LP, LUZIPRAK RECORDS/Vienna, LUZ 1, 1997 (lim.700 copies)
CHUZPE - Nervengas (Wien, 1977/78)
PÖBEL - Scheiss auf's Bundesheer (Wien, 1981)
RONNIE URINI - Rocket Radio (Wien - 1981/90)
SCHUND - DÖF (Deutsch-Österreichische-Freundschaft) (Wien, 1981)
SCHUND - Fasching, Ostern, Weihnachten-Mollie, der brennt immer schön (Wien, 1981)
RATS - Jugend der City (Linz, 1981/93)
KLEENEX AKTIV - Alleine sein (Wien, 1981)
EXTREM - Haus im 2.Bezirk (Wien, 1984)
CHAOS - Get Out Of My Pocket (Feldkirch, 1979)
CHUZPE - Nervengas (Wien, 1977/78)
RATS - Das Mädchen das du liebst (Linz, 1981/93)
BÖSLINGE - Scheiss Kibarei (Wien, 1979/81)
DEAD NITTELS - Bla bla (Wien, 1982)
DIRT SHIT - Discoscheisser (Wien 1978/79)
STD - Konflikt (Wien, 1984)
DEAD NITTELS - Der Papst (Wien, 1982)
WELLBLECH UNTERGRUND - Heut' Nacht (Lehen, 1983/84)Linernotes:
This compilation contents the worst and the best Austrian Punkbands from the first Generation, including some rare single-material, and a lot of great unreleased stuff!
When I started to collect old austrian punk records in the late 80s, I knew nothing about the punk history of my own country. Who knew? Who could I ask? There was Barny from Incognito Records in Stuttgart/Germany who said "...have you ever heared or seen the records of PÖBEL, BÖSLINGE, CHUZPE, SCHUND, DIRT SHIT, CHAOS, MORDBUBEN AG, DEAD NITTELS, RPB, ...". I was flashed, allready the names of these bands sounded fantastic for me. As a big fan of old german-sung punk rock living in Austria, I immediately started to fall in love with this lost & forgotten austrian music era.
In Vienna at this time there where a few secondhand record stores where you could get this old records, if you had luck, TON UM TON, WHY NOT, TEUCHTLER, TOM CAT, ... I can remember that DUM DUM RECORDS had boxes full of these austrian vinyl 7inches, waiting there for about decades.
In the early 90s when I had found most of the classic austrian punk records, and the BACK TO FRONT, BLOODSTAINS, KILLED BY DEATH, ...compilations where published, I thought I could do this too. A compilation full of austrian punk treasures plus unreleased stuff would hit the enthusiasts, who out there really knew that we had such great punk bands and local punk scenes?
With the help of Barny from Incognito Records, who financed a big part and sold the biggest number worldwide, and Stefan Weber, the mastermind behind (and infront of) the famous rock theater company DRAHDIWABERL, who did the fantastic cover (with the typically weber-ised "Wiener Sängerknaben"), I was able to finish my first compilation "Es Chaos is die Botschaft! Es wurschtln es!" [chaos is the message! you pantaloons!] in 1997. Nobody here in Austria was intereseted in this record, every record shop I visited (maybe less than five) took maximum 10 pieces, and I'm not shure if all of them have even payed!? There was no scene for this historical music in the 90s in my homeland, so I took the rest of the records and sent it to some german mailorders. So that's how it was, the rest of the globe bought the records, and after a little bit more than one year the complete stock has gone worldwide. (...so please don't to ask for a copy, try it at ebay! Sorry, if I only had known!)
CHUZPE [impertinence] was Austrias "first real punkband", founded in the middle of 1977 in Vienna, they played their first concert in the end of the same year. The first lineup was Robert "Räudig"[scabious] Wolf, Albert "Ali Krawalli"[riot] Griemann, Christian "Chruzifix" Brandl and Rudi "Rüpel"[yob] Barcal. Till 1979 they played punk with a not too crude viennese dialect, and had political and social lyrics, which where handed out on papers during the concerts. CHUZPE released 3 punk songs on the famous WIENER BLUTRAUSCH [viennese blood rage]-Compilation in 1979 and in the same year they also released an own 7inch which had a more mod/garage-60s sound. In the same style they had a track on the KELLERROCK-EP in 1980. Later they released a couple of interesting new wave records. The two tracks on this compilation, "Nervengas" [nerve gas] and "Kopfschüssler" [idiot] are from their never released first 4track-7inch which has been recorded in 1978.
PÖBEL [mob] was the successor of GLEITMITTEL [sex lube], a brief existing viennese punk band. PÖBEL, Hannes "Lörkas" Langer, Martin "Das Viech"[the animal] Wich, Ernst "Tschuri" Hörmann, Sven "Von Sinnen"[out of mind] Immervoll, was a really tough pogo band, that not only played in capital city, they also had a handful gigs outside of Vienna and two in Germany during their short lifetime. PÖBEL relased one illegal 7inch ES LEBE HOCH DIE PERVERSION [long live the perversion] in 1981 on the newly established recordlabel Panza Platte, where every copy had promo-labels with black marker writings on it. This limited 200 pieces vinyl belongs to the holy grail of austrian punk culture. When the band split in 1981, the drummer changed to BLÜMCHEN BLAU. "Scheiss auf's Bundesheer" [fuck the armed forces] is from their one and only 7inch.
SCHUND [trash] was a short lived viennese hc-punk band, with "Schund" Doris on screaming vocals, a german fraeuleinwunder, that Michael "Mickey Kodak" Snoj brought from a journey to Vienna, directly into the GAGA (Gassergasse), an occupied house where some punks and libertines stayed in the early eighties. The rest of the band were "Schund" Bobby, "Schund" Stefan and Harry "Dr. Hanomag" Oftner. "Kodak" recorded a SCHUND demo in 1981 in the rehearsal room, and pressed 4 songs on a 7inch (lim.500 pieces). In 1982 when the GAGA was closed by the police, and Doris was forced back to germany by the goverment, the band became history. The two songs on this compilation, "Deutsch-Österreichische-Freundschaft" [german-austrian-friendsip] and "Fasching, Ostern, Weihnachten-Mollie, der brennt immer schön" [carneval, easter, christmas-a molotov cocktail burns always nice], are also from the 1981-demo KÄMPFE FÜR DICH [fight for yourself].
THE RATS (1981-83) was a long forgotten 3-man-band from Linz, with Harry "Hurtig"[swift] Brunner, Peter Trebo and Andreas "Mops" Breitwieser, that played a few gigs in the local scene, where once the band performed in leather and suspenders, and the audience was separated from the stage by a chain-fence. In 1983 they recorded two songs in a professional local studio, that sounded powerless and boring like (austro)pop/rock because the technician(s) had no the feeling for punk and THE RATS, which was a main problem in Austria at that time. In the same year the band split, and the drummer moved to Vienna to form FEUERLÖSCHER [extinguisher]. The two songs on this compilation, "Jugend der City" [youth of the city] and "Das Mädchen das du liebst" [the girl you love (is a bitch)], which are historic tracks, have been recorded especially for this compilation in 1993, which was ok for an authentic sound, because during the last 10 years they never played the same instruments as they did with THE RATS!
KLEENEX AKTIV was a follow-up of the legendary punk heroes DIRT SHIT from Vienna. The original bandmembers from 1981 where Roli "Rostig"[rusty] Übereuter, Michael "Billi Nutella" Stenker, Harry Müller and Ronnie "Urini" Iraschek. KLEENEX AKTIV was the best sounding pogo punk band until 1982/83 when they changed to New Wave/Pop, a result of the cooperation with a major label. The fast and faster drums of Ronnie and the massiv guitar & bass of Rolli & Harry sounded like an explosion in the heart of Vienna. Their concerts where legendary, but they never found a way to record a song in a studio that met the expectations. What a shame! In 1982 they recorded a 7inch on PANZA-PLATTE which is not really bad, but far away from what could have been! In 1985 the band broke after a lousy second 7inch. "Alleine sein" [(never again) home alone] is from an early practice session, where the lyrics where not really finished.
EXTREM is the (international) most famous early HC band from Austria. The formation began in the summer of 1979, and in 1980 the lineup was complete, Helmut "Heiland"[saviour] Hejtmanek, Dieter Hauptmann and Peter Zinner. After some gigs in Vienna and one in Munich, Daniela Delise on the bass was added in 1983. In the same year Michael "Mickey Kodak" Snoj aka. MICKEYMAN recorded with them a limited (200 pieces) split-LP, and after a contribution on an international hardcore compilation in 1985, there was no chance to find this record anymore, as the interests grew world wide. The lyrics where socio-critical, sung in a viennese slang and the sound was very rough and speed-up, a perfect DIY-HC product. In 1984 they also recorded a demo, from which the song "Haus im 2.Bezirk" [house in the second district] (a brothel) is taken. After Heiland left the band for a solo career, they recorded a 7inch in 1987 and a solo-LP in 1990, both records where much faster an more metal like, but still hardcore.
CHAOS, ex-THE G.A.Y. was formed in the end of 1977. There were Franz Bröckel, Thomas "Chy" Kessler, Hannes "Slaughter" Lampert and Peter "Galle" Galehr, who startet the first punk band in western Austria, directly in Feldkirch, a small town near the swiss boarder. The first concert was done in early 1978, and very soon they gain access in the much bigger and better interlinked swiss punk scene. They played fast and cathy, with a polyphonic chorus which gave their english songs such power. These guys where really crazy and famous for their destructive behaviour during and beside the shows. In 1979 they recorded 3 songs with OFF COURSE RECORDS in Zurich, produced by the swiss punk legend Rudolph Dietrich, remember the NASAL BOYS, EXPO or KDF from Zurich, and pressed two of these songs on a 12inch together with THE SICK, another great swiss punk band, on the other side. In 1980, when the singer Franz formed the band, LE PASSE PARTOUT, The rest continued under the name EX-CHAOS and Galle also joined NULL KOMA NICHTS [zero coma nothing]. "Get Out Of My Pocket" is from the legendary Split-12inch.
BÖSLINGE [vicous] was an early punk band from Vienna, formed in 1979 by Erwin "Bösling" Brandlhofer, Harry "the Herbert" Rau and Peter "Der Rutschige"[the slippery] Ruzicka. In Vienna at that time it was common in the punk scene, that some guys in the audience form a band during a concert, and one week later they conquer the stage, as it was with the BÖSLINGE. From the beginning on, they could built up their fanbase with their songs about police, goverment, and shit in a rough viennese slang. There might be no other band in the world, that used the word "Scheiss" [shit] as often as this band in their lyrics. Among others they played a gig in a mental hospital, which was filmed and shown in cinemas around the country in the "Wochenschau" [weekly news]. After a personnel exchange in 1981, Harry left and Peter Lesch joined the band, they recorded 3 songs for a 7inch (lim. max.200 pieces) on O-TANNENBAUM-RECORDS(pre-PANZA-PLATTE), which is also one part of the holy grail of austrian punk vinyl! In the same year they split, and after a long period they formed a reunion under the name THE WAY. "Scheiss Kibarei" [shit cops] is taken from their rare 7inch.
DEAD NITTELS, named after the murdered Vienna city councillor Heinz Nittlel, started in 1981. The original lineup was Cristian "Hulk" Bischof, Hannes "Lörkas" Langer, Michael Neumann, and the brothers Joschi and Manfred Schäffer. After some chaotic concerts in Vienna the band recorded a 15song-demo in 1982, that conservated their original notorious pogo punk sound. They had a huge fanbase in their hometown, also because of their straight lyrics and the typical viennese slang. In 1983, with a different lineup, they produced a 4song-7inch. The DEAD NITTELS was the longes existing punk band of Austria over and above the milenium. "Bla Bla" [blah blah blah] and "Der Papst" [the pope] are taken from their 1982-demo "Anti-New Wave-Liga", named after a coalition of some viennese punk bands against the "family-frendlier" new wave sound.
DIRT SHIT stands in the first row of austrian punk bands. Born in 1978, with Robert "Räudig" of CHUZPE who left after one or two live shows, was this band maybe the most complete punk package that was (perhaps forever!?) available in the country of the lovely "Wiener Sängerknaben". At the peak of DIRT SHIT, that was Roli "Rostig" Übereuter, Berni "Bedenklich"[questionable] Tragut, Michi "Monoton" and Ronnie "Urin(i)" Iraschek, they could cause a pogo orgy whenever they charged the stage. The songs where fast, the guitars where dirty and the vocals where catchy and violent. Michi had never sung the same lyrics, and improvised at every show, which worked until he was done on stage. In 1979 they could have had an appearance in an austrian b-movie "Exit-Nur keine Panik" [Exit-Don't panic]. But they where knocked out because of a quarrel with the producer(s), althought the songs for the movie where already recorded. After a threat to sue by the band, the movie team gave them money to cut the 4 songs on 7inch vinyl (lim.500 pieces). They only played a few gigs in Vienna, and one in 1980 in Linz. Drugs and alcohol resulted in the end of this band.
STD (SOCIAL-TRANSMISSION-DECAY) was a short-lived hardcore band from Vienna that existed from 1983 to 1984. The bandmembers where "Alko", Alex Piko, "Nusch" and Peter Zinner who was also the drummer for EXTREM at the same time. They gave only six concerts in the capital city. "Konflikt" [conflict] is taken from a demo that was made in the rehearsal room in 1984.
WELLBLECH UNTERGRUND [corrugated iron sheet underground] (which makes not the same sense when you translate it!) where Tomislav Zuljevic, Max Aistleitner and the brothers Dietmar and Anton Karte. Formed in 1981, they started with punky coverversions of better known hits, and later wrote their own songs. They gave approximately 130 gigs, mostly in Linz and the surrounding region, where they were affected by bands they had played with, like EINSTÜRZENDE NEUBAUTEN. In 1983 they pressed a 7inch (1000 pieces) with the vocal help of Irene Syteme of IN-SEIT, the result was a good punk/ne wave-mix. In 1984 they recorded 2 songs, "Heut' Nacht" [tonight] and "Mädchen vom Land" [girl from the country] for the compilation "2.te Linzer Rocknacht"[2nd Linz rock night]-LP that did not really succceed, and pressed only in a limited number with a gatefold sleeve that has a nice picture of a punk (Tomislav) kneeing infront of a police man in a traditional monarchistic uniform. The Band existed until 1988.
I will use this blog to tell you more about these bands and their output.