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STATE TROOPER- She got the Look, c/w Veni, vidi, vinci 7″ (Neat Records, UK, 1985)

Ever dreamed of the the following situation?
You’re standing somewhere in the city (or in a forest – that’d make a neat picture too), dwelling on thoughts. Out of the blue, some guy walks to you with a friendly smile on a friendly face: “Hi! Aren’t you the guy who knows practically everything about good and bad music? Well, I’ve got a question. How did the NWOBHM end?” You’d look at him and nod your head benevolently. “Oh”, you’d say while lighting a cigarette, “that’s a good question.”
At this point, you’d inhale with your eyes half shut and then exhale very slowly, looking the geezer straight in the eye. “I happen to have this 7″ and a portable turntable on me, which is a rather nice coincidence, don’t you think.” You’d pull out the turntable which runs on batteries, an ugly but in some way not unattractive, stylish plastic crime in red and out of the other pocket, you’d draw one of the final releases on the once ground setting Neat Records label, the one and only 7″ by a band called STATE TROOPER.
Carefully you’d put the needle on. Audible rustling. You’d tip off the ashes before taking another deep drag, turn your head and look up to the blue sky.

She got the Look.mp3
Veni, vidi, vinci.mp3

23 Comments

  1. thomas

    und die b-seite ist sogar noch besser als die a-seite!

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    Posted on 11-Apr-10 at 19:04 | Permalink
  2. Frankly: Upon ripping & posting this, I realized that I kinda grew on me. I’m a total pervert.

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    Posted on 11-Apr-10 at 19:06 | Permalink
  3. Interesting. You say it grows on you?

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    Admin Reply:

    It did. Actually, I’m just putting it back on as we speak, and taking AC/DC’s Powerage down.

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    Posted on 11-Apr-10 at 19:11 | Permalink
  4. Frank Mossi

    GREAT!!!!!! and great story too!!!!

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    Posted on 11-Apr-10 at 19:20 | Permalink
  5. What's the Truth?

    I really wish I could honestly tell you that I despised these songs. Believe me, I tried to hate that ridiculous keyboard and the commercial atmosphere. I really did.

    Hahaha is that Tryptikon album really that horrible? Scathing!

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    Admin Reply:

    What I find especially shocking is that the b-side almost sounds like fantasy / power metal.

    Concerning Tryptikon: It’s embarrassing. How washed up can you get. I might post a review actually, if somebody could provide scans of the entire package.

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    Nik Reply:

    About the Triptykon Lp and as i’m from Greece, EP ARISTERA DAIMONES in greek words meens: …AND FROM THE LEFT DEMONS… . The phrase EP ARISTERA DAIMONES is a demonic upside down from the orthodox christian image (seen at paintings in orthodox churhes), with jesus sitting and at his left side Angels siiting, EP ARISTERA AGGELOI (meens… AND AT HIS LEFT SIDE ANGELS…). hope you get the meaning of the title… my english langauge sucks..
    As for the Music, i heard the first track and blew me away…Fucking brutal!! METAL AT ITS BEST.. So i disagree with you ADMIN!! Thanks for your time!!!!

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    Admin Reply:

    I have google too, Nik – so I know what the title means. But that’s not really the point, is it? The album is rubbish, even if it weren’t Tommy “I hate Hellhammer” Fischer’s latest attempt in jumping on the bandwagon.

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    Posted on 11-Apr-10 at 20:03 | Permalink
  6. Jay Thurston

    Wow! This reminds me of my favorite metal bands…Extreme, Bon Jovi, Stryper and Warrant!!! Thanks!!!

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    Posted on 11-Apr-10 at 20:20 | Permalink
  7. OK, I give up. What’s supposedly wrong with this record?

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    Posted on 11-Apr-10 at 21:14 | Permalink
  8. You guys keep amazing me!! Had I written one of my typical boring sermons of how great this is etc., the response would have been disgust and disapproval. “Sounds like Europe” or something (which it does, in a way).

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    Jay Thurston Reply:

    Yes…Europe, one of my all time favorite “metal” bands!! Firehouse too!

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    Posted on 11-Apr-10 at 21:18 | Permalink
  9. filthy chris

    “she got the look” should have been featured in a shampoo advertisement of my youth.

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    Posted on 11-Apr-10 at 23:51 | Permalink
  10. ian

    Don’t care about the songs, but love the cinematic scenario – what would you pull out & play on yr portable turntable if the question was related to the demise of hardcore? just curious…

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    Admin Reply:

    Just any HC release from about the same time would do, I guess.

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    Posted on 12-Apr-10 at 01:55 | Permalink
  11. I'm into Satan

    Ha! As soon as I saw the words “Neat Records” I started downloading this. I thought it was going to kick ass.

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    Posted on 12-Apr-10 at 04:58 | Permalink
  12. Sean

    Yeah Erich, if this was the death knell of U.K. power metal, it rivals the “death” of Grindcore (would the first The Locust ep be synonymous with Trooper’s ep?).

    This was some seriously BAD bad music!

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    Posted on 12-Apr-10 at 09:58 | Permalink
  13. fernando

    Loved the story (in the forest variant I’d rather have a grizzy bear instead of the halfbaldheaded longhaired guy though), but I’m not convinced. I’m not an expert on this particular style of ‘metal’ but I’d say Gary Moore was doing this a coupla years earlier. And the only song I’ve heard from Tygers of Pan Tang’s “The Cage” (1982), “Danger in Paradise”, is pure hell. (Funny that ex-Penetration Fred Purser was their guitarist then…) Their model was the US AOR bands a la Foreigner, Kansas, Boston and the rest. This was the road that led to the ‘Final Countdown’…
    Saludos,
    Fernando

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    Admin Reply:

    I don’t quite understand the argumentation, Fernando, but I’m glad you’ve enjoyed yourself. ;-)

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    Posted on 12-Apr-10 at 11:08 | Permalink
  14. PS: What disappoints me a bit is that nobody seemed to notice the bad latin.

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    Thomas Reply:

    How can one judge about bad latin when the music is the worst you might have ever posted, old friend? ;-)

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    Admin Reply:

    I know that this was the most daring post I may have ever made. But please listen closely to the b-side, it really has got a certain quality.

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    Posted on 12-Apr-10 at 11:36 | Permalink
  15. elliott

    well at least i can clear out a room with this one. oh it’s aweful. i want good metal! gooooooooooooooooooood meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaal! thanks though.

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    Posted on 12-Apr-10 at 13:26 | Permalink
  16. tony

    this is the first out of 300? 400? records that really really had me singing along loud. marvelous!!!!!!!

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    Admin Reply:

    574 posts and you only sang along now???

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    Posted on 12-Apr-10 at 13:43 | Permalink
  17. Dave G

    Am I the only one who hears Later Iron Maiden in these songs. The vocals definitely have a Dickinsonesque feel at times.

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    Posted on 12-Apr-10 at 17:46 | Permalink
  18. Thomas

    I came, I saw, I winced… Or is it “I vinci”? Having gone through a period lately where I found myself (and hating myself) listening to REO Speedwagon (see Minutemen entry) and the like, I can’t find anything wrong with this…

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    Posted on 12-Apr-10 at 20:29 | Permalink
  19. Clinton Chapman

    I have found myself listening to this record a few too many times.
    I’m a sucker for the self titled Bon Jovi LP also.

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    Posted on 23-Apr-10 at 13:31 | Permalink
  20. elliott

    okay so i woke up today and just had a strange desire to put it on. well that and my fuckin computer decided to not save anything from like april on i had to download this again. so i put it on. fuck man you’re right. it does grow on you. not bad. i mean bad but fuck they can do bad music in a good way. good bad music? anyway what i’m saying is i’ve grown to like this single. it’s not the best i’ve heard but it could be a hell of a lot worse.

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    Posted on 15-Jul-10 at 23:23 | Permalink
  21. bigfootkit

    I just found a link to the 3 song 12″ version of this release, as the 7″ attracted such attention i thought you might appreciate hearing it.
    The link is:
    http://rapidshare.com/#!download|625l32|228832486|Statetrooper_-_She_Got_The_Look_12__.rar|11608
    and it was originally posted at
    http://thesecretofthesteel.blogspot.com
    and surprise, surprise, the pw is
    http://www.thrashmageddon.com
    Enjoy it you sick fucks!

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    Posted on 21-Nov-10 at 19:13 | Permalink
  22. dave starry

    Call me far too openminded, but this isn’t really that bad. I was listening to this thinking: “man, that sounds like Gary Barden”. I quickly pointed my browser to the ol’ wikipedia.org and lo…”After his stint in [the Michael Schenker Group] [vocalist Gary Barden] went on to form Statetrooper with brothers Steve and Paul Johnson”.

    Apparently it’s trivia day for me on gbm…

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    Posted on 22-Jul-11 at 00:40 | Permalink
  23. Coen

    I almost immediately recognized Gary Barden.
    I adore the first two Michael Schenker Group albums, so that was an easy one for me.
    After skipping the A-side, I was really impressed by the B-side actually, especially the guitar solo.
    Many thanks for posting this.

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    Posted on 13-Apr-13 at 12:27 | Permalink

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