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POWERAGE- Protest to survive 7″EP (Neg. Fx, France, 1985)

Sometimes, the music’s not so important. Or the other way ’round: The music gets its importance from the context.

POWERAGE released this EP in 1985 on a french label, when South Africa was still a bloody racist state. When I was very young still, I started protesting against the Apartheid state and the close business and military connections between South Africa and Switzerland. Making posters, boycotting South African products, picketing in front of swiss banks that dealt with the regime and so on. If anybody would have told me back then that one day Nelson Mandela would not only be free but president of the country, I wouldn’t have believed it. It seemed as improbable as the racist state seems itself unreal, now, in retrospective. I had never heard any Punk or Metal from South Africa until in late 1985, when this EP was released. I never cared too much about the music, honestly, it was always just reason enough to deeply respect POWERAGE for the fact that they spoke out against Apartheid. And that such a band had its name from my favorite AC/DC album, as stated on the 7″ sleeve.
“Stop Apartheid” is the song I like the least on here. “Death Dance” and “Freedom” are very expressive and atmospheric numbers and “Adapt or die” is a pretty memorable song too.
Prior to this, POWERAGE had selfproduced a two track 7″ in 1983. I’ve never seen this 7″ and I’d love to find me a copy. Let me know if you can help. Not too long ago (maybe in the early 90s), there was a POWERAGE live album, packed with info material and what not. I’m sure that I have it somewhere, but I can’t find it at the moment.

Now go to the great Punk in Africa site and find out more about the upcoming documentary and more.

Stop Apartheid.mp3
Death Dance.mp3
Adapt or die.mp3
Freedom.mp3

40 Comments

  1. chano

    WOW!!! This is surprisingly good!! A bit dissonant and sloppy, but also FULL of passion and commitment. “death dance” is so cool… give us more S.A. punk, Erich!!! Pretty please… 😉

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 17:22 | Permalink
  2. chano

    p.s:do you have the Wild Youth 7″ep?

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    Admin Reply:

    Unfortunately not. Sounds pretty Sex Pistols-like, but really good!

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 17:33 | Permalink
  3. chano

    R.I.P. Dennis Hopper. A sad loss for the intelligent side (is there any?) of Hollywood. Sorry for using your comment section for this sad piece of news, Erich.

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    Admin Reply:

    I use my facebook profile for such comments. 🙂

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    chano Reply:

    you’re right, sorry…

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    Thomas Reply:

    Truth be told: The last 20 years or so of his life Hopper was a Bush-defending, ultra-reactionary neocon asshole. From that standpoint: Good riddance. At the same time the guy used to be fucking genius. My favorite story is the one where Wim Wenders picks him up from the airplane for “The American Friend” and Hopper’s still wearing his full “Apocalypse Now”-wardrobe with all the photo cameras hanging from his neck. I wish there finally was a DVD/Blu-ray of “The Last Movie”, one of the great lost movies of film history.

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    Admin Reply:

    I was just watching “Easy Rider”. Haven’t seen it since 1980. When I saw the movie back then, I didn’t like it. All my older friends loved it, but I just didn’t get it. Why would the guy have the u.s. flag on his leather jacket and the bike and helmet? Why the constant drug use? Why that hippie dreck? Watching it now, the hippies still disgust me (in fact, the scene in that desert commune is a bizarre glimpse at a totalitarian community that makes me sick). I like the ironic statement in the flags that are constantly shown throughout the movie. But it still kinda bores me. Guess I just always had a different understanding of “freedom” and “rebellion”.

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    chano Reply:

    well, his role in LAND OF THE DEAD was a CLEAR pisstake/criticism on Bush…

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    Thomas Reply:

    It’s called acting, I guess… Probably somebody should have told Hopper. He voted for Bush Sr. and Bush Jr. and was an outspoken supporter of their politics. To be fair: Late in the game he switched sides again and became an Obama follower.

    Thomas Reply:

    And just to make this clear: This doesn’t take anything away from Hopper the actor and filmmaker. While I think that EASY RIDER hasn’t aged particularly well, I find THE LAST MOVIE to be an awesome mindfuck, OUT OF THE BLUE is one of the true punk movies, COLORS was good, THE HOT SPOT very elegant and sexy. And as an actor he is bar none when he’s good – as in BLUE VELVET or RIVER’S EDGE or, say, SPEED. At the same time he’s been in so many stinkers where he’s on remote control, and due to my job I’m afraid to say I have seen them all. So the politics thing: I don’t care really, but I think it shouldn’t go unmentioned.

    Thomas Reply:

    Well, there’s a famous story about Jack Lemmon breaking into movies, working for George Cukor, who after every single take would go: “That was very good, Jack. But next time, do the same thing, but a little less.” Which got to a point where Lemmon said: “But then I’m not acting anymore.” To which Cukor replied: “Now you got it.” And because I’m a little tipsy at the moment I forgot what I was trying to say and leave it at that. More coming…

    Thomas Reply:

    Damn, this is not where I wanted the post to be… It should be right under Brian C.’s last reply… Anyway… I love the Tar Babies posting.

    Admin Reply:

    Which leads to the question, my dear, what your job is? 🙂

    PS: I for myself, quite the film affinicado, never knew what a good actor makes.

    PS II: I love it when discussions in the comments section take such wild turns.

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    Thomas Reply:

    The most simple answer to your one question would be: If you believe him, he’s a good actor. And question number two, simple answer again: I started to work as a film journalist 20 years ago and am currently editor of Blickpunkt:Film, a trade publication about the film industry. There was always music, film and writing, and somehow I managed to combine two of those to pay for my obsession with the third. It’s quite a great trade-off.

    chano Reply:

    yeah, Thom. Acting… sorry for my broken english. kinda japanese!!! 😀

    Admin Reply:

    @ Thomas: So you think that it’s purely subjective to say who is a good actor and who is not? And it would also entirely depend on the viewers mood, who maybe would “believe” the same actor one day and wouldn’t the other? 🙂

    Thomas Reply:

    Well, of course something like “good acting” must be subjective. I don’t know a way how you could measure it. Chances are actors with a certain education and experience know a thing or two to be effective. Of course it’s a skill that you can learn, you can train your movements, your body, your voice etc. At the same time there are so many variables that it’s almost impossible to have a certain set of rules that could make it easy for you to judge. What’s good for a theatre performance must not necessarily work in front of the camera (most certainly it doesn’t). You never know: Is the actor just bad or was he directed that way? So, in the end it comes down to this: Is the performance believable or is it not?

    Brian C. Reply:

    But believable to whom? I mean, say somebody plays a soldier. I might think, OK he looks like one, sounds like one, good job. Meanwhile the vets in the audience are getting pissed: no way is that what a real soldier would do!

    I guess being believable is a variety of roles is the most import thing for a long career. Meryl Streep will probably have that written on her tombstone. But there are exceptions, like . . . um . . . Bill Murray basically plays himself every time out is still pretty good. Maybe the same could be said of Hopper but I’ve only seen his “gonzo” type stuff.

    And then there’s Andy Kaufman, not on a lot of best actor lists but “believability” was his whole game.

    I guess the only way to judge an actor is case-by-case. In real life people often act like bad actors, mumbling and inconsistent, but imitating that on screen in an attempt to be “authentic” rarely seems to work. Maybe the only believability that counts is the one where the viewer thinks, “I believe I will not be asking for my money back”.

    I agree that on-camera acting is a whole different ballgame. I was in some plays in school and our coach told us not to go for believability, but EXAGGERATED believability. Not a lot of actors nowadays cross over, and when they do it’s more for Times Square “branding” than for their theater chops.

    Maybe the important thing isn’t just a believable performance but a believable performance that entertains. An a bad, unbelievable performance can be very entertaining. But I’ve been to local film fests where people tried to do John Waters-style bad acting, but merely sucked.

    So I’m straining my brain thinking about this . . . aesthetics is fucking complicated . . . and all I can say is a good actor, like any good artist, knows what’s right for the job, and has a big enough toolkit to keep things interesting. Scientists in the future may be able to concoct an objective scale which by clicking a button can determine “Good Actor”/”Bad Actor” and this will cut waiting times at auditions, but till then it’ll be a matter of taste.

    Oh, and Erich: in high school I wrote a short story based on that horrible hippie town in Easy Rider. (I used to hate that movie too but partially because everybody else liked it). I read it to my class and they thought it was pretty funny, but my hippie teacher sure didn’t. (He also gave a lecture calling Family Ties “trickle-down propaganda” which was my hot catchphrase for the following week.) God, just thinking about those hippies and that lame puppet show fills me with dread.

    In retrospect though Easy Rider is damn subtle compared to some hippie movies . . . like “The Last Movie” and that goddamn hippie folk-scatting all over the soundtrack.

    Posted on 30-May-10 at 18:05 | Permalink
  4. markus

    always good for a surprise erich 🙂 saw this ep on every list in the 80s and never cared to pick it up. guess that was a mistake. it’s really good and original!!!!

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 18:19 | Permalink
  5. Whatever you wanna post and comment here, Chano – say it. 🙂

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 18:30 | Permalink
  6. chano

    i’ve just asked for your friendship on FB! 😉

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 18:32 | Permalink
  7. chano

    Thanx for the friendship!!! 🙂

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 18:42 | Permalink
  8. old school thrasher

    thanks for this! after reading your description I was prepared for the worst kind of brit-punk. but it’s really good!!

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 18:57 | Permalink
  9. howardx

    “free nelson mandela”

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 19:33 | Permalink
  10. stylebitesbernd

    since the blogmaster ordered me to: I ALWAYS LIKED “DEATH DANCE” alot. In fact I think we had Powerage running when we mastered the “Sanction S.A.” EP…

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 19:50 | Permalink
  11. Jay Thurston

    Was this on the Crass label?? It would have fit in just perfectly. Thanks…I never heard it before!! Riot Squad next?? (S.A)

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 20:42 | Permalink
  12. Steve

    Since the Blacks took over from the evil racist whites, I imagine South Africa must be the land of milk and honey now. The country must be overflowing with food, medicine, hospitals, schools, etc. What do ya think Erich?

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    Admin Reply:

    You’re a stupid asshole.

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    chano Reply:

    i agree…

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    chano Reply:

    …with Erich, obviously.

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    mrpoopy Reply:

    What a waste of time–it behooves me to strain my fingers arguing with such a worthless pack of libtard fucks but, suffice to say, I fully agree with Steve and, of course, the abolition of Apartheid had nothing to do with “freeing” those people, as it did with opening the floodgates to plunder a once first-world country, as the advanced infrastructure possible under the
    Apartheid system quickly descended into typical African chaos. Racism really should have nothing to do with it, but how could anyone possibly imagine any other outcome than what that country has become? All those African leaders are cut from the same cloth: corrupt, tribal, incompetent, and don’t give a damn about their subjects (who will vote for them over and over again as they starve to death). SA will be Zimbabwe one day–it’s inevitable.

    Apartheid “set them up”? When has Sub-Saharan Africa NOT been that way? And why care about those worthless people anyway? Because it’s trendy, PC bullshit? Whitey never should have set foot in that backwards, shit-hole continent–that’s as close to agreeing with you as I’ll get. Now let’s start with the name-calling–it’s about all you fools have got.

    http://boerboel1.wordpress.com/

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    chano Reply:

    you’re such a lovely puppy dog…

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    What's the Truth? Reply:

    Racism should have nothing to do with it, but all those African leaders are the same, Africa has always been a shit-hole continent populated solely by worthless people, and all post-colonial African nations are destined to become despotic, anti-white, cesspools of poverty and dereliction. Not a bad attempt at trolling, but generally it’s best not to let your real slave morality seep through in the process.

    It also behooves you to look up the meaning of the word ‘behoove,’ if your strained fingers have any energy left.

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    Admin Reply:

    Maybe you’re right and one can only respond to such idiotic remarks with sarcasm and laughter. Personally, I can only say that when comments like these from “Steve” or “Mr. Poopy” appear that I don’t even feel the urge to “debate” on such a level of pure ignorance anymore. One of the things I learned from the internet: “Voice your opinion” has become a nightmare.

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    mrpoopy Reply:

    @ What’s The Truth?

    Gee, for a minute, I thought you were agreeing with me!

    @ Erich

    Ignorance, nothing. Put your money where your mouth is. Perhaps you can switch places with some of the people who are stuck there. And note that I had had enough sense to forbid such discussions on my site. These arguments are always no-win situations, generally asserted by faceless idiots who would never say such stuff in the real world–that’s what makes it fun (but I still don’t allow it)! However, I certainly won’t hesitate to take advantage of other people’s sites and stir up shit from time to time!

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    Admin Reply:

    You’re not stirring up shit, you’re just making an ass out of yourself.

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    mrpoopy Reply:

    Nope. I could pretty much form a template for these threads–it’s always the same. And, by the same token, I could go to the WSAS site and form a template for when one of you guys show up there and try to argue your point. They don’t want hear it from you, just like you and the rest of these chuckleheads don’t want to hear it from me. And so it goes.

    justin Reply:

    I really enjoy the actual music and the discussions about music on this site. Sometimes people have their opinion and say this music sucks or that music rules, but it’s just that, an opinion. When the comments stray, it stays the same, this sucks or that sucks. I’d be interested, since Erich has allowed this to go on here and there, in an intelligent discussion. This would be a good time for people to inspire weak minds like my own. I don’t know very much about 21st century Africa except for obviously politically motivated headlines. Civil war, tribal genocide, famine, AIDS, and Somalian pirates. Obviously apartheid was wrong, no child should be born without hope, so post-Apartheid, what’s it like. Does someone have a rational response to Steve and Mr. Poopy or is it just name calling? It’s like a Democrat, Republican debate, all posturing. Erich will probably stop the discussion here now that I’ve bothered to type all this bullshit out. Ha, ha, oh well I’ll read a book. By the way, this album sucks and only idiots like this kind of music.

    justin Reply:

    Just kidding, actually the music rules, but Dennis Hopper was an idiot, except for his parts in “The River’s Edge” and obviously “Blue Velvet”. Or maybe it’s me that’s the idiot. Can we at least agree that we’re all capable of being idiots?

    chano Reply:

    you are EVERYTHING your nickname implies… 😀

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    mrpoopy Reply:

    Damn straight!

    Thomas Reply:

    Erich, you have been too kind to this … um, person, kind of…

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    Steve Reply:

    Hey I was just curious to know if SA was as big a success as Zimbabwe! 😉

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    What's the Truth? Reply:

    Steve is right. Things were better for Black people back when whites ran South Africa. Black people didn’t have citizenship, they had to carry “racial ID cards,” interracial sex and marriage were criminal offenses, Black neighborhoods, which were conveniently segregated, were demolished regularly to make way for white businesses, the Bantu Education Act instituted a mandatory curriculum for Black people that trained them solely to be low-level laborers, and employment for Blacks was a legal requirement to reside in cities, which meant that children couldn’t live with their own parents. And I haven’t even gotten to all the wonderful violence and the neglected, inferior services they received in all public institutions yet!

    Steve, if you can’t see how South Africa’s modern problems are directly linked to its apartheid past, I don’t know what to tell you…

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    T.T. Reply:

    why don’t you ban this nazi?

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    howardx Reply:

    agreed. no need to coddle regressives.

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    chano Reply:

    nah… let the children play… 😀

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 23:14 | Permalink
  13. destinationfailure

    they also did a split 7″ with a band from new zealand whose name escapes me right now and I haven’t seen a copy in a few years.

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    chano Reply:

    the other band on the split is Compos Mentis.

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    T.T. Reply:

    the split sucks. I don’t think Erich will post it.

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    Posted on 30-May-10 at 23:38 | Permalink
  14. ian

    good post – I think its always worth documenting bands that existed where conditions made it that much harder – I first heard this & was very suprprised – but why not a punk rock sth african band…esp considering the times? Powerage also had a split ep with New Zealand band Compos Mentis from the mid 80’s…unfortunately its pretty bad – they had a new drummer who couldnt keep time & its a very hard listen!

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    Posted on 31-May-10 at 01:20 | Permalink
  15. Jason Flower

    I have the 1st 7″ by them, its alright…Wild Youth is great…Riot Squad ain’t all that special…but — Surf Or Die did some cool SA hardcore on vinyl.

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    Posted on 31-May-10 at 05:08 | Permalink
  16. elliott

    yeah been hearing about south african punk. sounds very good. kinda brittish but i’m not surprised. good stuff. want that split. i heard the other band a while ago. thanks man. and ug facebook. yeah not for me but oh well i’m not you. and because i can’t reply to comments yeah band that nazi fuck.

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    Posted on 31-May-10 at 10:12 | Permalink
  17. No, I won’t ban Steve. I would miss him calling me a marxist.

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    Posted on 31-May-10 at 10:15 | Permalink
  18. roc

    Great post. This is the type that got me into punk in the first place. “Death dance” of course is best and amazing track.

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    Posted on 31-May-10 at 13:24 | Permalink
  19. Anton

    Bored writing but great 7”.

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    Posted on 31-May-10 at 19:56 | Permalink
  20. Steve

    Well, since conditions are much better in SA and Zimbabwe under Black rule, all the progressives will probably be vacationing there in the near future! Heck, they might even be immigrating. I also hear things are swell in the Congo, so give that some consideration as well. 😉

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    Admin Reply:

    And you really believe the conditions in these countries are in some way related to the color of the skin of the people living there?

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    chano Reply:

    Steve, i hope this is only a provo-joke. no one can be that dumb (LARM docet)…

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    Posted on 31-May-10 at 19:58 | Permalink
  21. Dave G

    Surprising good music Erich. Thanks for posting this and for explaining the history behind it.

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    Posted on 31-May-10 at 21:02 | Permalink
  22. Boston Dog

    how I LOVE this blog. the music, the writings and the comments. there’s just no other blog like yours around. just wanted to say.

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    Posted on 31-May-10 at 22:31 | Permalink
  23. Brian C.

    Net rule 35 = you can’t mention South Africa without some knuckledraggin white guy whose probably a virgin and probably couldn’t find it on a map. I used to go to J.Berg sometimes as a kid – my dad did a lot of bizness there I’m ashamed to say – and I paled around with your classic English schoolboys. They’d be full of “tips” like “don’t eat mush from darkie venders or you’ll get runs” and they sang the most annoying p.school songs. Twirps.

    I hardly ever saw blacks except scared-looking menial jobbers ; they only existed as a boogyman. There was no news, just their own tabloid stuff; there always seemed some scandal of blacks on rampage, graphic like a comicbook. The uniformed schoolkids seemed to think America was still Jim Crow. I felt so embarrassed for all those people; the whites were just privileged sorts of prisoners, paranoid, cultureless, obsessed with religion (Anglican, I never met any Boers who the colonists were scared to death of also.

    Not fun trips – Hong Kong made SA look like hell on earth. High elevations, hard to breath, strange weather, bad food. No music on the radio, TV worse than England’s was at the time — just an enormous lie.

    That’s why I rather like SA punk (and a couple of their hippie groups like Freedom’s Children and McCully Workhouse; there’s also an album called Suck that’s all hard rock covers and was banned of course.

    I’ve got three Powerage singles on tape, but never heard this one! Never knew it existed, but it’s tops to hear it! The SLF of SA, in a way. Wild Youth’s single and comp tracks give them away as rich kid game players, wanna-be Clash. Still okay stuff, but even better is Riot Squad SA’s EP from 81. I’ve also got a crusty thing called Screaming Foetus from ’87 that sounds like Oi crossed with Japanese noise punk. A real fucked up mix. The only “original” I own from the scene is the Africa corps tape from ’84 . . . besides Powerage and two of Wild Youth’s harder tracks, a lot of great stuff from lesser knowns. Wish all this stuff could be reissued . . . a piece of the puzzle from a time all whites are gonna have a hard time living down. As for the Troll above, he’s misinformed: I doubt he’s set foot down there, probably a Faux News jerkoff, but generation after generation were raised as chattel basically; the country is broke because all their resources go straight out the continent, and who can blame them if they want revenge? (also IMHO Mandela was more celebrity martyr than politician and SA needed a younger hand). Hope that someday whites and blacks are playing in punk bands together: SA punk never really had a totally unique style, but if they stick it out something original out to come out of it. Thanks for spinning this one, new to me and its diamonds!

    The white English need to pay reparations and dig the blacks out the humiliating hole they’ve been stuck in.

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    howardx Reply:

    the “suck” and “freedom’s children” albums are excellent.

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    Posted on 01-Jun-10 at 16:03 | Permalink
  24. Brian C.

    PS I can tape of CDr any of the stuff I named for anyone interested, or sit down with racist troll guy and a few schoolbooks and grow him up some. I’m in Portland Oregon now so just buzz me.

    Oh and my 2 cents on Dennis Hopper: a drug addled party boy turned Republican makes him the W of Hollywood. His style is a mix of improvising lines he couldn’t be arsed to read, plus a gnarly Dex comedown. Typecast as a psychotic jerkoff for good reason, his handful of magnetic performances outweighs the pretentious crap filling most of his resume. My generation will always love him for the “PBR” line and leave it at that, but he also made an exploitation movie about “Punk Rock” called White Light or something . . . Let it Rock in the states. It steals all the concert/crowd scenes from Suburbia sans credit. You know, that “I’d like to fuck yer brainz out. But don’t look like you gots any.” Boffo yucks guaranteed.

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  25. Steve

    Gee I guess Brian C the bagelboy will be vacationing in SA real soon! 😉 Bing! Boffo! Yuck, yuck!

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    What's the Truth? Reply:

    A lot of people vacation in SA. Cape Town, for example, is beautiful, and is one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations for international travelers. And of course, the next World Cup is being hosted by SA. Where are you from that you still haven’t figured any of this out yet?

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    howardx Reply:

    im guessing ohio or perhaps south carolina.

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    Posted on 01-Jun-10 at 18:34 | Permalink
  26. Steve

    You know, I just remembered that South Africa has nukes. I wonder if one of you brilliant cafe-commandos can refresh my memory as to who supplied these weapons and tech to SA? Was it the knuckle-dragging white nazis, or the islamofascists? Maybe Brian C (for comedian) has the answer? 😉

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    Admin Reply:

    You’re getting closer to the ban. I don’t think you’re a nazi, you’re probably just a 20 years old, bored and neither bright nor funny chap. That’s fine, but this ain’t your place here, Steve.

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    Steve Reply:

    I’ve been called every name in the book by you and your fans. I used to be a fan myself before the name-calling. But I promise you this will be my last posting. Don’t bother answering the above questions. I know what it’s like to walk on egg shells when you’re misled into a certain world-view. It’s like a mental illness really.
    PS: Btw I’m nearing 50 years old. If I were 20 I would have called you many names. Have a nice day. 🙂

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    chano Reply:

    good news!!!! 🙂

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    chano Reply:

    poor little fellow… i feel guilty for havin’ called you names… 😀

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    chano Reply:

    you’re crossing the line between sarcasm and gross ignorance, Steve…

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    howardx Reply:

    “According to the Nuclear Threat Initiative, in 1977 Israel traded 30 grams of tritium for 50 tons of South African uranium and in the mid-80s assisted with the development of the RSA-3 ballistic missile.[14] Also in 1977, according to foreign press reports, it was suspected that South Africa signed a pact with Israel that included the transfer of military technology and the manufacture of at least six nuclear bombs.”

    neither knuckledragging whites nor “islamofascists”

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    Admin Reply:

    The nightmare for every hobby-nazi: Jews supplying negroes with nuclear weapons.

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    Brian C. Reply:

    George the First’s C.I.A. was shitting their pants over the commies in Angola and encouraged the deal. In other words, it’s ALL YOUR FAULT.

    I love how in the same breath you whine about being called “every name in the book” while calling me a “bagelboy”. I am a rich kid, but I’m not Jewish, I’m Welsh Catholic. Assuming I was based on my screed showed a bit of insight, but a whole lot of bitterness. Just like the PC bleeding-heart types you probably imagine everyone is who disagrees with you, you’re trying to shoehorn reality into your binary mythology. The truth isn’t just the opposite of a lie: people saying “Blame Whites” might piss you off, but changing it to “Blame Blacks” doesn’t make you right. Politics is cliche vs. cliche with two completely predictable opponents.

    My advice (as someone almost half your age who has his own share of unpopular opinions) is to phrase things differently. Be a critic, question things, but don’t talk like you’ve got all the answers and everybody else is just stupid. Don’t play the race card cause that ends the game right there; you’ll just come off like a smug prick, a crazy person, and a liar. I’d be just as annoyed if you said “OMG Mandela is Jesus things in SA are so wonderful now! Hacking farmers with machetes is so heroic.

    I hope Erich gives you another chance to learn to argue intelligently . . . that is, assuming you’re a thinking person rather than a neurotic looking for scapegoats and attention. A variety of views is what makes this site interesting and Erich posts a lot of discussion worthy music. (You probably noticed he posted a Skrewdriver record a while back and true to his country he tries to be neutral where music is concerned.)

    But if you are banned, it’s your own fault. I hope you realize it’s nothing to do with Erich being the KGB or a “self-hating white person”. It’s because your comments are stupid and sheep-like. You can say shocking stuff and still be interesting, or even likable. Humor helps. But that Fox News “sarcastic” putting words in the straw man’s mouth tactic is annoying and out of place here. There’s plenty of blogs for that shit.

    In case you’re a conscious troll, in it for the lulz, I must say EPIC FAIL to you. Take it to the furry boards, we’re all very bored with those shenanigans. But (unlike Mr. Poopy, at least I hope) you are worse than Hitler: the troll who doesn’t know he’s a troll.

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    justin Reply:

    Damn that was a good read, especially with words like, “trying to shoehorn reality into your binary mythology”.

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    Posted on 01-Jun-10 at 19:16 | Permalink
  27. Hello guys!!
    I’m looking for some SCRAPS (France) records, don’t you know some blogs has posted them:

    – Demo 1985
    – Wrapped Up In This Society LP 1990
    – Dismantle The Machine One Cog At A Time LP 1994

    Tks for attention

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  28. no nazi's friend

    always the same story: you write something about africa, about the apartheid or racism on the net and within 10 minutes you have some hillybilly nazi wanker showing up. ban him.

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  29. eddie

    Erich, you was on a roll there with the X-Claim records.

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  30. What's the Truth?

    All this writing and I didn’t even comment on the music! I’m really glad I got to hear this for the first time; when I went to South Africa a few years ago I was determined to bring a few records back, but I only ended up with a few Zulu trinkets and my then-favorite old jeans and shoes ripped to shreds by lions.

    I have to say, this is some good stuff for sure. I guess I was expecting something a little more 77-sounding, but this is sort of like what we were saying about Brazilian/Eastern European Thrash Metal…this has a sound of its own, maybe because of where it’s from. I also like that now we have one more piece of evidence to add to your pile about the connection between AC/DC and punk. Maybe there’s something about location in this, too, since it’s not often in the centers, but on the edges that music (and other things) that often seem unrelated, or even opposed, can mix more easily.

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  31. Just love violins in punk and so much better then the Riot Squad SA 7″ that was the first encounter for me when it comes to SA punk. Of course obtained from Goran Lind of SOD. For some reason Goran was obsessed enough of SA to go there and release the Surf or Die 7″. Goran ha ha the master of all things obscure and most of the time unlistanable stuff you could come across in Sweden in the 80s. But thanks to him I obtained the Pseudo Existors which I think is the only record I really liked that he sold me.

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  32. Federico

    Thanks for reminding me of this record Erich. I was just checking out the “Rocking Together” compilation 7” sometime ago and wondering about the Swedish connection there, so it was great to read what Small Is Beautiful wrote. There was something, some sentiment in that compilation which smelled almost like Apartheid apologetics (“there are worse things done elsewhere in the world”), which for me, being politically aware/ active in Israel are familiar and annoying. It was while living in Israel when I actually got the Powerage 7”, the “Rocking Together” compilation 7”, the White Flag anti apartheid benefit 7” and some GG Allin 7”s as a trade for some mediocre mid-90s HC stuff. The 15-year old whom traded me those said he had more of those “shitty old punk” stuff home, but was prevented to keep in touch with me by his mom, as I was “poisoning the mind of his son with anti zionist garbage”, as she told me on the phone.

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  33. Brian C.

    Steve. the only bagel I’m into is your mom’s doughy white asshole. You know, that thing you were born out of.

    I dug out me old SA punk tapes and there’s a really good one on “Afrika Corps” by Leopard, with a girl singer. Wish there was more about the scene but I’m never setting foot in that godforsaken place again – the family I stayed with (cuz they’d warned my dad it wasn’t “safe” for a 10 year old with all the “deviled hams” about . . . like Eskimos and snow, white SA have 1000 words for their “charges” and all of them quaint as Steve’s remarks. (that one comes from the batshit commonplace that black people are descended from Ham, Noah’s son (I think) who led his people to a magical “land of sky blue waters” (Americans should find that amusing.)

    Anyway I stayed with these people in their gated land of make believe (patrolled by guys with machine guns which to an American kid in the ’80s was OMG KEWL!) I sorta got off on the wrong foot by mentioning the one thing I knew about SA at the time – “The Gods Must Be Crazy”. They were “deeply embarrassed” that the movie showed “the ignorance of the negro as preferable” to the civilization they’d “hoisted by the sweat of our brow and the tears of our women” (that was how the dad actually talked, especially after his gin at tea-time.) They had a family bible reading every day but thought anything endorsing “the simple life” had to be a trojan horse for communists and Satan. Plus “the title is an absurdity dangerously close to the manichean heresy” (a minor, ancient scuffle they were convinced was going on today). Of course they proudly admitted NOT seeing the movie. (SAs, especially the Calvinists, hate entertainment. They didn’t even have TV until 1970 and the moon landing shamed them into it.)

    On the subject of SA’s “nukes” – the deal was sponsored by the Carter admin as a pants-shitting response to the commies in Angola, ect. (Remember Negative Trend’s “Mercenaries”?) Since the Portuguese and their hirelings couldn’t genocide effectively enough then obviously America had to step in with the excuse of defending Israel, since supporting SA didn’t poll well.

    So it’s all YOUR FAULT, Steve. So much for your EPIC LULZ, guess it’s back to the furry forums with you.

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    Admin Reply:

    Thanks for this little insight into the bigot world of the “white” post-Apartheid middle class reservations. I’ve plenty of these stories and anecdotes over the years.

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    Posted on 03-Jun-10 at 10:03 | Permalink
  34. PS: As for the bans: I only had one IP actually banned for a short time (the german Tom Fischer fanboy with his heartbreaking and annoying stories). Currently, there are no bans active and whenever I’m deleting a comment (maybe a dozen out of 12’000 comments!), I’m making it public.

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  35. Brian C.

    Thank you Erich. Do I get the prize for the most long-winded posts? I’ve been haunting all the KBD type blogs for a few months now but I rarely bother to post anything, or even read anything, but your site always breaks the ice. I’ve been in “the rockin’ life” for a long time but I guess I’m still kind of a noob because I don’t really collect vinyl . . . before blogs I’d bribe people to tape me things (I still do, I begged Punk Business Manager to post the Crucified and bless his heart he did). I’m also buds with the guys at Discourage Rock’n’Roll here in Portland (they put out KBD 14). You know that joke about an Arizona record called Stoned, “Phonebook Killer”? Well, I actually recorded a mock-up of it that sounds pretty killer (I think). I tried to convince them to release it as a prank, but they thought my idea was pure evil. They did put a fake “Stoned” on 14, but it was really an Ice 9 demo. (I’m not trying to talk you into posting my phony “Phonebook”, just rambling.)

    My listening habits have grown a lot from your metal and hardcore posts. I used to have Kugelberg syndrome where I ignored anything with a date after ’82. This was party cuz Portland in the ’90s had NO punk scene, just crust, and my band was viewed as ideologically suspicious because we played in 4/4 time. But I’ve been a lot more adventurous thanks to your picks and I’m freed from another prejudice. I mean, I’m 32 and just heard the X-Claim label stuff for the first time! Hard to believe, huh? I’ll always be an arty new waver at heart but looking back on “arguments” I’ve made against hardcore and the mid-’80s being “death of rock” I feel a bit more understanding of the batshit insane (like Steve and Mr. Poopy.)

    Anyway I meant to just briefly ask something that kind of shocks me: is Mr. Poopy a real Republican type? I thought he was just the typical “subversive” dirty-mouth guy taking the piss? (There was a whole cult of those in ’90s Portland, centered around a guy named Jim Goad. They called themselves the Partridge Family Cult and made a big deal about one of them working for a pro-suicide group and got in the newspaper a lot, always denying the extreme racism and misogyny in their xeroxes was anything but brilliant satire. They “appreciated” my band but were personally the types of snobs you feel constantly on trial with. And I wasn’t drinking age and that was all they’d do, but my future wife was friends with them and GASP they really were extreme racists and all-around sick fucks. (Guilt by association was just one of the reason the crusts hated me.) Portland is a very segregated city and in the ’90s you’d see an occasion costume skinhead but in fact the real threat was a group of well-to-do cocktail hipsters and while skins would be attacked on site the Partridge cult would be ass-kissed. However, the only one with any real artistic output, Jim Goad, went to prison for beating the shit out of 5′ 2″ girlfriend, bunked with a black guy, and came out non-racist. He blamed his past idiocy on some non-existent “white trash” upbringing he dreamt he had. Apology accepted, he went straight back to his 15 dollar cocktails; his ex-cult tried to compensate with coke, heroin, and their old friend scat porn, but their 15 minutes were over. Only one of them – the biggest, creepiest asshole in the bunch according to my ex-wife – went on to anything, creating a porn-meets-facebook website called Suicide Girls, for guys too socially inept to visit a strip club. (Girls not available for download).

    Well, my point is: whether Mr. Poopy is a real bastard or a fake bastard, he has posted a few good records . . . and a lot of jokey crap. I think I’ll pay him a visit and see what the deal is . . . but thanks for sticking up for some decency, because 20 year olds throwing slurs around is getting old hat.

    Thanks for reading,
    Marcel Proust

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    Admin Reply:

    Just a quick response and not a complete one at that too: For a blogger, there’s nothing that would make him happier than a good dose of Proust in the comments section. Comments generally are keeping the blog alive over the years: If no one would be responding, debating, arguing, objecting, accusing or name calling me, I wouldn’t put so much work into it. If people from all over the world can communicate with each over over music – what could be better?

    Your old hippy

    Fichel Moucault

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    howardx Reply:

    “my band was viewed as ideologically suspicious because we played in 4/4 time”

    haha awesome

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    mrpoopy Reply:

    Jezus Christ! You people are still bickering about this shit? Even if you can actually manage to be articulate, there is no way to accurately discuss complicated issues like this in a few paragraphs on a fucking message board! How to do really expect to get a point across, even if you have good intentions? This format is too limited. Whether, you care to admit it or not, my own habit of tossing out half-truths and watching people scurry around, trying to be logical about it is a lot more meaningful than what you chumps are attempting to do and, at the very least, it’s FUN!!

    I wasn’t involved with the Partridge Family Cult, but I was involved with similar characters like the dude from Fuck Magazine at one point and, yes, I was / am pretty much a member of that sort of camp, if it’s any of your business. Here’s a link to one of my old zines from back in the day, heralded nationwide as a masterpiece, to be sure! A return to old form is coming shortly–I need to blow off some steam!:

    [link deleted by Admin]

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    chano Reply:

    i have 3 or 4 issues of Fuck magazine plus the EXTERMINATION ZONE book and i was in contact with Randall… what can i say? i liked the brutal anti-p.c. attitude of the guy, but on the other hand i disliked the retarded “alien”-racial theories. he had some sparkles of genius, but most of the time was downright childish and stupid…

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    Admin Reply:

    Very funny. Ha. Ha. Ha.

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    chano Reply:

    i can’t download the thing… thanx god!!! 😀

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    What's the Truth? Reply:

    “Half-truths” says it all, for me. The problem with this kind of trolling is that it often works conceals a serious similarity, if not outright link between the “shock writing” and the writer’s actual beliefs, conscious or not (Satan forgive me for going with Zizek on this one.) It’s also often a mechanism that prevents the writer from having to define or defend their actual beliefs. I’ve witnessed both of these countless times.

    Maybe I’m getting jaded, but this kind of shock value doesn’t do anything for me anymore, especially when it’s so forced. Reminds me of punks who parade around taking every single opportunity to mention all the Nazi bands they listen to as a mark of superiority and individuality over their “pansy PC Liberal” friends and peers. They don’t get that they’re enacting the exact same structure.

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    mrpoopy Reply:

    Actually, I tend to agree and it is the exact purpose of such a vehicle to not have to defend or support anything. Do the guys at MAD Magazine defend or support their stuff? It’s stupid shit for stupid shit’s sake. That zine and things like it are my entertainment and I don’t feel the need for any better defense than the fact that I LIKE IT. Would you sit down and harp on some guy for liking Pro Wrestling? That stuff is fake as hell, serves no redeeming purpose that I can see and, yet, I’m pretty sure that everyone who enjoys it isn’t a complete moron. I happen to like cartoonish, silly shock value for it’s own sake. If you guys feel the need to be “serious” about your entertainment, it’s your business. You’re mixing too much politics with entertainment.

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    Admin Reply:

    Enough of your silly shit now.

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    chano Reply:

    go to http://www.whitehonor.com, there you can find lotsa pals! 😀

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    howardx Reply:

    “Jezus Christ! You people are still bickering about this shit?”

    no bickering here, we all recognize douchebaggery when we see it.

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  36. elliott

    haha i just read through these comments. mr. poopy is a fuckhead. i’m pretty sure you have no idea what you’re talking about. back to the music. erich if you have more south african punk please post.

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    fuck fascist Reply:

    this guy’s a fucking coward. obviously a fascist but one who uses irony as a safety net. fucking asshole.

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    Posted on 07-Jun-10 at 11:27 | Permalink
  37. chano

    man, 101 comments (102… ;-))… it’s a record!!! 😀

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  38. taco

    I wonder if Mr Poopy is stuck in some weird kind of anal stage or something. Or maybe he really is Steve while he also pretends to be a bunch of other people in some weird attempt to make his ideas sound more popular than they really are. Happens all the time. I wonder if he still wears diapers at age 50.

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  39. Clinton Chapman

    I’m just listening to the Wild Youth 7″ and tracks from v/a ‘six of the best’ LP. I really enjoy it for it’s 77 style and being that it came out of South Africa in 1979 impresses me. I also have a rehearsal and live tape at home-both great, raw and typical of the era covering The Stooges and the like(if I recall correctly). If I’m not mistaken, Wildman, the drummer of Wild Youth, aside from appearing in the Guinness book of world records for drumming of sorts, also played in Powerage for a period. I am unsure what era of Powerage he was with them. Brett of Powerage moved to Australia toward the end of the ’80’s, maybe around ’90 and continued to release records by Surf Or Die(split 12″ with Tribes of the Second/Seventh Sun). He sold a lot of his personal record collection to the now defunct Au Go Go records sometime in early 2000 for which I was lucky enough to get first bite at. Sadly, nothing of the early South African punk was in there. I’d love to hear from him, I think he is on facebook(who isn’t?), but I’ve been unable to get a hold of him. I heard a rumour that he too sold his collection as he’d moved on to things involving a religious life. I also think he moved to London. Don’t all Australian’s, New Zealanders and South Africans move to London? Myself included.
    I’ve recently discovered Wild Youth have a myspace, and I had a reply from a band member regarding my interest in doing a legitimate re-issue of the 7″ including the compilation tracks as a bit of an extra. We’ll see how negotiations pan out for such a release-too many things on my plate right now.
    I think the first Powerage 7″ is worth a listen. I’d stretch to say, for me personally, it’s better than the above release but not too far from how this one sounds-if nothing more than a little under developed. I have two later Powerage 7″s also, if I’m not mistaken-maybe it is only one and the split(ah, the pain of being removed from my record collection).
    My mate also recently bumped into an old friend and original band member of Riot Squad SA. He’s been discussing a potential re-issue of their demo’s etc as an LP on our collective demo re-issue label, Demo Tape. it would be our first departure from UK demo releases on vinyl. Again, they probably all lived in the UK at some stage. I’m missing one of the Riot Squad SA 7″s(with a red cover I believe). Screaming Foetus have 2 7″s.

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  40. bill harzia

    Looks like all the old sa punk is being re released by Ritual Records (www.ritual.co.za) in 2011

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