Man & Hammer – Just Say Noise!

Man & Hammer
Just Say Noise!
1988 Jeru-Slam Records (JS009)
Sterling City, California, USA

David Joo

  1. The Newage Movement
  2. Revelation 3:20
  3. Revelation 13:15, 16, 17
  4. One Struggle One Fight
  5. Jesus is Comming
  6. Sleeper
  7. Quietly Now
  8. I’m Just a Sinner
  9. Untitled
  10. Just Say Noise
  11. Something I Wanted to Say

This is the second tape by Man & Hammer (or at least, the one after Skeletons if that demo is not the first one). David Joo is pretty much the main person behind Man & Hammer. He also put out a zine called ZOTT (Zine of the Times), ran Jeru-Slam Records, and recorded other projects as well (some under his name – which I have never heard or seen – and one as Hellfire). He also frequently goes by the nickname “Squid” if you ever hear that name mentioned in regards to the tape underground. The sound is similar to other tapes – found sounds, randomly played instruments and/or things, and other noises made to push boundaries.Some people can’t stand this music, I find some it (like this project) oddly intriguing.

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Dethdoor – Beyond Death

Dethdoor
Beyond Death
1987 Jeru-Slam Records
Pensacola, Florida, USA

Scottie Joel Cooper – Vocals, sounds, instruments

Pain Face:

  1. Introduction
  2. Industrial Generation
  3. This is for You
  4. Hellfire
  5. Human Fear

Hope Face

  1. Ecstasy
  2. DeathDoor
  3. Childhood Bliss
  4. There is Hope
  5. Who Can Write? (unlisted track)
  6. Scottie Talks About the Orthodox Church

This is probably the most well-known release by Scottie Joel Cooper, since it made it into the tape underground thanks to Jeru-Slam Records. I was sent a copy of the original master tape that appears to differ in a few places from the label release. First of all, it has a track list on the inside, so that really helps with the track names. It also has an unreleased album by Cooper on the back. Also, the track “This is For You” is not on the label release. You get the first words “This is for” and then it cuts right to “Hellfire.” Also, the song “DeathDoor” is two parts on the label release (the song and then a child reading the Lord’s Prayer), but it is three parts on this tape (the song, The Lord’s Prayer, and then a spoken word poem about Death Door). There is an unlisted track after “There is Hope” on the master tape, as well as 7 minutes of Cooper talking about the Orthodox Church and why he has chosen to go that path in his beliefs. The sound here is an interesting mixture of spoken word, noise, and industrial elements. Some songs are pure spoken word, while others have interesting metallic beats as a backdrop. Also some bits and pieces of found noise here and there. The only difference between the covers of the label release and this master tape is that someone wrote “Jeru-Slam Records” in blue ink next to “Distributed by:” (and they didn’t include the list of song names).

Man & Hammer – Not Dead

Man & Hammer
Not Dead
1989 Jeru-Slam Records (JS013)

David Joo – Music, vocals, songwriting, recording

Side 1:

  1. Hang With Me
  2. Rock the Nation
  3. B.I. K.G.B. C.I.A.
  4. Maffia (All the Same to Me)
  5. Alice Through the Windowpane
  6. Family Part 1

Side 2:

  1. Crackhouse
  2. Abortion
  3. Mirrors of the Soul
  4. Hip Hop This Train
  5. Not Dead
  6. Amazeing Grace

This is the fourth overall album by Man & Hammer that I have heard – but I am not sure how many total there are. Man & Hammer is the one man project of David Joo (who also went by Squid). This tape continues in the same vein of noise/industrial music. As you can tell by the cover, there is a bit more of a hip-hop sound here – some of the noise is scratching and other hip-hop related found noises. There seems to be a bit more of an electronica beat here and there as well. And, of course, a lot of samples and “found noises” as I call them (recordings of every day sounds and noises). Mis-spellings in the song titles above represent what is printed on the cover.

Man & Hammer – Skeletons

Man & Hammer
Skeletons
1988 Jeru-slam Records (JS008)

David Joo

Side 1:

  1. Skeletons (second version)
  2. Sad Eyes
  3. Noise for Toys
  4. Skeletons (third version)
  5. Running
  6. Skeletons (1st version)
  7. Beginning Again / Tomorrow
  8. Epedemic
  9. Evolution Today

Side 2:

  1. Look into the Mirror

I have tapes Man & Hammer tapes (Just Say Noise! and Translation of Emotion), so I thought I had them all. But this demo and another one (Not Dead) showed up in the box. And looking at the numbering system for Jeru-Slam Records, there could be even more. This seems to be mostly distorted guitar played in eclectic ways over drum machines and/or found noise and samples. Some songs have spoken word vocals, others are instrumental. These were basically lo-fi one person projects by David Joo, who also worked on other projects like Hellfire. Most of the Jeru-Slam tapes had some kind of designed cover – even if lo-fi. This tape doesn’t, so I wonder if it is a pre-release and there is a cover out there, or if this is it?

Hellfire – Death to Death

Hellfire
Death to Death
1987 Jeru-Slam Records (001)
Stirling City, California, USA

Robert Wolff – Guitars, Drums
Squid (David Joo) – Vocals

Side 1:

  1. Abolish Legal Murder
  2. Satan’s Children
  3. If Tomorrow Comes
  4. Hopeless Child
  5. Little Ones
  6. Take My Hand
  7. Burn the Porno Magazines
  8. Hellfire
  9. Throw the Rope
  10. Death to Death
  11. God’s Not a Joke
  12. Jesus Is the Only Way
  13. Nuclear War
  14. Stop Now

Side 2

  1. We Need Jesus
  2. W.C. (Pray Without Ceasing)
  3. Born in the Shade

I see this album listed frequently as one of the worst demos ever. I would disagree with that – I have heard much worse. The problem here is that this is about as lo-fi as you can get. It sounds like a jambox set to record in a room with dude playing through a full distortion guitar amp, singing death metal vocals loud enough to be heard over the amp. The drums don’t even sound like drums all the time – more like someone beating on various common objects on the other side of the room (well, okay – sometimes it does sound like drums). No bass guitar as well. If you listen to the songs, these are some good thrash/death metal riffs. Although the solos are a bit painful to listen to. If this had been recorded in a decent studio with a full band, it would probably be considered a top level demo. Non-existent info in the j-card, but many websites have players and song titles listed. Also of note is how some actually recorded a note at the end of side 1 telling people to fast forward to the end of the tape and listen to more songs on side 2. David Joo also did two industrial tapes under the moniker of “Man & Hammer” that I will need to document here. Jeru-slam Records also distributed an experimental tape by Deth Door. Unfortunately, it looks like both members of this band have passed away – David not too long after this tape came out, and David more recently. David Joo also had an underground zine called “Zine of the Times”, or ZOTT. Below is a review from White Throne that I found online as well.