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).

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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?

Black Cherry Soda – Interesting Life of Mine

Black Cherry Soda
Interesting Life of Mine
1991 (no label)
Broomall, Pennsylvania, USA

Dan Rauter – Throat
Scott Tyson – Guits, backing vocals
Pete Radano – Bass, backing vocals
Time Rauter – Drums

Side 1:

  1. Footsteps
  2. Sorrowful You
  3. Mersault
  4. ILM
  5. Friend
  6. Turning Point
  7. Green

Side 2:

  1. Same Old Story
  2. You Know Me Well
  3. This Unrest
  4. Addict
  5. So You Think
  6. Take a Stand
  7. Uncertain
  8. Spit

This is the first demo by Black Cherry Soda (as far as I can tell). If you are familiar with their later alternative pop punk, then you know the sound here. Of course, it is a little earlier and rawer, but they are still dialing in the sound that got them enough attention to sign with various national labels. “Footsteps,” “ILM,” “Friend,” “Turning Point,” “Same Old Story,” and “Spit” are all re-recorded for their 1995 CD Grin on Via Records. “Addict” and “So You Think” were also re-recorded on their 1998 CD Back on the Map for Bulletproof Music.

Yukon Fudge – Sensation Resistance EP

Yukon Fudge
Sensation Resistance EP
1995 (no label)
Lumberton, New Jersey, USA

All songs written and performed by Garth Kolbeck

Side 1:

  1. Hey Na Na Na
  2. He Can’t Play Just Like Chuck Berry

Side 2:

  1. Count Me Out
  2. Message From Victor

To be honest, I listened to this one just because of the name of the band. It seems to be a one-man punk band. The sound is a bit pop punk, but to be honest it resides somewhere between Green Day, The Dead Milkmen, MxPx, and Thee Spivies. Fun and light-hearted punk rock that is written and played well for that genre (which means, you may or may not like this style, but they do it well regardless of one’s personal tastes). I also found another song of Yukon’s called “Hit The Lottery” on a compilation called Waiting for Punk? on Twisted Records in 1998. BTW – the song “Message from Victor” is an instrumental with a slight surf rock influence.

Radical Times – Biker Praise

Radical Times
Biker Praise
1988 (no label)
Everett, Washington, USA

  1. Biker Praise Instrumental 1
  2. Biker Praise Instrumental 2
  3. Biker Praise Instrumental 3
  4. Biker Praise Instrumental 4
  5. Biker Praise Instrumental 5
  6. Biker Praise Instrumental 6
  7. Biker Praise Instrumental 7
  8. Biker Praise Instrumental 8
  9. Biker Praise Instrumental 9
  10. Biker Praise Instrumental 10
  11. Biker Praise Instrumental 11
  12. Biker Praise Instrumental 12

So basically, this recording is on the B side of a tape by either “Radical times” or “P.U.N.K.S. for Christ.” It is twelve instrumental songs with no titles, no list of players, and no reason given for why it is “praise.” Are they praising bikers themselves, or do they think praise and worship music for bikers at church should not have lyrics? Or did some sing and the recording equipment malfunctioned on the vocal track for some reason? Or were they planning to add vocals later? The world may never know. At first I thought the style was biker hard rock, but pretty soon I began to realize it was more punk rock. Something along the lines of Upside Down Room, but, you know, without the vocals… so also not really.

Missing Information: song titles and who played on this tape