Thursday, February 19, 2015
BCT #18 - V/A - I Thrash, Therefore I Am
Chris BCT Says:
I was sitting around talking with a long time punk friend and someone else. The other guy says something, my old friend modifies the statement and then I modify his statement saying, I Thrash, Therefore I Am. Still my favorite punk comp tape name. I met Brian Walsby in a parking lot of some gig I think in L.A. and he was happy to do some art for us. This is my favorite punk tape comp cover. When Craig of Schizophrenic Records re-released this on cd in 2002 (500 pressed), it was our first cd and I open the box and they have the worst cover of any punk cd comp of all time which I think is ironic cuz, to my ears, this is the finest HC comp of all time (not that there's a competition and there's several, Russia Bombs Finland, Propoganda, Raw War, Really Fast Vol. l, that rule). It showed what can happen when you do a project via email. I asked him to have the pic at the center of the cover and, sure enough it is, but swamped in this weird design. He re-issued the lp (2003, splatter blue 500 pressed) and the cartoon is there front and center like the great drawing it is. Xpozez is the only British band on BCT. They have one live song here and it's My Generation, punk version. It's about the only song here that's subpar recording quality but it's fantastic. Anti-Cimex has a song 'Fight for Freedom' which was the only song that me and my 2nd BCT partner, Christopher, and I had a disagreement about. He didn't go for what the lyric called for. For me it was one of the best songs and I do believe in fighting for freedom tho, like most of us, I'd rather do other things than fight and war is one of the stupidest things humans do, obviously. This is the only tape comp we did that's all bands from a buncha European countries (7). The RP tracks did not appear elsewhere on BCT. I believe they're from the one of two gigs that were recorded soundboard. For the cd reissue Craig included the best 7 minutes from the Terveet Kadet BCT tape. Fits well on the cd, musically etc.
This was released 2/85. The cd is 74 minutes with about 2 extra tracks not originally used that are good. One by Anti Cimex starts smaltzy slow but then kicks in. I guess we rejected that back in the day. We always had our ears on. Great song, it's on. Sucks, it's off. What was a bit difficult was when a song was like in between. Use it cuz it's ok or ditch it cuz it just don't blow up. Ya live with your decisions. I was glad with almost all our song choices for this tape.