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Not So Quiet On The Western Front

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Double vinyl LP repressing including 'zine and download code. The 1982 Not So Quiet on the Western Front compilation was the first to document the exploding Northern California hardcore punk scene of the early '80s. With 47 tracks clocking in at 74 minutes, it's a massive and diverse set of material where internationally known bands like Dead Kennedys, MDC and Flipper rub elbows with cult favorites such as Church Police, Maniax and Scapegoats. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album's release, Alternative Tentacles and Maximumrocknroll have repressed the double-LP version of this West Coast punk classic that includes MRR #0 in it's original newsprint format, along with a free MP3 download!

1. Intensified Chaos
2. Their Mistakes
3. Dan With the Mellow Hair
4. Holocaust
5. Rich Plastic People
6. Fun With Acid
7. El Salvador
8. Collapse
9. Annihilation
10. I Don't Wanna Die for My Country
11. Pay Salvation
12. What Price Will You Pay?
13. Fuck Your Amerika
14. Race War
15. Turmoil
16. Don't Conform
17. Shrunken Heads
18. A Child and His Lawn Mower
19. All I Know
20. Learning Process
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (January 22, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alternative Tentacles
  • ASIN: B00000J91U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,056 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By David Blakeslee on September 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
No, it ain't the music of back-woods hillbillies or lonesome cowboys out on the range, but it's no less authentic or expressive of a unique moment in American culture. Perhaps we are still too close to this era to recognize what a spontaneous and authentic musical phenomenon took place in the days before hardcore punk became mired in its own cliches and formulas. I myself was a part of this scene, and my band, the Church Police, is one of the 49 groups from California and Nevada that fill this CD. Not all of the bands, but many, were what I call "suburban subdivision bedroom bands," because that's where we played some of our best music and, in a few cases, where some of these recordings were made.
It's hard to imagine a compilation that could have done a better job at representing what was happening in the punk scene at the time. There are a few of the big name S.F. bands, the Dead Kennedys and Flipper, that were main players in that era, but they don't dominate the collection (though Flipper's cut is probably the longest.) Instead, what strikes me most vividly now is the fresh sound and brashness of these bands. It's kind of funny listening to them, such a blend of hyped emotions, serious anger and alienation, but tempered by irony because most of the bands knew that they really weren't gonna go anywhere as far as a "career" was concerned. We were as interested in getting into the shows for free ("put me on your guest list!") and maybe winding up the night with 25 or 50 bucks in our pockets after all was said and done. You gotta love the spontaneity and craziness that these kids brought to their music. It would be incredible to have a reunion of these bands, not that too many of them are doing much with music these days, I imagine. I don't listen to a whole lot of underground hardcore these days, but if you want a top-notch sampler of the "real stuff" I recommend this without reservation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "marc_b_333" on May 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album was just amazing! While most of it was predictable top-notch 80's hardcore, there was also some cool noise and other stuff mixed in. Almost every song on this is great. It reflects the anger and intensity that existed back then. The Reagan Cultural Doctrine did not leave room for a few of us in scattered pockets in the US, and this music made an awful decade tolerable. This record was my soundtrack for delinquency.
Having lived in the era, the CD seems like a time capsule. Not essential unless you want a history lesson and can deal with all of the era-specific references. The Church Police song was the best one and it was not even hardcore.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bob G. on September 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Along with "Let Them Eat Jellybeans" and "New York Thrash", this comp introduced thousands of wayward youths in the '80s (myself included) to all the great bands that comprised the underground punk/hardcore scene. This one was a regional comp (like most of the time) that focussed Northern California and Nevada bands. Sure, I had heard some of these groups already, like Dead Kennedys, MDC and Fang, but there were a bunch of bands that I had never heard of before that were absolutely incredible like Social Unrest (over the years I sought out all of their great records--the ep and first three 12"s), Los Olvidados, No Alternative, Impatient Youth, etc. Even among some of the bands I already knew, there were tracks I hadn't heard yet. The best example of this would be "F**k your America" by 7 Seconds.

Another vital component of this record was the insert booklet that came with it. This is considered to be the first issue of Maximum Rocknroll magazine, which was and is still the most relevant punk zine for those who dig punk beyond the poser appeal that unfortunately dominates the majority mindset in music today. I remember reading the lyrics while listening to each song and drifting off into my escapist fantasy world of a punk utopia were I knew other people were out there that felt like I did. The punk scene was my religion in a way, for it gave me mental sanctuary from the stupid society that I lived in (and that hasn't changed at all!). None of the songs were too deep or complex, but they very much appealed to the teenage punk angst with lyrics about hating dumb rich people, rednecks, war, religion, etc. And that's the way it should be. Get your profound words in literature, but hardcore works best with in-your-face simplicity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Turbocrusher on December 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is it; this is the music that liberated thousands of my fellow Northern Californians. There's some truly kick-ass $hit on here. And while the styles range tremendously, every song on this album is good. And then some are GREAT, like "Pay Salvation" by Los Olvidados or "Breakout" by UXB. If you like Maximum Rock and Roll, you will love this album! This is a monument to nonconformity and I highly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Moraga on June 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I've been waiting for years for this to be issued on CD! I don't know what happened to my record. This CD is a great document of the N. California punk scene of the early 80's. I was there and I saw probably 35-40 of the 47 bands on this recording. There's a wide variety of styles on this CD and if you like punk, you're sure to find something to like here. If you don't like punk, go check out the Kenny G selection.
BUY IT TODAY! You won't be disappointed.
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