Wednesday, February 18, 2015
BCT #17 - Raw Power - Live In The U.S.A. 1984
Chris BCT Says:
RP just popped for us when we got those original 60 and 2 90 (or whatever) tapes from Roberto Schavio in 1983 from Italy of Italian HC. I forget exactly how we heard, I guess by snail mail, that RP wanted to tour the U.S. and would we help them do it. This was nothing like we'd ever done and like fools, we agreed to. It did, indeed turn out to be the trip of a lifetime. I wish I'd done things a bit different but what did come off was grand. I did a report on the tour for KillFromtheHeart in 2002 at the behest of some Italian punk to write something. And I think I recently re-discovered it and cut and pasted it for myself. I'm not sure where I put it. They were total gentlemen, full of energy and joy. It appears I brought a tape recorder, of which I have zero memory, dunno why. I didn't take pics or vids. Mr. Video (an African American) took one at the Philly show and showed us, all chaotic filming. Useless Pieces of S.. did in Tucson. I foolishly never contacted them but I've heard they have it layin' around. Flipside filmed that lst International Olympic gig. Tons of kids on the stage with RP the entire set. And one other show got filmed. Near the end of the tour for the Indianapolis tour we had one extra day there and the band and our host, Paul Mahern, decided to record an lp in his studio which they did. A friend of Paul's did a 10 to 15 minute video of the band recording which I saw a bit of. As it was the end of the tour the band had played the whole tour together. The original screamer/guitarist couldn't come so Davide did and imitated his scream for the few songs they have a screamer on and had a tinge more metal flavor git than the original guy who had, I think none. There was a wonderful disagreement between the band, their only one, I think in Cleveland and I remember starting to record it (audio) cuz it was so verbally furious. I quit after about 4 minutes for what I thought might be respect for privacy. After about 8 minutes they were done and all was well again. I learned it was about Davide's metal tinge he'd brought to the shows all tour. I played the tape for an Italian punk visitor a year or two later and he couldn't understand them as they were talking in some dialect of Italian that he could not understand. The drummer was Elder, age 17. I never could detect Giuseppe's 2nd guitar sound, ever. Clearly, tho it's part of their wall of sound. He and Dode (bass) didn't speak English. I used all 100 words I knew in Spanish and they didn't need a translation for any of them. We all spoke punk, gig, guitar, Minor Threat etc. The band were otherwise in their 20's and I was the old man at 29. It was the first time I'd had punx callin' me Chris BCT. Excellent and that cow bell, man, you gotta see it, a real one, and seemed rough and old. Bigger than I'd expected. They told me usually at home Dode, might jump a bit during a set but all tour was jumpin' lots. I think it was 24 shows in 40 days. The only cancellation was for D.C., bummer. Did spend an extra day due to that in a home in the forest in Connecticut. RIP Giuseppe who passed of I believe a heart attack like in his 40's. High quality guys. I'll never forget that true punk highlight of my life. I highly recommend every punk be on a tour if possible. We released this 3/85.