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BIG CITY AIN’T TOO PRETTY- 7″EP Compilation (Big City Records, USA, 1983)

BigyCity_pretty_frontBig_City_pretty_backBig_City_pretty_labelaBig_City_pretty_labelbTime for Hardcore! In your fucking face Hardcore that is!!! No fancy “oh look, we’re so talented and have so much to say”- crap, just good old plain aggression!
This is the 2nd in a series of five Big City comps – and without a doubt, it’s the best (find the following “Nice and Loud” comp here). Why? It’s the fastest, meanest, most violent one. Hard to believe this label and this compilation specifically found so little recognition outside the NYC universe. Sure, none of these bands is reinventing the wheel, but the power is there and it still kicks major ass. Mine at least (and that is a major ass!).

X.K.I. kick the shit out of you with “I hate everything” (sounds a lot like a simpler version of Verbal Abuse’s “I hate everyone” song). Next slap in the face comes from BETRAYED, just in time before U.V. hit you with a massive stick. Then come SAVAGE CIRCLE, one of the goofiest bands of the early HC scene, but charming as hell. Let’s say they hit you a little bit. Flip the platter over and NO THANKS tear everything down with the borderline blastbeat “Are you ready” (nope, not the title song of the band’s essential 7″EP which you can find here). So noisy and fuckshitupistic, it just makes you happy angry. ARMED CITIZEN’s track kills their entire white bread 7″ they released shortly after and FATHEAD SUBURBIA (what a name!) once more kick you in the belly. SAVAGE CIRCLE close this formidable EP with “Kill Corps” and a good laugh.

Listen to No Thanks’ insane “Are you ready” here.
Download the entire comp here (includes the complete booklet! Make sure you look at page 11 which has additional information about the bands. Great stuff!). Rage! RAGE!!!!!!!! RAAAGGGGE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

14 Comments

  1. Not a single bad track!! Definitely the best Big City comp and with the patented high pitched noise to boot. What really really REALLY blows my mind on here, except the ultra rare bonus HA HAHASHDJK LOL, is Fathead Suburbia!!!!!!! I NEED MORE!! Anyone has their Control The Masses tape and can tell if it’s a great as this?

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    Posted on 30-Aug-09 at 12:02 | Permalink
  2. Glad you liked the ultra rare bonus, Peter – I thought of you when I made it hahaha. Yeah, would love to hear that F.S. tape too!

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    Posted on 30-Aug-09 at 12:07 | Permalink
  3. Dee

    All tracks very good except for S.C.

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    Posted on 31-Aug-09 at 07:51 | Permalink
  4. Dinero

    Thanks for this!! Fathead Suburbia–this was actually Sheer Terror before they changed their name to who we know them by now.

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    Posted on 31-Aug-09 at 14:25 | Permalink
  5. Dinero

    Actually I was wrong, Paul Bearer of Sheer Terror sang for Fathead Suburbia, then he had joined Sheer Terror.

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    Posted on 31-Aug-09 at 14:33 | Permalink
  6. Thanks for the info, Dinero. Terribly daft band, Sheer Terror, from what I remember. Sold the promo LP (on red vinyl, I remember) just the other day to the local record shop, haha.

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    Posted on 31-Aug-09 at 20:23 | Permalink
  7. So fucking good. A break from all the powerpop I’ve been grooving to over at KBD.

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    Posted on 01-Sep-09 at 16:21 | Permalink
  8. People ignored Big City Records because most of their bands were crap, especially the proprietor’s own Savage Circle. There were tons and tons of other NYC hardcore bands and records at that time that were worth listening to (CFA, Reagan Youth, Abused, Urban Waste, Kraut, Agnostic Front, Antidote, etc etc… you know the names) instead of anything that came out on Big City. Big City Fanzine was a waste of time, also.

    Perhaps I’ll listen to this one again, though, and see if it changes my mind.

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    Posted on 03-Sep-09 at 01:30 | Permalink
  9. Give it a listen, Brushback. Sure, there’s not one record on Big City which could compete with some of the bands you mentioned, but that doesn’t make this label crap. And, besides: It’s sometimes a good thing when ecenesters ignore something – especially in the case of that pitiful NYC scene …..

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    Posted on 03-Sep-09 at 09:12 | Permalink
  10. I gave this a listen last night, and a couple of the songs rip in that nice blown-out early-80’s U.S. hardcore kinda way; these are some crappy bands, though.

    All in all, I guess you could say that Javi was making the most of things with his label and zine, but he was definitely playing with a short hand.

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    Posted on 03-Sep-09 at 14:24 | Permalink
  11. Phil

    An original member of Betrayed went back to his native country, the Phillippines, and statrted his own version of Betrayed. They released an album on back in 1986 on Twisted Red Cross records, a cassette only label.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-09 at 20:24 | Permalink
  12. That sounds interesting, Phil. Do you have the tape? I would like to hear it.

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    Posted on 07-Sep-09 at 20:28 | Permalink
  13. Phil

    Yes, I could send it to ya after I transfer it.just send me your address. Btw, I did the write up about them on KFTH a few years ago:

    http://homepages.nyu.edu/~cch223/philippines/betrayed_main.html

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    Posted on 07-Sep-09 at 22:57 | Permalink
  14. I am buds with one of The Betrayed. In fact, we did a short set at the Knitting Factory last year as part of the A7 (NYC legendary h/c club) “reunion”.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ql5wBBHAnqs

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    Posted on 18-Sep-09 at 21:13 | Permalink

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