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AVENGERS- s/t 7″EP (Dangerhouse Records, USA, 1977)

One of the most impressive, deepest and richest first wave U.S. Punk 7″. Menacing, aggressive, driven and melancholic. Although my favourite AVENGERS song is not on this one (that’s the incredible “Thin white Line”), the other fave of mine is. This is essential, just like everything the AVENGERS touched in their short lifetime. And yes, I had a crush on Penelope Houston when I was younger and I wrote a poem about it. It’s a major shame things didn’t turn out the way they had turned out with another beloved female singer of mine.
Seen the AVENGERS Target video? Wonderful!
Hear the “Paint it Black” Single here. They even made the Stones sound like the Beatles on that one!

Three times 1000 pressed of this. This is the 2nd press (first one had the famous “Crucifixion” sleeve, but whom am I telling this). Buy everything you can find by the AVENGERS. Buy it from Penelope’s site linked above.

We are the One.mp3
I believe in me.mp3
Car Crash.mp3

«we are the leaders of tomorrow
we are the one to have the fun
we want control we want the power
not gonna stop until it comes

we are not Jesus Christ
we are not fascist pigs
we are not capitalist industrialists
we are not communists
we are the one

we will build a better tomorrow
the youth of today will be the tool
american children built for survival
fate is our destiny and we shall rule

we are not Jesus Christ
we are not fascist pigs
we are not capitalist industrialists
we are not communists
we are the one

I am the one who shows you the future
I am the one who buries the past
a new species rise up from the ruins
I am the one that was made to last

we are not Jesus Christ
we are not fascist pigs
we are not capitalist industrialists
we are not communists
we are the one»

14 Comments

  1. Andrew J

    Holy crap!! my 3 fav Avengers songs on one 7inch! Im creaming myself! You know u should really post that poem if you can remember it! :)

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    Posted on 19-Jul-08 at 14:00 | Permalink
  2. jb's

    after reading the abba story I’d die to read that poem :-D

    I love your blog. the music selection shows the expert. and unlike other blogs you don’t just post what you bought for big $$$ on ebay the other week ….

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    Posted on 19-Jul-08 at 16:02 | Permalink
  3. Steve

    This record never sounds old. The ‘american in me’ 12″ was a classic too.

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    Posted on 19-Jul-08 at 18:28 | Permalink
  4. Mmm tasty treat.

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    Posted on 20-Jul-08 at 01:53 | Permalink
  5. Lucy Tronchet

    Aren’t the lyrics to “We are the One” sort of stupid? At best, and this is not a compliment, it sounds like she is singing about something akin to Marx’s “New Man.” Maybe Walter Benjamin could offer us some insight.

    Apparently I suffer from Third Worldism, as Mao’s directive, “Comrade, don’t forget to leave your comment,” compelled me to finally leave a comment. I don’t want to give you (a big) head, but your blog is great.

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    Posted on 21-Jul-08 at 02:19 | Permalink
  6. Lucy: The idea of a “new man” (and let’s for a second think that that’s what the Avengers are singing about) seems to be a very common topos in context of revolutionary ideologies and the french philosophers of enlightenment set the pace and direction of what was to follow. The worst that I know of (apart from the fascist conceptions) can be found in Che Guevara’s books. Real scary stuff.
    What I still like about the Avengers text is the sparkling megalomania. In retrospect one often seems to forget how much the early years of any forceful, aggressive and explosive youth movement gives its participants illusions of grandeur. As pitiful as this may seem 30 years later, in this last of the 20th century youth movements – there’s still something about it that I find catching and compelling, like the playing through of different ideologies, identities and such, as here.

    And as for giving me a big head: I already have that. And the other sounds good too.

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    Posted on 21-Jul-08 at 02:46 | Permalink
  7. Nikolas Sims

    Great post….Classic stuff..Your blog just keeps on kicking ass..
    Thanks man. Thanks..

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    Posted on 21-Jul-08 at 04:04 | Permalink
  8. So busy in my world right now, I’m really glad I stopped here to check things out. Very cool post Erich, especially on the heels of your comment on mine. Whenever I do one I try to look around the other blogs and see what else is available from the same band. Sadly the Avengers were not well represented in the blog world and I don’t do P2P so I don’t know what’s available there. Thank you so much for this addition and especially your thoughts on the band. I hope JB up there wasn’t talking about me as far as paying outrageous prices for records and then posting them. I have never paid more than about $15 for any music I own. I might pay that much though for that SAS 7″ you have though Erich :D

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    Posted on 22-Jul-08 at 10:15 | Permalink
  9. Another incredibly important band. I actually saw the Avengers a few years ago and and they were really great.

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    Posted on 22-Jul-08 at 18:49 | Permalink
  10. kountchokula

    The Avengers are playing Sat 26th @ the Fillmore in San Francisco with Flipper, the Mutants and Negative Trend. Anybody want to go?

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    Posted on 25-Jul-08 at 10:04 | Permalink
  11. Good Stuff

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    Posted on 26-Jul-08 at 23:17 | Permalink
  12. now… this is what called an award winning post!

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    Posted on 01-Aug-09 at 10:46 | Permalink
  13. Scott

    I got to hang out with Penelope for a few minutes in San Diego when they did their reunion a few years ago. She was very nice and friendly with me and is still very cute.

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    Posted on 21-Feb-11 at 17:38 | Permalink
  14. “white Nigger” is one of my all time favorite punk anthems of this era. I think I might go out on a line and say that the Avengers are one of the best, if not the best, punk band of this era. As far as the “far leftist” lyrics and illusions of grandeur, isn’t that part of the allure of youth music?

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    Posted on 29-Oct-11 at 23:30 | Permalink

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