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POISON IDEA- Official Bootleg Double-7″EP (American Leather Records / Vinyl Solution, USA, 1991)

Every decent blog has got to have his share of POISON IDEA and although I had mine already (here and here), here’s some more. I have absolutely no idea whether this has been re-released or not and candidly spoken: I don’t care, cuz this is a smasher of a (double) 7″!
POISON IDEA who never liked the idea of other people putting out their music (sorry ’bout this, guys!) had a strict policy concerning bootlegs: They responded immediately to them by officially re-releasing the material in demand. First practiced here with: When some german fellow decided to put the band’s rare cassette-only “Plastic Bomb” demo onto vinyl, POISON IDEA were quick to release this double 7″ with additional material and in superior sound quality.

So first, we have “Plastic Bomb” in the demo version. You’ll notice the different lead part in the ouverture (the final version on “Feel the Darkness” had straightened this out), but apart from that, this version totally kills, especially the twin guitar part in the solo which makes one think of Judas Priest a bit, doesn’t it? On the flip, the cover round starts, they rip through the prevously released (on the SubPop 7″) “We got the Beat”. The Go-Go’s original is a neat song, but POISON IDEA totally destroy it with this monster. One of the band’s high-lights, no doubt! Then (and I couldn’t believe my eyes when I first saw this), the band who had brought you “I hate Reggae” in 1983, delivers Jimmy Cliff’s “The harder they come”. And I shall be damned if this is not a great version! “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” was a song originally written by Lloyd Price in the early 50s, but made famous by Elvis. I think that the POISON IDEA version does the song no justice at all (it’s got a lot of atmosphere and tension in both Price’s and Elvis’ versions). POSION IDEA’s cover versions did not always work, another example would be the band’s attempt to catch the vibe of G.I.S.M. in which they miserably failed too. So be it.

Plastic Bomb.mp3
We got the Beat.mp3
Harder they come.mp3
Lawdy, Miss Clawdy.mp3


  1. Jon

    I’m not sure but I think the demo version of “plastic Bomb” has never been re-released at least I never heard it.


    Posted on 01-May-08 at 23:25 | Permalink
  2. Feel the Darkness demos are great addition to the LP I think. One is more gritty and dirty whilst the other is clean and crispy. Have no idea wherther released or not, I got my copy from a friend who got it from where?

    I have to agree with the covers though E, that they not always succeed (Yes, Endless Blockades fails to convey the vibe of Gism, though that is perhaps besides the point?).

    Shame Upfront wasn’t on here, but then again the Pyjamas Party LP’s got ’em all (bar Plastic Bomb of course)…


    Posted on 02-May-08 at 02:44 | Permalink
  3. SwePete

    Plastic Bomb is a total Turbonegro Rip off!!!…………………….please don´t kill me it was a joke.
    Boogie guitars and hand clapping??? Harder they come??? I like it, got a nice vibe going.
    Pick your King…ELVIS, ELVIS!!!
    Poison Idea is a band I would love to love but to this day and age I can´t. I find it more than above the average. It´s a shame really, nice cuddly blokes, some good tunes, good old traditional family values u.s.w but no I m not hooked.


    Posted on 02-May-08 at 13:20 | Permalink
  4. Now that’s quite a shocking confession, SwePeter. Are you kidding me? I mean, “Pick your King”, “Kings of Punk” and “Feel the Darkness” are so incredibly superduper ultra mega giga chuggachuggaly great and most of the rest is still very good ….. You had one rondell hundars too many, hadn’t you?!


    Posted on 02-May-08 at 13:34 | Permalink
  5. SwePete

    Those rondell hundars get to my brain every time, yes they do! But I have not seen the light yet in Feel the Darkness…….something wrong with my ears?


    Posted on 02-May-08 at 14:28 | Permalink
  6. the best version of Lawdy is made ny Lemmy noone gets near that one. This wasn´t as good as I thought it would be but it´s still Poison Idea.

    Rondellhundar is the best invention since peanut butter


    Posted on 02-May-08 at 21:26 | Permalink
  7. KINGS OF PUNK`S!!! Was and will always be…..


    Posted on 03-May-08 at 15:44 | Permalink
  8. SwePete

    Maybe I should cover my next rondellhund in peanut butter. That would be something!!!!!
    B.T.W. I told KBD Peter some years ago that I planned to do a Rondell version of Flipper(the Band) logo. Maybe I could smear that one with Tuna?
    Or maybe I should just cover myself with Caviar and Sect……..
    Over and out!
    Goooooood Nite´!!!!


    Posted on 03-May-08 at 16:23 | Permalink
  9. 77.54

    Hey I’m new to this blog so maybe you heard that a thousand times before: The sound quality of your files is AMAZING! And this is a great record, thank you.


    Posted on 04-May-08 at 06:59 | Permalink
  10. Cracky

    Hey – so i have a copy of the bootleg. What’s it worth? Who knows what?


    Posted on 03-Jan-10 at 23:37 | Permalink
  11. Cracky

    also – i am purging it all: write me for the list!


    Posted on 03-Jan-10 at 23:38 | Permalink
  12. ken

    What equipment did you use to capture this “Official Bootleg”?


    Posted on 11-Feb-13 at 23:32 | Permalink

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