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ALLEY CATS- Nothing means nothing anymore 7" (Dangerhouse Records, USA, 1978)

alleycats_frontalleycats_backClassic L.A. Punk on the label: ALLEY CATS 7″ has only one flaw and that is major: It’s too damn short.
Both tracks have the good ol’ rock’n’roll vibe, delivered with a punch, thanks to the drummer and the bassist. And, okay, the guitarist and vocalist too. And the production. And the roman empire.

And always remember: When “Nothing means nothing anymore”, then everything means something. Were the ALLEY CATS one of the very few popular music groups who actually understood, what Nietzsche meant with “Nihilism”? Most likely, even if unconciously so.
Pictured is the rare “sofa” sleeve variation. Check out the dude with the moustache.

Nothing means nothing anymore.mp3
Give me a little Pain.mp3

22 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    great single erich:
    thanks for sharing it with the world.this one is the best i think of all the alleycats i have heard.

    gorehound

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    Posted on 22-Jan-07 at 14:48 | Permalink
  2. Anonymous

    this is GRAND!!!!

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 00:43 | Permalink
  3. Slobodan Burgher

    The dude with the ‘tash is Cal from Discharge. I swear!

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 04:51 | Permalink
  4. Anonymous

    their full lengths are good

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 07:11 | Permalink
  5. Slobodan Burgher

    Erich: get this http://hype.non-standard.net/about.php on your site.

    Please.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-07 at 07:19 | Permalink
  6. Anonymous

    whats there to get slobodan? don’t get it.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 08:43 | Permalink
  7. Slobodan Burgher

    well like KBD where there’s this bloody player which automatically collects all mp3s on the page so you can listen to them al together in one damn easy way…as is described in childishly easy language on the link above.

    but yes, no need to add it on site because you can do it all yourself so whatever.

    listen, lets take ourselves serious and start a war.

    hmmff!

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 10:35 | Permalink
  8. Erich

    Yo Slobo – I don’t really understand that neither (i.e. I’m too lazy to read). I came to blogging like saint mary came to that child of hers, you know. For instance, I don’t even know how to create (does one create it?) one rss feed and all that mumbojambo. Haha. Need a secretary.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 10:41 | Permalink
  9. Slobodan Burgher

    No need to create rss feed. You already have it!

    For example I use this stupid http://www.netvibes.com thing where you just enter the url for a blog or website and then it shows everytime there is a new post etc.

    yes yes techno-core / blog HC etc.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 10:47 | Permalink
  10. Trucha

    When I first heard this 7″ way back when, I thought “Give Me a Little Pain” was the obvious standout. But since that time, “Nothing Means Nothing Anymore” has really grown on me, and probably surpassed my earlier impression. One thing, however, is that their vocals are totally incomprehensible. Thanks for the sleeve because I never had any idea what they were saying.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-07 at 23:14 | Permalink
  11. Anonymous

    I seem to remember seeing the alley cats on the “gong show” back in the day, does anyone else recall ?

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    Posted on 26-Jan-07 at 16:53 | Permalink
  12. Anonymous

    “When “Nothing means nothing anymore”, then everything means something. Were the ALLEY CATS one of the very few popular music groups who actually understood, what Nietzsche meant with “Nihilism”?” (Erich dixit)

    Is that really what Nietzsche meant? ‘Nothing means nothing’ is a contradiction. Ex contradictio quodlibet. Alle Schlüsse, die etwas aus einem Widerspruch ableiten, sind tautologisch wahr. (All the syllogisms that deduce something out from a contradiction are tautologically true.) Therefore you can say whatever. The earth is square and I am the immortal Satan, and everything means something, for instance. Dies ist die Grundlage der ganzen Hegelschen Logik, ha ha ha.

    I wonder why should I “always remember” that, these boring logics of contradiction.
    The real question is not (a) what can we deduce from said proposition (‘nothing means nothing’) (as we have seen, we can deduce anything from it) (this would be a matter of mere formal truth) but (b) is the proposition true? And it just can’t be, because it’s a contradiction.
    But, yep, when we are into the postmodernist raving, I guess anything goes. But, therefore (this is recurrent), nothing goes. Oh, this is really boring. Yawn.

    Fernando
    8¿p

    PS I love the Alley Cats single anyway. And it’s clear that the aim of the A side was to make us think about all these important questions.

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    Posted on 03-Feb-07 at 12:08 | Permalink
  13. Erich

    Yeah Fernando – you too have not the slightest doubt about Nietzsche, haha. That’s no syllogistic game here.

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    Posted on 03-Feb-07 at 12:37 | Permalink
  14. Anonymous

    Syllogistic game? Are Logics a game? It’s just the systematic exposition of the way we think, even if we (the majority of people) are unaware of its rules. The funny thing is, how often we are incoherent or uncapable to make obvious inferences. I guess the cause is what Hume (or Schopenhauer, or even Nietsche himself) said about intellect being a slave of the passions.
    No syllogism is needed, on the other hand, to recognise a contradiction.
    Or do you mean that the proposition ‘nothing means nothing’ is an hyperbole? Now we’re talking. Radical nihilism is just as untenable (unhaltbar) as radical relativism etc. But an inconsequent nihilism (or relativism, scepticism, etc) is just as comfortable as boring. Maybe that’s what the moustached man from Weimar meant? Is that the reason why one alley cat bears a moustache too?
    But yes, Logics are a game. And a dangerous one, too. You know, when I remember my days studying such discipline in Port-Royal, dancing to the 12″ dub version of Berkeley’s “Esse est percipi (aut percipere)” megahit, I feel guilty of mass murder. Cos, as everybody knows, the blame on Auschwitz is on reason and logics, thanks Th. Adorno for letting us know. Therefore, I must make apologies for my kinky syllogistic games.

    Love and peace,
    Fernando 8¿P

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    Posted on 03-Feb-07 at 17:08 | Permalink
  15. Anonymous

    LOL what an idiot

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    Posted on 04-Feb-07 at 01:00 | Permalink
  16. Anonymous

    Anonymous manic cop punisher said: “LOL what an idiot”. – Classy comment! But you’re late. Since I abandoned reason & logics, I AM an idiot. I write like a monkey, just typing the keys on the keyboard, and I only read toilet graffiti like yours. The quality of mercy is not strnen.
    Sex and violence,
    Frnaendo 8?#

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    Posted on 04-Feb-07 at 10:11 | Permalink
  17. Anonymous

    fernando: there’s nothing worse than philosophying punkers.

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    Posted on 05-Feb-07 at 01:19 | Permalink
  18. Anonymous

    Anonymous intellectual – Nothing worse? Wow, that’s saying something. Dont know what the boss will say, as seemingly this blog is about punk and philosophy (check out the subtitle of the page, and the upper right corner, and lots of posts). Anyway, I woulñdn’t call those previous letters of mine ‘philosophy’, they’re just nonsense and bollocks. Don’t take them so seriously. ññññññ
    Que lo pase usted bien
    F.

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    Posted on 05-Feb-07 at 04:06 | Permalink
  19. Erich

    Well, Fernando, no offense but you’re maybe trying a bit too hard to sound like a second hand philosopher (or better yet, historian of philosophy) sometimes.

    No, this blog is about good bad music and reflecting about it here and there. That’s got little to do with philosophy.

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    Posted on 05-Feb-07 at 04:36 | Permalink
  20. Anonymous

    Well, maybe I was trying a bit too hard something (sorry about that) but you got totally wrong WHAT I was trying. Not that I made it clear, ha ha. Forget that anyway.
    I guess that if I said that reflecting about music has something to do with phil (that’s what Aesthetics do) I would sound like a second hand etc. What the hell? I’ll say it anyway.
    Trying to offend while saying ‘no offence’, I would call that hypocrisy, or maybe cynicism. You try yourself.
    Not funny anymore. Game over.

    tffjytg,guk7i

    PS Sorry Alley Cats for all this shit

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    Posted on 05-Feb-07 at 19:10 | Permalink
  21. Anonymous

    hahaha erich you’re definately the number one magnet for cry babies, idiots and wannabes.

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    Posted on 06-Feb-07 at 00:31 | Permalink
  22. Anonymous

    “Game over”

    let’s pray

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    Posted on 06-Feb-07 at 07:33 | Permalink

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