An awesome month into the roughest and swampiest hardcore.
We never made any of the tape en masse. They were each individually made. Most real time, some in the later years like post 1986 through 2000 at double speed. I'm not sure I could then or now tell the difference. Velted makes it a point to copy his BCT tapes he still sells at real time. After the 27 tapes in 1986 we did 4 records, We Can Do Whatever We Want 32 minutes best of tapes 1 - 11, lst 300 great kinda light blue then 2,100 black and 1,000 red pressed on Starving Missile label in Germany. Also I've Got An Attitude Problem 7" a sort of best of vol 2, 500 pressed then another 300 I think. Also we did the U.S. pressing of the Indigesti Osservati dall'inganno lp from 1985, 500 pressed and a 7" from that lp Inside the Green, 500 pressed, made for their '86 tour that we did. About 1998 Grand Theft Audio pressed a cd of #5 Raw Power, I have no idea how many. He added a 5 minute interview I did with the band literally on the road of the '84 tour we did even tho we had zero experience doing anything like that. In 2002 we got together as a consortium with Schizophrenic Records, Human Stench and enterruption labels to re-issue cds of BCT tapes 1, best of 3/10, 6, 7, and 18 all 500 pressed. enterruption did 1000 of an lp of 16. Schizophrenic did 500 of an lp of 18. Punk artists who contributed to BCT were mostly J. Yarbrough who did some of the layout for our BCT catalog which we musta mailed out 1,000's over about 17 years and the tape sleeves for 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, 13, the drawing for the tape sleeve for 20 and 27 plus Rob Malloy helped with the layout of our BCT catalog; Jason Treager who did the cover of We Can Do lp and alt cover for Rattus tape and the lettering for I've Got An Attitude; Jesse C. who did the Mob 47 logo and a Wretched/Mob 47 head squish cartoon for the I've Got an Attitude 7"; Brian Walsby who did the cover for 18 and our mailing address 'Send this to!' for the BCT catalog; Daniel the singer of Eat the Rich drew Moe Hawk our BCT logo; Carrie did the I've Got An Attitude 7" cover and the cover for #15 and we released a book of about 52 pages of her work 'What? No Eyeballs?!?! and Nielz who I'm pretty sure did 1 or more BCT tape sleeves. Rattus made their own tape 8, Terveet Kadet made their own tape 9, Roberto Schavio compiled the music for 13, Richardo Lobo put together the 2 Brasilian tape comps but apparently was not authorized to do so which we learned about 20 years later, Kaaos zine made 21, Funeral Oration made 23 and I think Barabbas Records made 26. The punx of Gran Ducato HC in Italy originally made 16, the label e.s.t. originally made 25. There's a fairly extensive web site of BCT at www.geocities.ws/chrisbct77/ and you can still order any of the 27 tapes from Velted at http://veltedregnubmailorder.bigcartel.com/. Thanks a lot doc for makin' February 2015 BCT month.
It was cool to have it all come back to life. ps, the pic of the 27 BCT tapes were from a Filipino punk. There were about 26 world punx over the 80's and 90's who asked if they could make and distro copies of BCT tapes. We'd sell the regular tapes for $4 and on chrome tape for $5. We'd sell them the chrome tape set for $4 each and $4.50 for the 2 90 minute tapes. We'd sell any 10 tapes for $32 and the full set for $82 or on chrome for $109, that's $3 each. We put many of those guy's names and addresses in our BCT catalog, David Wheatley Brisbane; Gunter in Belgium; Craig Caron of Schizophrenic Records in Canada; Anderz Nielsen in Denmark; Burntout Youth Tapes as well as Thomas Issler in what was then West Germany; Staalplart in Holland; Justin Kaltenbach in France; E.S.T. via Roberto de Capitani and Giacomini Luca both in Italy; Harry Butler in Australia; Dekat Balairaya in Malaysia; Craig Riley as well as Simon Draper in New Zealand; Ricardo in Spain; Maybe Records via Soren Zackari in Sweden; A. Now - URS as well as Mad Lorillo in Switzerland; Russ of Inward Collapse as well as Mark of SSTI in the UK;and Presselin in France.
My email since the 80's was and continues to be email@example.com. You can find me under Chris Bct on facebook. Our mailing address since 1981 continues to be BCT, P O Box 16205, San Diego, CA 92176, USA. We always worked collaboratively with whomever wanted to. Obviously, BCT would be nuttin' at all without the 149 bands from 14 countries who sent us their tapes the U.S., Italy, Finland, Mexico (one band Solution Mortal), Norway, Denmark, Canada, West Germany, Australia, Brasil, Sweden, England (one band Xpozez), Spain, Holland. We put an add quarter to half page in many of the MRR issues up to probably 1987. We traded BCT tapes to maybe 50 zines in the world for ad space in their zine and then got tape(s) we sent 'em reviewed. We were me and Dave from 1981 then in 1984 me and Christopher and got help from 84 on from Andy Social and a third Chris who was about 14. I don't know how my wife tolerated me doing 30 hours a week on BCT from about '83 to '86. She was never a punk but wasn't against it. It was great having 80 world punx come over to visit and punk with us in the 80's. Craig at Schizophrenic has been real good to us; Imants (R.I.P.) in Canada was too; Syd and Antonio of CCM and CCM who drove all the way down in '86 from Utah I think for our show in San Diego then drove up to S.F. really impacted what BCT became; Roberto Schavio of Italy sent us the tapes for 2 and 4 and was very helpful over the years; it was great working with enterruption who did incredible graphics getting Winston Smith to do the cover of the Senza Tregua lp (they may have some few left!); Human Stench was also great to work with in our cd re-issues of 2002. BCT would not exist if not for Dave and Christopher. BCT was never a one man operation. It was always a two man operation with, as you see, many more people also. Tapes 24 and 27 would not exist except for Steve of Flush compiling them for us. We loved putting on the tours for Raw Power in '84 and Indigesti and Follow Fashion Monkeys in '86.
All the guys in those 3 bands were awesome, high quality individuals and great punx. Seeing Raw Power live 20 times in '84 was a punk rock's musical nirvana. Seeing Indigesti for 9 shows (Christopher was on the whole tour with them) was, of course, incredible as well. FFM weren't chopped liver. There was another band on the '84 tour but I'm gonna let that fade into memory. Working with John Golden who mastered our lp We Can Do was a real treat watching him work. We used a certain record pressing plant in L.A. but I forget the name. They did right by us. Thanks to the Italian punk who suggested the alt name for us Borderless Countries Tapes which we still use. We just did this for one reason: cuz there was no Internet, no computers, no You Tube, no bandcamp, no links. With international mail, xerox machines and tape recording machines we were able to do BCT. Now we're working with Enormous Door and maybe even with the help of found sources via Dr Drunk we hope to 1) release all this music for free on the Internet with the help of Burkhard Jarish in Germany, maybe on You Tube and maybe on some site where people can download the music (I've tried from these but still show my Winzip is expired! ha). Then, if we can contact all the bands, we'd love to release all this music on lps. We have a punk in the wings who is helpin' make this happen. As always, it's never about making money. As always it's about getting great music into the hands of those who wanna hear it, for a cheap cost. It's 30 years later and as you can see, this music still rips. We tried hard to not release any that sucked and did a 85% to 90% job doing so, per what my ears tell me. There's probably other folks I can't remember cuz I'm old and, well, imperfect but all this was a journey and we have 27 tapes to show for it and if ya do the math of those world distro punx and Dr Drunk's efforts here and the few 1,000 tapes we sold in 17 years, well, it's impossible to say how many punx have heard BCT tapes, how many have had one or more in their hands. About 25 world punx bought all 27 tapes back i the day. We don't try to keep this stuff to ourselves. It's useless that way. We keep striving to get this into the hands of whomever wants to hear it. One of our bigger thrills was when an Italian punk ordered several of our Italian tapes! It's still happening at Veltved. Social Napalm has sold the tapes over the years but I understand he is stopping. If you've ever released an lp or 7" or cd or tape (hay, we did all 4!) ya probably know the feeling that it's a little like having a musical baby. I love that they keep multiplying, that they still rip, and that Dr Drunk took February and turned it into turn on even more punx onto this 28 hours of music. Oh, and we may be working with an Italian label to release the entire 5 cds or 6 to 8 lps of the Last White Christmas gig from 12/4/83 in Pisa. Thanks ya punx and, since it's a real short life, God bless you.
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Every time I deleted a post here it was only cuz it was an accidental duplicate posting.
Thanks for posting the BCT Tapes and rounding out My BCT collection. Very Cool.Cheers,Brian Guy
Thanks for a great collaboration on the BCT tapes.