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OLHO SECO- Botas, Fuzis, Capacetes 7″EP (Punk Rock Discos, Brazil, 1983)

There is something about this debut 7″ by OLHO SECO that is irresistible. First off all, it’s “Nada”, which is one of the worldwide super hardcore punk hits, immortalized and first brought to most via MRR’s “Welcome to 1984” sampler. Its simplicity and effectivity is astounding, almost scary. On the flipside, the other two songs may not be to the point in their perfection, but still their brevity and resoluteness is overwhelming. That’s how I want my Hardcore to sound.
And sound is the key here. After first recording experiences mainly with the legendary “Gritto Suburbano” sampler, Olho Seco (“Dry Eye”) were disappointed with the production. According to a 1983 interview (you can find it on the Kill from the Heart site) the plan was to disband again quickly (maybe to focus on COLERA, I don’t know), but instead the three guys hit a professional 24 track studio and recorded these three songs.
Since the english translation of “Nada” made it to the public (mainly through the “Beating the Meat” sampler, I seem to remember – too lazy to search out that LP, but wasn’t the english translation featured on the cover? Or was it to be found on the MRR comp?), there was some controversy about it. Heartless I called the lyrics over at Peter’s blog when he posted it (stole his scan of the lyric sheet, cause mine had none), not racist or anything, but heartless and rough spoken.

Olho Seco’s guitarist Redson was also the singer and guitarist in Colerà. As we learned from a comment posted by Marcelo of ROT, he died two days ago, at the age of 49. I wish I could tell you more about him, his bands, the punk scene in Brazil (which, when you check out the many youtube videoclips, still seems to be in a healthy and somewhat enthusiastic state). Well, I can’t apart from owing a couple of brazilian records, Colera was the only band from there I ever saw live. That was in the winter of 1987, when they toured Europe and played in Switzerland, at the Rote Fabrik in Zürich. I remember a jumpy band, full of joy and eager to communicate with us who we were no more than maybe a dozen or two.
Maybe I’ll be ripping some more Olho Seco (the incredible split LP with the even more incredible Ruido De Rabia for instance) or said “Gritto Suburbano” compilation, we’ll see. In the meantime, rest in peace Redson and may those who have to share leave comments. Sometimes it pisses me off that recently I have to report on the death of so many people of the long gone scenes of the 80s.

Nada.mp3
Muito obrigado.mp3
Botas, Fuzis, Capacetes.mp3

10 Comments

  1. Adamski

    A great single & a band that blew my mind when I first got into hardcore in the mid-80s. When I told my peers I was into a band from Brazil, they couldn’t get their little minds around the fact I could get so much joy from a band “singing in a foreign language.”

    Man, I used to have that split LP you’re thinking of posting, Erich. Another one that I stupidly sold years ago. I’d love to hear it again in a good rip.

    Sad to hear about Redson’s death. Another punker bites the dust.

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    Posted on 29-Sep-11 at 20:08 | Permalink
  2. Kabelo

    I remember back in the day Colera was one of the first Brazilian punk bands to tour outside Brazil and for that alone they were considered heroes for some people…
    RIP Redson..
    Great post btw…

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    Posted on 30-Sep-11 at 16:50 | Permalink
  3. Giusi

    Grazie. Very good record, the best out of Brazil. Redson was a very nice guy and very charismatic. Colera’s 1987 tour was the first tour for a brazilian band in Europa. Too bad I was only 10 years old then.

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    Posted on 01-Oct-11 at 10:35 | Permalink
  4. fREak

    love NADA. up there with OUTO MAA and RAW POWER. best rip that I have ever heard.

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    Posted on 01-Oct-11 at 10:37 | Permalink
  5. FV

    RIP Redson, I got some great records and scars on my face to remember you. goodbye

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    Posted on 01-Oct-11 at 11:03 | Permalink
  6. DLO

    Dry Eye is a Brazilian way of saying, “ASSHOLE.” Depending on your diet, it may or may not be dry.

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    Posted on 01-Oct-11 at 15:53 | Permalink
  7. Tomasso

    I remember that I got turned on to Brazilian hardcore by one of those wonderful yellow info letters from Vinyl Boogie in 82 or so. I did buy Grito Suburbano and one Olho Seco 7″ if I remember correctly, but was never too overwhelmed by the musicand kind of lost sight of what was going on over there. It’s kind of ironic that now that I have hundreds of Brazilian records from other eras (Bossa, Samba, Brazilian Funk, Jazz etc.), I kind of get redirected to the hardcore of the country which seems to speak as direct as possible and almost eloquently of the hardships in the favelas. Well, the music ain’t Marcos Valle or Deodato or Banda Black Rio, but it is heartfelt. And you can’t go wrong with that.

    Robson does not mean a thing to me. Still, it’s never fun to hear from guys of approximately my age biting the dust.

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    Posted on 03-Oct-11 at 21:31 | Permalink
  8. Clinton Chapman

    The Olho Seco split LP is with Brigado Do Odio, not Ruido De Rabia. Either way, it’s a ferocious record-a real two sided split record.

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    Admin Reply:

    You’re right. I keep mixing up the two (Ruido de Rabia shared an LP with Ultimo Gobierno, both from Spain).

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    Posted on 05-Oct-11 at 06:49 | Permalink
  9. Clinton Chapman

    Ultimo Gobierno/Ruido De Rabia is an equally record for my ears.

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    Posted on 10-Oct-11 at 07:50 | Permalink
  10. DLO, good joke, but to all you non Portuguese speakers, Dry Eye is not a Brazilian way of saying anything other than the literal meaning or the band’s name.

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    Posted on 22-Oct-11 at 01:49 | Permalink

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