Wednesday, 21 May 2008

TEN MINUTE WARNING (or is it FARTZ?): Early demos...

As a follow up to the Solger post, here are various demo tracks, from sometime around '84, by a band that shared members: Ten Minute Warning (basically The Fartz after a name change, with Paul Solger on guitar). I'm not sure what exact years these songs are from, and there are numerous versions of the same songs, but still...

Edit: Versions of these tracks were later released by Blaine Cook on the Fartz record 'You, We See You Crawling' 12" in 1990, although they were written/recorded just as the band had changed their name to Ten Minute Warning...

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I always think The Fartz are a really underrated band, and it might be partially down to their name. It's a name perhaps more suited to a snotty-punk band than the raw and wild hardcore band they actually were. Maybe it puts some people off, I don't know. Either way, their first 7" (and the LP that followed) is such a classic and a milestone in hardcore, especially considering the time it was released (1981). It has has a similar vibe and level of spit, bile and anger as early Poison Idea. 'Because This World Fucking Stinks' - Come on, what a title!

While this isn't quite as good as that early Fartz material, it's definitely worth listening to. Note the slightly sped up version of the Solger song 'Dead Soldier'. Also, there is a version of the Discharge-esque 'Buried Alive'; Blaine Cook would later record a version of the same song with The Acc├╝sed.

Interesting sidenote: Duff McKagan from Guns N Roses, as mentioned before, was in 10MW and The Fartz. This perhaps explains 10MW's reformation and popularity in the 90's, with a record released on Sub Pop! By then, they were playing grungier post-punk stuff, sounding a bit like Laughing Hyenas but nowhere near as good. Incidently, if anyone has the unreleased LP they recorded for Alternative Tentacles from '84, I'd like to hear it.

1 comment:

RevolutionaryBum said...

Interested in hearing what this is, what songs etc. I don't recall allot from this time period I must admit '-\
What is the AT recording you mentioned ? I probably have it somewhere, I just need to know more info on what your looking for... ok.