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AVENGERS- s/t 12″EP (White Noise Records, USA, 1979)

IMG_0498IMG_0500Released shortly after the breakup of AVENGERS, this 12″ features one über-great, 2 regularly great and one shit track. “American in me” and “White Nigger” are great, “U Oh!!” is horrible and “Corpus Christ” is one of my fave AVENGERS songs. Of course, it is produced by Geza X, whereas the other 3 are kaputt-mixed by Steve Jones (Sex Pistols), or as it says on the back cover, “Mr. Steve Jones”. [<– check comments for clarification on this!]

This has never been re-released in its original mix (to my knowledge). The remixed versions on the LP are even worse than these. And here are the lyrics for “Corpus Christi”, so you can sing along (love that “Corpse from the Cross”-bit):

«In The beginning there was a void except for the written word
I was born in such foolish times my guilt is guaranteed
Now I don’t want to burn in hell, John told me that I would
Unless I went down to the water my sins purged in his holy blood

See how they run
Sheep to the fold
See how they fall
Corpse from the Cross

Now I’ve got my bleeding heart and I wear my crown of thorns
and argue with the old men about the tapestry was torn
I ‘ve got to sacrafice my ego it’s such a small price to pay
I’m waiting for the resurrection. Gonna find out what christ would say

See how they run
Sheep to the fold
See how they fall
Corpse from the Cross

See how they run
Sheep to the fold
See how they fall
Corpse from the Cross

Read another bible story I’ve got to find the truth
Sending loads of telegrams to God prove my faith is absolute
Going down down on my knees and pray maybe I’ll buy a talisman
Somethings got to save me
On the Judgement Day

See how they run
Sheep to the fold
See how they fall
Corpse from the Cross

See how they run
Sheep to the fold
See how they fall
Corpse from the Cross»

The American in me.mp3
Uh Oh!!.mp3
Corpus Christi.mp3
White Nigger.mp3

22 Comments

  1. Wow, it is indeed waaaay better than the LP/CD versions. I wonder how they managed to shit all over it like this. By the way, congrats, your vinyl rips are getting better and better. You should give us a tutorial one of these days.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 03:45 | Permalink
  2. Steve

    After all these years someone had the courage to post this! Thank the Lord! ;-).

    PS:What?! Can’t hear ya whippersnapper!

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 04:10 | Permalink
  3. roc

    Thanks much. Corpus Christi is my favourite Avengers song and don’t think I ever heard the original Geza X production. Sounds even better as I expected!

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 05:25 | Permalink
  4. oxyd

    thx…i agree that “Corpus Christi” is a great song…and for your pleasure you can listen to one of my favourite Avengers tracks (from “Rat Music For Rat People” Compilation LP)
    > http://www.box.net/shared/ck1ltuzdrr

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 07:28 | Permalink
  5. Andrew

    killah — thanks much!

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 07:34 | Permalink
  6. Conrad

    Great post. Finally I can hear the original versions. Sound a lot better!!!!

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 11:29 | Permalink
  7. fred

    Never understoood why my album cover for this is blue, not the yellow I always see elsewhere. The versions on the LP were before they went down to LA, rerecorded the vocals and remixed to make this 12″. One of my fav 12″s along with Who What When Where Why and (GI)!

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    Ronn Spencer Reply:

    We decided to change the colors on the cover for the second pressing. The blue version is the second (and rarer) pressing.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 13:53 | Permalink
  8. Herman

    Corpus is one of those songs that will forever send chills down my spine

    thanks for a great site !

    best
    H

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 15:27 | Permalink
  9. Javi

    I have the Avengers compilation vinyl (CD presents), and yeah, I had never heard that Corpus Christi song; when I flipped the record and heard that one, I just played it like 5 times in a row. It’s just one of those melodies you can’t get out of your head. The following song on that LP (Fuck you- live-) is also another highlight.

    I agree with the comments here, it sounds WAY better than on that compilation.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 16:08 | Permalink
  10. ditto

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 18:07 | Permalink
  11. @ Fred: I think yours is the rarer first press.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 18:51 | Permalink
  12. @ Pedro: I haven’t changed anything about my ripping technique. I shall give a tutorial one day, I promised long ago.

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 20:00 | Permalink
  13. tracy

    <3 your blog :))

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    Posted on 20-Nov-09 at 20:26 | Permalink
  14. Jay Thurston

    Does it get any better than this? I think not. One of the first records I ever bought. Thanks Erich

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    Posted on 21-Nov-09 at 01:45 | Permalink
  15. Sweet record. Stand out track for me is The American in me. Corpus Christi is still one of the best songs they’ve made. Such a brilliant chorus. KILLER!

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    Posted on 24-Nov-09 at 18:47 | Permalink
  16. F.

    Hey Erich, both the music and the writing on your blog are still great, but i’ve got to thank you for something else: You brought my attention to Werner Herzog’s book. I’ve bought it. I’ve read it. And i love it!

    I don’t mind the music so much. In fact I hate all music. But I will continue to read the recommendations section of the blog. 😉

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    Posted on 24-Nov-09 at 22:27 | Permalink
  17. Good to hear, Felix! I often think, I should start writing in german and include books and movies, but then again, being the old operaist I am, I can’t but loath work and whatever keeps me from pleasures of the flesh.

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    Posted on 25-Nov-09 at 16:51 | Permalink
  18. Steve

    I agree with F. Next to Kafka, Herzog is one of the greatest cures for insomnia! 😉

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    Posted on 27-Nov-09 at 05:59 | Permalink
  19. My copy is pink but blue on the back. Never saw the blue or the yellow before.

    Great post!

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    Posted on 30-Nov-09 at 08:11 | Permalink
  20. Ronn Spencer

    The versions on the White Noise EP were NOT the ones intended for original release. The original Steve Jones produced tracks that were first delivered to WN were “modified” with new vocals and a new mix by Rene Daalder who, evidently, thought they were too rough and tumble for release. We put out the version the band preferred–the Daalder mixes. I still have the original Jones tapes and they remain my favorite as they replicate the band playing live.

    Ronn Spencer
    White Noise Records

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    Admin Reply:

    You should be releasing these versions, Ronn!

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    Posted on 26-Apr-12 at 09:48 | Permalink
  21. Ronn Spencer

    From a historical perspective, I’d love to. From a legal perspective, it’s impossible. All rights reverted back to the band after 2 years–hence the CD Presents versions later on.

    The Avengers were one of the best bands of the era and Penelope was one of old school punk’s most talented lead vocalists and songwriters. Houston contacted me a few years back talking about a proper compilation but I never heard any more about it. I hope she pulled it off.

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    Posted on 26-Apr-12 at 15:28 | Permalink
  22. This.

    http://penelope.net/pink.html

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    Posted on 13-May-12 at 18:35 | Permalink

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