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KRIEG KOPF- s/t Demo Tape (selfproduced, USA, 1986)

kriegkopf_front.jpgkriegkopf_inside.jpgkriegkopf_cassette.jpgKRIEG KOPF (“Warhead” translates as “Kriegskopf” in German) was a 2nd generation HC band from New York City that got semi-popular in 1985 to 1986, regularly playing local shows (at least that’s what my N.Y. flyer collection seems to be telling me). Other than that, the band’s only vinyl output was on the so-so “One big Crowd” LP comp (on Big City Records). In 86, this demo cassette got a favorable review in MRR, so I ordered it.

It’s not earth shattering, but a solid (almost) metal free midtempo HC cassette from the very last moments of the genre. “Immortal” is my fave pick here and “Work Song” reminds me quite a bit of “Never Work” from LOST GENERATION (also on this blog, if you only dig deep enough). I don’t think anybody outside New York City and Herisau has ever heard this, so let’s share this with you enthusiasts and completists.

State Aid.mp3
Feast or Famine.mp3
Let’s go.mp3
Work Song.mp3
Gun Power.mp3
Terrorism.mp3
Immortal.mp3

42 Comments

  1. Not bad! Liked Feast or Famine and Immortal. Gun Power is cool only cause they actually sing “Girl Power” in the chorus. Long live the Spice Kopfs.

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    Posted on 19-Nov-07 at 13:22 | Permalink
  2. Armed & Hammered

    This is a GREAT post. I’ve been wanting to hear more from these guys ever since I bought “BIG CITY’S: ONE BIG CROWD” comp like 20+ years ago..Can’t thank you enough.

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    Posted on 19-Nov-07 at 15:40 | Permalink
  3. günther

    didn´t sing billy milano to the song at the big city- comp? i remember it as the almost worst track on this rather shitty sampler. but nevertheless, great digging in deep record collections!

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 01:35 | Permalink
  4. Admin

    I’ll have to check that with Billy Milano singing when I’m at home, günther, but you’re right, the Krieg Kopf track on said comp. didn’t leave much impression (neither did the comp as a whole) – unlike the demo here.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 03:10 | Permalink
  5. Tomas

    Billy Milano was in the Psychos who´s on that comp at least. Don´t know if he did the vocals in that band though and can´t answer if he sang for Krieg Kopf.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 06:30 | Permalink
  6. Admin

    Yep, Tomas. I happen to have a great, very raw PSYCHOS demo tape from 1984 (if memory serves) that I might rip someday. Milano sang there before S.O.D.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 06:35 | Permalink
  7. Tomas

    And the Psychos included Roger Miret as well if memory serves me right…

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 06:37 | Permalink
  8. Is this the same Psycho we’re talking about?
    http://www.kbdrecords.com/2006/07/20/psycho-8-song-ep-12/

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 08:38 | Permalink
  9. Admin

    Nopeli, Peterli – these are two different bands. The 12″ you had posted is a massive KILLER and better than anything else by both bands.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 09:41 | Permalink
  10. this was pretty darn great! More of this!

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 12:39 | Permalink
  11. Eddie

    This is a pretty cool tape and the members look pretty cool too.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 15:51 | Permalink
  12. lord auch

    what bugs me, after all of these years, is the kids who claim to listen to motorhead but for the life of them will not listen to 1970’s ZZ TOP… there is such a connection between the two bands so wise up idiot kids! thank you to erich for this greatmusic here on the site!

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    Posted on 20-Nov-07 at 23:28 | Permalink
  13. Eddie

    70s ZZ Top is stellar but the 80s ZZ Top is commericial garbage and I’m sure Gibbons will agree with that.

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    Posted on 21-Nov-07 at 00:29 | Permalink
  14. smut

    zz top = garbage for gibbons with queen & dire straits records.

    motorhead = best band ever.

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    Posted on 21-Nov-07 at 00:50 | Permalink
  15. Eddie

    Gibbons would outdone any Motorhead member on guitar so get the fuck out of here and besides Motorhead sounds the way they are because of punk rock!!!!

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    Posted on 22-Nov-07 at 15:14 | Permalink
  16. Admin

    “Gibbons would outdone any Motorhead member on guitar” – I knew it Eddie, at heart, you’re a true metal fan.

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    Posted on 22-Nov-07 at 15:21 | Permalink
  17. Eddie

    “Gibbons would outdone any Motorhead member on guitar” – I knew it Eddie, at heart, you’re a true metal fan.

    LOL!!!!

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    Posted on 22-Nov-07 at 22:11 | Permalink
  18. Krieg Kopf is a blast from the past. They had a couple of decent songs and played a few decent shows… but Jason sold me some bullshit phony acid in the 8’s and ducked me for a long time.

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    Posted on 28-Nov-07 at 01:24 | Permalink
  19. jason deranged

    what a fuckin surprise. thanks for posting our old tape. I have been trying to get this on my computer for years. I have two only tapes left. We the remaining ‘alive’ band members guitar, vocals, and drums are looking into releasing the album that never got pressed that was recorded in 88 and 89. Now that we have some money 25 years later. FYI:The bass player was shot to death by his girlfriend in the late 90’s. and Brendan knows I appologized to him for what I did back then. the flyers are now very time appropriate ‘War on Terrorism’ theme is popular now.

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    stu Reply:

    is jason still around (im matt’s old friend Stu!)

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    Posted on 30-Nov-07 at 14:26 | Permalink
  20. Admin

    Thanks for the info, Jason! Curious to hear that unreleased LP. Let me know if you wanna share some tracks before releasing it.

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    Posted on 01-Dec-07 at 02:38 | Permalink
  21. All is forgiven Jason… just busting your chops. We’re cool. I’ll always remember you singing with Krieg Kopf at a CBGB matinee in 1985 on your birthday and you must have been pretty hung over because you pulled a chair up on stage and sang sitting the whole time. I thought that was awesome. Want a warhead, want a waread, win a war.

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    Posted on 01-Dec-07 at 16:58 | Permalink
  22. Finally got around to listening to this. This is fucking great! Thanks Erich!

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    Posted on 18-Dec-07 at 07:50 | Permalink
  23. Dennis

    I never heard the word Kriegskopf as a native German. I only know “Gefechtskopf” but I maybe Kriegskopf is correct too. I’m not so sure.

    This is a really decent demo, thanks for sharing. I think I’m going to visit this site more frequently as you show some good taste + material.

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    Posted on 18-Dec-07 at 15:49 | Permalink
  24. Admin

    That’s a good translation, Dennis (Gefechtskopf).

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    Posted on 19-Dec-07 at 01:36 | Permalink
  25. Perry

    Hey now! Nice to see this tape again!

    I actually sang for this band. For like what? 2 weeks? Its been so many years i dont even remember.

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    Posted on 26-Jan-08 at 08:31 | Permalink
  26. Rock-n-Rob

    I was in this band, if any of the other morons that were in this band see this shoot me an e-mail @rome20001us@yahoo.com
    Rock-n-Rob

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    Posted on 16-Feb-08 at 01:41 | Permalink
  27. Rock-n-Rob

    Admin, if you can facilitate contact between Mr.Deranged and myself I would be in your debt.

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    Posted on 16-Feb-08 at 18:08 | Permalink
  28. Truly

    I thought I remember Milano telling me he played bass, and Billy Psycho sang…I might be wrong.

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    Posted on 01-Mar-08 at 07:34 | Permalink
  29. Mark O

    I too was a moron in this band. Glad to hear that some people actually liked us. Looking forward to hooking up with the old crew. Raise a glass to Hasty.

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    Posted on 08-Mar-08 at 23:16 | Permalink
  30. maeski

    I’m so psyched for you Mark O! You really loved being in Kriegkopf, and here it is on the internet 22 years later – it sounds amazing!

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    Posted on 12-Mar-08 at 18:45 | Permalink
  31. KB

    I would love to write a note …….But…. I have to GET UP, GET OUT , AND GO TO WORK.

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    Posted on 17-Mar-08 at 05:58 | Permalink
  32. alessandro

    Hello guys
    is there anyone out there interested in trading old hc tapes?
    i’ve plenty of them but i want more!

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    Posted on 21-Mar-08 at 09:14 | Permalink
  33. ed

    wasn’t chris charuki in this band once?
    he was also singing for cause for alarm on the bgk tour.

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    Short Newz Reply:

    I was already outta there by the time Krieg Kopf was playing around the NY clubs, although I do remember them (I was on the scene from the end of 1978 to 1984, basically), so I can’t comment on whether Chris Charuki was in Krieg Kopf. But I was in Europe hanging out with BGK on (at least part of) that tour and I can confirm that Chris Charuki was there.

    Chris was working as a roadie with MDC, who played some of the dates with BGK. D.O.A. was also around at that time, and did some dates with BGK. I was writing about all this for my NY-based fanzine Short Newz, and wrote about some of these shows in the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.

    I think what happened is Charuki started to get up at the end of MDC’s sets and do some singing, and early white-guy rapping, and the crowds dug it. Then he ended up playing some separate shows — at so-called Youth Houses or Ungdemhusets (spelling???) — with some of the MDC guys and maybe some other musicians. Sort of a pick-up band situation.

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    Posted on 23-Apr-08 at 14:16 | Permalink
  34. Mark O

    chris was never in the band,jason was the singer.
    when he left perry from clenched fist was the best
    replacemet,but he disappeared after a few practices.we broke up a few months later.

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    Posted on 25-Apr-08 at 21:20 | Permalink
  35. femmebot

    …wait. wasn’t the bassist Tim? was he the one who got shot?

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    Posted on 01-Feb-09 at 02:19 | Permalink
  36. Mark O

    Yeah,that was him.did you know him?

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    femmebot Reply:

    Yes, I knew Tim. He used to hang out with me while I was in college. RIP Tim

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    Posted on 27-Mar-09 at 20:23 | Permalink
  37. gg allin

    it’s okay. not my favorite demo but you know. urban waste is better though. i just think the music could be a little faster.

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    Posted on 28-Mar-09 at 10:25 | Permalink
  38. john favorite

    Hell yes! I grew up listening to this frickin’ shredding, solid, angst-stricken beauty! NYHC! Right along side Jason and the boys.. matinees at CB’s, etc. The music of Krieg Kopf DEFINED what NYHC was all about. New York. Blue collar. Real. Pissed. Current. Period. I’m 45 now, but when I just heard this again, I was 18 again for a minute! THIS is the shit right here! jfavorite3@yahoo.com

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    Posted on 06-Sep-09 at 20:37 | Permalink
  39. great demo. thanks!

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    Posted on 09-Jun-10 at 00:30 | Permalink
  40. KK on youtube!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm8BEQ9GdiU&feature=related

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    Posted on 01-Oct-10 at 21:35 | Permalink
  41. Perry

    Yeah i did vanish. I ended up moving to Boston and stayed there for many years. Sorry i did.

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    Posted on 08-Apr-11 at 21:44 | Permalink
  42. Iconicide

    Skinheads used to tolerate this band live. Saw them at a CB’s matinee, and the whole place waited, arms folded and not moving, for the mosh parts that never came. Got this demo there, but I didn’t get the shirt.

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    Posted on 19-May-19 at 04:43 | Permalink

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