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Something akin to a lost fragment of the Rosetta Stone of DIY Punk.Three chord thrash re-animated as Zero note dirges, or rather a case of playing the right wrong notes. Diametrically opposite to Rick Wakemans' Tales of King Arthur concept album.The only concept of this album is ,'Lets do it 'cus we can', or can't,if one is refering to musicianly abilities.
Imagine the bastard offspring of Half Japanese, The Shaggs, and The Prats, and you'd be half way there. True Year Zero music.
Recorded in Fleet, UK, in the summer of 1978, originally released Suprerbun Tapes as a limited edition of about 10. This has kindly been licenced to Year Zero Records from Stupid Rabbit Tapes. Home of the mighty DIY Punk combo,Controls.
I'll leave you in the hands of Keine Namen guitarist and vocalist, Tim Naylor, to explain himself further:
"KN were Dave Mallins drums and me on guitar and voice with occasional member Nevil Ede contributing to these tracks.
of us could play a note as will become immediately obvious. I brought a
guitar mainly to pose around Fleet with, because just being a punk had
lost its gosh-wow factor and I thought ramping it up to 'being in a punk
band' was the next step. Dave decided to buy a drum kit and lo a band
was born. I wrote some lyrics and we spent the summer of 78 thrashing
away in the garage of Dave's house as his parents were away in Ireland
for three weeks. A party was held at the house most evenings and
eventually we graduated to playing a 'gig' at one of these parties.After Dave's parents returned
(some kind of Catholic road trip) Dave's kit was wet when we went into
the garage to rehearse... I was accused of gobbing on it. .. it was
actually his mum spraying it with Holy water! Late in the summer we decided to record the handful of songs we had (all
bar one about the sisters Dave and I had been dating - the other one
being about the same girl we both dated!). We chucked in an
instrumental 'cover' of Buzzcocks Sixteen and a loose interpretation of
PIL's 'Theme'. Nevil - who also could not play guitar - came and
'helped'. A final track 'White Cars' was recorded by me solo back at
my mums flat.I (Tim) designed the cover and packaged the tape up as
'Superbun Tapes No1' (Superbun was cartoon strip I drew when I was 14)
and ran off some copies. Ten copies were handed out to the band and
1. Can I Have A Light (Part 1)
2. Hawaiian Stomp
3. Hawaiian Stomp Twice
4. (Shut Up) David
5. Can I Have a Light (Again)!
6. We Want To Be Loved
8. White Cars
YEAR 001 - SCOUTS OF UZBEKISTAN "Fun Lovin' Muslims" YEAR 002 - THEE OUTSIDE "Deaf Disco" YEAR 003 - FLIPART "Insoluble" YEAR 004- THEE MARK CHAPMAN EXPERIENCE "Housewives Sold Ice as Chicken" YEAR 005 - THEE AETHYR " Event horizon " YEAR 006 - FLIPART "Ataxia" YEAR 007 - THEE MARK CHAPMAN EXPERIENCE "Apalling Film Star On Holiday" e.p. YEAR 008 - SCOUTS OF UZBEKISTAN "the scouts of uzbekistan e.p." YEAR 009 - FLIPART "Live From the Black Lagoon" YEAR 010 - WHARF99 "Analogue Demo 001" YEAR 011 - WHARF99 "A Taste Of Synths To Come" YEAR 012 - WHARF99 "The Shape Of Synths To Come (Mixtape Version) YEAR 013 - BLIND MAN WALKING "Late Diner" YEAR 014 - THE BARRON BALLS "(not an) Anthology (1978-1984)" YEAR 015 - ÜWAN "ü1" YEAR 016 - PRUTSERS "Volume 1" YEAR 017 - PHILIP JOHNSON "Heartache's Worst Assistants versus the Genius with the Secret of Making Gold Into Dynamite!" YEAR 018 - KEINE NAMEN "The Living Room Tapes" YEAR 019 - MEAT KIOSK "The Ipcress Symphony" YEAR 020 - Blind Man Walking "Masss" YEAR 021 - The Bots "I'm Gay"