Point Blank – Live Demo

Point Blank
Live Demo
1986? (no label)
San Diego, California, USA

  1. Raining in Paradise
  2. What is a Human Being?
  3. Scared Stiff
  4. Don’t be a Pious Punk
  5. You Decide
  6. Don’t Fight
  7. (preaching)
  8. Gotta Create
  9. He’s Calling You
  10. Don’t Try Suicide
  11. M.B.
  12. Baby in a Bottle
  13. I See You Devil
  14. Amen

While this is labeled as a demo, I’m not sure if it got much distribution outside of small circles. My guess is that it was recorded right after they recorded their ’86 demo, as the song “Don’t Try Suicide” is referred to as a new song and it is not on their ’86 demo. The rest of the songs are all on the demo, with only “What’s So Fun About Getting Drunk” and “God’s Not Dead” not on this tape (there are some gaps in the recording, so they could have been played that night and not recorded). The recording levels are a bit rough on this one, even for bootleg standards. Also note that this is a different live demo than the 1985 Live at the Vineyard demo.

Missing Information: who played on this?

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Point Blank – ‘86

Point Blank
‘86
1986 (no label)
San Diego, California, USA

Mitch Wilson
Bill Power

  1. (Don’t You Be a) Pious Punk
  2. He’s Calling You
  3. What’s So Fun About Getting Drunk
  4. God’s Not Dead
  5. Raining in Paradice
  6. What is a Human Being
  7. Scared Stiff
  8. Got to Create
  9. No More Blood
  10. Don’t Fight
  11. You Decide
  12. Baby in a Bottle
  13. I See You Devil
  14. Amen

For those that didn’t know, this is one of the first bands that Bill Power of Blenderhead fame was in. Apparently the band was first called “Pontius Pilate & The Pious Punks,” but decided to change their name to Point Blank right before releasing this demo. If I remember correctly, they didn’t release anything under the earlier name. At one time, this was available for purchase on BandCamp, but I can’t find if it is any more or not. Anyways, this is mid-80s punk rock – a bit alternative here and there, a bit skate rock here and there, but still punk rock. This was also pre-pop punk, so all of the tough edges that pop punk smoothed out are on full display here. A nice bit of early Christian punk history here. Also of note is that there are several different color versions of the cover – they probably printed it up on a pack of various colored pieces of paper.

Crazed Bunnyz – Blutgasse

Crazed Bunnyz
Blutgasse
1988 Plan 7 Dist.
Cerritos, California, USA

Shaka – Vox
Futch – Vox, Axe, Keys, & TV
Rezzen – Analog Bass
Boxx – Rhythm Computation

Side 1:

  1. Blood Street
  2. Days of Our Lives
  3. Shine, You’re Scrambled
  4. Yes Thank You, I Will
  5. No N—–s
  6. [interview]

Side 2:

  1. Earth (The Demon Seed)
  2. Letter From Kristin
  3. Vomit
  4. That Sucks
  5. Sex Nazi
  6. [message from the band]

This is the final Crazed Bunnyz demo (both to review for this site, as well as the actual last one they recorded). This is lo-fi indie punk electronic alt rock weirdness at its best. This really just shows that lo-fi budget recordings can be good if the people behind the music know how to make something interesting. I have always wondered with these guys could have recorded if they were placed in a big budget studio with a full band at their disposal. Would it ruin the songs? Would it produce a genius record? The world will probably never know. But, anyways, because of the way they recorded this – with lots of samples, a drum machine, chainsaw guitars layered over keyboards – many people see Crazed Bunnyz as an “industrial band.” Songs like “Shine, You’re Scrambled” (with a noticeable influence from Suicidal Tendencies’ “Institutionalized”) come across as closer to punk. Its all really just hard to classify.

Sanctified Noise – Grappling With the Electric Bloodhound

Sanctified Noise
Grappling With the Electric Bloodhound
1991 (no label)
Addison, Texas, USA

Steve Graebosch – Vocals
Juan Galloway – Guitar
Craig Sandifer – Bass
JME Fawcus – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Electric Lazyboy
  2. Grappling
  3. Dance of the Bloodhounds

Side 2:

  1. Skate Rock Revisited
  2. Visualize Repentance
  3. Band Jam / Cheese Song

Punk rock from Texas with a different twist – kind of like the bass player was writing some of the songs and threw in some Don’t Know/Jane’s Addiction break-downs just to spice it up. At one time, someone in the band had shared mp3s of these songs online. But it was cool to hear the original cassette and see the full j-card. Apparently their stage show was Mike Knott-influenced, as they were known to throw food at each other and wrap band members up in cellophane. Anyways, a pretty cool band that only released two (or so) demos and should have gone further. Note that the cover lists the last two songs as if they are one blended song… but there is a good 6 seconds of silence between them (more than other songs).

The Oblivious Kids – Bombs Away

The Oblivious Kids
Bombs Away
1997 (no label)
Hillsboro, Oregon, USA

Shaun Oblivious – Vocals, guitars
Brian Oblivious – Bass, vocals
Jeremy Oblivious – Drums

  1. Responsibility
  2. First Love
  3. American Holocaust
  4. Have Another Beer

This is one of several rare tapes you can find on BandCamp. Hopefully I can get some time to review and post others. This band was a straight up gutter punk band with vocals that ride the line between bratty punk style and horror punk style. Also lots of “Oi! Oi!”s on this tape as well.  The BandCamp address made it seem like this would be a ska/punk band, but it’s not. I can’t find much else about this band online, but the tape is free to listen to and download on BandCamp:

 

Lust Control – Dancing Naked

Lust Control
Dancing Naked
1989 (no label)
Austin, Texas, USA

Gene (Doug Van Pelt) – Vocals
George (Phillip Owens) – Drums
Stanley (Paul Q-Pek) – Guitars
Duane (Maury Milican) – Bass

Side 1:

  1. Rebuke
  2. Jesus Washed Judas’ Feet
  3. Dancing Naked
  4. What About Your Wife?
  5. Circumcised, Baptized, & Moon Pies
  6. Fun, Fun Feeling
  7. Living in the New Age
  8. Witch Hunt

Side 2:

  1. What’s Goin On
  2. Say It Like a Rock Star
  3. Big Bang!
  4. Deliverance
  5. John Styll
  6. Swimsuit Edition Wallpaper
  7. Operation Rescue
  8. That Groove Thang
  9. You Too
  10. Planned Parenthood
  11. Grace Reprise

So this is the second tape by the infamous Lust Control. For those not in the know, Lust Control was an underground punk band led by anonymous members that even wore masks in concert so that no one could guess their identity. Turns out it was Doug Van Pelt of Heaven’s Metal / HM magazine originally fronting various members of One Bad Pig and other Austin area bands. The music was somewhat sloppy but enjoyable to listen to. All of the controversy came from their lyrics. They sang from a very extreme right wing political and religious viewpoint that ended up offending people that were any where to the left of that side of the spectrum – including right-wing Republicans. You could tell they were joking a lot and also very serious a lot, so it was hard to tell what to take seriously and what to take as satire or humor. They also didn’t respond too well to criticism, even when they did cross some theological lines that most Christians disagreed with them on. Such is the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, though. See the exvangelical movement for the fruits of that.

Many of the jokes are about people and ideas that were probably well-known (at least in some circles) 30 years ago, but have been lost to time. They also make comments about people judging their spirituality (see “Dancing Naked”), while spending most of their songs doing the same to others. Also, it was interesting to hear the lyrics to “Swimsuit Edition Wallpaper” again and then realize that decades later, the band would basically use swimsuit edition wallpaper as a front cover for their Tiny Little Dots album. And defend against any question about that apparent contradiction. Maybe they have learned a bit of humility in the past few years and can actually discuss differences rather than just argue. Who knows? But I do feel the need to step out of my “no commenting on lyrics” stance to address one big problem with their lyrics, even if it brings the wrath of the band or their arduous defenders down on this blog.

I did find their lyrics humorous at first. In general, in the 90s I looked at political fights between left and right as silliness that I didn’t care about because I saw problems with both sides. I now know there are extremes in every political position that can be dangerous, and we need to be careful of those. I also tend to look at this band as a case study in accountability in churches. Humor and sarcasm is great in my book – I am usually accused of crossing the lines with both on a regular basis. But you still have to ground your stances with an actual understanding of those that you are talking about, and don’t do it in ways that support existing abusive power structures. For example, a frequent subject of attack for Lust Control is Planned Parenthood. If you do or don’t like Planned Parenthood, I am not here to change your mind either way. But Lust Control over and over again states things about Planned Parenthood that just are not correct by any objective standard. It makes the points of their jokes and thoughts fall apart. In other words, they really could actually make a point for their position with their jokes if they used correct information underlying them. But their lyrics are filled with the same stereotypical misunderstandings of liberalism, gay rights, feminism, academia, etc that are rampant in far-right leaning churches. There is a reason that we call this “strawman argumentation” for a reason (and yes, I know people that are moderate and liberal do it all the time, too – but they obviously were not writing lyrics for this demo).

When they are aiming their songs at lusty conservative males like themselves, they are often calling out things that need to be pointed out to other dudes. Its when they start going on the attack against, well, anyone else that is not a heterosexual conservative Christian male that their lyrics get problematic. So many fundamentalist evangelical churches have long histories of abuse towards women, the LGBTQA community, and any issues concerning people of color that get swept up by the “liberal” over-generalization. When the band veers into that territory, it comes across as “punching down” as some say, especially towards the women in their churches and communities. Well, and pretty much the few people there that also aren’t heterosexual cis-gendered white males around them as well. This is especially true when they get the positions of those people wrong. Why pick on the people that the church has already hurt by propagating the same lies about them that the church has used to abuse them in the past? Many of us are calling the churches of all political leanings to do better than this.

Dead to Sin – Practice

Dead to Sin
Practice
198? (no label)
California, USA?

Richard Carlstedt?

Side 1:

  1. God’s Not Dead
  2. Jesus is God
  3. I Love You
  4. Jesus Loves Me
  5. Kill the Abortion
  6. Dear Jesus Prayer

Side 2:

  1. Satan Sucks
  2. Banned
  3. King of Kings, Lord of Lords
  4. Don’t Turn Your Back on Jesus Christ

This is a bit of a mystery tape. All that I have is what you see pictured above. The sound is pretty much straight forward loud and brash street punk. I took a guess at song titles based on what was repeated most in the chorus (“Jesus Loves Me” and “King of Kings, Lord of Lords” are cover songs). I do have another demo called A Promise of Hope by a band called Dead to Sin, but that tape is barely rock. It sounds nothing like this tape. A few people have mentioned a band called Dead to Sin led by Richard Carlstedt of The Israelites. But that other demo has no one named any form of Richard Carlstedt in it. Are there two different bands? Also, the rock Dead to Sin is from Canada, but Crazed Bunnyz from California mention talking to Richard from the other Dead to Sin after a concert. My best guess is that this tape is the California punk band led by Richard Carlstedt, but I could be wrong. Either way, this tape is obviously a practice session and rough around the edges, but the band gets punk rock and puts out some good (practice-level) punk rock.

Missing Information: Song titles, release date, who played on this?