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ARE WE TOO LATE FOR THE TREND?- Compilation LP (ESR Records, USA, 1979)

cover shots currently down More Texas-insanity! Legendary comp with all your heroes of yesterday when they thought they were too late. VOMIT PIGS are okay but PLASTIC IDOLS deliver the first hit, followed by “Solid Ground” from THE TELEFONES which definately has “it”. THE INFANTS, BARRY KOODA, BLINDATE and E=MC2 are good, but hell breaks loose when you flip the disk over. THE SKUDS do “Dead Dogs” which is the highlight so far and “Nightmare in my Closet” from CONTROL is in the same league – great!! But then, lads and lassies, get ready for Punk’s answer to both Judas Priest and 50’s Sci-Fi soundtracks – “Whips and Midgets” by SMEGMA. THE killer song here, up there in halls of eternal glory!! SUPERMAN’S GIRLFRIEND’s song is amazing too, always makes me laugh. The remaining two, NERVEBREAKERS and SNAKES are very good and there you are – begging for more and indeed, Ryan Richardson released a 7″ comp with additional material on his label “Existential Vacuum” a while back. My advise to you would be to buy them both when you run across ’em.

VOMIT PIGS- My Face is on your Lunchbox.mp3
PLASTIC IDOLS- Siamese Love.mp3
THE TELEFONES: Solid Ground.mp3
THE INFANTS- Giant Girl in the 5th Grade.mp3
BARRY KOODA- So sorry.mp3
BLINDATE- We’re not here.mp3
E=MC2- We’re not here.mp3
THE SKUDS- Dead Dogs.mp3
CONTROL- Nightmare in my Closet.mp3
SMEGMA- Whips and Midgets.mp3
SUPERMAN’S GIRLFRIEND- Lois, Lois.mp3
NERVEBREAKERS- I love your Neurosis.mp3
SNAKES- Karren Ann.mp3

Tracks are out of order on the vinyl; I made it correct. Just for you.

45 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    i got this record.you know something i wonder what it is worth now.mine is in mint condition practically never played.
    anyone know ?

    gorehound

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    Posted on 27-Oct-06 at 14:10 | Permalink
  2. Anonymous

    from now on the price will be 50% higher when people hear how GREAT this is! thanks a bunch for this!!!

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    Posted on 27-Oct-06 at 14:18 | Permalink
  3. Eric

    I’ve always loved that Infants track, never could find out anything else about them though

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    erin Reply:

    The Infants : David Townsend,Doug Townsend(rip).James Flory,
    Linda Shaw & Jeff Westley.

    all from various Dallas punk bands in 1978/79.

    Jeff was from England

    Townsends and Flory were from haltom city ,Texas and were original members of THE DOT VAETH GROUP. i believe
    Linda was from Dallas ,she played with Tex and the saddletramps.

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    Posted on 27-Oct-06 at 18:14 | Permalink
  4. Peter - KBDRecords

    Incredible comp. with the exception of Vomit Pigs, Smegma and Snakes. The Plastic Idols tracks should’ve been on a 7″. Killer stuff!

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    Posted on 29-Oct-06 at 01:49 | Permalink
  5. Anonymous

    wow amazing! why doesn’t this get a proper re release?

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    Posted on 29-Oct-06 at 12:21 | Permalink
  6. Bon Tempi

    Superbe Kollektion, besonders gefallen mir natürlich die Kratzspuren der toten Hunde, ein irr-sinniger Killertrack! Würde ganz gerne mehr hören von The Skuds…

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    Posted on 30-Oct-06 at 02:29 | Permalink
  7. Erich

    Soweit ich weiss, ist der Song leider das einzige, was von den SKUDS je veröffentlicht worden ist. Sehr, sehr schade.

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    Posted on 30-Oct-06 at 05:23 | Permalink
  8. Anonymous

    Incredible – I’ve been wanting to hear this for ages and it does not disappoint. There’s just something unique about TX bands from this era. Wasn’t there a 7″ follow-up to this one with some of the same bands?

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    Posted on 02-Nov-06 at 08:23 | Permalink
  9. Erich

    Yes, anonymous – there was a 7″ with outtakes released by ryan richardson in the mid 90s. I might post it one day though I remember it being not nearly as good as the real thing.

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    Posted on 02-Nov-06 at 09:52 | Permalink
  10. Erich

    Hoppla BonTempi – (ob Du das je wieder zu sehen kriegst?). Auf der posthumeen 7″ comp ist ein weiterer SKUDS song drauf! Es gibt also deren zwei auf Vinyl.

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    Posted on 10-Nov-06 at 00:19 | Permalink
  11. Anonymous

    fuck you, asshole

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 05:37 | Permalink
  12. Anonymous

    I and many others who contributed to this LP in 1979 “Are We Too Late for The Trend ” are trying to understand how anyone can put our music here and then ask for donations .I appreciate the music being out here for all to enjoy ,but I do not appreciate the donation button to the right of the article & MP3’s.

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    erin Reply:

    nevermind . I am really glad its here .Thanks!

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    erin Reply:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/375276815894205/

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 08:49 | Permalink
  13. Erich

    haha nice try dumbfuck – probably mike analowl again. i received emails appreciating this from members of 4 different bands on this so far, so go fuck yourself.

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 08:53 | Permalink
  14. Anonymous

    I and many others who contributed to this LP in 1979 “Are We Too Late for The Trend ” are trying to understand how anyone can put our music here and then ask for donations .I appreciate the music being out here for all to enjoy ,but I do not appreciate the donation button to the right of the article & MP3’s.>>>> my name is Erin Humphreys AKA Lois Lane from Supermans Girlfriend .. DUMBFUCK!

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 09:28 | Permalink
  15. Erich

    Well, your royal highness “Erin” somebody – I pay 150$ a year for webspace to keep this shit here going, not speaking of time and hardware. So fuck off and get a life, loser. And next time don’t try to speak for others. If you can prove identity and have one or two other ex-members ready (since it seems to be habitual in your case to be speraking for people who speak for themselves and differently), I will take down the link to you most precious, million dollar worth song.

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 09:36 | Permalink
  16. Anonymous

    for your info I also pay and host a website http://www.texaspunkjunk.com and I have been talking to a few band members ,Nervebreakers,The Vomit Pigs & Supermens Girlfriend ,they pointed out the donation and made comments about their songs and the money to my E-Mail.I have a life and in 79 I was there ….where were you?? in diapers??? you are an asshole ! Mr.Erich!

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 10:12 | Permalink
  17. Erich

    In 79 I was a teenie. Where were you in 23?

    You should be donating some $$ for finally gaining some international popularity, dooooode.

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 11:03 | Permalink
  18. Jean CORPUS CHRISTI

    i just donated 10$ to this great site. i think it’s so great of this man to share his rare records with us for free (unless you want to donate). i can’t see no wrong with it. your band should be thankful for finally getting some exposure.

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 11:11 | Permalink
  19. Anonymous

    pathetic fuckers should shut up. after all that erin twat is linking this site hahaha

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 12:48 | Permalink
  20. Anonymous

    hey maybe you should send ten dollars to each band member on that record that wrote those songs for you to enjoy!now theres a thought …. after all the songs would not even exist if not for the bands .

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 13:16 | Permalink
  21. Mike

    Out of the kindness of his heart, or maybe just to show off his impressive record collection, Erich posts this great music for us to hear. It DOES cost money to have all of this hosted. Hopefully that’s covered by the donations. If he makes a profit he probably puts it into getting more rare records to eventually share with us. In the end music lovers without the means to get these on their own are the winners.
    If the people who made this music in the first palce want to make money off of it re-release it, many collectors would by it. Do you want a percentage from the people selling this for high prices on e-Bay too? If you want it taken down ask and he’ll do it (as per his policy). I don’t see a Fuckin’ problem here.

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 13:30 | Permalink
  22. Anonymous

    NO PROBLEM !!! THIS WAS FUN ! BY NOW !

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 13:32 | Permalink
  23. Anonymous

    cowardish anonymous wankers. this is a great blog and i doubt the donations will even cover the expenses. maybe eric should tell us a bit a bout that. i don’t care anyway.

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    Posted on 28-Mar-07 at 13:44 | Permalink
  24. erin

    i’mmmmm backkkkk! muwahahaha !

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    Posted on 29-Mar-07 at 06:03 | Permalink
  25. Erich

    That’s great Erin – don’t forget to make your donation!

    As for donations: I did receive ca. 170$ so far. That means it didn’t even nearly cover the meterial costs for this. So no – I’m actually not “making money” with this.

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    Posted on 29-Mar-07 at 06:15 | Permalink
  26. Anonymous

    My name is Kobey Ratliff. I was the lead singer of the band Control, “Nightmare in My Closet”. I think it’s a great thing your doing to get our old stuff back out there. We never made any money from this LP when it came out and I doubt if Erich is making any off of us now. If you are, you can buy me a beer when you come to Keller, TX. After all it is a donation, no one is holding a gun to your head, however that would look really cool if they were.
    KR

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    Posted on 29-Mar-07 at 17:36 | Permalink
  27. Anonymous

    just donated 20$. thanks for the great job you’re doing here! if erin has a paypal account: i will send you couple of greens too since you seem so desperate.

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    Posted on 31-Mar-07 at 08:46 | Permalink
  28. Anonymous

    hehehe I just came here to stir things up … its what I do .. I do have a paypal account for my Ebay sales .. I have original music on my website for sale …I just love gettin kicked around and you all know who I am !!!! LOL ! ERIN aka Lois Lane

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    Posted on 02-Apr-07 at 04:53 | Permalink
  29. Laura

    erin, hi remember me-you gave me some photos to use in the documentary i have been making for a decade? i am finally editing it. how can I get a copy of these to use in the documentary?

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    Posted on 11-Jun-07 at 09:52 | Permalink
  30. Lethargic

    I bought the Existential Vacuum 7″ from my record store for 99 cents. Best dollar I ever spent. Twighlight Zone by the Skuds kicks some major ass

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    Posted on 16-Jun-07 at 17:35 | Permalink
  31. Ryan Richardson

    KOBEY… not sure how to get in touch with you, but I’d love to chat about Control. Somewhere I have what I believe to be an unreleased Control song called “Red Bitch” (transferred from the ESR session tapes). Just two weeks ago, I found a copy of the Highland Park High School newspaper with a giant picture of Control on the cover! Please drop a line to me at toast@breakmyface.com (and please include a readily identifiable subject line). Thanks to everyone for continuing to clear Existential Vacuum releases out of the 99-cent bins.

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    Posted on 13-Jul-07 at 09:19 | Permalink
  32. I remember when a certain spandexed ESR expatriate used to pull out copies of this LP one by one from a huge crate-ful of ’em he’d kept and take ’em to Sound Exchange when he needed money for smokes! I always thought “Whips and Midgets” deserved to be covered by Spinal Tap. The Telefones rock, too, but their best song is “Ballad of Jerry Godzilla” on Tales From the Edge Vol. 6 — I’d SWEAR it sounds as though the Pixies had existed in 1979!

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    Posted on 26-Mar-08 at 04:15 | Permalink
  33. on ESR album ;Are We Too Late For The Trend, The Skuds, “Dead Dogs” Mp3, Composer: music and lyrics by Jimi Zokar, lead guitar, The Skuds

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    Posted on 19-Aug-08 at 09:54 | Permalink
  34. I”m Jimi Zokar, lead guitarist, The Skuds. I wrote and arranged “Dead Dogs” our first vinyl recording, and music to “Twilite Zone” also reocorded at ESR, words by Platinum Paul.

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    Posted on 30-Sep-08 at 12:54 | Permalink
  35. Great Jimi – thanks for stopping by!

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    Posted on 30-Sep-08 at 12:58 | Permalink
  36. frank

    Am glad to see this stuff out there and still being relevant 30 years after the fact. A different time that was really special to those who were there. Thanks for posting and keeping the spirit of D- TX circa 79 alive.

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    Posted on 25-May-09 at 14:27 | Permalink
  37. i see you have the songs back up again..

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    Posted on 22-Jun-09 at 15:37 | Permalink
  38. The Infants were members from : The Dot Veath Group & Supermans Girlfriend with LinDa Shaw and Jeff Westely added .. I can give you James flory’s email addy /maybe he will come here and say what he thinks ..hmmm ….The Infants : David Townsend,Linda Shaw ,Doug Townsend(RIP),Jeff Westley,JAMES FLORY.

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    Posted on 22-Jun-09 at 16:17 | Permalink
  39. Well I can take down your songs, if that’s what you want.

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    Posted on 22-Jun-09 at 23:48 | Permalink
  40. Danielle

    Haha all of the bitching is hilarious. Thanks for uploading this awesome comp. And also thanks to the bands who made it. After listening to this some years ago I was able to find some of their other stuff. So I consider this post a promotion.

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    Posted on 25-Jan-10 at 01:31 | Permalink
  41. LowLife

    The Skuds were never about $$$ or “sense”.We just wanted to wake people up to the “New Way” of things at the time. Maybe someone will hear these tracks today,(after the trend), and wake up ……unless their name is Karen.
    (ooooohh…to soon?)

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    Posted on 16-Apr-10 at 22:52 | Permalink
  42. got a new band

    lois&thepsychosidekicks

    we r keepin it alive!

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    Erin AKA Lois Reply:

    we are covering Giant Girl in The 5th Grade by The infants now.

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    erin Reply:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/375276815894205/

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    Posted on 15-Jan-11 at 14:11 | Permalink
  43. marcos

    this was my high school punk scene back in the day, we were so lucky!

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    Posted on 27-Jul-12 at 20:55 | Permalink
  44. erin arthur

    looking to contact Jimmy Zocar from The Skuds.

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    Posted on 10-Apr-14 at 14:00 | Permalink
  45. The band E=MC2 was the Telefones under a different name, and the song we recorded was “Rocket Rocket”, not the one listed.

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    Posted on 18-Oct-19 at 17:17 | Permalink

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