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RHYTHM PIGS- An american Activitiy 7″EP (Unclean Records, USA, 1984)

A stunner, a real stunner of an EP. 6 short songs, each one full with great melodies and rhythm, a lot of RHYTHM. Playing this now, 28 years after its release, makes you wonder why there were so few bands with such a fresh sound and lyrics that may cover the usual subjects of the time, but without ever being of the generic sort (especially on the later three LPs).
Where else but from Texas could such a band come – and where else would they later move than to San Francisco, like so many of the contemporaries.

The LPs that followed (I think after relocating to SF) show the kind of progression you can expect from such a group. Creativity in songwriting, the development of a truly unique sound and a certain routine too. They kinda lost me on the first album already, I must admit, which doesn’t say much about the RHYTHM PIGS music, but of my sometimes a bit simple preferences. I love the hard edge and the playfulness that comes so naturally that on this EP.

I can fly.mp3
Get it now.mp3
Military Fairy.mp3
Radio Silence.mp3
The Quest.mp3


  1. J. Low

    great! the only record of them i own is the “choke on this” lp. can’t wait to check out this 7″. totally underrated band.


    Posted on 21-Jul-12 at 21:07 | Permalink
  2. Tim D

    LOVE this record! Mine also has an Unclean Records mail order catalog insert.


    Posted on 21-Jul-12 at 22:11 | Permalink
  3. Ian

    Yep, a definite winner, have always loved this too, ESP ‘I can fly’. The rhythm pigs were a breath of fresh air in that era of hardcore in the same way the inbred were – great stuff. Never got onto a copy of that double live LP – it still eludes me….grrrr


    Posted on 22-Jul-12 at 13:15 | Permalink
  4. Javi

    Have this one! definitely better than the subsequent LPs, which I never quite got into. Great record on its own


    Posted on 23-Jul-12 at 21:28 | Permalink
  5. What a trip down memory lane…. So glad I stumbled across this post, cuz I practically forgot I had it.


    Posted on 29-Jul-12 at 18:44 | Permalink
  6. T S-words

    The Rhythm Pigs are one of my favorites also, a great rock band that wasn’t punk, exactly, but wouldn’t have existed without it. The live album isn’t great, but the other two are really good.


    Posted on 08-Sep-12 at 02:01 | Permalink
  7. Paul C

    Fantastic record!! I heard their Peel session first which I think is their best stuff overall but this is ep was way ahead of it’s time and I still play it regularly. I bought it in Rough Trade in ’88 they had plenty of copies four years after it’s release. If you look on the back of the 1st lp you can see a set list in the background, it includes Teenage Time Killer and tracks from the Peel session.


    Posted on 12-Oct-12 at 10:40 | Permalink
  8. anonymous

    YEEHAWW!When I listen to some true redneck Punk, I put a big ol’ plug of chewin’ tobacco in my mouth and start loadin up the ol’ spitoon!!


    Posted on 09-Nov-12 at 23:54 | Permalink
  9. Cesar

    Thank you for this! They recently (like a year or two ago) did a reunion show at their hometown, El Paso, Texas.


    Posted on 18-Jun-13 at 05:32 | Permalink
  10. Those were the days…I remember doing the cover! There was a 2/3 reunion dec. of 2011…no smada gerg…but fun none the less…i even got to sing MILIRTARY FAIRY AND RADIO SILENCE with the PIGS!


    Posted on 26-Jan-14 at 05:34 | Permalink

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