Three years before Strike, this album was probably the last one of their first musical period, more fast than what they did after... but don't make me say what I haven't said : all Thugs albums are really good.
A dark angry cynical punk noise band, Alice Donut were rather apart from the rest of the 90's noise scene, and their music remains today very original. I saw them live around 1992, it was very amazing, with this singer screaming in its psychedelic coloured coat, and this guy blowing in its trombone, or the girl playing banjo... Mule is their third album, from 1990 I think, the one that put them on fame, if you can call it fame...
Last album, in which you feel a lot more sadness than into the previous ones. Was it because they felt the end of the band was coming ? It was around 1994, I was so happy to see them live, I went to the concert but it was cancelled at last minute... and then they splitted... booooh.
Here is one of my favourite band of this period, 1991-1994. Th'Faith Healers, without the "e", were signed on the wonderful Too Pure label. they played a kind of hypnotic dark repetitive noisy punk, I've been listening to all their records over and over year after year, and it still makes me mad today, I love them, I tell you, and you should too. This is their first album, which was in fact a compilation of their first 3 EP's.
One of the best noise album I've heard (back in 1992), close to Unsane, Hammerhead and co. Those guys were on Wiiija, the label that signed Silverfish or Th'Faith Healers for example. This is a CD compilation of their 2 EP's, they unfortunately did nothing more, but, whooooo.
Well, you don't give a f*** for sure, but this album and this band played really exactly the same music as we used to with my band, except we only had one woman, singing. We played the same thing, at the same time, how strange, but one became well-known, and the other never done anything. Guess which one ? If only I knew Heavens To Betsy at the time, I could I have wrote to them, I don't know, or send a tape at their label (Corin Tucker later formed Sleater-Kinney). I could have been famous, earn a lot of money, be like Bono and spend holidays in the sun and not lose my time posting old stuff on blogspot. So this is really good and dark riot grrrl style now ;)
This is german post-punk from 1982 I think with a touch of ska, it's epileptic and fun, you only have to see the lyrics : "no more bango in Kongo but pogo in Togo, samba in Uganda, Coca-Cola in Angola, aruba in Kuba, only banana in Ghana." Nice, isn't it ?
Guess what ? Before the Sex Pistols (UK side) or the Ramones (USA side), some people were punks before the name was put on their music. We call it proto-punk. Here's one of the best example of really good punk before the punk.
Headcleaner appeared in 1993, they were close to Therapy? or Hammerhead (see below) : angry noise with epileptic dancing rythms, and a huge bass sound. The kind of thing you couldn't stay quiet listening to.
Second album, L'eau rouge (trad. "Red water") conquered anyone who listened to this at the time, including myself. I remember we all went mad and listened to the album everyday during months. Don't forget that, in 1989, at least in France, we only had boring new-wave while Uk was dancing on acid-house, there was no energy at all in music and no-one knew about the bourgeoning noise scene in the USA, so, apart from listening to old stuff, the Young Gods were fresh air in a suffocating time. After this they began to sing in english and became famous all around the occidental depressed bourgeois world.
Pioneers of the industrial mouvement, Cabaret Voltaire was at the time playing noise with their synths and disturbing your senses. The music was not violent with the rythms, it was violent with the emotion, the emptiness, the electricity. This is an experience anyone should have, and this album printed a deep impact inside of my head. Sorry the archive is in Rar format.
Punk, yes, but with a touch of synth, good melodies, energy, anger... Bratmobile were one of the riot-grrrls band that anyone talked about, besides Bikini Kill. Their second album, less violent than the first one, and the one I prefer.
I like music with bones inside. You will find here some music from the punk era until the end of the XXth century, no more recent (some artists still exist and still earn money with their recent albums, you know). - Warning 1 : cliking on the covers makes people happy. - Warning 2 : some stuff encoded AAC (use iTunes or Audacity).