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).

Scaterd Few – Out of the Attic

Scaterd Few
Out of the Attic – Circa 83-84
1991 Sacrosanctus Records
North Hollywood, California, USA

Side 1:

  1. Gave Us Life
  2. Untitled
  3. Death
  4. Echo
  5. Sin Face
  6. T.T.C.P
  7. The End
  8. Anti – I’m Right
  9. Anti Ape
  10. Tid Bit
  11. Death

Side 2:

  1. Tid Bit
  2. T.T.C.P.
  3. Gave Us Life
  4. Anti Ape
  5. Anti-I’m Right
  6. Tid Bit 2
  7. Ratzak At The Beach
  8. Wipeout
  9. Solo

For those that didn’t know, Out of the Attic was first released on tape before Flying Tart came along in 1994 and re-issued it on CD. I have this tape, but thought there was something wrong with my copy. So when I saw another copy in the stacks, I grabbed it to see what the tape should sound like. But the new copy had the same problem: the tape is noticeably slower than the CD. And after listening to both of them, I’m not sure if the CD was sped up or the tape was slowed down. Weird. Also, the song listing on the j-card scan is not correct – this tape follows the same song listing as the CD. Anyways, this is early Scaterd Few while they were still working out their punk rock meets Bauhaus meets Bad Brains meets other styles sound that most people first heard on Sin Disease. This collection is a mixture of early demos, rough live recordings, and practice sessions if I remember correctly. Also, a much cooler cover than the one Flying Tart used later.