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SCREAMING SNEAKERS- Marching Orders 12″ EP (Screaming Sneakers Records, USA, 1982)

I can’t say how I excited I was when not too long ago I heard the song “Violent Days” by a – to me – totally unknown band for the first time. SCREAMING SNEAKERS – it would sound like some sort of a comedy punk band, but as it soon showed, they were not.
Hailing from South Florida, the band moved to New York City, hoping that they’d “make it”. I think it’s fair to say that you can hear this striving for commercial success on this EP (which was recorded in NYC). From the speedy punk anthem “Violent Days” to the melancholic, new wavey “Grin and bear” and “Reflections”, to the (a bit annoying) “I can’t help it) (originally done by the Reactions): This EP was meant to be the Sneakers’ musical business card for the industry, that’s probably also why they focused heavily on the beautiful singer Lisa Nash so much. Needless to say, things didn’t work out in favor of the band’s.
All in all, this is a great EP – and “Violent Days” is one hell of a great song, with speed, adrenaline, a certain aura of facility, and yet with gloomy undertones. A bona fide punk classic that not too many have heard, unfortunately.

It took me a while to track down an affordable copy of this and here you have a quality vinyl rip at last.

Violent Days.mp3
Grin and bear.mp3
I can’t help it.mp3
Reflections.mp3

 

8 Comments

  1. mafalda

    pretty good. never heard of this band before. is there a repress around?

    m.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-13 at 17:04 | Permalink
  2. Dan

    “Violent Days” and the Reactions cover are the best, great EP from this group.

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    Posted on 06-Jan-13 at 20:59 | Permalink
  3. DLO

    The guitarist was also in Crucial Truth. Gary Sunshine.

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    Deb Sunshine Reply:

    Gary Sunshine was not in Crucial Truth he went on to play in Circus of Power. Garry Mitchell played with CT.

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    Posted on 07-Jan-13 at 01:50 | Permalink
  4. Dewey Decimal

    Most importantly, thanks for posting this. Was not familiar with this band until you mentioned it on fuckfacebook. Because you already know I have no taste, I’ll give you my honest opinion: Personally, I think this EP is pretty weak overall. “Violent Days” is good but not great and doesn’t hold up to the best from the female-fronted punk bands. The other 3 tracks range from horrible to barely tolerable. Thanks again for letting us hear this.

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    Posted on 07-Jan-13 at 22:52 | Permalink
  5. Mark

    Cool! I’ve been after a decent rip of this record for YEARS. Violent Days was on one of the Hyped 2 Death comps and I loved it but it took me ages to find a rip of the other songs from this record and when I did they were pretty lousy quality, unfortunately since the record is so expensive I had to settle for those. Until now!

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    Posted on 07-Jan-13 at 23:04 | Permalink
  6. holy shit i’ve been looking for those other 3 songs FOREVER. thank you!

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    Posted on 16-Jan-13 at 02:35 | Permalink
  7. sndr

    Wow this is a great rip! I was a huge fan of the bad rip that I had (in fact, for a very short time I did a blog called theviolentdays.blogspot.com), but I never heard such a clear version of the songs.

    I think Violent Days is a great punkrock hit: cool lyrics, buzzsaw guitar, melodic hooks… The rest of the songs are less interesting perhaps, but still it is a nice soundtrack for a sunny day…

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    Posted on 29-Jan-13 at 01:53 | Permalink
  8. I have a bunch of friends who have this EP on top of their want list. Violent days and I can’t help it are really great, the other 2 tracks are not too impressive. Thanks for pointing out who did the original to I can’t help it. Been trying to figure that out for about a month.

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    Posted on 29-Jan-13 at 09:41 | Permalink

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