND JANIS JOPLIN AND KEITH MOON AND ELVIS PRESLEY ARE DEAD. PULLED THE PLUG ON THEMSELVES. DEAD ROCK N ROLLERS THEY WERE OUTTA-CONTROLLERS, PLAYED THE DRUG GAME BUT THEY COULDNT MAINTAIN AND NOW THEYRE DEAD. OFFED THEMSELVES FOR THE BIG BUZZ. JIMMY MORRISON AND SID VICIOUS AND JOHN BELUSHI AND JOHN BONHAM WERE WEAK. COULDNT TAKE IT AT THE PEAK. DEAD ROCK N ROLLERS THEY WERE OUTTA-CONTROLLERS, I GUESS THEY FELT LAME SO THEY SNUFFED THEIR BRAINS AND NOW THEY’RE DEAD. WHY COULDNT IT BE BARRY MANILOW? I MEAN I WAS NEVER CRAZY ABOUT JOHN LENNON, BUT AT LEAST HE DIDNT DROWN TO DEATH IN HIS OWN PUKE. AND WHAT ABOUT YOU, JIM CARROLL? ALL YOUR FRIENDS HAVE. WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? DO IT!! DEAD ROCK N ROLLERS THEY WERE OUTTA-CONTROLLERS, PLAYED THE FINAL SOLUTION, MASSIVE MIND POLLUTION AND THEYRE DEAD.

    cheers!

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    Posted on 20-Sep-06 at 19:09 | Permalink
  7. E.

    Thanks so much, Mikhail!! “Off themselves for the big Buzz” and some other lines I never properly understood. From now on I can make my own private deadbeats-karaoke more perfect!!

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    Posted on 21-Sep-06 at 01:39 | Permalink
  8. Mikhail

    glad I could help!

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    Posted on 21-Sep-06 at 09:18 | Permalink
  9. Anonymous

    These guys were freinds of Cyanamids. We played a few shows together including the Manville Elks Live, which was the first of number of punk shows that took place at the Elks till a law suit shut it down. Just this year Dan from Detention and his daughter started running punk shows at the Elks again. Chris A

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    Posted on 23-Oct-06 at 18:37 | Permalink
  10. hickup

    hey why do these files sound better than the ones on kbd.com? did you have another source maybe cd? is that why the covers are missing?

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    Posted on 19-Aug-07 at 09:21 | Permalink
  11. Admin

    Hickup: I haven’t compared them. Maybe because I use better hardware? It’s an ortiginal vinyl rip too – as it always the case here, unless otherwise stated. The cover pix were down cause the links havve broken when I migrated the blog to the new server.

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    Posted on 19-Aug-07 at 09:39 | Permalink
  12. Yepp I compared them too and these sounds louder. I have cheap stuff. But wasn’t these tracks ripped with the old stuff you had Erich?

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    Posted on 19-Aug-07 at 11:36 | Permalink
  13. Admin

    I don’t remember exactly, Peter, but I thought it was a rip with my new gear. But since I checked, I gotta agree with Hickup, mine sound a bit fuller.

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    Posted on 19-Aug-07 at 11:44 | Permalink
  14. Matthew Smith

    I just recently met and became best friends with one of the members who played guitar on that track Dead Rock & Rollers, Mark Medvitz. He’s been telling me about a tune they did called The Armed Forces Square Dance. The way he’s described it it sounds cool as hell. If any body has an .mp3 of that and can post it I would love to here it. Thanks. Detention ruled the house at City Gardens.

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    Laura Miller Reply:

    I have this song. I can probably email it to you. I have the whole CD…. let me know if you want me to try. I’m friends with one of the band members. Laura

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    Laura Reply:

    I have this song. I can probably email it to you if you’re till looking for it. I have the whole CD…. let me know if you want me to try. Laura

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    Posted on 10-Oct-07 at 11:57 | Permalink
  15. Panek

    Don’t send no priests or nuns
    Don’t send no bombs or guns
    Don’t send no Russian lies
    Don’t send no Cuban trained spies
    Don’t send no Third World threat
    Don’t send Israeli jets
    Don’t send no British troops
    Don’t send American-made nukes
    Don’t send no Irish surprises
    Don’t send no NATO advisors
    Don’t send no mercenary men

    But most of all
    DON’T SEND ME, AMEN! AMEN!

    Don’t send no priests or nuns
    Don’t send no bombs or guns
    Don’t send no Russian lies
    Don’t send no Cuban trained spies
    Don’t send no Third World threat
    Don’t send Israeli jets
    Don’t send no British troops
    Don’t send American-made nukes
    Don’t send no Irish surprises
    Don’t send no NATO advisors
    Don’t send no mercenary men

    But most of all
    DON’T SEND ME, AMEN! AMEN!

    Send anybody else you want, but don’t send me most of all, amen…

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    Posted on 13-Aug-08 at 07:22 | Permalink
  16. FunBot3

    I would like to take this opportunity to “out” the bass player of Detention as the one-time trumpet player in NJ’s own ska band, Bigger Thomas, and the one-time singer of NJ’s own rockabilly band, The Razorbacks. A glorious musical career–for NJ.

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    Posted on 22-Oct-09 at 18:46 | Permalink
  17. That’s where they went after Detention? Must check them bands out! Thanks.

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    Posted on 22-Oct-09 at 18:57 | Permalink
  18. I can’t say for sure but I think this was on the”Barricated Suspects” compo L.P. From BCT –I Got it from Last Record Store in Santa Rosa,ca in ’87.. only Pushead cover art that diddn’t invovle ‘satanic’ or morbid imagery.. Rippin’ Raw Power tune also on the same album…sorry still “cannt Spel”.. 🙂

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    Posted on 11-Feb-10 at 08:55 | Permalink
  19. Rmcb

    I know it’s been a long time since anyone posted on this site, but I haven’t been able to find any information about this group except here. My son was given a Detention bass drum cover autographed by the members and it’s in pristine condition. We’re looking to sell it. Anyone interested?

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    Posted on 03-Apr-13 at 03:02 | Permalink

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