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REALLY RED- Modern Needs 7" (CIA Records, USA 1980)

Another joint venture with my fellow Blogger Peter from KBD-Records (the last one was so extremely succesfull, haha). Go to his site and you’ll get the first REALLY RED 7″. Then tell us which one you like better – the first or the 2nd one. And why. You’ll get Punkrock-Grades from us and will eventually be permitted a seminar in “Taste and the Test of time”, held at my kitchen-university. If you fail, Peter will still take you to one of his famous Powerpop-nights in Sweden where they will have “grou’p activities” (that’s how he said) on ikea-furniture.

REALLY RED’s 2nd 7″ maybe is even better than the first one, cause it has this dead serious, dramatic without being pathetic, grim overtone. Musically, it’s already stretching the limits of Punk and it’s a clear promise of what was in store yet (“Teaching you the Fear” LP – one of the milestones in Hardcore-Punk and else).

Modern Needs.mp3
White Lies.mp3


  1. Peter - KBDRecords

    White Lies is the best song in this split post! Why? Cause it’s bordering on powerpop of course. Can I take myself out now?


    Posted on 19-Sep-06 at 05:03 | Permalink
  2. E.

    Yeah, “White Lies” is a great mixture of Powerpop with some Irish Folk and Ambient ……


    Posted on 19-Sep-06 at 05:07 | Permalink
  3. EddieFuror

    1st is better. Although, it is tough to find a band that put out a better 1st and 2nd single. Too bad about the live ep, because the 4th is really good too (very different though).


    Posted on 19-Sep-06 at 07:50 | Permalink
  4. Eric

    I prefer the first 7″ and the New Strings myself. Who am I kidding, I love all Really Red. Teaching You The Fear could be one of the top US punk albums, it still sounds great today


    Posted on 19-Sep-06 at 18:43 | Permalink
  5. E.

    Just saw you had a New Strings – posting, eric. What was that Teaching You The Fear issue you were talking about (you said it was the only record being still available)?


    Posted on 20-Sep-06 at 11:07 | Permalink
  6. Eric

    E – Teaching you the fear has been reissued in the states on Empty(?) and is the only Really Red material currently in print. That’s criminal. Angry Neighbour issued most of the discography on CD in the early 90’s but that’s no longer being pressed. Not to insinuate you can’t find these records, you just can’t find them w/o forking over a mortgage payment anymore.


    Posted on 20-Sep-06 at 14:41 | Permalink
  7. E.

    totall agree with you eric – this is criminal! heard about the cd, but it seemed to be rather an anthology than a discography. someone seriously should make some efforts to legally reissue the complete RR material in a quality format. just for appreciation. now this makes me think of posting the live 7″ – it’s not good but for the mp3 completists. anyway – one of the earth’s greatest comps will come up soon with some new material, here, where the good and the bad meets the ugly.


    Posted on 20-Sep-06 at 23:15 | Permalink
  8. Eric

    E – Regarding the CD, yeah it was billed as a discography, but omitted the b-side to the first single, the b-side to modern needs, all of “Despise”, and a couple of tracks from “Rest In Pain” Not that it matters, but I have the “Despise Moral Majority” posted here. Not great, but nice for people to hear without dropping a couple hundred bucks.


    Posted on 21-Sep-06 at 03:56 | Permalink
  9. E.

    Oh, you’ve had “Modern Needs” too; glad I didn’t see that before posting my own rip. But one post of the Live EP should really be enough, I suppose.


    Posted on 21-Sep-06 at 04:20 | Permalink
  10. Sumi

    Hey guys, I have a question..I’m trying to find the Really Red Compilation released some time in the 90’s. My husband has quite a punk vinyl collection but enjoyed having a cd version of this. If I remember correctly this compilation (forgot what the name of it is) was an exact replica of a vinyl. I believe the CD has a red cover. I’m desperately looking for this item! It was stolen by a can email me at:


    Posted on 18-Nov-06 at 11:52 | Permalink
  11. Erich

    Sorry sumi, can’t help you with this one. Never saw a RR re-issue.


    Posted on 20-Nov-06 at 11:19 | Permalink
  12. chrisss

    i can’t choose between the first two singles, but i definitely prefer, Despise Moral Majority to New Strings
    aside from I refuse to sing, that ep does nothing for me


    Posted on 17-Dec-08 at 23:31 | Permalink
  13. Hey all-
    Just so you know, Alternative Tentacles is working w/ the band on a discography release that will include a lot of unreleased/underreleased material, including some stellar-sounding live songs from 1980 that came from Jello Biafra’s personal collection.

    We digitized all of the original reels, and have added at least one reel of never-released early recordings.

    We’re also planning on releasing pretty much every song digitally as a bonus with the tracks that will be on physical format (we’ve got more than 3 hours of Really Red material- it’s financially impossible to release ALL of it on physical format). In other words, say we end up releasing 2 LPs worth of material- we’d add the songs that aren’t on those as a free digital download.

    Spread the word, Jesse


    Posted on 24-Dec-10 at 03:25 | Permalink
  14. Thanks for supporting Really Red all these years! We’re even closer to releasing ALL of the Really Red material on vinyl & CD.

    Alternative Tentacles is about to reissue these songs as part of a band authorized discography.

    Please support the band by substituting for the existing download link. For a promo track contact Alan Schneider at

    Thanks very much!
    Jesse/Alternative Tentacles


    Posted on 23-Aug-13 at 23:19 | Permalink

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