The Warning – A Virgin in the Midst of Whores

The Warning
A Virgin in the Midst of Whores
1988 (no label)
Victorville, California, USA

Burrito – Vocals
Tracy G – All music and production

  1. Burn in Hell
  2. Simple Simon
  3. Instrumental
  4. Let’s Go to Church
  5. Instrumental
  6. A Virgin in the Midst of Whores
  7. What Will You Do
  8. Whatever Happened to Love
  9. Solid Rock
  10. The Rapture

For those not familiar with The Warning, they were a controversial metal band led by Burrito, and featuring Tracey G (Dio, etc) on guitars. The music on this follow-up demo to Repent or Die! is still chaotic, heavy, and random. It was kind of the pre-cursor for 8-Ball Cholos, but more thrash and metal oriented. They were kind of the main band for the Radicals for Christ group, which Burrito also led. The main controversy came from their lyrics and cover art (see above – Pride is Jerry Falwell, Ego is Jimmy Swaggart, Phony is Tammy Faye Bakker, 666 is Pope John Paul II, Lust$ is Jim Bakker, Virgin is Jesus Christ). They basically like to tell people all they are doing wrong and how evil they are for not living up to the band’s religious standards. Lots of finger pointing and then telling others they are wrong for being… well… finger pointers. The music is pretty cool, and the lyrics are tolerable if you take it as a warning of the dangers of fundamentalist evangelicalism (a group that generally rejects this kind of music as “Satanic,” ironically). So, the original cover was controversial (even though I think it is awesome), so they also released a censored version of the cover below. The weird thing is that the sonics are a bit cleaner on the censored cover version (even though still muffled). This demo was followed by Cut the Crap/Garbage! in 1989/1990.

The Warning – Repent or Die!

The Warning
Repent or Die!
1986 Radicals for Christ
Azusa, California, USA

Burrito – Vocals
Tracy G – All music and production

  1. The Warning
  2. Can Your Heart Still Cry
  3. The Truth
  4. Jesus is the Only Way
  5. Armageddon (an Instrumental)
  6. Abortion is Murder
  7. No Mercy
  8. The Rapture

If I am remembering correctly, this is the first demo tape by The Warning after they formed in 1985. Apparently Dave “Burrito” Villalpando was at a show that Tracy G’s band Swift Kick was playing at. He told Tracy G that he liked how Tracy G approached being a Christian in non-Christian bands, and a musical partnership and friendship was started. I think The Warning started after Burrito’s other band Moral Majority broke up, but I am not sure. Anyways, The Warning was basically a studio project that never played live, because they thought the frantic nature of their music would be impossible to recreate live. This recording is a bit rough, but I still like the trippy different style of music. To me, it sounds like this band was a big influence on Lust Control later. Burrito and Tracy G went on to form 8-Ball Cholos, and Tracy G also became known as a shredder guitarist for several Dio albums. This demo was followed by A Virgin in the Midst of Whores in 1988. The cover above is the original cover, but there was a redesigned cover in about 1989 by Chris Yambar so this demo would look like the other The Warning demos. It looked like this: