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NECROS- s/t 7″EP (Touch & Go Records, USA, 1981)

necros_front.jpgnecros_back.jpg«Midwest, midwest time to go / I’d stay but it’s so fucking slow / Stupid people’s all I know / I.Q. 32 I..Q. 32 / Stupid corn all in rows / Sit around and watch it grow / You’ve got nothing left to show / I.Q. 32 I.Q. 32 / Midwest fuck you»

I grew up in a shithole myself and the lyrics to “I.Q. 32” (after which this 2nd NECROS 7″ is commenly being titled) were so easy for me to relate to. Often hailed as the “fastest band on earth” in the 80s, the NECROS were – and are, in my books – are a phenomenon of their own. I knew a lot of people who couldn’t get into them really because of the wimpy guitar sound and the little “punch” the NECROS’ sound has. I admit the times I play their records have become scarce in the past 20 years of my life. I guess, the NECROS (and that goes for many other early real HC bands) just had their time (which was luckily for a short period mine also). I never understood why on earth they did that “Tangled up” LP back then, but retrospectively, they were right to do that. As that guy at the end of “American Hardcore” says: “It’s over. Go home now”.
After ripping this slab some minutes ago, I came to the conclusion that it is the bands best effort. I think I will stick to this forever now. Sure, the first 7″ is charming (and if I had the original press of it, I’m sure I’d call it the best, haha), the LP rips (though HC LPs tend to be a bit boring) and the 3rd 7″ is a good blast. But, seriously, this is it. It doesn’t get much better than this. You know.

I.Q. 32.mp3
Youth Camp.mp3
Peer Pressure.mp3
Race Riot.mp3
Wargame.mp3
I hate my School.mp3
Past comes back to haunt me.mp3
Reject.mp3
Public High School.mp3

30 Comments

  1. Frog in the Blender

    great blog wish i had seen this earlier before wasting my time on much inferior blogs. you’re so right about the necros. this is the best they eveer had and my fave touch and go record (yes!).

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    Posted on 07-Aug-07 at 15:45 | Permalink
  2. hdvns

    Not much better indeed!

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    Posted on 08-Aug-07 at 09:35 | Permalink
  3. Jan

    oh my gawd! 🙂

    cool thing to listen to, never were a huge fan of the band, but that shit sounds amazing.

    and some people are happy with an IQ as high as 32 :):):):)

    grützi from frankfurt
    jan “acdc” 🙂

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    Posted on 09-Aug-07 at 01:06 | Permalink
  4. Necros is an amazing band. This 7″ is a masterpiece. And as “American Hardcore” DVD was mentioned, I’d like to know if its cover is available for downloading on internet. Thanx!!

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    Posted on 09-Aug-07 at 03:43 | Permalink
  5. Hello guys, I’ve got the American Hardcore DVD thru this link: http://www.cover-paradies.to

    There are lots of cover of DVD, CD, etc

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    Posted on 09-Aug-07 at 06:13 | Permalink
  6. tkk1910

    Never been into HC so much, but this is simply great!

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    Posted on 09-Aug-07 at 11:46 | Permalink
  7. theunk

    hi erich – it’s been a while since i found such an excellent record on the internet. thank you very much. may have suggested to you before: neon christ ep?

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    Posted on 09-Aug-07 at 12:49 | Permalink
  8. Chef de Cusine

    cheers theunk 🙂 hasn’t NEON CHRIST been on every blog of earth 2.0 already? I’d love to run it (including the extra tracks from the double 7″) ….

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    Posted on 09-Aug-07 at 12:57 | Permalink
  9. deathside

    Dunno why are you posting this
    I just kept wondering…what would Barry say???

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    Posted on 09-Aug-07 at 13:35 | Permalink
  10. Chef de Cusine

    i don’t understand, deathside. why shouldn’t i post NECROS?

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    Posted on 09-Aug-07 at 13:46 | Permalink
  11. This one is good but I still prefer the third one and “Conquest For Death”. The Necros are an under-rated band.

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    Posted on 09-Aug-07 at 20:16 | Permalink
  12. stinky82

    This is my favourite NECROS release. Everyone must be encouraged to start own band, meanwhile this slab is rotating on turntable (or in mp3 player, we are in 21st century – I have boot LP with 81-83 stuff 😛 ).

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    Posted on 17-Aug-07 at 15:34 | Permalink
  13. Skummie

    One of my faves. Although those guys were dicks. The first time they played South Louisiana, they opened up for the Misfits in New Orleans. Great shit. They played Baton Rouge a couple of years later, played for about 20 minutes and that was it. I read an interview in a fanzine from Memphis a little while later, and Barry Hensler went on about how he pissed off a bunch of punks from BR by playing a really short set. Asshole. This is one of my favorite 7″ EP’s of the early 80’s, though (CIA’s “Gods Guts and Guns is another great one.). Finally got around to seeing the “American Hardcore” DVD. Thought it was funny that they were allegedly from Detroit. While a big part of that scene, they were from Maumee, Ohio. I’m from Baton Rouge, I don’t ever tell anyone that I’m from New Orleans. My hometown sucks, but that’s where I’m from.

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    Posted on 18-Aug-07 at 00:37 | Permalink
  14. Skummie

    Side note. When the Misfits and the Necros played NOLA the first time, a bunch of local punks took the Misfits out to one of the famous NOLA graveyards for some late night creepiness. They got arrested. The Misfits had to come back to NOLA a few months later for court dates, and did a bonus show, so we got to see ’em twice in a fairly short time (no Necros the second time around…).

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    Posted on 18-Aug-07 at 00:44 | Permalink
  15. Whenever my family and I drive from here in Chicago to Cleveland, Ohio to see some family we pass right through Maumee, Ohio where the Necros were from. At least driving through it, it is a picturesque little town nestled by a body of water. The closest “big” city to Maumee is Dayton, Ohio. Detroit, Michigan is a few hours away from Maumee… that damn “American Hardcore” movie got some facts wrong again. I know a guy in Chicago who grew up in Maumee with some of the guys from the Necros and used to skate with them. His recollection is that Barry the singer was a spoiled rich kid- doh!

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    fortyver Reply:

    Having grown up with the Necros and lived across the river from Maumee, I can tell you that Dayton is not the nearest big city by far. It is about 2.5-3 hours away. Actually, Maumee is a suburb of Toledo, Ohio, a former large manufacturing city in Northwest Ohio, just 45-50 minutes from Detroit.
    That said, nothing was happening in Toledo at the time the Necros got together. Detroit was the closest town that had anything happening at all. There was not a single national or UK punk or new wave band that set foot in Toledo for years, so our closest outlet was Detroit or Ann Arbor. Ask any of the folks in the Detroit HC scene and it was The Necros who got them started.
    As for the spoiled rich kid comment, maybe so, but a lot of the kids in the early American HC scene came from suburban homes and weren’t crusty homeless punks. That does not make their angst any less valid. The suburbs sucked and it made me the lefty that I am today.

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    Posted on 14-Sep-07 at 05:57 | Permalink
  16. f.dawson

    necros best release by far

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    Posted on 04-Mar-08 at 17:03 | Permalink
  17. dylan

    i was wondering if you could put back up the past comes back to haunt me mp3, its not working anymore

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    Posted on 09-Oct-08 at 18:55 | Permalink
  18. Jay Thurston

    Hey Dylan, maybe you should just buy the record??? If I want to hear it, I usually break out the record and let it spin.

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    Posted on 10-Oct-08 at 19:01 | Permalink
  19. eddie

    could you post the sex drive ep?

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    Posted on 10-Feb-09 at 21:24 | Permalink
  20. I could – if only I had it.

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    Posted on 11-Feb-09 at 00:53 | Permalink
  21. can someone help me, it’s a question about their LP. the original labels are green, but my label is yellow. is it a bootleg? anyone, thanks!

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    Posted on 01-Jan-10 at 01:44 | Permalink
  22. Zach: Mine are green (kinda lime-green) with blue and black imprint. Have never seen different labels as far as the Touch & Go press is concerned, but there’s also a AGR license pressing out of Germany. The LP was bootleg a few years ago (in Germany) but that boot really looked bootlegish: Bad cover repro etc.

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    Posted on 01-Jan-10 at 10:01 | Permalink
  23. thanks for the help. it might be the German press. my cover has the blue writing. here are some pictures, does it look like the original labels (sorry for the brightness): http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_BR4lNNvUhuk/Sz46OcuGQKI/AAAAAAAAAQo/OqITLsbGkPk/s1600-h/IMG_0624.JPG
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_BR4lNNvUhuk/Sz46OerMPRI/AAAAAAAAAQw/P8O98hMMVvc/s1600-h/IMG_0621.JPG

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    Posted on 01-Jan-10 at 19:13 | Permalink
  24. well it can’t be the German press. i guess it’s a boot.

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    Posted on 02-Jan-10 at 02:54 | Permalink
  25. Hard to tell, Zach. The German Press has the AGR logo at least on the backsleeve (don’t remember what the labels were like). What’s the etching in the run out grooves?

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    Posted on 02-Jan-10 at 09:17 | Permalink
  26. well the sleeve doesn’t have the AGR logo on the back and there are actually no numbers etched in the run out grooves. there is nothing there, it’s weird.

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    Posted on 02-Jan-10 at 16:08 | Permalink
  27. In this case, it’s definitely the german bootleg LP from two, three years ago. Sorry, Zach. Hope you didn’t spend too much money on it.

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    Posted on 02-Jan-10 at 16:14 | Permalink
  28. it was only $20 from a local store, it sounds great too. thanks for the help and great posts.

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    Posted on 02-Jan-10 at 21:42 | Permalink
  29. tesco v mazinga z

    great post. good to see this finding new fans. but as for the geographically challenged commenters… holy crap, how is it that in this day of the internet people still can’t stop themselves from making the most absurd claims to contradict the most obvious realities? hello, google maps? any map at all? you’ve heard of maps, right? the necros were from maumee, OH which is a suburb of toledo, OH which is practically a suburb of detroit itself. maumee is about an hour away from the center of detroit. but from the northern most suburb of toledo to the southern most suburb of detroit, it’s only about 25 minutes. from maumee to cleveland (or dayton – a city as tiny as toledo) it’s almost 2 hours. do you clowns understand? please hold your tongue when your brains are full of doodoo. spent the first 25 years of my life in detroit and spent plenty of time in NEARBY toledo. further more, the necros were the founders of the DETROIT hardcore scene. not cleveland or dayton!!! you are just the kind of idiot cowpokes the necros wrote songs about. jeezopeets!!!!

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    Posted on 16-Jan-13 at 21:41 | Permalink
  30. Raphael

    Hi from Germany!
    Great stuff you have here. Many things I’ve been looking for for ages. Hope you continue sometime.

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    Posted on 07-Feb-15 at 11:02 | Permalink

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