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UPRIGHT CITIZENS- Bombs of Peace Mini-LP (H’artcore, Germany, 1982)

img_0331img_0332A while ago, I’ve posted the final EP by UPRIGHT CITIZENS, “Facts and Views”. Since I’ve been riding the German HC / Punk wave here at home all week long, I just couldn’t resist – so here’s the incredible debut by the Ãœber-Citizens.

The record starts off with a real slap in the face: “Bombs of Peace” is such a hit – this version even kills the one of the final EP. What fascinates me is the missing tone when the guitar comes in and the extra bass-tone when the song ends. I’m so anal. And from there, it just goes on on the same level – relentlessly: “Now or never”, “I hate Church” and “Holocaust” (check the guitar intro! 1982! Fucking awesome!). Flip it over (or download the next track) and the it goes on like that: “Fuck the Army”, the punky “He’s dead”, the über-catchy “Warmad”, “Scum of the Earth” and the only german sung song, “Neo-Nazis in der BRD” (“Neo-Nazis in Germany”). So impressive! Together with BETONCOMBO’s “Nazis raus” maybe be best anti-nazi song I know (musically, of course. The lyrics with the typical alarmism etc. tend to be a bit simple, but hey, it’s Punk and not history class). After a full dose of UPRIGHT CITIZENS’ anti-nazi hyms, I tend to miss the heydays of militant nazi-bashing in the 80s and 90s, haha.

I called this a Mini-Album, the band calls it an EP and if you want, you can call it LP too, cause if records like “Group Sex” by CIRCLE JERKS go through as that, this should actually be called a double album.
And sorry for the ever shitty cover shots. Will make a better photo one day. Or so.

Download the entire «Bombs of Peace» Mini-Album full of World-Class Gold-Standard Premium Hardcore Punk here.

16 Comments

  1. dewey decimal

    Really hard to top the Upright Citizens’ brand of punk rock. Coincidentally I was listening to this on CD in my car this morning. Great stuff.

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 10:04 | Permalink
  2. Bill Swingo

    Awesome. Much tougher than the BYO LP from 85.

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 10:04 | Permalink
  3. HChaos

    okay I liked crapscrapers but this plays in a different ligue. awesome!!! can you please please post the other lp too?

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 11:01 | Permalink
  4. od on od

    “I don’t belive in Jeeesuss Chrrissst!” – so german, so great! Best german Hardcore ever released. Thanks for the excellent rip.

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 11:11 | Permalink
  5. There seem to be two different covers of this around: One has a b&w band photo. Anybody knows more?

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 12:46 | Permalink
  6. What's the Truth?

    More German magic! Thanks Erich, this is excellent. Thanks for the other German recommendations from your blog as well, though I still cannot stop listening to that one Razzia LP.

    Fistful of Metal is one of my favorite Anthrax albums, if not my favorite, period. I remember you saying in one of your Anthrax posts that it was one of the most important LPs of the earlier half of the 80s for both Metal and Hardcore. I hope to hear you expand on this some day, because I enjoy it greatly and it seems quite a recording for ’84, but no one I know really talks about it…

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 13:18 | Permalink
  7. Just a quick note, WTT: the first Anthrax album was released in the winter of 1983. A lot of people seem to be having a hard time with the singer’s voice, though I cannot really understand that.
    Have you heard the first RAZZIA lp too? Best LP to come out of germany ever, in my opinion.

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 13:23 | Permalink
  8. What's the Truth?

    Ah, I got my information about the first Anthrax from the Metal Archives, which is often incorrect, but told me Feb. ’84: http://www.metal-archives.com/release.php?id=1844

    The fact that it was released in 83 makes it even more greater!

    Strangely enough, I have not heard the first Razzia, though this second one is incredible. If the first one is even better, I can’t even imagine how good it must be. I’ll be sure to check it out.

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 13:38 | Permalink
  9. What's the Truth?

    Also, I think Neil Turbin’s voice fits the music just fine.

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 13:39 | Permalink
  10. Par

    This is great stuff, the german punk that I have learned to like downloadning from this place.

    And now to Anthrax, great album that I thought was released in early 84 as well. And can we now hope for some metal perhaps?

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 23:00 | Permalink
  11. Hmmm. I just recently discussed this with Martin Ain and he too thought it came out in late 83. But I wouldn’t bet my life – maybe it was early 84. Hell, that was 25 years ago :-D

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 23:33 | Permalink
  12. Par

    Haha, that 25 year duscussion came to life at my job a few weeks ago. It don´t seem so long ago but hell it´s really aeons and aeons ago!

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    Posted on 09-May-09 at 23:40 | Permalink
  13. How much I do love UC on vinyl I never thought they captured how they REALLY sounded to my ears except on one track: Swastika Rats. That sounds exactly how I remember them live. Like a european Toxic Reasons. For the record, my copy is the band photo sleeve. I’ve never seen the one you have pictured here Erich so I guess mine is the second press??

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    Posted on 10-May-09 at 06:41 | Permalink
  14. aer

    if you’d like to C the different artwork (and a readable lyric-sheet) > http://pestpocke.pe.funpic.de/Cover/index2.php?path=./Upright%20Citizens%20(Bottrop)//Bombs%20of%20peace%20mLP%20HArt%205%2081

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    Posted on 10-May-09 at 06:55 | Permalink
  15. shldn_g

    Thanx man!

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    Posted on 18-Oct-10 at 22:17 | Permalink
  16. Sndr

    Great record (like so many on this blog!! Thanks for all the great old new stuff you taught me to like….).

    BTW you are calling it amazing that the guitar intro for Holocaust was from 1982, but it’s actually from 1978, since that song is a cover by the UK punkband Crisis… And a great track it is indeed!!

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    Posted on 31-Jul-12 at 22:23 | Permalink

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