Well, this is something of a find – a good-quality audience tape of the very first FLESH EATERS show at Los Angeles’ Masque in December 1977…! Are you kidding me? I would have given my right arm for this thing at any point during the past 30 years, and it’s just been sitting there since May waiting for all of us to listen to it.
Thanks to Jon Hope for hipping me to this site Noise Addiction II – I’ve barely even dug through it yet and have already found that the site is just bursting with LA punk and oddities from the 70s and 80s. Don’t mind me, I’m over here shoving files into my piehole.
So the Flesh Eaters, in their very first show, still sound searing and raw on most tracks. This was from Chris D.’s “screaming” phase, which you can read him disowning in our own Dynamite Hemorrhage #1 fanzine, which has a lengthy interview with him about this era. The tape contains their cover of the Magic Band’s “Plastic Factory” as well as another cover I can’t place right now….can you? The tape cuts out just as the monstrous “Automaton Bombs” is just getting locked and loaded.
I can help a little with the song titling as well. Minus the one I don’t know, here’s what you’ll hear:
FLESH EATERS – live at the Masque, December 21st, 1977
I mistakenly kept calling this band “The Moles” on the latest Dynamite Hemorrhage Radio podcast, only to digital correct the historical record at the 11th hour. MOLE HOUSE are a Detroit-area band affiliated with the All Gone Records family, a collective that’s pushing out some of the best compromised-fidelity, devil-may-care, folk/avant-punk weirdo recordings on the planet right now.
This one comes from a tape of their bands – many of whom rotate through other All Gone bands – called “Worker’s Comp”. I think you’re going to like it.
So PRIESTS, one of my favorite new atonal rocknroll shit-stirrers, have a new “tape” up on the internet. They’ve imaginatively titled it “Tape Two”, for it is indeed their second tape. I gave it the once-over twice now within the confines of my car, and I’m really digging it – maybe not as much as their paint-peeling “Radiation/Personal Planes” 45, but hey, it’s a rough “tape”, right?
PRIESTS have fashioned themselves as some real political agitators this time. The United States is built on “lies”, because only white men who owned land wrote the Constitution 230 some-odd years ago. Wow!
Priests, let me tell you that in the real world, most of us thinking people hold these confusing, ambivalent truths to be self-evident, and in 2013, after the relative progress this country has made in becoming a nation and growing past its ugly birth pains, we really don’t get all that worked up about 1776 anymore, nor on where the United States stood on enlightened, forward-looking thinking relative to other nations at that long-ago time. 2013 has many ripe political targets for you to take aim at – I anxiously await “Tape Three” and its pointed commentary on ideas that I can sink my teeth into today.
I’d never even considered buying a bootleg anything before I found this tape, as a teenager, by THE CRAMPS in 1984 called “NY ‘79”. I felt pretty special at the time, like I had something super rare. Then when my Cramps-loving older cousin, whose music taste I idolized at the time, told me I was “rad” for having this and asked me to tape it for him – well, I was pretty on fire in my own head 29 years ago.
I digitized the whole thing for you – the live show that starts it off, and the studio demos that close it out. I made it all one continuous track (sorry), but you’ll want to listen to it in its entirety anyway. So no worries, right?
Some highlights include a killer studio version of “Weekend On Mars”, which is mostly known as a live song from the “Smell of Female”-era Cramps of the early 80s, and the amazing lead live song, “The Way I Walk”, a version that bests the studio version. Hope you enjoy it.