Wednesday, 21 May 2008

SOLGER 1980 7"



I haven't seen this on any other blogs, so figured I'd share this great 7" from the classic Seattle hardcore band. No, I don't have my own copy, unfortunately. The price just keeps climbing too.

This is a great record, although very very raw. The production values are akin to the Neos, Nunfuckers or Zero Defex, but worse. In other words, it sounds great - a guitar sound that tears right through you, and vicious vocals not that dissimilar to Urban Waste. It doesn't have that "trying to sound lo-fi" sound that lots of modern retro hardcore bands go for, it's real; recorded live, sent off to be mastered on a shitty cassette tape, little care put into playing it right. Very punk. In a way it's good that they split up so shortly after recording this EP so they couldn't piss all over their legacy by releasing bad hard-rock records in the mid-80's like so many others...

And the songs are fucking great. Just listen to AMAN and try to argue. Musically, it owes a fair amount to The Germs, but also has a more straight forward hardcore edge to it. Plus it's from 1980, and is usually cited as the first hardcore record to come out of Seattle. Members went on to play in The Fartz, another great band... and I read that the Guns And Roses/Velvet Revolver bassist has SOLGER written on his bass. Cool?

Download here.

There is a lot of great info on Solger over at Dementlieu, so check it out.

I'M NOT THE PRESIDENT, I'M NOT JESUS CHRIST
I WON'T PRETEND TO DO EVERYTHING RIGHT
WHEN I FUCK UP, IT'S BECAUSE I'M ME
I'M JUST LIKE YOU - A HUMAN BEING

HIT ME UPSIDE THE HEAD
TELLING ME I'M WRONG
WHEN THEY'RE THE FUCKING ASSHOLES
DROPPING THE BOMBS

I'VE GOT NOTHING AGAINST THE JAPANESE
NUKE GENOCIDE AIN'T FOR ME
I HATE ATOMIC MUSHROOMING
WHERE'S THE NEXT HIROSHIMA OR NAGASAKI
MOSCOW OR WASHINGTON DC

I'M NOT THE PRESIDENT, I'M NOT JESUS CHRIST
I WON'T PRETEND TO DO EVERYTHING RIGHT
WHEN I FUCK UP, IT'S BECAUSE I'M ME
I'M JUST LIKE YOU - A HUMAN BEING

I WON'T SAY THAT I'M KING OF THE JEWS
I WON'T SAY THAT I WANNA LEAD YOU
YOU WON'T HAVE TO LOOK UP TO ME
I'M NOT A PSEUDO-MARTYR CRUCIFIXION
CAN'T YOU SEE, I'M JUST ME, A MAN
A PERSON THAT CAN BLEED
I'M NOTHING SPECIAL OR NEW
I'M ONLY HUMAN - I'M JUST LIKE YOU

I'M ONLY HUMAN - I'M JUST LIKE YOU
I'M ONLY HUMAN - I'M JUST LIKE YOU
I'M ONLY HUMAN - I'M JUST LIKE YOU
I'M ONLY HUMAN - I'M JUST LIKE YOU...
...AMAN

2 comments:

Honquijote said...

- Thanks a lot for this! Sounds grrreat... :-)

RevolutionaryBum said...

Hi, thanks for the post and the kind words ! here's something for you and anybody else that wants it... It's Solger live plus a song done in the mid 80's. Here's the link... http://www.mediafire.com/file/dzywimwyzzn/Solger_Live@Wrex 7