Thursday, 10 July 2008

Short NECROS interview from We Got Power #5, and BLACK FLAG photos...

Here's a short funny interview with NECROS, from the classic We Got Power zine from California (issue #5).


I recently debated with a friend which song was better, 'Police Brutality' by NECROS or 'Police Brutality' by URBAN WASTE...I went for URBAN WASTE all the way, but I'm sure there's people out there who'd disagree (or who'd go for 'Police Brutality' by VICIOUS CIRCLE from the P.E.A.C.E. comp, just to be difficult bastards).

Nonetheless, NECROS rule. A cool thing about them was that they managed to have a real impact on the Midwest scene, encouraging other local bands to start up (including NEGATIVE APPROACH). Also they were incorporating Rock influences (Nugent, MC5 etc) into a solid 80s hardcore formula that would be copied so many times after. The singer Barry Hennsler even says in American Hardcore they wanted to sound like Ted Nugent, but ten times faster. Still, I don't think NECROS really get talked about much. The highlight from their short existence, for me, is the 'Conquest For Death' LP. Come on, what a good fucking record. Is it as good as 'Tied Down'? Probably not...But still, the way 'Search For Fame' kicks in gets me everytime, and the final song 'Friend To All' has been a staple on mix tapes for a while. Also the front cover art always reminds me of the classic movie DON'T LOOK NOW, but I have no idea where the photo's from. I'm guessing it was a staged photoshoot, since there's a shot on the back-cover of the band in the same field. (Sidenote: Ofcourse, like all good films from the last 50 or so years, Hollywood are remaking DON'T LOOK NOW for 2009. Expect total shit.)

From the same issue of We Got Power, here's a classic BLACK FLAG photo by the one and only Glen E. Friedman...


In the same zine, there's also a re-print of this infamous BLACK FLAG sticker from the ones they had printed up when ADAM AND THE ANTS played across the street from a FLAG show (Keith Morris period)...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly the front cover of the Necros LP was apparently supposed to be someone having a fight with themselves.

RobxT said...

Yeah that makes sense. Wearing strange masks that makes them look like burn victims.

I remember reading that the Necros stuff has never been reissued due to the bass player falling out with the rest of the band, when he left and took over Touch & Go...Anyone know more?

Pedro Carvalho said...

Yeah, the story above is true, and the lack of a proper reissue is probably why they were never given the proper recognition.