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ANGRY RED PLANET- Too much Knowledge can be dangerous 7″ (Angry Red Records, USA, 1983)

Summer is (meteorologically) over and this will allow me to put more time into the blog again.

ANGRY RED PLANET were a band from Detroit that during its existence might have gotten more attention in Europe than in the U.S.A. Not only was the first album licensed in Germany in 1987 (“Little Pigs, Little Pigs” – but without the elusive silk screened cover the original pressing has) – German label Double A Records also released a so-so live album with recordings of the bands highly enjoyable 1988 Euro Tour.
Like so many bands, ANGRY RED PLANET had developed a rather twisted, noisy sound by the end of the 80s, when rock music (seemed) dead and on the floor. On their first EP however, ANGRY RED PLANET were still a Hardcore band. The two slow songs have that typical Detroit feeling to it: Great trashy guitar riffs, melodic short solos and a total beat down atmosphere. The other two tracks (and I must confess that they always were the reason for me to put this on the turntable) are fast, yet catchy thrashers. “Mummy from Hollywood”, the mandatory anti-Reagan song and  “You’re one too”, which starts off with a riff almost identical to Angry Samoans “Gas Chamber”.

A very good, albeit totally overlooked minor classic of Detroit punk. Give this two or three listens and you will start singing along, guaranteed. It’s about time somebody does this band minimal justice and re-releases the discography. Does anybody have any 1982 recordings by ANGRY RED PLANET?

Love the a-side label: In your face orange-dayglo, which for some reason my scanner wasn’t able to reproduce, so I had to take a snap shot with my camera.

Apathy.mp3
Mummy from Hollywood.mp3
Going nowhere slow.mp3
You’re one too.mp3

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