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C.I.A.- God, Guts, Guns 7″EP (Shmegma Records, USA, 1983)

Day 5
This time, there won’t be so much to say. That might be different, had this band included more Boyscoutness in their act, but they didn’t. Or if the LP following the EP would have been the same, but it wasn’t.
What C.I.A. deliver on “God, Guts, Guns” is of such sheer brilliance that it’s leaving me with my mouth wide open. Not necessarily in terms of handicraft: None of the musicians is really good. The guitarist is no Pig Champion and when he tries to solo, it shows (like on that Violent Children EP that springs to mind and maybe it’s the same on the Reflex from Pain EP too). But I love that,you know, I think those little imperfections can be the salt in the soup. Same goes for the drummer: He ain’t got the swing, but what the hell. When they roll together, the guitarist doesn’t try to wank and the drummer would not throw in too many fills, they sound surprisingly to the point, tight, fast, catchy, memorable, fizzy, nippy, zappy and all that with a clear, yet totally appropriate production.
You may say the short playing time is lamentable, but then again that’s just an other aspect of its greatness. You can hear that on the recently issued  “God, Guts, Guns & more” LP which features some extra material that didn’t make it on the 7″. The band just knew what they were doing and decided to cut off as much as they could. The result could hardly be better.

Who cares?.mp3 / Death.mp3
Hazard.mp3
Commie Control.mp3
Love & War.mp3
No Thrills.mp3

 

So that was it. 5 American Hardcore records in 5 days. It was a bit hectic, as again I let my daily mood decide what to post next. So here are some EPs I had piled up, but in the end didn’t use (just to make clear that these five days weren’t my lame attempt in creating a canon):

 

 

 

A finally here are some other records that I could have picked, hadn’t I blogged them before (some Canadian bands featured)

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2009/09/11/d-r-i-dirty-rotten-ep-7ep-dirty-rotten-records-usa-1983/

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2010/04/20/the-fix-jans-rooms-7ep-touch-go-records-usa-1982/

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2008/12/17/neos-hassibah-gets-the-martian-brain-squeeze-7ep-alanandhiscar-canada-1982/

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2008/10/16/urban-waste-st-7ep-mob-style-records-usa-1982/

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2006/10/04/genetic-control-first-impressions-7ep-generic-records-canada-1984/

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2008/09/25/breakouts-no-more-12ep-accelerator-records-usa-1983/

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2008/09/27/yyy-sin-12-ep-fringe-canada-1983/

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2006/10/07/koro-8-songs-7ep-no-label-nr15035-usa-1983/

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2007/11/01/articles-of-faith-wait-7ep-wasteland-records-usa-1983/

http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2006/10/04/antidote-thou-shalt-not-kill-7ep-antidote-records-inc-usa-1983/

12 Comments

  1. Tim

    Why am I feeling such personal gratification that I guessed this would be the post? Because I admire your taste and, today at least, we both have superb taste. I don’t know if it’s fair to interpret your choice if this as the final in your 5-in-5-days series to be your favorite of the five…but it’s mine. Cheers!

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    Admin Reply:

    You sure have superb taste Tim – and so do I. Ha!

    You know, after so many years and with such a shitload of great records at home, it’s not easy to talk about faves. Sometimes it’s this one, then it’s that one. But in the series of 5, I wouldn’t hesitate calling Poison Idea my favorite. But the other ones are not far from there!

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    Posted on 29-May-11 at 18:37 | Permalink
  2. eddie

    I didn’t know this band existed till years later in the 90’s where I saw them listed in the Lost & Found catalog and knew they were something special by the cover of the EP and it being from 1983. I finally got to hear the EP in 2002 and it was five short blasts of brilliance! I don’t care for the LP that came out in ’84 because it wasn’t the same singer and the music lacked in contrast to the EP.

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    Posted on 30-May-11 at 00:12 | Permalink
  3. Tim

    “Hey, did it turn out alright?”. Fuck yeah, Bones, I’d say it turned out perfect.

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    Posted on 30-May-11 at 04:22 | Permalink
  4. Thomas

    good choice, i like the leftfieldishness of it. i found the 7″ pretty late in the game, after i already had the lp. it’s so much better. and i agree: there’s not much else left to say. thanks for exciting five days. looking forward to the next round.

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    Posted on 30-May-11 at 06:29 | Permalink
  5. 5 comments for CIA? That can’t be. This is a severe case of Rock’n’Roll injustice!

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    Tim Reply:

    Yeah that’s bullshit.

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    Posted on 30-May-11 at 18:05 | Permalink
  6. eddie

    Do you think Peter Swedenhammer aka My Penis Is Small aka Martin aka Peter Magdolina will try to out do you on his killed by death records blog and post HC records?

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    My penis is small Reply:

    Do you think Adam Wilson aka Mike Rush aka AnalOlw will take all your rips Erich and do a CDR comp to sell on eBay?

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    Admin Reply:

    Is that him again? If so: I wish him good luck!

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    eddie Reply:

    [comment deleted by the admin]. Note to “eddie”: You’re banned.

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    My penis is small Reply:

    😀

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    justin Reply:

    …a CDR comp of Erich’s rips to sell on ebay…hmmm…now that’s food for thought, I’ve been looking for a way to make some extra money. Volume one cover will be a picture of Felix and Erich after one of their wine/cigar soirees,
    http://www.clashmusic.com/files/imagecache/big_node_view/files/proclaimers.jpg

    I would have thought by this time you would have banned all the Pedro naysayers…good riddance.

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    Posted on 30-May-11 at 20:44 | Permalink
  7. J. Low

    I often read the name of the band but never heard them before. Shame on me, what a great record! Pure energy!

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    Posted on 31-May-11 at 16:34 | Permalink
  8. jonathan twyler

    hey man what’s with that porn movie you’re recommending? is this some kind of joke? this is probably not legal.

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    Admin Reply:

    HEY MAN, you’re kidding, right?

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    justin Reply:

    🙂

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    Posted on 31-May-11 at 22:36 | Permalink
  9. The drummer is excellent damit! The CIA LP was a huge dissapointment though. Then they evolved into 76% Uncertain who was a total power house and still to this day is waaaaaay underappreciated.

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    Posted on 01-Jun-11 at 09:14 | Permalink
  10. F.

    A general big fucking THANK YOU for that 5 days–5 records series! Poison Idea’s my favorite, too, I guess. The prize for best writing goes to the NA post, though. (And the writing usually is what I’m here for.)

    Out of curiosity: What’s that record on heavy rotation? Can’t recognize it.

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    Admin Reply:

    Thanks, F. – The record is MINISTRY, “A mind is a terrible thing to taste”.

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    Posted on 04-Jun-11 at 21:09 | Permalink
  11. Sorry I didn’t comment on this five day trip earlier, just felt like anything I could say would just show what a dork I am and give you a good salad tossing…haha. Greatness personified, made me glad I was born earlier enough to have experienced some of this. Thanx as always.

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    Posted on 08-Jun-11 at 18:17 | Permalink
  12. Love & War is a quintisential hardcore song. Indespensable! Also double the usual quotient of ridiculously short songs on this record, big plus there. I am stupefied as to how the general public can dismiss Hardcore as a legitimate artform when confronted with music of such high calibre.
    You’re rip is a might bit faster than most of the others I’ve heard… better fidelity, as well. I wonder which speed is ‘correct’? Of course the faster the better for me!
    Does anyone know about Lost Generation? They are in the thanks list on this record (“Lost Gen.”). They were Connecticut contemporaries of C.I.A. – their 1983 LP ‘Return From Incas’ has some great tracks on it… I would say that the amount of great hardcore on that LP is equal to, or even greater than the amount of great hardcore on this EP! The most bizarre thing about that record is the guest vocals from H.R. of Bad Brains – which consist of the best reggae style singing I’ve ever heard from the man! Give it a listen if you ever see it…

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    Posted on 16-Jun-11 at 02:53 | Permalink

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