Thursday, February 12, 2015
BCT #12 - V/A - Hideous Freaks Search For Happiness
Chris BCT Says:
I forget who, a hand full of punx, wrote us during our heyday and asked us how to do punk tape comps. And most of them went on to do some. I said to come up with a tape name look at the supermarket tabloid headlines, among other things, to find possible titles. That's what I did for this tape. I didn't wanna be totally plageristic so I modified the headline which was about the one freak's search. Plus we had a one time only flurry of tape names all at once so we heaped them all onto this tape: Break Slamming; May Cause Dependence on Laxatives; Not a Bunch of Love Songs; Squeezing the Green $ Weenie; You Make Me Feel Ookie; Pure Erotic Fluff; I'm Taking a Drug--It's Coming From These Speakers. One of my favorite bands is the Hates. We may actually have asked them for a contribution cuz of that and got these few trax. Christian saw the Sex Pistols in Houston in 78 and was never the same, formed the Hates and they're still in existence. Possibly the least known ongoing punk band in the history of the world cuz they never tour outside of Houston area cept once in 2002 when I set up a 10 city Southwest tour for them. Check 'em out. UPS I called ultra core back then, faster than most other bands of the day. I foolishly thought of our best of lp as only tapes 1 to 11 but there was only 32 minutes. i could have gone into #12 here and gotten 8 more and it would have been mostly UPS. You may find this to be true also, whenever i show non punx band names or record or tape titles they find some of them to be funny or thought provoking etc. Plenty of that all thru BCT and punk generally. Our friends Psycho kept showin' up on various BCT tapes cuz they sent us like 4 different tapes from 83 to 86 or so all with some good stuff and eventually they came out here to San Diego from Boston and did a gig. I don't even know if it was a tour or a vacation but they became addicted to real taco shop burritos, of course. This is the tape with a band that as soon as we got the tape there was a slight shuffle of paper and, boom, we misplaced who they were. There was nothing on the cassette itself to indicate who it was so we actually have a band here called '?' cuz we have no idea who they are. It's one song which usually meant of whatever songs the band sent, we found just one. I don't think we ever didn't use a single song of a band so maybe on a few with just one song it might be a bit just ok vs raging. Come 1986 literally, the last 30 tapes we got all sucked bad. Pop: the end of BCT and, officially, it seemed, the end of the classic period of the 80's worldwide HC explosion. Ok, not officially but I keep having a lotta trouble finding great HC bands post 86. While during 83 to 86, especially with bands just sending us tapes in the mail, the quality stuff just came flyin' outta the sky for 3 straight years. I don't even know what's in MRR since 1986. I've found like 6 bands I like post '86 and that's trying. It just works like that. 50's music explosion. 60's music explosion. 80's HC explosion. Disco came and went maybe in the 80's. Whatever other booms that have come and gone. The difference is that no one keeps making new 50's music (of course rockabilly and psychobilly boom and that's totally alive) but punk keeps it up, partly cuz it stayed in our hands, not in the hands of big music business. So if we wanted it to live, it lives. And, it lives. Now, thanks to Dr Drunk (he helped me with a boil. But it hurt) and a buncha punx I keep both meeting and re-meeting on my chris bct facebook page, and velved and social napalm who keep making BCT tapes (I hear social napalm is stopping tho?), it stays alive. Cuz it is. If art doesn't get lost, if it was any good, it lives throughout the ages. And, baby, this stuff lives.