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NASAL BOYS- Hot Love, b/w Die Wüste lebt? 7″ (Periphery Perfume Records, Switzerland, 1977)

Switzerland’s premiere Punk band NASAL BOYS released this much acclaimed 7″ only and that’s a shame. Some of the wildest and fastest Punk around in 1977! “Hot Love” is the instant hit. Driving, memorable and like some old hippie once said when he heard early 7 SECONDS in a squat: “This sounds a bit like Nasal Boys on 78 rpm”. The b-side is weird. Punk again, aggressive and short, but with some weird 60s feeling thrown in. Can you hear the MONKS? I can.
In a TV interview from 1977, the band was asked why they didn’t dress punky. “We’re against clichés”, the singer responded, and: “Our main inspiration is U.S. Punk, not U.K. Punk.” Guess one can hear that. Still, the band got famous for opening up for CLASH when they played in Zurich in 1977. Some years ago, a great quality 1/4 reel tape surfaced, containing both the CLASH’s and NASAL BOYS’ set, but unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get a copy. The guy who had it, didn’t want to share; not everybody is as generous as me, the musical knight in shiny armor …. You can see a reprodcution of the gig poster and a short live review from Switzerland’s first Punk Fanzine NO FUN below (from issue number 1, click to enlarge). After the short article, the reviewer asks: “Where have the Metalrockers been? Forget them. The future of Rock has begun!” And I thought, Punk was about no future and stuff:

Shortly after, the band tried to make it big and changed name to EXPO. They released an LP on a big label (and some 7″, if memory serves) which is ‘kay but nowhere near the glory of this single. Former members went on to form BUCKS, a highly influential Punk band for Zürich. From issue 3 of NO FUN, released in January 1978, comes this nice NASAL  BOYS interview you can see here:

I have a complete set of NO FUN (issues number 1 to 18) for sale. Immaculate condition, issue 4 contains an original piece of art by Fischli / Weiss, done for NO FUN exclusively. The fanzines span the time from Oct. 1977 to June 1980 (until the breakout of the riots) and are as fascinating a document as impossible to find, especially in this condition. If interested, get in touch. Proceeds will be used to buy a professional tape deck in order to start digitizing more of my collection of tapes.

Hot Love.mp3
Die Wüste lebt?.mp3

22 Comments

  1. Stefan

    A true masterpiece!! Great sound quality as usual and massive thanks for the scans. Do you have a price in mind for the zines?

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    Posted on 12-Aug-08 at 11:26 | Permalink
  2. Lucy Tronchet

    The Nasal Boys songs are great but for some reason I am more taken by the fact that Fischli/Weiss did work for a punk zine. Such humble beginnings for a pair that are now almost as famous as Rocco Siffredi.

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    Posted on 12-Aug-08 at 23:11 | Permalink
  3. Well, Lucy – just like our old friend Rocco, Fischli / Weiss did a lot of sausage-work.

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    Posted on 12-Aug-08 at 23:48 | Permalink
  4. Another one who needs to be posted over and over again! I can trade those No Fun for some sudden fun with me. Ok?

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    Posted on 15-Aug-08 at 03:25 | Permalink
  5. Like that great Sudden Fun 7″ you posted Peter – or the other kind of fun you guys in Sweden seem to practice in front of movie cameras so passionately?

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    Posted on 15-Aug-08 at 03:29 | Permalink
  6. 5 comments. What a shame. Here’s the sixth one.

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    Posted on 19-Aug-08 at 02:03 | Permalink
  7. Maybe they were all just floored by the greatness of this post? Anyway – let’s not become prostitutes of the anonymous masses that spend their time on our little blogs, Peter.

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    Posted on 19-Aug-08 at 02:31 | Permalink
  8. meathook

    Great record. First time I’m hearing the b side. The MONKS comparison first sounded a bit odd to me but after three listens I must say that I hear the 60s bleeding through now.

    Hoping for a a new post soon ….. You bloggers have all become damn lazy these days. :-p

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    Posted on 19-Aug-08 at 08:04 | Permalink
  9. @ Meathook: My main computer is broken and my laptop isn’t set up to ripping vinyl. Let’s hope I get my baby back from the techs soon.

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    Posted on 19-Aug-08 at 11:19 | Permalink
  10. howardx

    hey admin
    what record is that at the top of the page? the first cirith ungol?

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    Posted on 21-Aug-08 at 10:46 | Permalink
  11. SilverlakePhil

    Great stuff. I like the B-side more then the A-side, though. I think this came out on a Boot LP comping some Swiss Punk singles, Orange colored cover if I not mistaken. Let’s hope that live stuff turns up someday.

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    Posted on 21-Aug-08 at 12:37 | Permalink
  12. @ hoardx: yes, it’s “frost & fire”, the first lp by cirith ungol. I can’t say how much I love this record (“I’m alive” being my personal fave, although the lp works best as an entity).

    @phil: oh yeah, “pogo punks” was the name of that boot, I think. it’d be really great if that live stuff would finally find its way to me or somebody else …..

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    Posted on 21-Aug-08 at 13:05 | Permalink
  13. howardx

    yep its a great one alright. i just recently came across the 1979 demos for it.

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    Posted on 21-Aug-08 at 17:53 | Permalink
  14. Great blog you have… thanks for sharing such great albums…

    and i got a new blog that maybe you’ll like it (posting only old school punk), if you could visit it and give our opnion i’ll apreciate

    cheers
    isksp.blogspot.com

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    Posted on 22-Aug-08 at 07:45 | Permalink
  15. isk, your blog sucks. Why do you post records that I´ve(i´m sure there are other bloggers rips up there. i just checked the Randoms post) ripped and scanned the sleeves myself without giving credit? Close it down now!

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    Posted on 22-Aug-08 at 08:32 | Permalink
  16. Totally agree, Peter. I just took a quick look at that blog and thought “oh fuck, this is horrible – another blog full of random music, done without the slightest passion, knowledge or wit”. HORRIBLE.

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    Posted on 22-Aug-08 at 10:15 | Permalink
  17. This 7″ floors me every time I hear it- both sides are great, but “Hot Love” is such a monster. Someone once said that the Nasal Boys were “how Crime should have sounded”, and that seems like a fair summary. When I finally do lose more of my hearing than I already have, it will be because of cranking songs like Hot Love one too many times. But it just begs to be played at 10. Ever heard the Nasal Boys LP with unreleased studio and live stuff that came out in 06? Some of the studio songs on it like “Manifesto” are total jaw droppers. Too bad it sat in the can for almost 30 years.

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    Posted on 25-Aug-08 at 10:06 | Permalink
  18. Yeah, that CRIME comparison seems really appropriate to me. Never cared to buy the Nasal Boys LP you mentioned since the last couple posthumous releases of old bands were so disappointing (Hollywood Squares comes to mind). Next time I’ll see it, I’ll buy it – a Punkbusiness Manager must know what he’s talking about!

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    Posted on 25-Aug-08 at 10:34 | Permalink
  19. Päde Komplex

    The Expo album they did for CBS, produced by Dave Goodman (Pistols) is more than merely okay. Sure, it is more “new wave” than the Nasal Boys, but it still rocks. It sounds like a strange mixture between Devo, the Vibrators and Klaus Nomi. Rudolph Dietrich, a true Zürich punk refused to endorse and quit the band for a great solo career.

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    Posted on 25-Aug-08 at 15:13 | Permalink
  20. michael lowe

    Hello,

    I am interested to know if NO FUN is still for sale ?

    Any other material which has Fischli Weiss stuff, record covers?

    Sincerely, Michael

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    Posted on 04-Apr-10 at 16:35 | Permalink
  21. I still have the fanzines for sale, Michael. You may reach me at admin AT goodbadmusic.

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    Posted on 04-Apr-10 at 16:45 | Permalink
  22. Kount Jizznack

    This 7 inch kicks ass.

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    Posted on 14-Oct-10 at 00:02 | Permalink

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