Christian Hardcore – Volume 1

Christian Hardcore Volume 1
198? (no label)

Side 1:

  1. Undercover – God Rules
  2. Bad Brains – Destroy Babylon
  3. Bad Brains – Coptic Times
  4. Bad Brains – Joshua’s Song
  5. Scaterd Few – Death (live)
  6. Scaterd Few – Untitled (live)
  7. Scaterd Few – D.I.T.C. (live)
  8. Scaterd Few – God is Right (live)
  9. Scaterd Few – P.T.T.C.P. (live)
  10. Scaterd Few – Gave Us Life (live)
  11. Scaterd Few – Anti-Ape (live)
  12. Scaterd Few – Scapegoat (live)
  13. AOTC – AOTC (live)
  14. AOTC – In the Silence (live)
  15. AOTC – Legalized Christian (live)
  16. AOTC – The World (live)
  17. AOTC – Free (live)
  18. AOTC – Down to Earth (live)
  19. AOTC – No Religion (live)
  20. Circle One – Social Climbing Leeches
  21. Circle One – Beware
  22. Circle One – Gospel

Side 2:

  1. Circle One – Our Sword
  2. The FI – Being a Christian (live)
  3. The FI – Surf Instrumental (live)
  4. The FI – I’ve Got Better Things to Do (live)
  5. The FI – I’m Bored (live)
  6. The FI – Owl Oppression (live)
  7. The FI – Only One Way (live)
  8. The FI – King Jesus (live)
  9. The FI – National Defense (live)
  10. GVA – The Christ (live)
  11. GVA – God is My Rock (live)
  12. GVA – No More (live)
  13. GVA – Thank You (live)
  14. GVA – Amazing Grace (live)
  15. Undercover – Wait a Minute (live)
  16. Undercover – I’ll Be a Fool
  17. Undercover – Who Am I? (live)
  18. Undercover – Where Can I Go (live)
  19. Undercover – Pilate (live)

This is basically a dubbed home mix tape that collects some rare early Christian punk/hardcore (the 80s version, not the 90s version) demos and live songs. Many of these live songs seem to have been recorded at actual shows by the person that created this tape (which is speculated to be David Joo of Zine of the Times). No idea of the date – the latest studio recording on here was 1983. Some of the live stuff from Scaterd Few was recorded in 1983-1984, but there are also some live versions of stuff from Sin Disease in there. They sound like earlier versions, though.  GVA existed between 1984 and 1985. The live stuff from Undercover was from albums that were released up until 1986. Several of the other bands were just know as “mid to late 1980s.” So my guess would be at least 1984 or 1985.

The tape starts off with one Undercover track (from their album of the same name), and then skips to the very end to include some more tracks. These are all live tracks except for “I’ll be a Fool,” which is taken from their S/T album. The live tracks are not from their 3/27/87 album, so I don’t think they have been released anywhere else.

The Bad Brains songs were apparently chosen because they were the most “spiritual” of their songs – It seems these three songs were taken from the I and I Survive ep, even though they also all appear on the Rock for Light full-length as well.

The Scaterd Few songs are an interesting collection. The first two songs (“Death” and “Untitled”) are live versions of songs (or recorded live at a practice session) of songs on Out of the Attic, but I don’t think these recordings have been released. The next two songs (“D.I.T.C.” and “God is Right”) as well as the last song (“Scapegoat”)are live versions of songs that were released on Sin Disease (“God is Right” was re-named to “Self” on Sin Disease). I am guessing they are earlier versions as they sound different than the later recordings. The other three songs (“P.T.T.C.P.,” “Gave Us Life,” and “Anti-Ape”) are from the Out of the Attic tape (although there seems to be slightly more in-between song chatter captured on this tape – maybe dubbed from the same source tapes that the Out of the Attic songs were edited from?). So some kind of rare stuff there?

AOTC stands for Association of the Cross – an early Christian punk band that released a couple of live demos. The songs here seem to be selected and edited from their Live at Val’s demo. There is a song on this tape called “No Religion” that was not on the dubbed copy of Live at Val’s that I have heard. It might have been left off the copy I heard, or never released, but either way, it is a new song for me to hear at least.

The Circle One tracks are taken pretty much straight from their Patterns of Force album.

The FI stands for The Faith Injectors – another early Christian punk band that seems to have only released live demos. I have really only heard about 4 songs by them up until now. Three of those were on here (“Being a Christian,” “I’ve Got Better Things to Do,” and “King Jesus”). The rest of the song titles I had to guess at. The funny thing is that you can hear someone say “hey, I have an AOTC tape in the car…” while they are playing the first song. It kind of shows how interconnected many of these early bands were. They seem to mix traditional punk with some skate punk and even a surf punk instrumental. I don’t know what the name of that instrumental is, so I just called it “Surf Instrumental.”

GVA stands for God’s Victorious Army. They were an early band that featured Burrito of The Warning, 8-Ball Cholos, etc. So they mix a lot of the chaos that Burrito is known for in with punk rock. I also can’t really hear the vocals so I have no idea to even guess what the song titles are. I basically named each track based on whatever words I could make out. It’s pretty cool, different music. I just have no idea what the song titles are (except for the last one that he announces).

Association of the Cross – Live at Val’s

Association of the Cross
Live at Val’s
198? (no label)
Los Angeles, California, USA

Mike Smith – Lead vocals
Denise Taylor – Guitar
Jamie Malarczyk – Bass, backing vocals
Neal Vorndran – Drums, backing vocals

  1. AOTC
  2. Something Political
  3. [band intros]
  4. In the Silence
  5. Legalized Christian
  6. The World
  7. Free
  8. Silent Scream
  9. Friend
  10. Tears
  11. Down to Earth
  12. Johnny

This is a rare bit of Christian punk history. Someone sent me a mixtape to transfer (I always forget to ask people if I have their permission to put their name in these posts, so I usually err on the side of caution in today’s world and keep these as anonymous as possible) that had this demo on it. The last song cut short – so there may even be more songs. Association of the Cross (also known as AotC) was part of the Los Angeles Christian music scene in the mid to late 1980’s. They were the also last punk band to play at a Calvary Chapel. Mark Salomon of The Crucified remembers AotC as “the first time I ever saw a chick in a Christian band that was full-on punk rock band. She had a six-inch high Mohawk, playing bass. Association of the Cross – their name was painted on my jacket for years” in his book Simplicity (even though this demo says she played guitar). Jamie and Neal went on to join Michael Knott in Bomb Bay Babies, and then formed an alternative band called Delirium Blue with Jamie’s brother Alex and others. The music is really rough punk – some people think this is just a sign that punk rockers have no talent, but this is the way so many underground punk tapes sounded back then. This demo does seem to really be a live recording – complete with chatter in between songs introducing each one. But then again, “Val’s” could be someone’s house as much as a club or something. Oh, and the 5th track is a parody of “Institutionalized” by Suicidal Tendencies. There may also be a demo or bootleg out there of AotC Live at Calvary Chapel as well. The image above was taken from A Different Drummer zine – it may be the demo cover, or it may have been taken from a concert flyer.

Missing Information: Cover image, any more songs, date released.