So this is one of the two versions of Black Flag that’s currently doing the rounds – This is the Keith Morris (Circle Jerks / Off!) version
Love this band – let me know what you think about this song
This band was an early Perth Crust punk – hc band – I was friends with Ivan the vocalist and I really can’t remember who else was in the band – funnily enough my memory is very vague on if I even saw these guys live or not – I am pretty sure I did but who knows after all it was 3o years ago now (1983) anyways check out their title track Threshold of Pain
Back in the mid 90s I used to talk on the phone to Chuck D from Black Flag/ SST records once a month – I told him that I had a live recording that featured “Yes I know” and ‘What can you believe?” two previously unreleased great songs and that he needed to make sure they come out – about 6 weeks later I was in Selectadisc records and there they were on cd! I didn’t have the money at the time to buy it – import cd and all that – so I came back the next day and boom it was gone! turns out later it was a bootleg but here is the song “yes I know” from that cd
In the early 80′s Punk Rock in the USA was beyond huge – so big that it was the subject of many nightly news programs, chat shows like Phil Donahue and even covered in main stream tv dramas like Chips and Quincy. (see below for examples) Most of the Tv drama coverage was beyond a joke with a punk band singing about “digging pain” and even stabbing other punks in the mosh pit. Rather than make kids see this as a deterent these shows only aided in turning more kids punk and going to shows and acting like jerks. So prevalent was this behavior after shows like Quincy and Chips that the older punks even labelled – douche bags like this “Quincy Punks”
Of course middle American parents were freaking out thinking the devil had possessed their children to cut their hair, dye it blue, have a mohawk or whatever and didn’t no where to turn. Some bright spark came up with the idea of “de-punking kids” and mental hospitals soon figured out that health insurance companies had some sort of mental health insurance and were very happy to convince parents that the kids could be cured and pretty soon parents were institutionalizing their kids – only to be told they were ‘cured” when their insurance ran out.
I used to write to one of Suicidal Tendencies, Mike Muir’s early girlfriends Shannon R who when she first wrote me it was with a pencil as she was locked up at the time. In fact she was the lyrical inspiration to the song “Institutionalized” and also the S.T. classics “I saw your mommy and your mommy is dead” and “I won’t fall in love today” It was actually her on the phone with Mike at the time when her parents decided to get her locked up. I can’t remember but I am pretty sure the infamous line “All I wanted was a Pepsi, Just one pepsi” was hers.
To this day I have friends who were locked up back in the day who are still shaken by their experiences – it was a crazy time thats for sure.
If you or anyone you know was locked up for being a punk at the time leave us a comment below! Thanks
Suicidal Tendencies – “Institutionalized”
Suicidal Tendencies – “I Saw Your Mommy” (Live – 1984)
From the Episode of C.H.i.P.s the band pain playing I dig pain”
Quincy Punk Episode
Teen Talk: Punk Rock early 80′s Local Los Angeles show Part 1
Had this 7″ back in 1982 – I think Pushead sent it to me – as we know this was J.Mascis band before he was in Dinosaur Jr.
1. I Saw It
3. In My Room
4. Don’t Need
5. Lou’s Anxiety Song
6. Video Prick
7. Sick of Fun
8. Deep Wound
9. Dead Babies
From the album “A 21 year hangover”, due out soon out on Pure Impact Records. Check www.pure-impact.com/store
I used to love DOA when I was a teenager. In fact I ordered Hardcore 81 direct from the band back in..well 1981
They wrote loud fast and most importantly super catchy punk rock. To my surprise one of their most famous songs “Fuck You” was actually a cover by an earlier Canadian punk band The Stiff – of which two of their members would go along to form the Canadian Band the Subhumans – not to be mistaken for the Uk band of the same name.
here is the original version of “Fuck You