Killed by Death-Volume Ten

August 27, 2008

Various Artists

Killed by Death-Volume 10

I’ve been a bit lax with posting the series of Killed by Death comps. I am still missing volumes 11-14. If anyone could send me these to post, it would be an entirely wonderful act. Again, the quality dips slightly with each succeeding volume, but it still contains so many slabs of angst and rage. Personally, I like to go running and listen to these as a way to inspire hate towards the treadmills and roads on which I race.

Vomit Pigs-Useless Eater
Tragics-Laughing Lover
Desendants-Unnational Anthem
63 Monroe-Hijack Victim
Executives-Jet Set
Grim Clone Band-Heat’s Rising, Jehovah’s Witness
Cringe-Spit on Your Grave
Voodoo Idols-We Dig Nixon
Red Squares-Time Change

Gentlemen Of Horror-God Knows You By Name
Normals-Almost Ready
Discords-Dead Cubans
Trend-Band Aid
Count Vertigo-X-Patriots
Unnatural Axe-The Creeper
Skinnies-Out of Order
Sick & The Lame-Ate Days a Week

Various Artists

Killed by Death Vols 8.5 and 9

Vol. 8.5:

Vol 9:

The next two installments in the series of comps documenting the seedy underbelly of punk rock circa 1978-1982. Again, neither match the first three installments, but there are plenty of amazing tracks in the morass of sophomoric sentiments and sloppy seconds. Best heard at top volume, these comps are full of testosterone and ham-fisted abuse of instruments.

Volume 8.5

Toxin III-I Rock I Ran
Cosmetics-Twinkie Madness
Reactors-L.A. Sleaze
Haskels-Takin’ the City By Storm
Dow Jones & The Industrials-Can’t Stand the Midwest
Crucified-Let the Kids Play
Uncalled 4-Grind Her Up
Snuky Tate-Stage Speech

Public Disturbance-S & M
Vast Majority-I Wanna Be a Number
Styphnoids-Mom’s a Fake
Turnbuckles-Super Destroyer Mark II
Shit Dogs-Killer Cain
John Vomit & the Leather Scabs-Punk Rock Star
Latin Dogs-Killed In Jail
Insults-Population Zero
Matchheads-Pearl Harbor/Fat Bitch

Volume 9

Tapeworm-Break My Face
Tapeworm-Blues for an Insurance Salesman
Crap Detectors-Police State
Corpsicles-Big Doings
Panics-I Wanna Kill My Mom
Epicycle-You’re Not Gonna Get It
Accident-Kill the Bee Gees
Jetsons-Suicidal Tendencies

Hammer Damage-Laugh
Shirkers-Drunk & Disorderly
Vains-School Jerks
Gizmos-Amerika First
La Peste-Better Off Dead
Sado Nation-On Whom They Beat
X Blank X-You’re Full of Shit
Breakouts-In Vagueness Deal
Ice Nine-Revolting Mess

Various Artists-Killed by Death Vols. 6&7

Volume 6:

Volume 7:

Man, there are fifteen volumes of this series to post and I’d like to return to fey daydreams of lanky gentlemen strumming their precious guitars. However, a promise is a promise, so I’m gonna start posting these in twos to speed up the process. To be honest, volume five is a bit of letdown, but six is almost as good as the first three volumes. Volume seven is good, not great. As I have stated before, the worst of this series is still light years beyond much of what was released between 1977-1982.

Volume Six
Kids-This is Rock ‘n Roll
Funeral Dress-Army Life
Dirt Shit-Exit
Insults-Just a Doper
Ed Nasty & The Dopeds-You Sucker
Hitler SS-Slave
Tampax-UFO Dictator
Revenge 88-Neon Lights

Screaming Urge-Homework
Frantix-My Dad’s a Fucking Alcoholic
Psykik Volts-Totally Useless
Fire Exit-Time Wall
Mark Truth & The Liars-Prisoners of Time
Se-Meilla Voisi Tunaau Olla Hauskaa

Volume 7
Village Pistols-Big Money
Fire Exit-Time Wall
Rude Norton-Tits on the Beach
Chain Gang-My Fly
Guilty Razors-I Don’t Wanna Be Rich
Ed Nasty & The Dopeds-I’m Gonna Be Everything
Absentees-Tryin’ to Mess With Me
Dot Vaeth Group-Armed Robbery

Cigarettes-They’re Back Again
Lost Kids-Cola Freaks
Fresh Color-The Source
Hated-Seize the Middle East
Maids-Back to Bataan
DDT-I’m Walking Down the Psychopath
Sperma-Zuri Punx (mislabeled-actually “Bomb” from the Zuri Punx 7″)
(not labeled)Ice 9-Out Out Out
MD-Manisch Depressiv

Various Artists

Killed by Death Vol. Five

Not compiled by the folks behind earlier volumes, the fifth installment in the Killed by Death series. It begins a slow decline in quality, but it’s 60% killer, the rest is sophomoric punk shits and giggles. Tags are a bit screwy, so here is the tracklisting.

Black Easter-What the Fuck
X-Terminators-Microwave Radiation
Molls-White Stains
Stalin-(title in Japanese)
Dieter Meier-Cry for Fame
Maggots-(Lets Get, Lets Get) Tammy Wynette
Cowboys-Teenage Life
Hubble Bubble-Look Around

Neo Punkz-If I Watch TV
RPA-Shoot the Pope
Teddy & the Frat Girls-Clubnite
Annonymous-Corporate Radio
Riot 303-Drugs
Cracked Actor-Nazi School
Stiphnoyds-Afraid of the Russians
Kids-No Monarchy
Hubble Bubble-Sweet Rot

Various Artists

Killed by Death Volume Four

Yet another installment in this classic documentation of the dirty underbelly of punk. Almost all of these artists couldn’t pull off a solid album if their lives depended on it. However, they were responsible for short bursts of aggression and attitude that will still rile your ass today. More extensive posts to begin tomorrow. I’ve been busy and have much more to share. Take this in the meantime.

Various Artists

Killed by Death Volume 3

This series falls off around volume five, but this is the last one to qualify as essential. The rest are very worth your while if you have a passing interest in punk since there are amazing tracks on all volumes. Most of this volume is great, but enjoy it while you can since each installment decreases in quality from here.

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Killed by Death #2

I won’t ramble too long since my first post sums up my love for the series. However, this one is special because it is my favorite in the entire series. In fact, it may be my favorite collection of punk songs. The lyrics on a few songs are a bit too dude-centric and misogynistic for my blood, but I guess the world was due for punk anthems about STDs, analingus and brief interludes where just a blowjob will do. Tributes to serial killers also play a role here as the David Berkowitz and John Wayne Gacy get their inevitable punk tributes here. The Chain Gang’s tribute to Berkowitz “Son of Sam” is one of my favorites since it suggests what may happen if The Monks were hatched in the punk era. This is meathead music and I mean that as a compliment. I used to listen to this while taking the train to work to get myself prepared for a day of teaching high school in the inner city. I don’t know what that says about me. Maybe I am headed for my own personal version of Falling Down. Anyway, it’s a brilliant example of rock at its most raw, primal and catchy.

I will continue to post volumes 3-15 at my leisure.

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Killed by Death: Volume One

Johan Kugelberg is somewhat or directly responsible for many things that I love in life: Ugly Things magazine, The Monks reissue and the major label debut of Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments and V-3 as well as his crowning achievement, the first four volumes of Killed by Death.

The early Killed by Death comps document punk’s most belligerent and brilliant moments circa 1977-1982, but later comps piss in the bathwater and shine a light on lesser mortals. However, the first four volumes may be the most primal collections of punk I’ve heard. It belongs next to the Nuggets, Pebbles and Back to the Grave compilations as a logical extension to their documentation of the rawest nubs of rock. You can hear the groundwork for hardcore and other offshoots of punk in each track. However, these tracks bear little resemblance to British punks like the Clash, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks and the Damned. The Ramones, Dead Boys, Voidoids, Dickies and Pagans were more up their alley.

Punk has always been a singles scene for me. Outside of the Wipers, Wire, Clash, Pere Ubu, Drive Like Jehu, Cheater Slicks, Oblivians, Saints and Real Kids, I cannot name many punk albums that I will listen from end to end without complaint. Therefore, these comps appeal to me because they skim the fat and leave us with the most lean, deserate sounds of American punk. Personally, I strongly believe the first volume of Killed by Death is flawless in every way. It captures the crude, ham-fisted glory of all that was great about this era in music.