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THE OBSESSED- Instrumental 7″ (Doom Records, USA, 1996)

The little I know about this pretty obscure THE OBSESSED 7″ comes from various not too trustworthy internet sources: Apparently the two instrumentals featured here were recorded in the 80s. Where they originate from and why they have no vocals, I can’t say. To me, they really do sound like instrumentals, not like unfinished recordings, especially the a-side. But who knows.
This bootleg seems to be coming from the notorious Doom Records label that popularized Pagan Altar, Pentagram, Obsessed and other bands in the 80s & 90s, yet never payed any royalties to artists. I guess that’s what “bootleg label” means.

Still: This is a great little single and even though one would wish that Robert Scott “Wino” Weinrich (who later joined St. Vitus) would sing here too, both songs live from the great, heavy and dirty sound. Unfortunately, my copy plays with quite a bit of background noise, but what can you do.
This never came with a picture sleeve and it bears no information other than the pencil writing on the label and what the tail-out grooves say. The a-side matrix has the following etching: “160080. The Obsessed (Project”) and the b-side reads: “160081. Wino & Company”. Allegedly, 200 copies were printed and available through mailorder only.

Enjoy.

A-Side.mp3
B-Side.mp3

8 Comments

  1. Francesco Merroni

    Very good songs, heavy and “bassy”. Thank you for this.

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    Posted on 01-Feb-12 at 18:49 | Permalink
  2. Rivethead

    Good to see you’re back already. the a side is fantastic!

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    Posted on 01-Feb-12 at 18:51 | Permalink
  3. Cashba

    Wow,i never thought you come forth with this.Good post.I have a copy of the this7″,too,but i don’t have any other useful infos than you wrote.

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    Posted on 02-Feb-12 at 21:16 | Permalink
  4. howardx

    bit of a wino aficionado, thanks much!

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    Posted on 03-Feb-12 at 17:25 | Permalink
  5. I love your blog! Great stuff! If ya want, check out mine: http://drdrunkruinsitforeveryone.blogspot.com/

    Lots of 80’s hardcore. Thanks!

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    Posted on 03-Feb-12 at 21:23 | Permalink
  6. Thanks, the B side is cool but I can;t get enough of the A SIDE!!!
    Thanks for sharing!

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    Posted on 05-Feb-12 at 20:14 | Permalink
  7. Smitty

    Sounds like a more metal Fugazi.

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    strindberg Reply:

    First of all, thank you Erich for opening my eyes to a lot of hidden gems, including this one… does your insert give any idea of what year this was recorded?

    Smitty- It is funny you mention the (to most, probably unlikely) Fugazi connection, but it is probably apt. I was a little taken aback when (if memory serves) Guy mentioned something about the Obsessed being a common influence on the nascent Fugazi; This was somewhere in the ‘Instrument’ video documentary. But I suppose the Fugazi guys would have been aware of them probably from damn near the time of their (the Obsessed’s) inception, being from the same region of the country and going to a lot of shows from late 70’s on.
    So maybe it is rather that Fugazi sounds like a less metal Obsessed? 🙂

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    Ian Christe Reply:

    I thought the same thing—just try shouting “Revolution Summer”-style vocals over this, it totally works! Also sounds a little like the Runaways, very unlike other Obsessed treasures from the early days.

    Not only were Fugazi inspired by Thee Obsessed, their bassist Joe Lally is basically responsible for reviving the band around 1990. He reissued the lost album on LP then, at a time when nobody in metal cared at all, and I believe Hellhound licensed that from him, yadda yadda, the rest is history, Columbia Records, etc.

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    Posted on 07-Feb-12 at 20:25 | Permalink
  8. jruss

    both of these songs sound like Fugazi, the A sounds like “link track” from the Instrument soundtrack http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2DIr9Gmj78

    the B sounds close to “burning” from the first Fugazi LP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_cKLhNTYs0

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    Admin Reply:

    The other way round: Fugazi sound like these songs.

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    Posted on 13-Apr-13 at 22:11 | Permalink

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