09 June 2014

TERMINAL ESCAPE

Terminal Escape turns five years old today. Thanks to the people who stop by from time to time, thanks to the people who comment, and thanks to the people who mention in person that they found something cool here. The 1,700 mark is just around the corner....that's a lot of fukkn tapes. 

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STEVE B. GRENADE
I've been sitting on this one for years, waiting for whatever struck me as the right time. Well, Happy Birthday to me and here's the tape that gave this blog its name. Terminal Escape is lo-fi bedroom 4-track anarcho nonsense, but it strikes a chord somewhere deep inside. It was 1982, and obviously this dude had already figured out that he didn't need anything other than a tape recorder to make his magic, and I thank him for it thirty years later.


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THE DECEASED
Keeping on the nostalgia trip, here's the first tape I posted here on 09 June 2009. I re-ripped it and scanned the full cover, so even if you already have this bad boy lurking around somewhere, it's worth updating (I'm a little better at this shit than I was then). Of all of the random and un(der)known UK stuff I've shared here, this one is still one of my favorites. Only thing I'll change about the original write up is that "Anarchy On Sat. Night" doesn't really sound all that bad...I guess my standards were higher then?
One of many bands that I can find virtually zero information about. The KFTH site (here) has no bio, and I can't say with any certainty even which of the four listed demos i am listening to. What I can say, is that these three tracks are fucking ruling, lo-fi UK punk. Sneering vocals, and drums pegged way into the red...it's endlessly amazing to me that bands made demos sound so fucking good with no money and no experience, punks have been trying to recreate the sound of the early 80s tapes for 25+ years, always always unsuccessfully. Apparently, the band changed the songs on the demo after they made the covers...but whatever the reason, there is only one song that is printed on the cover that made it onto my copy, and that track, "Anarchy On Sat. Night" is recorded so poorly that on this 25 year old cassette, it is not listenable. More demos to follow....






16 comments:

zhollows said...

Happy birthday. Best blog. Hugs.

Daniel said...

Happy Birthday!!!!!

The L-RV said...

RC -
Always always always been a big fan of your blog.
Between you & Zer, all others pretty much pale in comparison when it comes to passion & content.
Always a pleasure to read/hear each post, & I hope you continue for a good long time.
You always bring the goods - THANK YOU AND HAPPY 5TH. ANNIVERSARY...

kingpossum said...

Congrats. Cheers. Thanks. Blessings. Kudos.

And more Thanks.

kingpossum said...

Congrats. Cheers. Thanks. Blessings. Kudos.

And more Thanks.

Dolmance said...

I like that woman's picture very much.

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS said...

have gotten loads of killer 80's uk punk demos from hear i'm glad dick lucas gave you his box of tapes we may have never heard the gems you have posted hear so many thanks brother and keep up the blogging and hear is to 5 more years.

cheers

Harvester said...

Oh whoa! This blog is still up?!! Damn dude, that's cool. Long time listener, first time caller...shit yeah that was a good party. Wait, is there a party?

Convertido said...

Congrats and thanks for all the files. It really is a pleasure to hear many new sounds. Thank you!

yellow.eyes said...

Congratulations

Brian Guy said...

Congrats to you and your blog. How you keep up this pace is beyond me.

Love the fact that you are over the place with your musical taste.

Take care,

Brian Guy

mišo said...

Good work Robert, keep going. Going underground! Very inspiring blog, I like it so much. Thanx for your work. Thanx for crazy music!

http://muzika-komunika.blogspot.sk/2012/12/terminal-escape-escape-is-terminal.html

Mišo

Nature Boy said...

All praise The Wizard- the Alan Lomax of Power Violence, the DIY Librarian of Congress, the original arcrustvist... uh... seriously though, this is a blog that will go down in world wide web history as one of the grates. Nevermind the consistency of the posts, the rarity of the demos, the diversity of sounds, fergit all of that the dude's blurbs alone are worth the visit. Sometimes hilarious, or informative, or poignant, but always TERMINAL.

Bloggin' is a lonely business- your dedication is tremendously appreciated.

yogi said...

happy birthday man, best wishes!

Erick Bradshaw said...

Hall of Fame blog right heah. Thx fer doin it. Always on point. .....aand many mooooore.....

Uyio said...

Happy Birthday!Thanks!