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WARDS- Ripped off in Boston Demo Cassette (selfproduced, USA, 1984)

wards_demofront.jpgwards_cassette.jpgwards_democover.jpgwards_letter.jpgSome of you have been waiting for this a long time, I know. Now is the time to finally share this monster. The WARDS fourth and final release (after two wonderful 7″s, of which we’ve had the debut posted a while ago, and another demo). As you can see, this was recorded at Radio Beat Studios (Deep Wound etc.) and it seems likely from the title of the cassette, that the trip to Boston caused the band some trouble. KFTH has it the band-van was stolen in Boston (and the cover drawing seems to, well, illustrate this rather unpleasant event).
The band never got much recognition when still around, but as soon as the Punk nostalgia took off in the beginning 90s, the WARDS became more popular. No wonder, since the band coined a sound of its own. Snotty, pissed, simple but overall pretty melancholic sounding with trademarks double vocals and a pretty tight guitar sound.
When you loved the 7″s, you’ll love this too. You’ll see, as soon as the music blasts off, you’ll immediately recognize the typical WARDS sound, even though the demo is a bit more varied (“I’m God” being the standout). One or two more recordings and the WARDS would have taken an interesting development, I guess.
I scanned the backside of the demo cover too, which has a letter from the band to me, giving some details.
Anybody has the “Armed to the Teeth” Demo and likes to provide it for the blog?

Check out Daddy’s a Cop.mp3 from this demo and keep the keg-a-rollin’.

Download the whole demo here as one .zip file and dance around naked!

31 Comments

  1. anaheim

    man thank you so much for this. every time i come back here there’s more great music posted, mostly from bands i have never heard of. and the sound quality is just amazing! how do you do that?
    i’d love to donate some $$. do you have paypal?

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    Posted on 01-Dec-07 at 14:25 | Permalink
  2. Admin

    Thanks Anaheim, for the nice words.
    Yeah, I do have a paypal account. Just click the contact button up there and drop me a line.

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    Posted on 01-Dec-07 at 14:37 | Permalink
  3. Maikoholic

    Great! Never heard of this either.

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    Posted on 01-Dec-07 at 14:53 | Permalink
  4. Love ALL your posts! I’m starting a new blog & was hoping you could post a link on your site. ihaveabraininmyass.blogspot.com is the site. Check it out, leave a comment, post a link. Thanks!

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    Posted on 01-Dec-07 at 16:13 | Permalink
  5. Mad Mike

    Thanks a million for this! FINALLY I’m gettin to hear this demo!!

    But one thing: Why you don’t respond to questions in comments or emails?

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    Posted on 01-Dec-07 at 16:28 | Permalink
  6. Admin

    Mike: This blog has over 4’000 comments now; I’m sorry, but it’s impossible for me to react to every comment. Same with emails: I’m getting a lot of mails, many are related to the blog, but I don’t have the time nor the energy to respond to every mail I’m getting. Don’t take it personal.

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    Posted on 01-Dec-07 at 16:34 | Permalink
  7. used to know them years ago.great obscure post.give it a listen and track down their other stuff.

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    Posted on 02-Dec-07 at 14:06 | Permalink
  8. As a Vermonter, I appreciate you putting this up. Besides a one sentence mention in American Hardcore—the book—these guys have never really gotten much traction. I saw them back in that 90s period you mentioned…and it was an experience. Definitely worth checking their stuff out.

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    Posted on 02-Dec-07 at 16:21 | Permalink
  9. charlie kill

    Thanks for this …Wards have always been a favorite.

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    Posted on 03-Dec-07 at 12:48 | Permalink
  10. The Wards are so damn good- my favorite is their 1st EP which was a “request” you fulfilled earlier this year (thanks again). I’ve heard this “Banned In Boston” cassette before but, damn, I didn’t know about the “Armed To The Teeth” demo until now! I just found an old review of it at this great site:

    http://www.operationphoenixrecords.com/suburbanvoiceissue19_13TapeReviews.pdf

    Someone please post it somewhere (or give rips of it to one of us bloggers to post!)

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    Posted on 04-Dec-07 at 09:38 | Permalink
  11. Eddie

    Erich, thanks for posting this demo and I would like to hear the 25 song demo too.

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    Posted on 04-Dec-07 at 11:23 | Permalink
  12. Daddy’s a cop, Kill all dogs, Miserable, No more(vagina’s), Pershing Two, Poison gas, Red and Your vagina beats you. Ok i’m floored. Thanks for the clitoris and all that. And I must say that I love Erich and I will send him my copy of the first EAT 7″ for free now. I swear! No kidding – it’s my way of saying “thank you for the music”. God bless this man!!!!

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    Posted on 04-Dec-07 at 15:06 | Permalink
  13. Admin

    Wow, very generous of you, Peter. Thanks!

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    Posted on 04-Dec-07 at 15:11 | Permalink
  14. Your father kicks out the jam in heaven.
    No problem about the EAT record. You really deserve it and I’ll buy me a new one on ebay. You know, I have the dough, just like you do. I’m sure, one day you’ll send me an expensive record for free too. Maybe in a few years. I have time. I will wait. And I will be happy when I make you happy with that little piece of plastic.

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    Posted on 04-Dec-07 at 15:13 | Permalink
  15. Admin

    Yeah, Peter. You can count on me. Thanks so much again!!! I love Agnetha and you!!

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    Posted on 04-Dec-07 at 15:19 | Permalink
  16. KKK Records took my vinyl away.

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    Posted on 05-Dec-07 at 02:58 | Permalink
  17. Dave

    Thanks for this one. I can now replace my crappy rip with your much superior recording. Please someone find that 25 song demo…there is almost zero mention of it online.

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    Posted on 05-Dec-07 at 13:49 | Permalink
  18. Eddie

    Is Agnetha the wife of Peter?

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    Posted on 05-Dec-07 at 16:08 | Permalink
  19. adamski

    I’m so glad Erich & Peter sorted out their little tiff of a year ago. It’s quite touching the love they have for each other.

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    Posted on 07-Dec-07 at 13:08 | Permalink
  20. Admin

    It’s not love, Adamski. It’s a mere physical thing.

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    Posted on 07-Dec-07 at 13:46 | Permalink
  21. Eddie

    Take the record and run, Erich!

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    Posted on 08-Dec-07 at 12:19 | Permalink
  22. jean-pierre

    hey thanks for this and all the other great stuff! did you realize that a lot of the stuff posted here makes it onto other blogs without credits given? shame on them!

    i think most people know where it comes from though. your blog is the best and has the most active users anyway. keep up the great work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Posted on 09-Dec-07 at 03:10 | Permalink
  23. Admin

    Cheers & queers, Jean-Pierre.
    Yeah, I’ve been noticing that over the past two years and it’s gotten worse recently with all the new blogs around. We’ve been discussing this in our weekly board of directors meetings. Peter from KBD said he believes our customers will continue to appreciate the quality work we’re doing, and Joe from Last Days was pretty drunk. We couldn’t decipher what he meant, but it sounded rad.

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    Posted on 09-Dec-07 at 03:18 | Permalink
  24. The last meeting was great. Thanks for the nice hookers you hired and the cheap champagne.

    I’ll soon be back on line to talk about what actions we have to take against the people taking credits for our hard work. Putin said he would join in at least. George B. won’t sing our agreement but I think it’s safer to go with the Russians at this stage.

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    Posted on 09-Dec-07 at 06:35 | Permalink
  25. Admin

    Wellcum, Pjotr! I dug the things you did with the hookies and the bottles. Pretty killed by death!

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    Posted on 09-Dec-07 at 06:38 | Permalink
  26. Geral Magnol

    By the way, Eddie is Mike Rush under a fake pseudonym.

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    Posted on 09-Dec-07 at 08:20 | Permalink
  27. Admin

    And what is his “real pseudonym” then? Hohoho

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    Posted on 09-Dec-07 at 08:42 | Permalink
  28. eric

    Hey folks,

    The Wards are playing December 27 at the Langdon St. Cafe in Montpelier, Vermont if anyone is interested. I have heard that they will also be playing at 1st Night in Burlington, Vermont (New Years Eve). Don’t know the details of that one, but 1st Night Burlington has a website I’m sure you could out into there.

    Eric

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    Posted on 11-Dec-07 at 14:53 | Permalink
  29. Eddie

    Geral Magnol, can you provide documentation that I am Mike Rush?

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    Posted on 12-Dec-07 at 00:14 | Permalink
  30. What Can I Say?? Wow! Just amazing to see this stuff still out and about in this day. I don’t think I own a cassette that still plays normally. Thanks So Much For This Rare Treat!

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    Posted on 13-Dec-07 at 05:59 | Permalink
  31. god damm this blog kicks ass…Thanks again

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    Posted on 28-Sep-08 at 18:03 | Permalink

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