HOME IS WHERE THE FLOOR IS.....
If you ask me, the best pre-1980 Australian punk rock ever recorded was NOT necessarily by the SAINTS
. nor the PSYCHO SURGEONS
, nor the LEFTOVERS
, nor RADIO BIRDMAN
-- but by X
. The Australian X
, of course. The past decade has seen them garner some deserved attention, mostly for the low-profile Amphetamine Reptile
reissue of their raw, spastic debut LP "X-Aspirations"
(also known by some as simply "Aspirations
"). I think they actually topped that monster with their amazing earliest recordings, though: the three tracks "Home Is Where The Floor Is", "Hate City" and "TV Cabaret Roll" that were posthumously cobbled together on the Aberrant Records
' "Why March When You Can Riot?"
compilation. If these tracks had been put out as a 45, you'd be seeing it on numerous "best punk records of all time" lists, certainly on mine (note: these were put out on a 45 a couple years ago on a US label, now out of print, I'm afraid). We're talking barreling, steamrolling punk rock, but minus the "snotty" vibe and the over-the-top antics that mark some other richly heralded Aussie punk of the era. Not particularly well recorded, mind, but you never cared about that much, right? About the closest equivalent I can think of would be a kindly US punk band like The CONTROLLERS
-- not too aggro, not too "punk", but blazing nonetheless. Skip the recent "X - Live At The Civic"
CD -- despite looking like it should be an out of control rock and roll juggernaut, it's -- uh -- a bit boring
. One last thing: if you now desperately need those 3 aforementioned tracks, you're in luck -- there's a double-CD on Small Axe Records that collects three Aberrant Records
comps into one package called "Go And Do It".
You can find it here
. Enjoy! PS -- this