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37 Years Ago: BRATS (pre-MERCYFUL FATE) release 1980

BRATS began as a punk rock band in Copenhagen, 1977. The earliest material is good but not remarkable. Guitarists Hank Shermann and Michael Denner (and briefly Carsten Van der Volsing) soon began incorporating their heavy metal influences - JUDAS PRIEST, SCORPIONS and UFO. BRATS released their only LP - 1980 - on this day in 1980. They were never quite a punk band playing heavy metal but came close on "Tame Me" and "Complex". Good hard rock songs, some great punk songs and a couple of moments directly foreshadowing the oncoming MERCYFUL FATE masterpieces! By late 1980 King Diamond would join, Denner left, and eventually BRATS split. Immediately MERCYFUL FATE formed. And then consider... within a year of this album Shermann...

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27 Years Ago: POISON IDEA live at The Ritz, Indianapolis, IN

POISON IDEA live on this day in 1990. The same year they released the classic Feel the Darkness LP on their own American Leather Records, named after the GERMS song: The Germs - American Leather Lineup: Jerry A. (vocals), Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts (guitar), Charley "Myrtle Tickner" Nims (bass), Steve "Thee Slayer Hippy" Hanford (drums), Aldine Strichnine (guitar). Part of a US tour. The band wrote a tour diary which was included in Suburvan Voice #30. Haven't got the full list of dates, but a few days later - Thurs, May 10 - they played the ABC NoRIO in New York with support from WRECKING CREW (Boston) and NOTHING LEFT.

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30 Years Ago: CONFLICT organise The Gathering of the 5000

Reputations Proudly in JeopardyProudly Present THE GATHERING OF THE 5,000A Multi Purpose Benefit CONFLICTandSteve Ignorant from CrassIn the Final Tribute to the bandwithAccompanying bands and guestsandThe Crass videos and Conflict film The notorious Gathering of the 5000 gig took place on this day in 1987. Organised by CONFLICT, the chaotic fallout dogged them for a while! Later in the year it was released as a benefit record, Turning Rebellion into Money. Audio was mixed at Southern Studios in May, mastered in June at Tape One. Proceeds were shared between the groups that lost out on the night due to damage and fines: Anti Apartheid Movement, London Greenpeace, Imprisoned Miners Support, Hunt Saboteurs Association, Rape Crisis Centre, The London Bust Fund,...

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35 Years Ago: Charged GBH release City Baby Attacked by Rats

We were I suppose in the second wave of bands, along with DISCHARGE, THE EXPLOITED etc when "City Baby" was released it got a 5 star review in Sounds which was the most popular music weekly at the time. But we didn't get along with the reviewer, Gary Bushell, who went on to "invent" Oi music and was basically a straight (someone who wasn't punk), but I guess he did us a favour by writing such a good review. At the time we were signed to Clay Records which was a small record shop in stoke-on-trent, so when the album got into the top 20 in England we were amazed, Clay had no A+R dept it was just one man,...

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