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SSD- How we rock MiniLP (Modern Method Records, USA, 1984)

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“If this is Metal, Deep Purple is Punk!” (Lao Tse, «Tao te king»)

How we rock Intro.mp3 / How we rock.mp3
Words that kill.mp3
The Choice.mp3
On the Road.mp3
What it takes.mp3 [<– one of the Admin’s fave tracks EVER!]
What if I.mp3

33 Comments

  1. Sebastien

    Who ever calles this Metal knows shit about Punk. Great record! Thanks for digitizing. Will listen to it tomorrow in the car :-)

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    Posted on 15-May-08 at 12:28 | Permalink
  2. Fucking A!!!
    I’ve always defended this record to everybody. I thought I was the only one who’d noticed it’s a classic punk record. The only reason people lump it together with Break it Up (which I like) is the cover (which I also like) and the word “rock” in the title.
    Had it received a Pushead drawing for a cover or a picture of Springa yelling to a bunch of bald shirtless guys, the story would have been different.
    If you open the Enciclopaedia Hardcorica on “Underrated”, you’ll see a picture of How We Rock.

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    Posted on 15-May-08 at 14:01 | Permalink
  3. TomsyBomsy

    Not exactly metal… Still VERY heavy for the time this one came out.
    Well…. the guitar solos sound kind of metal and are in my opinion totally useless. I still think this would have been a lot better without all this crappy guitar wanking (oiiiiiiiiooooiiiiingggg wuwuwuwuwwuuuuuiiiiiiiiiiiiiii….düdüdüdüdü).
    Still a great record – On the road – is a fucking killer track even with this stupid lead guitar.
    Will have to listen to this one for the whole day now (yeah!!!) xxxmusic totally VERBOTENxxxja bebi!!!!

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    Posted on 15-May-08 at 23:32 | Permalink
  4. meathook

    Okay okay. I admit. I used too used to think this is Metal. But Erich is very right. It’s not half as Metal as I thought it was. The solos aren’t THAT terrible and the sound is MASSIVE. Guess this is what SLAPSHOT wanted to achieve with “back on the map” ….. Thanks for another lesson! Will buy this as soon as it turns up on ebay.

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    Posted on 16-May-08 at 02:39 | Permalink
  5. fernando

    Lao Tse is, like always, right. Deep Purple set with Child In Time the blueprint for screamo type punk vocals: Darby Crash, Sid Mygx and the lot.
    I miss the bear.
    OK, I never dared to check this one, because of those evil prejudiced reviews; let’s see…

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    Posted on 16-May-08 at 05:15 | Permalink
  6. Waddya think Fernando?

    Personally, it reminds me of Black Dust. It’s definitely not metal. Its basically a bunch of mosh parts. Difference is Barrile’s trying all these squwaky guitar solos that add nothing. YDI didnt really attempt much soloing. Another difference is Springas vocals are harder to take than Jackal. On the other side, I dont think theres a song on Black Dust as good as “On The Road” or “What It Takes”. So in my mnd its a draw. Both albums are lame but not nearly as lame as their reputations would have you believe.

    Erich — I gotta say though…this is millions of years from “Get It Away” or “Kids Will Have Their Say”. But it is waaaaay better than I remember.

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    Posted on 16-May-08 at 06:21 | Permalink
  7. what if i….?

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    Posted on 16-May-08 at 08:22 | Permalink
  8. Mark "Spike"

    Hey I always HATED get it way. First time I’m hearing this and it’s much better than the 12″ before. Used to hang out with Springa when the first SSD came out (I’m one of the guys on the front cover). By the end of 83 I had totally grown out of the scene couldn’t take it any more. That’s why I never cared for this in the old days. Thanks for putting this up my good man!

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    Posted on 16-May-08 at 09:50 | Permalink
  9. blake

    i love this record. i think its SSDs best effort. i bought it for 6$. i especially like the note on the back that there is “no lyric sheet available”. the lyrics are at least better than Glue.
    P.S. – off to see Negative Approach tonight in providence.

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    Posted on 16-May-08 at 15:36 | Permalink
  10. fernando

    “Waddya think Fernando?” Well I’m not the biggest SSD fan – I missed them in the day but, unlike hundreds of other bands I also missed but now luckily I’m very happy to have found thru this and other blogs and such, when discovering SSD, they didn’t make me such impression. I can figure what the 1982 LP could mean in the day, the brutality, the speed, but that’s an abstract thing. Now that I hear it, it sounds kinda generic for me, not bad, but not impressing… Well, anyway, that’s not what we’re talkin about. After hearing this album, How we rock, “I see no evil”, like Tom Verlaine, haha, I mean no, it doesn’t sound metal to me. Just some of the solos (not even all of them), but not the riffs nor the “melodies” so to speak. Reminds me the case of early Raw Power (not that they sound similar at all). Anyway, that’s my overall impression after hearing it thru the shitty laptop speakers (sorry Erich, Joe rushed me ;) )
    Oh yeah that horrendous sleeve, very early 70s stuff in the vein of Pretty Things’ 70s albums or Deep Purple’s Fireball and such imagery. That surely helped labelling the record as metal.
    More Lao-Tse-Things. Ritchie Blackmore did some fantastic protopunk when playing with Screaming Lord Sutch.

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    Posted on 16-May-08 at 17:23 | Permalink
  11. eddie

    This record was and will always be garbage! SSD figured since they played such awesome HC that they could do better with AC/DC rock! Well, it didn’t work and they got booed off the stage! When this crap came out along with DRI’s Crossover, it was the end of HC as we knew it!!!
    I’m not saying this sucks cuz they changed their style, it sucks cuz they had no talent in metal! It was a disgrace to their legacy and should have done it under a different name.
    Mark Spike, you’re out of your mind, Get It Away is a classic and same with Kids Will Have Their Say. L.A. Rules, Fuck Boston!!!

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    Posted on 16-May-08 at 18:42 | Permalink
  12. I never really listen to SSD, don´t know why but ut never really happend.

    This was great tough, on the road beeing my favorite track.

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    Posted on 16-May-08 at 22:10 | Permalink
  13. Even worse then I remembered it to be. I can’t listen to a whole track without getting restless and eager to put on something else. Still I had to give it a spin. There’s not a single song that get stuck in my head. They figured out how to pull off some incredible annoying solos and decided it was the way to go. Some songs could’ve been good(not great) if they had cut out the crap. Then it would’ve been closer to Get It Away.

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    Posted on 17-May-08 at 05:38 | Permalink
  14. 77.54

    No offense Peter but your taste in music (regarding on what you write on your blog) is rather shitty.

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    Posted on 17-May-08 at 07:38 | Permalink
  15. Peter’s and my taste is very similar most of the time, I think.

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    Posted on 17-May-08 at 08:42 | Permalink
  16. Steve

    With the right marketing these guys could’ve been bigger than God. Or at least Black Flag har har!

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    Posted on 17-May-08 at 16:34 | Permalink
  17. No offense 77.54 but you are a nobody to me.

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    Posted on 18-May-08 at 05:03 | Permalink
  18. eddie

    This record doesn’t sound anything like Get It Away. This record is gutless with no balls. In reality, SSD were a bunch of poseurs along with DRI, DYS and any other band that went metal!

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    Posted on 18-May-08 at 22:00 | Permalink
  19. Scott

    I always liked this record. It always reminded me of Get It Away. Hehe, I remember for a few years Newbury Comics had what seemed like a never ending supply of these for 99 cents. Not to mention Rabid Reaction, the Outlets/Boys Life split and the 2nd DYS. Now you want to talk about a bad metal album, that’s the one! Look at Dave on the back, he has a lizard on his shoulder. Haha!

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    Posted on 19-May-08 at 09:17 | Permalink
  20. Joey M.

    Just like Scott I always liked this. Of course it’s not the same as get it away but who said it was? To me it sounds like a step further in the same direction (though I like get it away better). Still a great record!

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    Posted on 19-May-08 at 11:04 | Permalink
  21. Sean Hogan

    Am I the only one who thinks this sounds like Crumbsuckers, and not just because of the vocals?

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    Posted on 19-May-08 at 21:20 | Permalink
  22. Now Crumbsuckers is something I don’t hear at all here ….

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    Posted on 19-May-08 at 23:31 | Permalink
  23. IMHO How We Rock is horrible and is a prime example of how bad things got by 84 or 85 with HC bands going metal or- even worse- bad cheesy metal wannabes. I mean, look at that wannabe macho metal cover art too on How We Rock. And the shortening on their name from SS Decontrol to SSD shows how they were doin an image makeover. It got even worse when SSD released “Break It Up” in 85- fucking embarassing and even WORSE than How We Rock. There was an infamous interview with Springa in 1983 in MRR where he said the band would never go metal. Then, a year later How We Rock came out. Hilarious! Play their powerful HC classic “Get It Away” 12″EP from 83 and then play the “How We Rock” 12″ and tell me the latter is not total crap. And Mike Bastarache, famous record collector, produced all 4 of the SSD records even the metal ones. Let’s not leave him out of this either! ha ha

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    Posted on 20-May-08 at 13:07 | Permalink
  24. Hahaha Tony “let’s not leave him out of this either” hahaha. Hardcore vendetta. I hear your auctioneer voice!

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    Posted on 20-May-08 at 13:13 | Permalink
  25. Scott

    Just wondering, what are your opinions of Raw Power “Screams From The Gutter”? Hardcore or metal?

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    Posted on 21-May-08 at 09:16 | Permalink
  26. Can’t hear much Metal on “Screams from the Gutter”. Can you?

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    Posted on 21-May-08 at 09:51 | Permalink
  27. Steve

    Erich these kids are just jealous because you have the extremely limited ‘one-finger salute’ edition of this record. I think it’s a good follow-up to ‘get it away’ myself.

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    Posted on 22-May-08 at 15:43 | Permalink
  28. Jay Thurston

    Never liked them, never will. It may be because it always sounds like Springa is straining to take a dump.

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    Posted on 22-May-08 at 19:19 | Permalink
  29. Smitty

    Haven’t listened to this in years but on a big Boston hardcore kick today and remembered you had posted it. Nowhere near the first 2 records but still not the worst thing ever and generally not that metal. The production makes it sound worse than it is what with those hilarious Dokken wang bar solos and it don’t do Springa’s weak vocals any favors neither. Newbury Comics must’ve found a few boxes of these at the warehouse in the late 90s as there was a flood of them in East Coast record stores around then selling for $15 new.

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    Posted on 30-Oct-08 at 13:58 | Permalink
  30. this shit rocks. thanks erich.

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    Posted on 28-Sep-09 at 22:53 | Permalink
  31. ogrizzled

    Just bought this LP today at a used books store in Plano Texas for $5.98. Cover is nice, vinyl is NM. Looking forward to giving it a spin.

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    Posted on 24-Dec-10 at 08:38 | Permalink
  32. Druff

    It is indeed hilarious how stuff that sounded so metal to us in 1984 doesn’t sound metal at all years later. See also the FU’s Do We Really Want to Hurt You. No idea why we accused that record of being metal. Personally I always thought Words That Kill was kick ass hardcore song. But obviously nothing can touch the Get It Away stuff.

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    Posted on 30-Mar-11 at 19:28 | Permalink
  33. Pat

    Oh My Shit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I remember buying a copy of How We Rock when SSD was playing at The Channel, we had heard tracks on the college radio stations and it totally sucked, we jokingly called the album “How We Suck”. SSD started going downhill once they added Francois on second guitar. Of course, whatever SSD did, DYS was sure to follow. Straight Edge my ass, they were all alcohlic pill freaks, washed up ex-jocks.

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    Posted on 30-Jun-11 at 20:12 | Permalink

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