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BRATS- 1980 LP (CBS Records, Denmark, 1980)

p1060693.JPGp1060694.JPGSatan who thou art in heaven – please forgive me for not having discovered the BRATS back in the old days. I remember hearing this album occassionally around the time when MERCYFUL FATE released their three first masterpieces, but it never did much for me. I particularly remember when I saw MERCYFUL FATE live in Poperinge, Belgium, at the “Heavy Sound Festival” in 1984, how some motorcycle-guy made me listen to some BRATS on his walkman – it didn’t leave much impression on me, especially not in the heydays of MERCYFUL FATE – the gig that night was incredible and so were the whole circumstances. I was barely 16 years of age, we got harassed by the belgian cops in Brussels, slept in the wreck of coach after the festival, only to be pulled out constantly by other cops and the night before the festival, we tried to crash in the pouring rain, until some roadie let us sleep on the table in one abandoned mobile home. But with the line-up of the festival, this couldn’t put us down: Motörhead, Metallica, Twisted Sister, H-Bomb, Lita Ford, Baron Rojo and Mercyful Fate. It was fucking amazing, still very underground, with a very mixed audience.

BRATS formed in 1977 and released two singles plus this album. Both guitarists, Hank Shermann and Michael Denner later went on to form MERCYFUL FATE. The album, with a super nice silver laminated cover, failed to be a commercial success so the band got the boot from the major CBS label oh too soon.
But what a record this is! No wonder I didn’t get it when I was younger. The mixture of Punk and NWOBHM with both Glam and Powerpop sidekicks has got to be heard to believed! So extremly thrilling, so full of joy and pleasure! Some of the vocal lines will make your head go round in circles! Sure, the obvious hits like “Punk Fashion” or “Fuel” should appeal to the readers of this blog immediately, but give this milestone a close fifth and sixth listen and realize that this is one of the few perfect albums – it couldn’t possibly be better than it is. Guaranteed! Take the song “Complex (Don’t destroy me)”: This has it all – from the Mercyful Fate-ish spooky feeling to Pop and Punk. Can you fucking believe this?! Or then “Sense my Boy” with its Dead Boys touch – bloody hell, so wonderful, it’s not from this world anymore!!!!!!

Vinyl plays pretty noisy, so I would suggest you go and buy the reissue (you’ll find it on eBay) or save a bit of cash (ca. 150$) and get yourself a first press. Oh yes – the recod was actually produced by CBS Holland, not Denmark. The band was from Denmark, but I didn’t want to confuse the readers too much.

And now, sing along:

«You believe in fashion
yeah, that is your passion.
Punk in mass production
fashion is destruction.
Regiment the masses
they’re wearing punk sunggasses [sic!].»

Tame Me (Insomniac).mp3
Punk Fasion.mp3
Complex (Don’t Destroy Me).mp3
Heavy Rocker.mp3
Pinned On My Eyelids.mp3
Sense My Boy.mp3
Ogcah Ghaszlihr.mp3
Zombie People.mp3


  1. Frank Mossi

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!! Finally finally finally I have a chance to hear this ….. but – some of the files are missing ………. Can you please please fix the linx?


    Posted on 21-Mar-08 at 14:30 | Permalink
  2. Admin

    The files are very big and the upload is very slow …… Give it just some more minutes and it will be all there for you to download and enjoy!


    Posted on 21-Mar-08 at 14:35 | Permalink
  3. Dave

    Thank you ! I have been wanting to hear this for a very long time.


    Posted on 21-Mar-08 at 16:49 | Permalink
  4. Anti-Hero

    A very fine post, yes, you are lucky to come across such gem. The only thing which is not known is the way you were doing the cover scans – kid, I expect you got too much boozed to cope with the zoom. Anyway thanks and good luck to you, who knows what next will be on your way…. and you will show it here.


    Posted on 22-Mar-08 at 10:13 | Permalink
  5. Admin

    This is art, anti-hero, what I do with the covers.


    Posted on 22-Mar-08 at 10:26 | Permalink
  6. mrpoopy

    Supposedly, they only made 500 copies of the…”reissue” of this thing so grab it while you can. Thought the sound on my copy was flat until I compared it to your copy just now and realized there’s no difference. This is a good record but if this ever gets seriously reissued a little remastering wouldn’t hurt.


    Posted on 22-Mar-08 at 10:50 | Permalink
  7. Admin

    Nah c’mon – the sound is great the way it is! If you have a good stereo, just give it some volume.


    Posted on 22-Mar-08 at 10:58 | Permalink
  8. mrpoopy

    Hey, I didn’t say it was bad! It’s a competent, professional mix but it seems to lack the proper punch for these kind of songs.


    Posted on 22-Mar-08 at 12:12 | Permalink
  9. Your Kiss So Sweet

    Wonderful post!! I have the repress and I think it sound’s not as crisp as your rips. Very well done job!


    Posted on 22-Mar-08 at 13:44 | Permalink
  10. I don´t know why I haven´t heard this one until now. I could have downloaded it before but never did. So how do I feel about the music? Pretty good punk rock but not that special and nothing compeared with Mercyful Fate, but then not alot is.


    Posted on 22-Mar-08 at 22:40 | Permalink
  11. I remember liking The Brats on the Paer Punk comp. Last year I heard a rough rip of this LP and there’s some really good songs on it. Accepted is amazing. That song should’ve been on a 7″ together with Punk Fashion, Fuel and Pinned To My Eyelids. No smager en Tuborg best? Hvaergang.


    Posted on 24-Mar-08 at 07:17 | Permalink
  12. What the fuck happened? I made a comment pressed submit and then it was gone. Shit. Remember liking The Brats on the Paer Punk comp. Accepted should’ve been on a 7″ together with Punk Fashion, Fuel and Pinned… När smager en Tuborg best Perikles? Hvaergang.


    Posted on 24-Mar-08 at 07:19 | Permalink
  13. J fn J

    weird. I own this record and one thing I always liked about it was the production. it has a lot of punch. Maybe try some q-tips or something. ha!

    Hey don’t forget about their 3 songs on the Paere Punk compilation you newjacks!


    Posted on 24-Mar-08 at 07:50 | Permalink
  14. smodeski

    i had much the same reaction when i first heard this. i was getting into mercyful fate around the same time and simply couldn’t be bothered to put “nuns have no fun” to the side for this. overall a solid effort though, and i’ve always loved the cover for some reason


    Posted on 24-Mar-08 at 11:34 | Permalink
  15. Oh man– this is the kinda thing that gets me jackin’ off like an ape in a zoo cage! All I’ve ever had was a shitty cassette dub of this beast. You are an inspirational man– I may need to start putting up some o’ them ‘Fate boots I’ve been hoarding. Thanks as always for keeping thee horns up!


    Posted on 25-Mar-08 at 13:03 | Permalink
  16. Fernando

    Unlike most commentors here, I never heard this one, and many thanks for that! What a strange artifact for 1980. I can’t read the recording dates in the cover but I’d say there wasn’t so much NWOBHM at hand when these guys recorded this LP, its seems more like a contemporary equivalent of that, coming from similar influences, but more punk of course, which is a sample of that brief era when anything went. Can’t think of much early punk with a clear metal edge, maybe Bernie Tormé (tho I haven’t heard much of his work, I’m thinking only of his tracks in the Live at the Vortex LP)


    Posted on 26-Mar-08 at 02:08 | Permalink
  17. Thanks again, Erich! Of course, I’ve always been aware that this existed, but had never heard it before now. When I got the first Mercyful Fate demo, it came with some Brats songs on the b side, but they must have been recorded after this lp because they sound more like early Mercyful Fate. This is a lot more punk sounding. Great stuff!


    Posted on 26-Mar-08 at 12:44 | Permalink
  18. martin

    found it, dl’d it, thanks a lot for posting!


    Posted on 15-Apr-08 at 10:14 | Permalink
  19. Thank you so much for putting this up! I’ve wanted to hear it for years and I’m REALLY happy to listen to it now. You can totally hear it in mercyful fate. ; )
    thanks again, man!


    Posted on 08-Oct-08 at 19:24 | Permalink
  20. Ryan

    I got this today and played it once and it totally blew my mind. Incredible stuff. Then later when I went to play it again, it became evident that my turntable (which I’ve had for less than a week) was fucked. The belt must be broken. So these files will tide me over until the replacement I bought arrives. It’s an upgrade anyway: Audio-Technica AT-PL50 (cheap modern turntable) to Technics SL-5 (’80s model by probably the foremost brand in turntables).


    Posted on 26-Mar-09 at 18:46 | Permalink
  21. This record is so awesome that I usually listen to it 2x in a row. I am so happy to have come across it. I heard it for the first time last year and realized instantly that it is classic in it’s own right and will stand the test of time (Like it hasn’t already!).


    Posted on 16-Apr-09 at 06:03 | Permalink
  22. metalhead punk

    I love this album… I’d like to find the Brats “lost tapes copenhagen 1979” album… Especially if it was available for download… Hope someone can let me know something on that… It’d be very appreciated.


    Posted on 24-Apr-09 at 22:18 | Permalink
  23. Dave G

    Thanks again Erich. I just bought the repress, but your rip sounds better haha…


    Posted on 25-Apr-09 at 06:08 | Permalink
  24. squikkerlik

    I remember seeing theese guys play live in a musicstore in the heart of copenhagen a long time ago. They were promoting their album 1980. which I bought. I remember them playing a song called nightrider? twice, though it wasn t on the album. Good fun to hear them again.


    Admin Reply:

    Wow, that’s great, seeing the Brats perform live in a musicstore.


    tilsted Reply:

    He He, I was there too, did cost almost the whole day as absence (‘Pjæk’) from high school, but definetly worth it.

    Have the record in original version, too



    Posted on 12-Oct-10 at 06:45 | Permalink
  25. fartpanda

    this band is so amazingly awesome


    Posted on 10-Nov-10 at 19:04 | Permalink
  26. Thanks so much for putting this music up! I heard “fuel” in a bmx video and was hooked. I had no idea hank sherman was in this band. Thanks again!


    Posted on 29-Oct-11 at 22:49 | Permalink
  27. Tim Murray

    Oh how I love this album! Thank you so much! Ever since finding this site a few years back I’ve had re-download this a few times. I amaze my guys that come over with some awesome rock!


    Posted on 05-Jan-12 at 13:54 | Permalink

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