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.
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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.