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URBAN WASTE- s/t 7″EP (Mob-Style Records, USA, 1982)

Peter just posted the only record he would take with him to live in an abandoned squat. I never got around to buy any Meat Puppets release back in the days and I’ve noticed that it’s not so easy for me to get into old HC or Punk which hasn’t accompanied me along the past 20 years at least. It’s different with Metal and such, but HC to me has always been a peculiar thing, a private issue.

Playing URBAN WASTE gets me as close to a religious experience as possible. The greatest Hardcore record ever released. Period. It’s not one single song that sticks out (when I was young, it was “Police Brutality” though). It’s the whole damn EP, every note, every scream, every word, every drum beat, every distortion, every time any string is touched on the guitar and the hardly noticeable bass. How raw the sound, how crude the mastering job is, with all the endings just cut off. Such details I could rave on about forever. The feeling of total loneliness in a song like “Ignorant” and how the drum intro perfectly underlines this with just the right amount of reverb. Incredible. Despite its great relevance, this record (and many with it) will never ever find a way into the canon of the 20th century classics, although it would be well deserved and not even the Hardcore re-enactors of today will understand the relevance of URBAN WASTE. Sure, music is a subjective thing, but c’mon, in a most objective manner, this fucking rules.

There used to be some reunion video up on YouTube from 2000something, where the band refused to play “Police Brutality”. The times have changed, we can’t play this song anymore, the singer said. How great is that?!
Buy the official reissue or spend a couple hundred bucks for the original, but get this. You can’t live without it. I couldn’t. You shouldn’t.

If you wanna find out what happened after this URBAN WASTE’s only official release, check out MAJOR CONFLICT.

Police Brutality.mp3
Public Opinion.mp3
No Hope.mp3
Wasted Life.mp3

PS: Anybody else’s copy has that weird scribble on the back? This is the first press, right, and the second press is the one with the ugly white border? How many were really made iof this?