Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Soundtrack of an Adolescence

Fuck everything you think you know about punk or hardcore music. The Bullshit Detector compilations released on the Crass record label consistently challenged all the mythos of punk as a musical genre. In fact, their credo was that punk wasn't a genre of music but more of an outlet for political ideas, social views, etc. The music was secondary to the idea that was being conveyed; it was merely a conduit. As a result, the music that was being passed as "punk" on their label wasn't necessarily constrained to the usual format that most punk bands were expected to follow, once the music started to become popular in Britain.

People have said demeaning things about these albums due to some of the poor recording quality on a few of the tracks. Going back and listening to these albums 20 years later is like a cornucopia of sound. Punk was once a spark of creativity and rebellion that those who were not a part of it at the time might not understand. The Bullshit Detector comps capture that sense quite brilliantly; the spirit of change has never been quite brighter.

This is the third album that was released under the working title. The first two albums put out in the series can be found at Planting the Seeds of Revolution. The series was intended to be a type of zine on vinyl so that people could get a sense of what was happening around them in the musical fold. There was no profit made from the release of the album, other than to pay for the expense of releasing it and to use any additional funds to release even more albums by other bands.

Here are the liner notes.

In loving memory of Philip Ray Iselt.


YoYoPunk said...

Ahh thank you much. I've been trying to get this for a long time. Great blog you have too! :)

b3A7n1k said...

Hey, appreciate the comment and glad to be of assistance! I'm trying to only post albums that I haven't seen anywhere else. Tell all your blogging buddies and be on the look out for more than just hardcore music. I'm trying to post a little bit of everything on here. None of these posts are rips from others. Everything is from my personal record collection with a few choice selections from the local public library. It's all vinyl except for CDs that are currently out of print. Enjoy!

Rebel84 said...

I think there's some missing tracks...the file only extracts 26, not the 42 from disc 1 and disc 2 of vol. 3...
Any chance to upload the whole album with the rest of the tracks??

Thanks...nice blog mate!!

b3A7n1k said...

In order to avoid older versions of iTunes' habit to chop songs into noticeable segments, I didn't create separate tracks for songs with no dead air in between them. There are many instances on this record where two or three songs will blend into one another with no dead air filler in between, so they have been saved as one track. Hence, the appearance of a lesser number of songs.

It's all there, I promise!

Rebel84 said...

OK..I didn't realize...sorry..

Thank you!!...keep the good work...

b3A7n1k said...

It's all good! Enjoy the music!

I noticed that yoyopunk's blog no longer has BS Detector Vol. 1 posted anymore. That album seems to get pulled off of blogs a lot so I guess at some point, I'll have to record it and post it on this blog.

I've been on an unintentional hiatus due to a publishing deadline for some illustrations but I do have some stuff to post. I just need to get the images prepared before that happens.

Hang on to your hats!