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THE VICTIMS- All loud on the Western Front Mini-LP (Timberyard Records, Australia, 1989)

img_0152img_0153img_0157img_0155img_0154“(…) I played no part in releasing the ‘All Loud On The Western Front’ Victims compilation mini-album on Timberyard Records neither in it’s original vinyl form nor, more recently, on CD.  I was unable to stop it then, and now, without incurring great expense and aggravation to myself but I remain very angry about it.”
That’s what Dave Faulkner, former singer & guitarist of THE VICTIMS, had to say a few years ago about “All loud on the Western Front”, which was released on vinyl in 1989 and re-released on CD in 2005. Seems to be pretty hard to find, this great compilation of one of Australia’s finest. It features both 7″ and some extras. To see the original 7″s, go over to KBD – Peter had featured them a while ago.
Sometimes I can’t help but thinking “I understand” might be the best song, THE VICTIMS ever wrote. Then again I know it’s “Flipped out over you”, though it also could be “Open your Eyes”. Or was it “T.V. Freak”? An ex of mine thought it’s “High School Girls”.

Download a vinyl rip of “All loud on the Western Front” here. Ripped with my lovely new turntable & pre-amp. From now on, the vinyl rips on this blog  are the best you can get.
I wish I could dance around naked now, but I’m still pretty much bedridden, so you have to do that for me. Don’t forgot to send in photos. I will publish them.

PS: I seriously wonder: Do the ex-members of THE VICTIMS watch any TV at all?

24 Comments

  1. Arthur A.

    The best vinyl rips, but very little scans!

    “Open Your Eyes” and “T.V. Freak”, very cool titles, all the music on the record is very well written.

    Reading the text written by David McComb, i found why i’m trying to publish my zines and never did. Man, what a sad and stupid thing write about something that doesn’t inspires you.

    ;)

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    Posted on 22-Jan-09 at 06:30 | Permalink
  2. Yes, the size of the scans is small (except for when sometimes the scans are way too big, haha). I know that the scans and pix are not of the best quality, but what can I do, I’m all ears not eyes :-)

    PS: Just realized: Forgot to put the cuddly little bear on the photos!

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    Posted on 22-Jan-09 at 06:42 | Permalink
  3. broken heart

    you’re trying to improve the quality of your rips futhermore? you gotta be kidding, your rips are the nonplusultra already.

    never been much of a Victims fan …..

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    Posted on 22-Jan-09 at 06:48 | Permalink
  4. not guilty

    Classic stuff, Australia was the punkest land on earth briefly before hardcore hit. Dave Faulkner sang the theme song for the National Rugby League down here a couple of years back, wierd hearing his voice on TV all the time haha.

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    Posted on 22-Jan-09 at 08:12 | Permalink
  5. Adamski

    Both their singles are incredible. I’m downloading at this moment & am looking forward to haering how good these rips are, Erich! And I can’t wait to hear the extras. Keep up the great work, dude!!

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    Posted on 22-Jan-09 at 10:39 | Permalink
  6. Jay Thurston

    Erich, I must say this is one of my favorite rips so far. Amazing! Thanks and get well soon.

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    Posted on 22-Jan-09 at 21:06 | Permalink
  7. ian

    You’d have to pull out the ‘S’ word (ie. seminal) to describe the Victims 7″s – incredibly great! … & yes it’s funny how you change yr mind about them – I always though TV adict was THE song, but then decided it was ‘I understand’, but then ‘flipped out’ is also brilliant too…hell, they’re just all good. Never knew ‘all lod’ was released on CD – have never seen the release promoted here in any way

    ‘not guilty’ yr on the money – as the Murder Punk CDs show!

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    Posted on 22-Jan-09 at 21:36 | Permalink
  8. Adamski

    Well, I gotta say this rip if freakin’ FANTASTIC!!!! Makes me appreciate this band (& your blog!) even more than before. And that “bonus” song is the tits, man!
    A wee question for you, Erich…If you had to choose your favourite genre – punk or metal – what would it be?

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 01:37 | Permalink
  9. Thanks Adamski – it’s a great record indeed, isn’t it.

    I would refuse to choose between the two. To me, they have become one and the same, yet different. It wasn’t always like this: When I was a kid and adolescent, my first love was Metal. Then HC came into my life and it made me sell all my Metal records. HC and Metal didn’t go together, that’s what I believed. With HC, I started to like more and more Punk (of which I had thought of as “Pop music for the rich” before, because all the teacher’s kids etc., the middle class, were into Punk, whereas Metal was the soundtrack of some of the working class). Then, when I started to grow out of the left-radical scene in the late 90s, I rediscovered Metal – and realized that these different genres maybe weren’t so different at all. Now I’m a much happier person than I’ve ever been before, cause I don’t think I have to follow a certain setting of “identity”.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 03:35 | Permalink
  10. Ok, time to update my gear too ;). Sounds fantastic. Next will be to invest in a record cleaning machine maybe. Fuck if this isn’t becoming more and more geeky. Lovely.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 05:28 | Permalink
  11. Frank Mossi

    A bit too punky for my taste but I can hear quality. Catchy song writing.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 05:58 | Permalink
  12. Had the first 45 for a long time, then one day found this 12″ still sealed in a thrift store in Longmont, CO! Sorry, that means nothing to anyone but me.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 07:09 | Permalink
  13. Adamski

    Erich, it’s funny how you mention that metal was “more working class” (or words to that effect), ‘cos I always found the metalheads at my school were more middle class, while the two punks at my school (me & Gibby) were working class.
    I TRIED to like metal when I first got into hardcore, but it never really done it for me, though I still have old tapes with Possessed, Death, Repulsion, Master, etc.
    Back to Victims…I’ve listened to this countless times on my MP3 player going to & coming home from work today & it’s awesome. “Disco Junkies” is my current favourite.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 12:58 | Permalink
  14. Maybe things were different where you live, Adamski. Over the years, I spoke to a lot of people of 40-50 about this and at least in Switzerland, Punk stands more for middle class and urban, whereas Metal was working working class and province.

    VICTIMS totally rule. So glad I could present you a band you hadn’t known before. Would you buy a legal reissue?

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 13:06 | Permalink
  15. behjan

    Victims (Perth/OZ) vs. Victims (NJ/NYC) 1:0
    Every song these Aussie´s made are real classics to me.
    As of the Metal and Punk´n`HardCore thing:
    from experience I know many started first with HM/Extreme Metal and then turned into Punk/HC,like it was with me ,at least.
    Both styles are still relevant to me.
    BTW Erich, one of my ever-most favourite EXTREME-Metal bands (that I still do love) comes from the country you live in :
    HELLHAMMER / CELTIC FROST (can´t wait for the planned book “Only Death Is Real” by their Tom G. Warrior …!!!)
    And does anyone know THE BEST site with these record-cleaning machines ?!
    After such a long time, I feel I should wash the babies soon :-)

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 13:46 | Permalink
  16. Behjan: Ask Peter / KBD about his new record cleaner. I have a “Nitty Gritty” one, but I must say that I have mixed feeling about these machines now ….
    Hellhammer / early CF: tops! But Tom G. Fischer is a fucking wimp and needs to get aresdestoyed. The book is going to be laughable, like everything this jerk has done since 1985.

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 14:10 | Permalink
  17. I must say I’m very happy with the cleaning machine I got. In the end it’s of course a matter of taste. It can add a certain aura when there’s crackle and pops for sure. But here’s one example that at least I think speaks in favor of the machine:
    NOTE! You have to copy and paste the url into the browser.
    Uncleaned version:
    http://www.kbdrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/01-features-the-drab-city-1977-uk-unclean.mp3
    Cleaned version:
    http://www.kbdrecords.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/01-features-the-drab-city-1977-uk.mp3

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 17:17 | Permalink
  18. SwePete

    A new turntable? What brand?

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    Posted on 23-Jan-09 at 17:47 | Permalink
  19. @ Peter: The unclean file won’t open. Very curious to hear!

    @ SwePete: This time and bought a Music Hall mmf 9.1, complete with Goldwing Eroica LX MC system. Plus, I got me a Pro-Ject Phono Box pre-amp. I have never had such a clean, warm and forceful sound in my home before. I don’t think I could get much more out of my records.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-09 at 01:16 | Permalink
  20. Try the unclean version one more time. Works fine here.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-09 at 02:52 | Permalink
  21. And did you COPY and paste the url into the browser instead of clicking the links?

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    Posted on 24-Jan-09 at 02:53 | Permalink
  22. Jay Thurston

    Peter, copied and pasted and it still says, “error” on both. What name brand record cleaning machine did you purchase?? Just curious.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-09 at 18:12 | Permalink
  23. Ok, I guess it has with the extreme “hot linking” protection dreamhost is practicing. Which is great in 99% of the cases. Oh well it made a huge difference to this record and so far all the others I´ve cleaned. It´s an ClearAudio Smart Matrix.

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    Posted on 25-Jan-09 at 04:33 | Permalink
  24. elliott

    this is fucking awesome. thanks man. did a post on this on my blog.

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    Posted on 30-Dec-09 at 09:00 | Permalink

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