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Category Archives: Death to Retro!

GHOST- Secular Haze Live in Linköping, Sweden, December 2012


Papa Emeritus & his friars in their 2nd incarnation. Still – the most amazing band of our time! The rank sweetness, the maelstrom, the bottomless pit, that opens beneath your feet. May they take on the world. And end it.

PUSRAD- Smart Trams 7″ EP (Just4Fun, USA, 2012)


Perfection. Sort, sharp, to the point. Clever, full of energy, sounding like the best and yet like no one else. I’m sorry, but there’s nothing more that I could say. This yellow piece of plastic has so much energy, it makes me breathless. Thus the concept of “Smart Trams” is perfect: Short songs – and […]

SEWER ZOMBIES- Conquer the Galaxy LP (Subversive Records, USA, 1987)


I’ve been meaning to post the 2nd SEWER ZOMBIES for a while now (I’ve had two songs off the first one up here once). Bizarre. This is just bizarre. I really don’t know what to say. If there were no Hardcore-context given, what would you make of this? I’m not even sure I like it. […]



This is how you represent 80s Hardcore and its bastard offspring in the 21st century without stepping into the retro trap. Cutting up the sound, playing around with the visuals – and creating something that seems “authentic” yet is a hybrid. The power of this video and its soundtrack is simply overwhelming. Very, very, very […]

BAADER MEINHOF- s/t 7″ (VC / Hut, UK, 1996)


You know, the music of the 90s more or less steered clear of me. This would be one of the few exceptions: Luke Haines’ short lived BAADER MEINHOF project. The album (containing another, one-sided 7″) and the 7″ here are simply fantastic. In a telephone interview you can find online, Haines says that the title […]

PEGGIO PUNX- La citta e’ quieta …. ombre parlano 7″EP (selfproduced, Italy, 1983)


On Mayday, here’s my small contribution to what this day meant to me (however silly these memorial-, festivities-days may be in general): Labor is the enemy. Am I still an operaist at heart? This I don’t know. PEGGIO PUNX were formed in 1982 in Alessandria, a small city in the north of Italy. In the […]

THE NORMALS- Almost ready, b/w Hardcore 7″ (Electric Eye Records, USA, 1978)


Damn, this short break sure took a lot longer than planned … When recently, I was privately DJ’ying in Rome (you can hire me!), I realized that I haven’t had this absolutely fabulous single featured on the blog and I felt very, very ashamed. THE NORMALS were New Orleans’ best Punk band and I’m pretty […]

TMA- What’s for Dinner LP [Version 1 & 2] (Jimboco Records, USA, 1984)


An album of undeniable mongo-qualities: Straight in your face, short, obnoxious yet not un-poppy tunes that make you smile. Songs with choruses like “I’m in love with Nancy Reagan” and “Suck my dick, surf nazi” are instant hits and there’s plenty of them on this somehow overlooked lp by New Jersey’s TMA. Their followup, “Beach […]

POISON IDEA- Plastic Bomb, b/w We got the Beat Advance Cassingle (selfproduced, USA, 1989)


So this was the first version of what was re-released twice later on. First off as a bootleg 7″, then as part of a double 7″ set and also on the b-side of the band’s SubPop 7″. Not much left to say as I’m posting this mainly for documentation. Two songs, one a great cover […]

THE FARTZ- Because this fucking World stinks … 7″EP (Fartz Records, USA, 1981)


Man, I just blasted a radio show from 1982. I found it on the great “More than a Witness”-Blog and it hit me like a brick: I suddenly found myself in a state of euphoria. The music cranked up loud, the adrenaline was rushing through my blood and I had the overwhelming feeling of going […]