Métal Urbain is the only french 77' punk band to get some fame outside of France. Actually, there was not a lot of bands in France, and less to be able to issue a LP (2 ? 3 ?). Here is the double-CD reissue, it contains everything they made at the time : the full LP with demos and outtakes. Don't bother : Metal Urbain invented electro-punk and noise-rock before anyone else. Their music was intense, paranoiac, schizophrenic and angry as hell. The singer doesn't sing, he spits. They disbanded soon before making an industrial —or let's say experimental— outfit, Dr Mix & The Remix. Then they disappeared during 20 years to resurface with this reissue. Since then they have made another great album in 2007 "J'irai chier dans ton vomi", that you can translate by "I will shit in your puke" (can you imagine they are 50 ;)... on which Jello Biafra himself went for a sing. An absolute must-have !
Last album of their "trilogy", before the singer went away, issued in 1990. Then the music changed, I admit I wasn't much interested, because the way of singing of Lee Hollis was so special. I think they made 2 more studio albums during the nineties. As far as I know they are back nowadays... well like everybody from 1977 to 2000, aren't they ?
The Spermbirds were a german band playing a typical 90's hardcore : intelligent, non-conformist, evolutive, somewhere between the Circle Jerks and Alice Donut, in a word really good ! This is their second album issued in 1987, but the first being known.
The last studio album of the band. It contains wonderful melodies. Next to this, they should have become huge probably, but one night, while D. Boon's girlfriend was driving their van, and while he was sleeping behind, caught with flu, she fell asleep and they had a car crash. D. Boon died in a second. Mike Watt and George Hurley wanted to stop music, but they were convinced to go on, and founded fIREHOSE.
The Minutement began their career along with Black Flag. They played a really powerful hardcore, fueled with funk, jazz, pop melodies, always experimenting, always uncompromising. D. Boon, Mike Watt and Goerge Hurley had a deep political mind and all their songs were very engaged. Everyone loved them, every bands, but their signature on SST was not enough for them to get fame, and you can understand that because their music was hard to get into. This is their first EP, back in 1980. 7 songs, only 5 minutes...
Shall I introduce you to Minor Threat ? The first band of Ian McKaye, later founder of the famous Fugazi band and of the Dischord label. Straight-edge hardcore punk (that meant "let's be punk, but sane punks, not into drugs, drinking, and... fucking, because if we want to fight the system, we have to be in good health with all our senses opened" —without fucking they should have been priests, but well, the idea was good—). This is a compilation of all they have done, with songs always less than 2 minutes. A classical one.
This english band, signed on Mute, camed around 1995. They played a kind of angry electro-punk, with an experimental touch (what could you expect, on Mute), and it was one of the best album I've heard that particular year, when Suede and Oasis ruled the world. Nirvana was dead and all the noise bands seems etrangely away, and Rancho Diablo was really refreshing. But such a shame, they should have come today, where this kind of music should have got more echoes. I think they did one album after that. A great forgotten band, with such bad graphic tastes all you can do is love them.
Oh well I add a video, it's a good way of introducing bands :
Could'nt find anything about this record, except that it is a compilation of old stuff, demos, etc. I even was not able to find the cover (this above is a single). But you really need this one, I think it's better than the two other records here (and all I ever got from this band).
Lubricated Goat was a band born in the eighties in Australia. They played a mix of punk, with an exciting touch of death-rock, you also can call their music proto-grunge, well it makes me think to bands like God Bullies, it's dark, angry and cynical with a lot of humour, I really like that.
Somewhere between noise and metal, Helmet was one of the band you couldn't ignore at the beginning of the nineties. I remember a great concert with Ministry, everyone was sweating a lot and it was dangerous to be in front of the scene. I would not be able to slam like that anymore, today, I'm afraid ;) This is their first album, issued in 1990... guess where ? Amphetamine Reptile, of course.
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).