Post by reasontorevelate on Jul 5, 2019 21:59:39 GMT
FUN FACT Fans of Into Another and Bold usually consider the two bands to be very different, despite the fact that Drew plays drums for both. On a recent visit to the HQ offices, Drew pointed out that there is one part of a Bold song that later appeared in an Into Another song. The drum part in the pre-chorus section of Into Another's song "Underlord" on their first album is identical to the drums on the intro to the Bold song "You're The Friend I Don't Need." The only real difference is that on the Bold recording, Drew used a double bass pedal and for Into Another he used a single pedal.
Post by reasontorevelate on Jul 5, 2019 22:00:27 GMT
FUN FACT We've told you about the origin of the cover artwork to the Insted "Bonds Of Friendship" LP. The illustration was based on the 1967 Bill Eppridge photograph that appeared in Life magazine. We just discovered that Insted wasn't the only group of musicians who thought the image would make for a good LP jacket.
About 14 years before the Insted LP was originally released in 1988 by Wishing Well Records, jazz musicians Michael Gibbs and Gary Burton had used a similar rendition of the photograph on the cover of their LP "In The Public Interest," released in 1974. And note the variances, with the Gibbs/Burton version displaying some artistic license and drawing the boy on the left in pants instead of shorts, while both LP covers rid the kid on the right of the pattern on his shirt.
Post by reasontorevelate on Jul 5, 2019 22:02:20 GMT
FUN FACT If you're a fan of Youth Of Today, you may have seen the new "One Night Stand" 7" coming out this weekend on Record Store Day. You hopefully noticed that the cover artwork on the record is an homage to the Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen" single - a record whose original pressing is one of the rarest and most expensive records in punk history.
The Sex Pistols signed a record deal with A&M Records in 1977, with 25,000 copies of their "God Save The Queen" singles initially being manufactured in standard, A&M dust sleeves. The band didn't last a week on the label, however, when they were released from their contract after a disastrous visit to the A&M offices. Subsequently, A&M destroyed the majority of the original records, with only a handful mysteriously making their way into circulation. With less than a dozen known to exist, an original copy has garnered a reported $17,000, overshadowing both Judge's "Chung King" LP and the Misfits "Cough Cool" 7" as one of the most expensive hardcore or punk rock records ever sold.
The Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen" single was re-released a short time later in 1977 on Virgin Records with new artwork featuring Queen Elizabeth II (the now infamous art that the new YOT single is based on), and a different B-side track than the original A&M version, adding to it's controversy and the collectibility of the original.
Post by reasontorevelate on Jul 5, 2019 22:03:22 GMT
FUN FACT We've mentioned comedian Todd Barry before and how he had a joke about Fugazi on his 2005 "Medium Energy" CD (the same release where he poked fun at former Revelation Records employee Dave Sine who happened to be in attendance, and was teased by the stand-up for his tattoos). Barry had a comedic exchange with yet another audience member from the hardcore/punk world on his 2016 "Crowd Work" CD, revealing some detailed information about the Equal Vision Records band Serpico.
If you're a fan of Serpico, you may remember that they originally went by the name Sleeper, but you may not know why they changed their name. Serpico's drummer, in attendance at the Todd Barry "Crowd Work" recording, is called out by the comedian for looking like he had been in a "hardcore band." During the exchange, it's revealed that while they were still calling themselves Sleeper, an English band using the same name got signed to a major label. The English Sleeper ended up offering to acquire the rights to the band name in the US for $125,000. The offer was accepted, and subsequently the US band changed their name to Serpico.
You can hear about it in more detail at the 1:20 mark on the track "San Diego" from "The Crowd Work Tour" recording. Thanks to reader Oakland C. for the info.
Post by reasontorevelate on Jul 5, 2019 22:04:11 GMT
FUN FACT In episode 5, season 12 of South Park from 2008, Cartman takes on the role of teacher Jaime Escalante (a character portrayed by Edward James Olmos in the movie Stand And Deliver). He addresses a group of troubled youth at an inner city school, complete with graffiti and trash strewn about. But, if you look closely, you'll also find references to a legendary New York hardcore band.
Amongst the random things written on the walls of the classroom in the scene, there are multiple instances of one particular band name: the Cro-Mags. While we're not sure how the NYHC stalwarts' moniker ended up being in the episode, it's definitely a treat to see on TV. Check it out here:
Post by reasontorevelate on Jul 5, 2019 22:06:45 GMT
FUN FACT If you're reading this, you're more than likely familiar with the seminal 1982 hardcore compilation "Flex Your Head," which featured SOA, Minor Threat, Void, and other great DC bands of the time. But as familiar as the phrase "Flex Your Head" seems now, where did it come from?
Famed music journalist Rober Christgau wrote for The Village Voice, Creem, Rolling Stone, and others. In a show review from 1981, Christgau referred to a crew of kids that came up from Washington, DC, to New York as "muscleheads from Washington." Minor Threat vocalist Ian MacKaye, part of the crew that made the drive from DC, took offense to the insult, and figured that if their heads were muscles that they should be flexed, hence the phrase "Flex Your Head."
The rebuttal made its way into Minor Threat's cover of Wire's "12XU" with MacKaye exclaiming "Flex Your Head" multiple times in the song. McKaye also used the phrase as the name of the aforementioned comp that the track appeared on (which was originally slated to be called, simply, "Hardcore," by the way). To add to their tongue-in-cheek response to the way they were viewed by Christgau, the first pressing of the compilation featured a violin on the cover with MacKaye being quoted as saying "Those were senseless violins - get it?"
Post by reasontorevelate on Jul 5, 2019 22:35:58 GMT
FUN FACT Even the most casual fan of hardcore or punk would most likely be familiar with the cover to Discharge's 1982 debut LP, "Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing." The now-iconic artwork (featuring four photos in a square: an ear, an eye, a mouth, and a vegetable) has become one of the most recognizable punk records of all time. But this wasn't the first time that this image had been used.
Radical Alternatives to Prison (RAP) was an organization formed in the UK in 1970 that was made up of former inmates and prison service workers. The "pressure and information" group set out to research and propose alternative methods of rehabilitation outside of incarceration, while working toward the dissolution of prisons. Among other things the group printed (pamphlets, booklets, flyers, etc.), they produced a poster with the heading "Control" that included all of the images (and most of the words) that eventually ended up on the cover of the famed Discharge LP, as well as an alternative version of the poster with the heading "Censor" that featured the same concept with alternate photos.
Check out the Discharge LP and the RAP posters at the following link, paying close attention to the slight variation in wording on the poster ("Speak Nothing" as opposed to "Say Nothing"). And thanks to Nicholas Bullen (Napalm Death) for bringing this to light.
Post by reasontorevelate on Jul 7, 2019 18:53:14 GMT
FUN FACT Jordin Isip is an artist whose name and work you may recognize from late-'80s/early-'90s hardcore records from bands like Bad Trip, Temperance, Threadbare, and many others. Earlier this week Isip posted the artwork for a flyer he did for a 1989 CBGB show with Gorilla Biscuits, Bad Trip, and Connecticut's Slipknot (a.k.a., the original Slipknot; this was the only show the band played under that name). And in the 30-year period between that CBGB show and his Instagram post, Isip has been busy.
Isip, from Queens, NY, earned his BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, and his art has been shown in galleries from New York to San Francisco, along with Berlin, London, Paris, Rome, Manila etc. He has also contributed to publications like Rolling Stone, The Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times, and Newsweek, and he even had a piece featured on the cover of Time Magazine in 1994.
Jordan Isip currently teaches at the Parsons School of Design and the Pratt Institute. You can check out the 1989 CBGB flyer along with some other art he's done here: