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V/A FLOWERS FROM THE DUSTBIN – A SYDNEY COMPILATION- Comp. LP (Aberrant Records, Australia, 1983)

p1060509.JPGp1060508.JPGLast year, I posted the incredible “Not so Humdrum” Comp. LP, which was actually the second in a series of three essential australian Punk comps. “Flowers from the Dustbin” was the first, released in 1983. All the bands on this rare compilation have vanished into obscurity, but I seem to remember, that POSITIVE HATRED later turned into THE HAPPY HATE ME NOTS (who were on the 2nd Aberrant comp).
So what we have here is a fine example of an early regional compilation of bands of the 2nd wave of Punk. No HC here, interestingly, but some of the definitely UK-Puznk influenced bands come close. Impossible to pick faves – be it VELLOCETTES, WHAT?!!. THE KELPIES, POSITIVE HATRED, QUEEN ANNE’S REVENGE, BOX OF FISH or WORLD WAR XXIV – every band just fits.
All in all, I wouldn’t say this is as great as “Not so Humdrum” (which is one of my fave comps ever!), but the fact that these are all totally unknown bands (at least outside of Australia) makes this another priceless document of time. As always, our readers (and the editor) would love to hear more from those involved. Please share your stories.

The postersleeve folds out into this huge poster:
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I’ve packed the whole thing into one zip file. You can get it by clicking here (hold your right mouse button down and “save target”).

Side A:
THE KELPIES- Television.mp3
POSITIVE HATRED- In tune with living.mp3
QUEEN ANNE’S REVENGE- Piracy.mp3
WORLD WAR XXIV- Heart Attack.p3
VELLOCETTE- Woe.mp3
BOX OF FISH- The good, the bad, the ugly.mp3
WHAT?!!- Toys out of control.mp3
QUEEN ANNE’S REVENGE- 25 hour hoods.mp3
POSITIVE HATRED- No one you can trust.mp3

Side B:
WORLD WAR XXIV- 5 to 9.mp3
WHAT?!!- Campell’s song.mp3
THE KELPIES. My wall.mp3
BOX OF FISH- Our father.mp3
QUEEN ANNE’S REVENGE- Cathode ray gun.mp3
WHAT?!!- 20 t-bones.mp3
VELLOCETTE- Black cloud.mp3
POSITIVE HATRED- Think about tomorrow.mp3
THE KELPIES- Truro murders.mp3

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36 Comments

  1. andy

    this is fantastic thank you very much! i’ve been looking for this FOREVEr but it’s impossible to find even in australia (i live near sydney).

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    Posted on 31-Jul-07 at 13:19 | Permalink
  2. Thanks once more for putting it up as an zip-file 🙂

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    Posted on 31-Jul-07 at 13:47 | Permalink
  3. Awesome post, I have an old tape with this on it which has seen better days. I agree the “Not So Humdrum” comp is better. I was never a big fan of Australian bands but I did like the must hears like Civil Dissident, Vicious Circle, Depression, Gash, Arm The Insane and the seriously underrated I Spit On Your Gravy… funny story my first shitty punk band I sang in appeared on a comp tape with Depression, Gash and more. We sucked but the other bands were fucking great. Bring back the Cassette!!! Great post.

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    Posted on 01-Aug-07 at 17:07 | Permalink
  4. admin

    Stig, what was the name of your band? If you happen to still have said comp tape and would like to see it here, let me know.
    I was thinking of ripping the Arm The Insane demo tape (which is, as you said, very good!), but I only have a copy of it and the cover is missing (got it from Dave of Civil Dissident back then).

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    Posted on 02-Aug-07 at 00:26 | Permalink
  5. john

    This was also a French pressing of this on Ripost Records(RIP003) with a different cover and without the poster. The Kelpies are playing next week. They do a show every now and again. The last one was great. I recently was given a copy of Queen Annes Revenge live. I believe it was at the civic. Unfortunately, my little boy has hidden it but when I find it I’ll copy it if you’re interested. Rocks just played a 25 yr. anniversary show with all current and former members playing on the songs they recorded! Fucking mad!
    I wish I could say the same about the saints. Flew up to Brisbane for a one off show with all original members(minus the apparently mental bass player) plus a 3 piece brass section. All five mates I was with agreed that they were rubbish. Also, it looks like the super rare/ expensive Johnny Demon & the Devils 7″ is gonna be reissued on Dropkick Recs. You make me spew!

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    Posted on 02-Aug-07 at 03:53 | Permalink
  6. My band was called “False Existence” and the comp tape was called “Blast Away” and was put out by Craig from Compos Mentis on his Sound Mind Tapes label. I just tried to have a look for it but it must be in some boxes stored out in the garage. I’d be keen on hearing that “Arm The Insane” demo, the “Virus” ep is amazing and still stands up strong today. Another band I forgot to mention was “Condemned?” who had an LP called Humanoid or Biomechanoid which I think was on Nuclear Blast but I could be wrong on the label. I’d love to hear that again and it was a very metallic powerful record for the time it was released. Thanks, Sean.

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    Posted on 02-Aug-07 at 03:55 | Permalink
  7. admin

    John: “Not so Humdrum” was licensed in France. Check the blog (cover pix are currently down until I find time to fix that; all jpg-links are broken now since I moved the blog from .blogspot.com).
    Stig: If you could keep your eyes open for a copy of the Arm The Insane demo cover, that’d be awesome – I’ll do the rest then. Never liked Condemned, I must say. There actually was an australian pressing of their lp too, Nuclear Blast licensed it. Actually, now that I think about it, I’d like to give it a listen again; sold mine long, long time ago.

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    Posted on 02-Aug-07 at 06:57 | Permalink
  8. stinky82

    I´ve always been a fan of old australian punk and hardcore. Following “Not so humdrum” and “Hate your neighbours” comp. LPs, this is another great sampler. How about reuploading “Not so humdrum” as a whole stuff Erich?

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    Posted on 03-Aug-07 at 14:20 | Permalink
  9. I like What?!! on this comp. a lot but that’s about it. My copy is for sale/trade in case someone’s interested. It’s #682.

    A reupload of the fantastic Not So Humdrum would be highly appreciated!

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    Posted on 04-Aug-07 at 01:14 | Permalink
  10. Forgotten to add that World War XXIV is great too :).

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    Posted on 04-Aug-07 at 01:15 | Permalink
  11. admin

    Yepp, Stinky, I thought about re-upping (and reripping) “Not so humdrum” too.

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    Posted on 04-Aug-07 at 05:57 | Permalink
  12. j.

    erich please ban this guy. is it milky again?

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    Posted on 04-Aug-07 at 06:51 | Permalink
  13. admin

    Nah Jay, it’s some kiddie from Amsterdam.

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    Posted on 04-Aug-07 at 06:55 | Permalink
  14. Pawel

    hallo
    Aussie punk was pretty good
    I am looking for rare Aussie and NZ punk/oi demos1980-83 mainly
    pawel77-69@tlen.pl

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    Posted on 17-Aug-07 at 11:34 | Permalink
  15. the Kelpies still play, 2 members down (death), only one replaced, they play as a four piece, and do songs from all the members bands, inc suicide squad, the kelpies, soggy porridge etc. there a vid of the kelpies last gig on you tube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zqQJjdRXR0 they are gonna play again summer 07-08, syd, melb, bris.

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    Posted on 01-Oct-07 at 01:24 | Permalink
  16. Man, you made my day! Some SOB stole this LP from me years ago, and I couldn’t find it anywhere. Finally I’ll be able to listen to this stuff again.. I can’t believe it. Thanks thanks thanks!!!!

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    Posted on 15-Nov-07 at 04:10 | Permalink
  17. seAoxen

    Hi guys – as someone who was in my late teens in the early 80’s in Sydney I ‘grew up’ going to see these bands. I think my first ‘real’ punk show was the Kelpies, Positive Hatred, Identity X and not sure who else at a pub that was the punk pub in Sydney at the time called the Civic.
    My favourite live bands from those on this record were Queen Anne’s -still to me probably THE BEST band out of Sydney. I also like Vellocette & WWXXIV alot too. Queen Anne’s changed singers eventually (big mistake in my opinion) & became C.H.A.O.S. for one ep. I still see the guitarist around occasionally although not for a few years I guess.
    The thing that stands out to me the most with these bands (& I really don’t think that BoF or Vellocette, for example, would’ve called themselves punk) was that bands had their own sound – punk meant originality not conformity. That art school kind of influence that was eventually beaten out of the scene by all the meatheads – if you get my drift….
    Oh yeah – I played in a band with the singer & guitarist of the Kelpies for a while – The Undertakers – we put out a very poorly mastered 7″ and played a few good shows with the likes of Celibate Rifles etc.
    WWXXIV put out the great Azaria 7″ – gave my copy to a cool guy from SoCal somewhere who was in Oz and stayed at our place for a few days – he was in a band called Public Enema (dude if you still around drop me a line)
    Anyhow – can you post some Mr Epp & the Calculations? I especially would like the Mohalk Man song 🙂
    Thanks for the cool blog.

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    Hugh Magoo Reply:

    SeAoxen, flick me your private email to me..lensman.1@email.com if im allowed to post mine here

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    Posted on 12-Dec-07 at 18:09 | Permalink
  18. THANK YOU SO MUCH! I used to trade vinyl back in the 80’s, and i had BOX OF FISH records sent to me. I think it was a 7” and two LP… not sure… but if you have any more BOX OF FISH stuff, could you please please please post it and drop me a note at http://sickness-abounds.blogspot.com
    ?
    Cheers!

    -ӍξŦΛŁӍĮИЖ

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    Posted on 06-Jan-08 at 00:53 | Permalink
  19. thanks for having that mexican link on your site! i still have clear vinyl 7″ on Temple of Love 😉

    – ӍξŦΛŁӍĮИЖ

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    Posted on 06-Jan-08 at 00:57 | Permalink
  20. i used to have Box Of Fish “Sex Cat Killer” 7” & “Slap ’em Around The Gills” LP! any chance you have those and can up em?

    btw, do you know what is on:
    BOX OF FISH / INVENTED GRUNGE 1984 CD?

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    Posted on 06-Jan-08 at 03:57 | Permalink
  21. Admin

    Don’t have any other Box of Fish than the tracks on this comp.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-08 at 04:25 | Permalink
  22. Gday guys at a mates house and googled arm the insane.read your comments stig and admin and could maybee help you with the cover you are after.think ive still got most of that stuff in a box somewhere
    regards Adam

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    Posted on 07-Feb-08 at 06:25 | Permalink
  23. i just put a video of the kelpies in 1985 at the mosman hotel on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r46YEicpX6s
    and ive released all the old material for suicide squad, kelpies, soggy porridge on http://www.plasticdonut.tk

    soggy porridhe released 2 videos, and the kelpies and soggy porridge did spots on simon townsends wonder world, if anyone has copies of that stuff let me know

    cheers
    mark

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    Posted on 20-Apr-08 at 03:03 | Permalink
  24. i just put a video of the kelpies at the mosman hotel in 1985 at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r46YEicpX6s
    you can but complete recordings of suicide squad, kelpies, soggy porridge at my website at http://www.plasticdonut.tk
    cheers
    mark

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    Posted on 20-Apr-08 at 03:12 | Permalink
  25. Sew

    Andy from Box of Fish has put out a comp of the bands material on cd Sex Cat Killer 7” , Slap Em Around the Gills mlp , the ‘Flowers’ tracks and a couple of early demo’s.
    There is a Queen Anne’s Revenge live Civic show around Jan 1983 or 82 , sound quality is pretty ordinary…also CHAOS live at Woy Woy hotel and a 5 track demo tape from Axent studio’s Kogarah of Q.A.R including Do the Pog + Smog sound quality is great.
    Box of Fish live 1982 Sydney.
    Itchy Rat White Room studio’s demo’s early 1986.
    Progression Cult Civic Hotel live 1983?
    Vigil Anti Middle Harbour Skiff club 1984 + Black Rose Anarachist bookshop benefit Chippendale 1985
    WWXIV band practice 1984 inc. Azaria.
    So I’m told 😉
    As for the vocal style of Mark + Kevin Q.A.R / C.H.A.O.S 2 different styles , that you cant really compare – Mark was more british punk sounding while Kev was more aussie aggro.

    Kev’s still in BLackown and Colin in tassie.

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    Joebunkyss1 Reply:

    What happened to mark and his brother rob?

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    Sew Reply:

    Mark is an Art teacher in a high school in Sydney…his bro I dont know but he is on facebook if you want to send him a message

    cheers

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    Posted on 01-May-08 at 14:27 | Permalink
  26. obrob

    I was lucky enough to get all 3 compilations from aberrant on lp when they first came out. (flowers in the dustbin, not so humdrum and why march when you can riot)Good to see they’re still being looked for. priceless aussie stuff

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    Posted on 20-Feb-09 at 19:24 | Permalink
  27. greg

    I have a copy for sale.
    gregsbass@bigpond.com

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    Posted on 08-Mar-09 at 20:35 | Permalink
  28. Paul

    I know it was posted a long time ago, but if you’re still after a scan of the arm the insane demo tape (possibly the best demo tape I’ve ever heard) send me through an email, and I can scan it for you.

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    Posted on 23-May-09 at 04:54 | Permalink
  29. ah interesting ..i have this flowers from the dustbin lp as well as box of fish – slap em around the gills. exploding white mice first lp. arm the insane 45’s also old vicious circle lps, depression, gash …great band. hoot mc cloot, twenty second sect etc.

    anyways…feel free to msg me at email ozpunk@clear.net or on myspace.
    i m selling my record collection of 20yrs. from australia, living in usa.
    lots of punk.

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    Posted on 17-Jul-09 at 09:20 | Permalink
  30. Perfect. http://www.goodbadmusic.com is the shit.

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    Posted on 08-Mar-10 at 00:09 | Permalink
  31. Great stuff. http://www.goodbadmusic.com is amazing.

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    Posted on 10-Mar-10 at 04:54 | Permalink
  32. Hugh Magoo

    Good Stuff. I’ve owned all those records from when they came out. I still have them packed away, dual copies of Not so Humdrum etc all numbered!! Back in the day I was trudging around the pubs like Strawberry Hills and The Sussex, Hopetoun Hotel, The Vulcan…etc…I took photos of some bands from back then with Alec Smart who was with a number of bands like The Undertakers and off shoot from ex Kelpies etc…also Mick Flipper played too with the lads.

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    Posted on 28-Oct-10 at 15:17 | Permalink
  33. dieter

    hi guys, I wish to know hot to get a copy of ITCHY RAT demo 1986, could you help me? Thamks, Luca

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    Posted on 04-Mar-13 at 07:56 | Permalink
  34. Joebunkyss1

    We took ourselves way too seriously back then, but we , none of us expected to live long. Half are gone. The rest forgotten, exept here, wow what a flashback.civic hotel, ye haa!

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    Posted on 10-Aug-13 at 19:25 | Permalink
  35. Tapon Karping

    I played in the Royal Oak in Parramatta, in the band garage out the back, with a group called ‘The C.P.s.’ We played support for Vellocette, I think, and WW24, I think. I can’t remember the names.
    Our best song, in my opinion, was called “God Fuck America”. (fast 12 bar with the chorus “Fuckwit, fuckwit, USA”). There were various other amusing ones.
    I remember the bass player saying a song of ours was on some compilation; it must have been an awful recording.

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    Posted on 04-Jun-14 at 03:29 | Permalink
  36. Ron Maskell

    I have a mint copy of The Undertakers 45 “Buy a Car” bw “This is Space”. I bought it new in 1981 from one of the blokes in the band whom I worked with briefly in a book warehouse. I’d like to know more about the band. Please contact me at rmaskell@hotmail.com.

    Thanks

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    Posted on 11-Sep-14 at 02:05 | Permalink

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