Saturday, February 7, 2015
BCT #7 - V/A - Last White Christmas #2
Chris BCT Says:
I wrote a list of all my favorite albums and a few 7"s and called this my favorite album of all time at chrisbct2.blogspot.com. Originally a 60 minute tape, re-issued in 2002 as a 72 minute cd, 500 copies. When we were originally making it Antonio is sayin', 'No, not this track.' due to some perceived imperfection of the performance for this song or that one. Me and Dave are like flummoxed, cuz every song ruled. He was the bassist so we did what he wanted. I still disagree. Every song CCM did and, oddly, strangely, every song of the entire gig rules. I've always loved split releases and this works to perfection as a 3 split release. Most bands fall into the either they're great in the studio and not so great live or the opposite. Only a few blast in both. CCM has some great releases particularly their split cassette release with IRI! Permanent Scar. It was re-issued shorter on lp. They've done other albums and 7"s but nothing compares to their live set and this one is their finest. Period. They do many maybe even all the songs from the PS release. There's something about their intensity. I had a punk friend and his punk friend in the back of my parent's big car in S.F. maybe in 2002 and we're crusin' in the night and I'm blastin' this thing and as every CCM song comes on I'm askin' 'em if that's tearin' their heads off and they're laughin' and shouting how it is and then the next song comes on and it was just a frenzy. CCM only toured the U.S. once, 1986. They honored us by driving all the way down from Utah or somewhere to do our San Diego show then back up to S.F. It was one of the great shows I ever saw. Virtually exactly as amazing as this one. Oddly, the S.F. show was video taped and it is flat. I don't know why. Some folks say CCM is the Italian Germs. I can see it. I saw both bands and there's no question that CCM is band they are only with some overlap with the Germs. Really what they are, particularly on this live tape, is the greatest live recorded HC set ever. When the 2002 cd came out I was communicating with Syd, the singer and he suggested that all the music be made free. It's what's instigated me to do so onto the Internet once I get the BCT tapes remastered. These on Dr Drunk are a great way to start tho I have yet to successfully hear a note of any of the tapes cuz of downloading issues. IRI! is a completely unique HC band. I still don't know what they have besides some keyboard. They have a song where there's an explosion. It's 1983. How did they do that? No computers. I generally dislike keyboard. Pere Ubu does it cuz they're so off kilter about it and the Doors and Elvis Costello seem to do it. But in a HC band, I just don't get it but it totally works. The singer visited us in the mid 80's with his gf. They vacationed in Mexico and he came back and showed us a 7 layer deep burn in the middle of his chest. Traumatic was, at the time, folding. But, apparently they came back in to be in this gig. It's tight and total 60's punk. Italy has a very unique musical fabric and Traumatic (and Juggernaut) give us a connection to the 60's punk but still very flavorful of the classic 80's Italian HC. Like Walter Brennan said in an old b&w movie: no brag, just fact.
At the end of this vol ll we chose a Christmas song and speeded it up. Antonio wrote a manifesto type statement and attempted to say it in Italian but failed spectacularly so, of course, we included it. Then I said it in English but got overly excited and loud so the last sentence is missed which is something like, 'against cops, no matter what uniform they wear.' It's the only time on a BCT tape that we added our own thing.