Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Punk Before Punk Was Punk


We didn't know much about this before this article. Maybe some of you do.
A good new discovery.

"Forgotten except by the most fervent punk rock record collectors — the band’s self-released 1976 single recently traded hands for the equivalent of $800 — Death would likely have remained lost in obscurity if not for the discovery last year of a 1974 demo tape in Bobby Sr.’s attic. Released last month by Drag City Records as “... For the Whole World to See,” Death’s newly unearthed recordings reveal a remarkable missing link between the high-energy hard rock of Detroit bands like the Stooges and MC5 from the late 1960s and early ’70s and the high-velocity assault of punk from its breakthrough years of 1976 and ’77. Death’s songs “Politicians in My Eyes,” “Keep On Knocking” and “Freakin Out” are scorching blasts of feral ur-punk, making the brothers unwitting artistic kin to their punk-pioneer contemporaries the Ramones, in New York; Rocket From the Tombs, in Cleveland; and the Saints, in Brisbane, Australia. They also preceded Bad Brains, the most celebrated African-American punk band, by almost five years."

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6 comments:

Tina said...

This is wild!
Had not heard about them either.
Am on it now.

Sra said...

I've heard about Death recently. Apparently they were way ahead of their time. I will make a point of checking them out.

Anonymous said...

Incredible that they're such early players. Will def. give them a listen. thx

Sean said...

True pioneers. Too bad they didn't make a whole lot of music....

Dana said...

Checking them out....

Nicki said...

They do rock!!!