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From: Jim Hofmann <hofmann@AMSAA.ARPA>
Date: Wed, 11 Dec 85 9:51:38 EST
Subject: Drinking is Great
Not really sure if this is "appropriate to this newsgroup" but I had this review sitting on my disk for awhile with nothing to do with it (after I sent it to my local friendly zine) ... tell me if you don't like this ... Various Artist, Drinking is Great (Fatal Erection, 1985) This comp was mostly brought about through the efforts of Portland scenesters and Tom Pig of Poison Idea who basically chipped in to form a their own label called, ahem, Fatal Erection. This 45 RPM disc just reeks of hell-bent leather and hardcore gospel that absolutely shreds. The title comes as reaction to the Oregon liquor control piggies who have banned all underage people from clubs even if a separate drinking area existed. This has killed a large portion of these bands audience and until they can get a hall or a bar willing to have non-alcoholic shows (fat chance), it don't look too good. Well, score up another one for right wing piggies at least for the moment 'cause judging from the urgency of this music, I doubt if this scene will die. Side one starts off with Poison Idea, who you may be familiar with through that killer Pushead compi- lation, Cleanse the Bacteria. This band features two heavies (and I mean that literally these guys are BIG!) of the Portland scene, Tom Pig (who I mentioned before) and Jerry A. who also have their own wrecking company (!). I wonder if this means they practice in condemned buildings. Anyway, based on first hand knowledge, a Poison Idea show is an exercise in gross and offending excesses. In short, fun. They throw boogers at each other and Jerry A. has been known to spit on the ceiling and let the slime drip back into his mouth. Under- neath this hard shell lies guys who write lyrics like "when you laugh at those with less, where's the humor at" (Laughing Boy), so there must be something here, huh? The other song on this side is by Etherteen (E-13) and is about discovering you have Pancreatis disease by noticing "yellow floaters" in your toilet. I feel the bile rising just thinking about it. Anyway, you might notice the chorus is metered at 7/4 - thereby implying t there might be more to these guys than first imagined. Second Side starts of with Lockjaw, hate band from Seattle, that enjoys popularity among the skinheads in the area. It's called "You Dick". Final Warn- ing ends up the 7" with "I quit" a protest song protesting, gee, against just about anything they could think of. Since this recording, Final Warning has quit and broke up. Either way, you can't go wrong with the price (2.25 through Systematic mail order) and it's great to hear another side of the country that isn't L.A. or San Francisco.