VARIOUS ARTISTS : "PLANET PUNK, VOLUME 3" CD.....
I missed the first wave of HYPED2DEATH
CD releases and was altogether unaware of them until a pal roasted up everything that they'd put out up to that point, appx. late 2000. Those "Messthetics"
CDs sent me reeling on a serious late 70s/early 80s English DIY bender for a couple of years (Animals & Men
, Beyond The Implode
, Desperate Bicycles
, on and on); helped me go berzerk over some older US punk I'd never heard and didn't own (Rubber City Rebels
), and introduced a whole new category of American 1975-83 underground classics on the "Homework"
series (True Believers
, Screaming Sneakers
, Radio Free Europe
, Stroke Band
, tons more). Lost in all this running over of the cup were two worldwide punk CDs called -- wait for it
-- "Planet Punk"
. I emailed Chuck Warner at Hyped2Death this week, and he tells me that he only put out CDs of #3 and #4, and #1 and #2 were cassette-only releases from the days when these things were used as advertisements for his retail catalog, not retail items in and of themselves. They're long gone now, I'm afraid. I pulled out my roast of #3 the other day and gave it a good twice-over. It's got some European punk curios you just have to hear to truly consider your life complete.
My key picks are a French synth-punk band called WARUM JOE
from 1981 -- "Tchang" off the "Dans le Blizzard"
EP is supercharged pogo-til-you-puke electro percussive punk, with an unyielding drum machine and upside-down riffage that's really something to behold. I need to know more about these guys, whom my French connection tells me are still active to this day (!). The other heavy hitter is "Intoxication" by RANCID X
, who I believe are Italian & who would slot in nicely with the 1975 LA proto-punk contingent of The Dogs
, Imperial Dogs
and their beer-besotted ilk. It's a real balls-out bruiser, but with killer hooks and a grinnin' vibe. For straight-up 1982 Italian 'core, it's hard to beat S.I.B.
, am I right? And even KLEENEX
) make an appearance, though it's with the ultra-repetitive "Hitch-Hike" that to these ears was a lesser moment in these Swiss chicks' fine oevre
. Why do you think Chuck's keeping these Planet Punk
s away from the kids? It's miles better than most Bloodstains or KBDs that venture off of American shores and onto foreign lawns.