22 July 2009
STATE OF CONFUSION
The 80s were a simpler time, weren't they? If you wanted to start a label, all you really needed was a copier machine and a handful of C-60 tapes, and then you're halfway there! Loads of the tape compilations I have from the early 80s seem to be the result of someone making a neat cover for a mix tape they put together featuring their fave current acts. Every so often you come across one that just smokes start to finish, and this is one of those. The only thing I don't love on State Of Confusion is the LOST CHEREES tracks, but only because they are the same tracks that have been spread around every tape comp, CD retrospective and vinyl reissue for 20+ years now. "Freedom" and "Sexism's Sick" are classic UK punk tracks, to be sure, but do I really need to hear another live version? Well, apparently I thought that you did, so perhaps I should keep a lid on it. One solid hour of joy is about to be yours...pay special attention to the AMAZING tracks by SOLVENT ABUSE, of course the KRONSTADT UPRISING songs are great, and "Fuck Conscription" by COMMITED (their incorrect spelling, not mine) is a 100% classic UK punk scorcher. This tape has been rocked a few times, and the sound quality is certainly not the best...but if you turn it up loud enough, it don't matter. Settle in and get down!