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REBELS- Artificial Insemination 7″EP (Musk Project, Switzerland, 1979)

rebels_front.jpgrebels_back.jpgrebels_lyrics.jpg«I would like to fuck everybody, I have great power; but everybody’s run away, I have great power» – so the geezer contemplates fucking a cow instead. Male fantasies of omnipotence and a somewhat desperate insecurity about issues of sexuality belong to the very core of Rock’n’Roll – not that you didn’t know this already. The cover shot here is painfully emblematic for that and made me remembering stories heard by young men who had sexual encounters with other guys in the military service “because there were no women around” followed by a quick “but no, I’m not gay!”. Well, we can live with that when these topics get artistically adapted and the music actually bubbles over with power, right?
Switzerland’s REBELS formed in London in 1977, at least that’s what Swiss Punk has on them – other than that, you won’t find much about the band. Allegedly from the terrible village of Uster (the record has a Zurich-Oerlikon adress though), REBELS very hard to track down 7″ has been featured on a bootleg LP called “Pogo Punks”, which has stirred a bit of shit among the older punks, from what we hear. Well, let’s hope this posting of REBELS will not be likely fated.
I’ve been hunting this EP forever; it’s probably the least seen of the Swiss Punk records, though in retrospective it is safe to say it’s one of the standouts. The thundering bass and crunchy guitar and the screaming on “Mayday” sure take credit for being of proto-Hardcore origin! “Mental Disaster” is a weird combination of the same sound force with 77ish sing-along Punk and “Sweet Society” again is more on the traditional side of things, except for the crisp sound. One of the most beloved swiss Punk seveninchers of mine!
The REBELS were part of the soundtrack of the marvellous and absolutely mandatory Punk Cocktail DVD. Here’s the segment when they kick in after Mother’s Ruin. Check it here.

Mental Disaster.mp3
Sweet Society.mp3

PS: Collector-nerdism: This was released on “Musk Records”, not on Disctrade (as some discographies have it). Disctrade was the swiss distribution that carried a lot of Punk and Metal in the late 70s and early 80s.