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PILLSBURY HARDCORE- In a Straight Edge Limbo 7″EP (Fartblossom Enterprises, USA, 1985)

The first time that I heard (saw) PILLSYBURY HARDCORE was on Flipside Video Fanzine, Volume Six (or was it five?). I immediately fell in love with the band for the song “Hey Bob, what’s up?” alsone and forced about every band to play this with me. What was so exciting was the fact that songs like “Hey Bob” were not music, not noise, not serious, not comedy, just very playful and – plain and simple fun! There simply was no established canon yet, people didn’t feel they had to put every song, every band, every record into strict categories. A lot of naive – I say it again – fun was still involved and thus, a lot more subversion. And the vocals …. these squeaking noises, the bass lines and all that.

“My record collection is phucking rad
Got all the Dischord, almost
All the Touch & Go, almost all the Dangerhouse!!!
I got the Bags single, Yes L.A. too
My record collection my record collection
It’s rad! It’s rad! It’s rad! It’s rad!
Got all the Dischord!!!
“Legless Bull” too
SSD “Kids will have their say”
My record collection my record collection
It’s rad! It’s rad! It’s rad! It’s rad!”

What more can you say?

Oh yes, this band featured Eric Wood, who would later be in PHC and other bands. Right?

Heavy “Phucking” Metal.mp3
Wanna check out my Record Collection?.mp3
Pot is lame.mp3
Pillsybury Hardcore.mp3
7-11 is God.mp3
I love Pomona.mp3
Hey Bob what’s up?.mp3

11 Comments

  1. mikey

    looks somebodys on a roll again!

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    Posted on 24-May-12 at 19:17 | Permalink
  2. Yeah, this was a great ‘silly’ record — as far as for me and all my friends, no one took it seriously but still everyone I know owned it (I had several copies, I think it was on 3 different colors of vinyl so I bought each one). We knew it wasn’t Negative Approach or Minor Threat, but we didn’t care, it was still a fun record to listen to. I think the straight edge/record collecting aspect to the lyrics helped. It was a hardcore record about the hardcore scene, I think we could see ourselves in the lyrics…

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    Posted on 24-May-12 at 19:30 | Permalink
  3. “A hardcore record about the hardcore scene” – perfect way to put it!

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    Posted on 24-May-12 at 19:33 | Permalink
  4. There was a ‘companion’ record to this (a 7″ that was also on Fartblossom), a band called Public Humiliation — they were almost like Pillsbury Hardcore, only a lot dumber and nowhere near as good. I think they might’ve shared a guitar player with Pillsbury Hardcore, I’m not sure… there’s a similar vibe to the two records, though. Plus Fartblossom also put out the “Empty Skulls” compilations, and those were REALLY good — no screwing around with those…

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    Dave Reply:

    I see now, you’ve already posted Empty Skulls…

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    Admin Reply:

    The tape yes. It’s about time to post the lp too, though it’s nowhere near the first one.

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    carey g Reply:

    You should post PHC’s first effort, the “Poppin’ Fresh” (cassette only) ep.

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    Admin Reply:

    I would, if only I had it. I don’t think I ever owned it, but I remember seeing ads for it.

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    Posted on 24-May-12 at 19:41 | Permalink
  5. I have a copy of the Demo and the Live in 85 tape (so amazing) but I’m too dumb to rip em, maybe I can get someone to do it for me around here!

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    Posted on 27-May-12 at 17:34 | Permalink
  6. great record! and nice to see you back, sir. Eric Wood went on to Pissed Happy Children, Neanderthal, Man Is The Bastard and Bastard Noise

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    Posted on 28-May-12 at 11:08 | Permalink
  7. howardx

    “There simply was no established canon yet, people didn’t feel they had to put every song, every band, every record into strict categories.”

    any theory on why that changed?

    “i love pomona” hilarious!

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    Posted on 29-May-12 at 16:41 | Permalink
  8. Ole

    I have the EP which was in the Budget Ranch box where these guys take the piss out of Christian Death. I might be able to rip it for you if you don’t have it. Thanks for the post!

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    Posted on 11-Jun-12 at 02:23 | Permalink
  9. James

    Yeah, I’ve got to second what Dave said above… me and my friends (all three of them!) each bought a copy of this when this came out. Since we were just starting high school at the time and didn’t have jobs, we usually bought different records and then taped them off of each other. However, for some reason, we each felt compelled to pick up our own copies of this.

    I picked up my copy up because I saw they thanked Katon DePena from Hirax on their thank you list and I was one of those crossover kids back then and it just seemed so cool for metal and punk to be coming together like that.

    Anyway, thanks for posting!

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    Posted on 11-Jun-12 at 04:42 | Permalink
  10. floss

    i know paul from public humiliation. he was a math teacher at the high school i went to.

    they had a couple records on fartblossom, and were kinda more comedy/frat punk than pillsbury hc, but they kinda made fun of the scene as well.

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    Posted on 19-Nov-12 at 09:44 | Permalink
  11. Rand Gump

    Bob Fartblossom did a radio show on KSPC at Claremont College in southern California during the 80s. In the summer of 88 he had Naked Raygun on his show. He rented a PA for the band to play live on the air. However, he neglected to ask them if they wanted to do a live set before renting the sound system. They were expecting to an interview, and not a live set! The show deteriorated into an exchange of insults between the band and the DJ. At one point the band asked if he played in a band? His reply was “Pillsbury Hardcore”. Their reply was”That makes sense, because you look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy” It was classic college radio, wish I had the tape.

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    Posted on 27-Feb-13 at 22:02 | Permalink

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