Wednesday, November 13, 2013


After the punk boom in 1977 brilliant punk bands could be found almost anywhere in the world. The scene at the US westcoast however represented an independent, unmistakable and fresh interpretation of punk. Dangerhouse was the label, that had the most lasting impact on capturing this diversity and creativity. This collection features all fourteen 7"s, that have ever been released by Dangerhouse in the period from 1977 to 1979. As a bonus you get two booklets. The first one is a 36-page document, that offers an interview with label founder David Brown, several pictures and informations about all included bands. The second 14-page booklet covers all record covers of the original 7"s. Every single band and release is of course nothing but a classic. In 1977 the one and only 7" by The Randoms was also the first relase on the Dangerhouse label. Espescially the b-side track “Let’s Get Rid Of New York” is a fast-paced, catchy punk tune at it's best. All three Black Randy & Metrosquad singles offer weirdo-punk with offensive and highly grotesque lyrics. Compared with other Dangerhouse releases the Black Randy 7"s receive today much less attention, even if they all fuckin rule. The Avengers are well known and their first 7" is of course a true classic. The Dils were the most politcal band among the early westcoast punk scene. “Class War” and “Mr Big” deliver classic punkrock filled with radical, communist messages. The Weirdos were probably the band, that most likely recalled the sound of early UK bands. Their first 7" succeeds through a distorted, guitar-driven wall of sound. Allley Cats fused punk with good old rock’n’roll. "Nothing Means Nothing Anymore" and  "Gimme A Little Pain" are great example. The sound of X was characterised by the mixed gender vocals of John Dow and Exene Cervenka. Their first 7" is as great as everything this band has put out throughout their long existence. Howard Wreth is a English guy, who lived in L.A. during the lates 70s. The songs on his 7" combine influences of power-pop and protopunk. The Deadbeats are one of the few bands with saxophone parts, that don't suck.  It's impressive how their four track debut 7" balances straight punkrock with their own, frantic kind of weirdness. Many early punk groups from the westcoast had female members. Bags' first 7" is a further great examples. As shown on their "TAQN" 7" Eyes developed their own unqiue brand of organ-driven pop-punk. The speed and power of Rhino 39's first 7” are almost reminiscent of the sound of early hardcore bands. Apart from the CD-version this “Singles Collection” is also available as vinyl box, that includes official reissues of all fourteen 7”s. (Listen to it here)