Victims ‎– The Victims LP

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“Punk music, at its most effective, its most important, exists at a nexus of a few simple but important ideas. Punk needs to be youthful, it needs to be reactionary, it needs to be short-lived and it needs to be controversial. So for a group of twenty-something Australians, excitable as the frontline first wave of kids responding to both the Ramones and the Sex Pistols (yet still influenced by the New York Dolls and Stooges and Flamin’ Groovies), who existed for but barely for a year from 1977-1978 and wrote songs about serial killers, high school girls and hating disco…well, I’d argue they are the most perfect punk band ever. “The band was Dave Flick (aka Dave Faulkner later of the Hoodoo Gurus) on guitar and vocals, Rudolph V (Dave Cardwell) on bass and James Baker on drums. Best known for their classic ‘Television Addict’, that song is but the tip of the iceberg of the band’s powers. Having self-released two godhead 7-inches during their brief existence, the seven songs on those singles are absolute cannon at this point. Quintessential, pure, unfuckwithable. And all that is just side one of the LP. “Side two contains a bounty of unreleased-for-decades demos of nine otherwise undocumented Victims originals. Demos in name alone, these properly recorded songs brim with all the identifying marks of the known Victims classics…irreverence, taking the piss, murderers and an invigorating youthful attitude. “The last thing to remember about punk as a theory, an aesthetic, is that its ‘ideas’ are all bullshit anyway. That’s easily proved by the 7-inch EP released alongside this release of new recordings of ‘Charlie’, ‘Horror Smash’, ‘I Wanna Be With You’ and ‘Everynite’ which proves that the Victims now (featuring Ray Ahn from the Hard-Ons on bass), some 40 years after their heyday, could still easily take on any au courant band half their age.” – Ben Blackwell

Label: In The Red Recordings ‎– ITR-339, In The Red Records ‎– ITR 339
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Compilation
Country: US
Released: Oct 2019
Genre: Rock
Style: Punk

Tracklist

A1 Television Addict
A2 I'm Flipped Out Over You
A3 High School Girls
A4 T.V. Freak
A5 I Understand
A6 Open Your Eyes
A7 Perth Is A Culture Shock
A8 Disco Junkies
B1 Horror Smash
B2 Monster
B3 I Wanna Be With You
B4 Uranium
B5 Charlie
B6 Telethon Song
B7 Victim
B8 Out Of My Head
B9 Girls Don't Go For Punks

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