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STRANGLEHOLD- Leisure tour ’84 7" (Taang / One Step, USA, 1984)

Music that is vital without being trivial, enjoyable but not flat, accessible while still keeping an ungrinded edge to it – that’s something you rarely find. (IMPATIENT) YOUTH to me always stood for a succcessfull walk on that line.
“She’s not leaving” by Boston’s STRANGLEHOLD is another such hymn. The song is so damn hooky and full of life, I always thought this had to be a cover version, though the credits say different. I didn’t know this 7″ existed until the day before yesterday. “She’s not leaving” however appeared on “Empty Skulls II”, so when I put this babe on this morning, I immediately remembered the song, but first mistakenly thought it came from that supergreat aussie comp “Not so Humdrum” I featured a while back, cuz it has the exact same vibe as some of the material there.
So here is this probably most obscure of all TAANG releases. Although this, to me, seems like an attempt to form a “super group”, it didn’t get much recognition, as it seems. The flip is very nice too, but not so much of an instant hit.
Chris Doherty, who was in both JERRYS KIDS and GANG GREEN, played guitar in STRANGLEHOLD, by the way. The 7″ includes the notorious want/trade lists by Curtis from TAANG, which used to be something like a guideline to me for desireable records.

Anybody got STRANGLEHOLD’s discography CD or, better yet, the 12″ from 1983 (and wants to give it to me)?

Same all over (long Version).mp3
She’s not leaving.mp3

28 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    she’s not leaving is yet another ordinary melodic punk song. nothing special at all.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 08:12 | Permalink
  2. Anonymous

    shes not leaving is a great song!

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 08:18 | Permalink
  3. FlowerViolence

    Another american band I never heard of. Good and enjoyable but I like the HC posts better 🙂

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 08:25 | Permalink
  4. Anonymous

    Strange that when it comes to posting some melodic stuff you ain’t got the slightest clue about what’s good and not.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 08:28 | Permalink
  5. Erich

    Maybe you should teach me about what’s “good” and what’s not.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 08:33 | Permalink
  6. Anonymous

    oh god, that must be the “barking” guy again. get lost.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 08:35 | Permalink
  7. Anonymous

    to be able to sort out the good music from the bad music your brain have to been throuh hearing lots of music. from that your brain start to recognise a pattern that is often repeated. if you brain works as it should you easily get bored with a pattern that is frequently repeated. and you get even easily bored with well known patterns if you happen to be a somewhat skilled musician that is curious to do something else with three chords. sure that pattern could be interesting if it’s played with a certain amount of feeling and passion. something you also come to learn and recognise after awhile or it could be something that you’re just born with to hear. like me.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 08:59 | Permalink
  8. Erich

    Hahaha. Bloated bullshit. Besides, this reads like Peter in disguise.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 09:08 | Permalink
  9. Anonymous

    man some of your blogs visitors really got a stick up their arse …..
    nice 7″ thanks! really catchy.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 09:19 | Permalink
  10. Anonymous

    seems like you couldn’t come up with a well thought out argument to counter the truth. which means I won.

    most of the visitors to this blog got a stick up their ass. why? since they don’t realise that people got different opinions and it’s not about who’s wrong and who’s right. it’s about taste. some like shit some don’t. its as easy as that.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 09:46 | Permalink
  11. headfuck

    this guy is so dumb, he probably doesn’t even realize it. saying he “won”, talking about “truth” – and then read the 2nd paragraph LOL.

    kinda reminds me on that peter guy too. but if it really was him, that’d be kinda scary, wouldn’t it.

    back topic. good record. never heard of this before.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 10:05 | Permalink
  12. Erich

    Well, “anonymous”, I’m deleting your comments for your own benefit.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 11:03 | Permalink
  13. Anonymous

    Good record. alotta dudes who pride themselves on being into strictly hc stuff find it almost impossible to withstand anything catchy, it forces them to question their sexuality.

    Not sure how you did it, but you found a 7″ with WORSE cartoon cover art than the Stark raving mad. Cheers!

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 11:56 | Permalink
  14. Anonymous

    erich: if i were you i’d delete brainless and offensive crap before it gets outta hands. i closed my blog i had 2 years ago because of that. some commentors just ruin things.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 11:57 | Permalink
  15. Anonymous

    always beeen my fave song on “empty skulls”. classy pick!

    jayjay / vegas

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 12:55 | Permalink
  16. malfeitor

    Unfortunately I gave the 12″ to someone else after I bought it (like 20 years ago) because it wasn’t fast enough for me. Dumb ass move. Unrelated but I just picked up American Wino and the back cover says photography by Erich Mueller- could it be that you are some sort of international media superstar???? Do tell.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 17:35 | Permalink
  17. malfeitor

    Wait, that’s not even your name is it? Now it’s MY turn to say not to type while drinking.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-07 at 18:15 | Permalink
  18. Anonymous

    good bad cencorship

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    Posted on 07-Jan-07 at 03:03 | Permalink
  19. Erich

    Deleting idiotic bullshit somebody’s writing here anonymously, because he’s such a coward, is not an act of censorship but one of hygiene.

    I left your ludicrous little statements above, that’s enough. Any further comments in the same idiotic direction that obviously come from the same dyslectic person, will get deleted too – unless this person doesn’t post anonymously. Simple as that and end of “discussion”.

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    Posted on 07-Jan-07 at 04:37 | Permalink
  20. Erich

    No malfeitor . my last name is very generic too, like Mueller, but it’s not me. Reminds me on how I’m credited for some of the photos on the HERESY / CONCRETE SOX split album – but that wasn’t me neither, but Thomas Mölch who took em. Glad I could clear this up this 20 years later. Thank you.

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    Posted on 07-Jan-07 at 04:40 | Permalink
  21. Anonymous

    People thinking that deleting their stupid comments on a privately run blog is censorship probably believe that stupid powerpop is punkrock.

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    Posted on 07-Jan-07 at 10:01 | Permalink
  22. Eric

    “She’s not leaving” is a great catchy song. I don’t recall the 12″ being anywhere near as good, but I’ll dig it out and give it another listen and maybe rip the songs

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    Posted on 07-Jan-07 at 10:15 | Permalink
  23. Peter - KBDRecords

    Best thing I’ve heard with Stranglehold so far. She’s Not Leaving is ok. Wasn’t Chris in Klover in the 90s who released a somewhat decent melodic punk LP?

    Ha ha ha loads of bashing going on here. Have to agree of the scientific saying about “patterns” though. Well known facts but still…

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    Posted on 07-Jan-07 at 14:54 | Permalink
  24. Joe Stumble

    I remember hearing this a few times back in the day and thinking it sucked. Funny, cuz now I really like it! Its funny too bc it looks back to bands like the Neighborhoods on the A side and looks forward to the Bosstones-type sound on the flip. The only thing it doesn’t sound like is the Modern Method HC sound of its time.

    Thanks for posting this!

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    Posted on 08-Jan-07 at 06:29 | Permalink
  25. Slobodan Burgher

    Reading the heated comments here is a bit like watching Jerry Springer. But in a good way.

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    Posted on 08-Jan-07 at 08:18 | Permalink
  26. / chrille /

    “Have to agree of the scientific saying about “patterns” though. Well known facts but still…”

    who are you trying to fool? that anonymous guy was you.

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    Posted on 09-Jan-07 at 00:55 | Permalink
  27. Peter - KBDRecords

    Ha ha it was? Cool! I didn’t knew. Thanks for letting me know.

    And you are?

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    Posted on 09-Jan-07 at 00:58 | Permalink
  28. Slobodan Burgher

    “Go Jerry Go Jerry!”

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    Posted on 09-Jan-07 at 03:51 | Permalink

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