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Squirt, The: s/t Cassette Album (selfproduced, Switzerland, 1983)

First off – My goodbadmusic-sabbatical is over! I’ve been quite busy with some private stuff which has basically occupied me full time throughout the year.

So let’s kick off with two things here. An immensely great demo tape you haven’t heard before and with the annual donation round, which is open now (see the Donate-Button on top of the left column? Hit it!) . For those of you who wish to see goodbadmusic both continue and working, chip in, please. It’s the first donation round in two years, as I decided to pay the costs for maintenance last year all by myself, but now it’s your turn again. This  blog will only exist advertisement-free, non-commercial and crowd-funded. It’s been doing so since 2006. I spare you the obligatory self-praise, but as a more or less regular visitor, you will know what this source & platform of great music and knowledge is worth to you.
Needless to say, this is also a reminder to keep on commenting hard. Voice your opinion, share your wisdom or get back in touch together. I provide the sounds and some of the contents; the rest is up to you. Don’t be a sheepish consumer – get involved. Don’t just download – buy re-releases as they come available. We’ve had tens of thousands of retro-bands trying to do as their parents did (yawn) – let now follow thousands of retro-kids who actively support music in general. And by support, quite frankly, I mean: Spend money, but spend it wisely. You don’t need to support Spotify or iTunes or other rip off sources. Go vinyl & CD! Order from your local shops, order from labels and bands directly! I now could add some more exclamation point sentences, but I won’t.

I fucking lied! This demo rules! Think of the SQUIRT as the only swiss Hardcore band ever, or better: Think of this cassette as the only swiss Hardcore release. I’m not joking.
Little seems to be known about the Squirts, other than they came from Lucerne, a real shitass dump of town in central Switzerland, and older scenesters seem to remember them as a bit “difficult” (they rarely ever played out live and were not so much connected to he local scene). Seems to me they were just quite on a trip of their own, musically / technically surpassing every other swiss Hardcore Punk band of the time by far. Tight, fast, talented, with a great sense for riffing & interesting structures, this tape is just on top ofthe international Hardcore game. Recorded in November 1983, later (partially) re-released on vinyl on Weird System Records (in 1985, as “Men & their Masters”).
Maybe some ex-member chimes in sooner or later, that’d be fantastic, as this tape is a real stunner and since I never managed to come up with an explanation for the fact that Switzerland did not develop a proper Hardcore scene, maybe the SQUIRT will have their own point of view regarding this subject.

Download the entire cassette (15 raging songs; zip-folder) here.

15 Comments

  1. Peter - KBD Records

    HEYYYY!! He’s back :)!

    What a freaking awesome tape. Give me mooooooree!!

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    Posted on 12-Sep-13 at 20:15 | Permalink
  2. Kount Jizznack

    Surely there will be some squirting going on when others hear this for the first time.

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    Posted on 12-Sep-13 at 22:31 | Permalink
  3. rené

    thanx a lot for posting this masterpiece…
    no idea, why “schooldays” is not on the “men and their masters”-lp… it’s a great song…

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    Thomas Reply:

    The track “School days”, which appears on the tape, is not on the “Men and their masters” album from Weird System, because of the fact, that this song was released exclusively on the Life’s a joke Vol. 2- compilation album by Weird System in 1985/1986, together with material by the Angry Samoans, the (English!) Subhumans, C.O.C., Kaaos, Fang, Siste Dagers Helvete, N.V. Boys, Torpedo Moskau, Some Weird Sin, Blut + Eisen and others.

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    Posted on 12-Sep-13 at 23:39 | Permalink
  4. didi

    the only swiss hc release? hmmmm, not sure about this. and miscast? but thank you for this demo. I have never seen or heard it before. it’s not in “heute & danach” either!

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    Posted on 13-Sep-13 at 10:32 | Permalink
  5. Johnny

    AWESOME!! Dl’ed and played the shit out of it through the night. How could this go un-noticed? This has got to be repressed!

    And thank you for your blog. I’ve been visiting since the blogspot days and gbm still is the best music blog out there. The music, the writing, the comments sometims (lots of funny shit going on here). I think your take on music has influenced far more people than you can imagine. I think it’s because of THIS BLOG that metal and hardcore 0f the 80s are now being no longer regarded as opponents. Keep up the great work and please do think about putting these texts in some kind of book. I’m sue there are publishers out there who would love to release a goodbadmusic book. Spice it up with some personal biographical material (you seem to have plenty of that!). Please! Maybe Bazillion Points?

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    Posted on 13-Sep-13 at 10:37 | Permalink
  6. F.C.

    glad you’re back, dr. keller!

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    Posted on 13-Sep-13 at 10:38 | Permalink
  7. Boris

    I donated 5 bucks, all i could miss, love the blog!

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    Posted on 14-Sep-13 at 02:53 | Permalink
  8. Good to have you back! I was getting worried when the postings became sporadic- worried that the classic “this is my final posting” message of other blogs might be forthcoming. Whew!

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    Posted on 14-Sep-13 at 14:07 | Permalink
  9. Gut, dies zu lesen, wie ein Besuch von einer lange verlorenen Freund und als es bisher der Fall im Laufe der Jahre, ich fühle mich erleichtert, dass etwas so alt und wunderbar ausgesetzt werden, noch bestürzt, dass ich nicht hören es vor 30 Jahren. Das fehlende Glied in Schweizer hardcore. Danke!

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    Posted on 15-Sep-13 at 19:26 | Permalink
  10. Great – you are back posting. I was worried about you. Yes the Squirt is a real gem. I am glad I score d the yellow vinyl some time ago … and right … not to much HC out of Switzerland but some other great stuff came. My favorite being the Young Gods…

    –> http://www.swedishpunkfanzines.com/?page_id=9364

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    Posted on 16-Sep-13 at 18:27 | Permalink
  11. chris_c

    glad yr back = life is worth living again!

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    Posted on 20-Sep-13 at 07:52 | Permalink
  12. mark.b

    it is strange that switzerland never produced a great HC scene as the bands from the 70s produced many great records.
    Early swiss h.c. bands i’m aware of include:kosili,miscast,n.k.n,, r.a.k. (see “attack” comp),g.k.h (swiss S.E. skins who did the fanzine “steril” which covered alot of early international h.c.)miscast,decontrol(anyone have their tape!!), decay.. an more i’m sure. i think the fanzine “apocalypse now”covered alot of h.c. stuff an also did a radio-show at that time..
    is the crazy 12″ep considered h.c.? i think thats a great overlooked record anyway..pretty fast in places.
    btw this is a great site/forum for discussing old stuff..keep it up..an i cant download anything! i just like all the comments anyway

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    Posted on 25-Sep-13 at 12:16 | Permalink
  13. Adamski

    Great to have you back, Erich! Checked daily for months and months and thought you’d given up the ghost, so was chuffed to check a few moments ago and see you had some new posts. Looking forward to hearing this!

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    Posted on 16-Oct-13 at 20:04 | Permalink
  14. great post erich, 15 killer songs!

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    Posted on 04-Nov-13 at 20:50 | Permalink
  15. Fernando

    Nice to see this blog, er, reanimated by life ;) Hadn’t visited for some time… Thanks for this tape Ericco! Was noch… ich bin erstaunt, mein Freund Justino spricht Deutsch jetzt? :D Oh and I agree about “Another Woman”, in fact it’s the only W.Allen’s movie I really enjoyed…
    Well just stopped by to say hi, so… saludos :)

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    Posted on 27-Nov-13 at 13:46 | Permalink

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