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SEWER ZOMBIES- Conquer the Galaxy LP (Subversive Records, USA, 1987)

I’ve been meaning to post the 2nd SEWER ZOMBIES for a while now (I’ve had two songs off the first one up here once).

Bizarre. This is just bizarre. I really don’t know what to say. If there were no Hardcore-context given, what would you make of this? I’m not even sure I like it. When I reviewed it in 1987, I didn’t like it. Do I like it now? Maybe the question is too naive. It’s not about liking SEWER ZOMBIES. They were just a fact and they sure didn’t bother themselves with this question too much. Just take the grandiose Go-Go’s cover “Capture the Light” – it leaves you in awe. What the hell were they thinking? Or the 1 minute instant classic “Heavee Metal”: It’s most definitely not a love song. Does “In the Hall of the Martian King” somehow refer to King Crimson or Hawkwind or both maybe? “For a few Records more” (consisting of three parts) is the epic highlight of the album: If this doesn’t freak you out then hats off, you’re made of stone.

I think it’s time to re-rip and post the first LP in full. It’s very different from “Conquer the Galaxy”: Very noisy and guitary. Or in other words: Where the first one is a fine example for fuckshitupism, this one here is whatthefuckism.

Download “Conquer the Galaxy” in full here (.zip file). Take 30 minutes of your precious time and play it through before trying to answer the question whether or not you like it.

 

 

20 Comments

  1. LongHairedAsshole

    Actually bought this one cause I couldn’t find mp3s of it anywhere and was really hoping more along the lines of their first LP. Disappointed, needless to say. But this shits cool for what it is.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-12 at 18:29 | Permalink
  2. Gabi-Point

    I was afraid you were gone forever. Where have you been?? Dammit! Please post more often. You’re the only HCMetalPunkWhatever-blog I visit.

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    Admin Reply:

    Yeah, it’s been too long, I totally agree!

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    Posted on 24-Jan-12 at 18:42 | Permalink
  3. Lincoln Hawkes

    Thanks for the post. Seems the links from the earlier post are broken. Maybe it -is- time to re-rip that 1st album.

    “They Died With Their Willie Nelson T-shirts On” is a first ballot song title hall of fame inductee.

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    Admin Reply:

    Will re-rip and post it! It’s a slap-in-the-face record.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-12 at 19:07 | Permalink
  4. Maikoholic

    Great record. When i posted tracks from the “Reach out” album i received some comments from people who knew the Sewer zombies, If i remember correctly it was sort of a one-man-band. Does explain some of the weird tunes on these two albums.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-12 at 20:05 | Permalink
  5. Tomasso

    wow. not sure if it’s a gem, but it sure is forgotten. i should have that somewhere in my keller of shame, but i am not sure if i really listened to the thing the whole way through. “in the hall of the martian king” certainly is liftoff of “in the hall of the mountain king”, which should be on the third electric light orchestra album, which originally is some classical whatever piece. just too much of a sewer zombie to know that.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-12 at 20:34 | Permalink
  6. Parts of this sound like The Witch Trials, that weird one-off industrial project by Jello Biafra. Other parts…… well……. I don’t know what to make of it just yet.

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    Posted on 24-Jan-12 at 21:20 | Permalink
  7. I’m not going to be much help. I don’t know if I like it, but I don’t hate it. The question is will I ever be compelled to listen to it again?

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    Posted on 24-Jan-12 at 22:23 | Permalink
  8. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=130752923653285&set=pu.113133728748538&type=1&theater

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    Posted on 24-Jan-12 at 22:24 | Permalink
  9. kevin

    this is grrreat! how about that first one now?

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    Posted on 25-Jan-12 at 07:51 | Permalink
  10. Rivethead

    always wanted to hear this. kind of disappointing but thanks for providing. too fucked up for me.

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    Posted on 25-Jan-12 at 09:30 | Permalink
  11. Theresa

    Even crazier than Flipper. Excellent quality rip!!

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    Posted on 25-Jan-12 at 09:31 | Permalink
  12. horsti

    didnt get it back then (cause it clearly wasnt metal); love it now; like a cross between Vagtazo Halottkemek and Suicide, only different.. sometimes ageing actually works. my favourite kind of band: the kind that just takes all of their influences and options and just starts to run with it, no matter what the scenesters might say (probably because there were no scenesters where they lived).

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    Posted on 25-Jan-12 at 14:39 | Permalink
  13. i really don’t know! i like it i guess. i mean i just don’t know!!! btw i’d really really really like the first lp. please? pretty pretty please?

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    Posted on 25-Jan-12 at 21:07 | Permalink
  14. What's the Truth?

    Listened through once so far. It’s even stranger than I’d expected! I want to say I like it,but I’m not actually sure I deserve to yet… I don’t think “get” it, and won’t for a few more listens.

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    Posted on 27-Jan-12 at 17:51 | Permalink
  15. DLO

    Yes, Sewer Zombies was a 1 man band.

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    shoe Reply:

    He was kinda a one man band. The first tape he did have other people playing with him on the tape and live. The second was mostly him solo..and the guy who helped him produce it..i forget the name. I wish he never disappeared, would love to see him in the florida noise scene.

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    Posted on 05-Feb-12 at 00:21 | Permalink
  16. glad someone ripped this. i traded my copy and never got it back. first lp is an outsider HC MAST-ER-PIECE. also thy had a live tape that is like sticking a power drill in your ear from their one and only show.

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    Posted on 08-Feb-12 at 18:39 | Permalink
  17. (i can rip the live tape if anyone’s interested)

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    Admin Reply:

    I’m very interested!

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    Posted on 08-Feb-12 at 18:41 | Permalink
  18. Hey, many thanks for posting this, I’ve been searching for a decent for YEARS. I fondly remember John Peel playing Sewer Zombies’ debut to death back in the late 80s – his response to Conquer… was a little less enthusiastic (he still played all of it though!), but I’ve always preferred it tbh. Predictably, copies were VERY difficult to come by in the UK – a friend of mine found one & taped it for me, & I’ve been playing that same cassette ever since… (it’s a quarter of a century old!)

    On reflection, Conquer… sounds like early Devo crossed with The Homosexuals – perfect, basically!

    Apparently Sewer Zombies’ entire back catalogue is set for re-release later this year, so WHO KNOWS what might happen next??

    Thanks again.

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    Posted on 01-Mar-12 at 12:04 | Permalink
  19. Mountain

    I love the way Google often takes you off on a tangent when you are searching for things, if it didn’t I would’nt have found this. Really need to get back to the serious stuff before the boss catches me lol but will be back when I get home for a better read. Great looking blog by the way

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    Posted on 21-Mar-12 at 21:17 | Permalink
  20. Wedge

    wow. I never knew Sewer Zombies had a 2nd LP. really looking forward to hearing this. THANK YOU!!!

    a couple of asides about this ‘band’…

    about 20 years ago, Imants Krumins (sadly R.I.P.) was hanging at my house after some gig & saw my copy of the 1st LP laying on the floor. he was somewhat impressed, and then told me that this was pretty much a 1-man-band. that was until Dead Kennedys were booking a tour through Florida at some point, and Jello told the promoters/bookers they would only come through Florida if Sewer Zombies were on the shows as support. apparently, they became a ‘full’ band to fulfill this requirement then. HA!!!

    a few weeks ago, Malcom Tent (of TPOS & Broken Talent fame) was performing a solo acoustic gig at the club I do sound at, and I talked to him for a quite a bit throughout the night. He was very friendly & forthcoming with anything I asked him about of the 80’s Florida scene/bands, until I asked about Sewer Zombies. he kind of stopped in his tracks, looked at me a bit strange, and didn’t have anything good to say about them. apparently he had some bad dealings with people associated with them back then. ugh. we agreed to disagree about the band & moved our conversation forward

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    Posted on 05-Oct-14 at 00:07 | Permalink

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