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GBH, Krum Bums, Total Chaos Concert Review, Austin, TX, May 30, 2015

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IMG_9643To call me a punk fan would be the overstatement of the decade but there are a few bands in the genre that I’ve always liked including Circle Jerks, Black Flag, JFA, Dead Kennedys, Reagan Youth, some Sex Pistols and GBH…especially GBH.  Not sure how I became a fan but it was probably through a roommate I had in the 90s.  I’ve always wanted to see them and that last few times they came to town I just happened to be out of town.  That changed last night.

Opening the show was L.A.’s Total Chaos.  I had heard a lot of people slagging them prior to the show as being generic.  They didn’t do anything for me but the crowd seemed to enjoy them.  I caught half of their set and went to another bar for a bit.  Local punks Krum Bums came on next and I’ve seen them a few times before.  They were solid and are definitely a local favorite.  I only caught the tail end of their set.

We got back to Red 7 right before GBH went on and I secured my spot with a decent view of the stage and away from the pit.  They came on at full power with original singer Colin Abrahall saying, “We are GBH from Birmingham, England” and went right into their set with a newer song (2010) called Unique then went back to the Leather, Bristles, Studs, And Acne album with Race Against Time.  GBH still has original guitarist Colin “Jock” Blyth and the whole band was killer.  The show was sold out by the time GBH came on and they rolled through their set with only minor banter between songs.  I got to hear all of my favorites and they played most of City Baby Attacked By Rats and the Leather album and a few from the follow up, City Baby’s Revenge.  They were solid and I had a great time.  Glad I finally got to see them live.



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To be truthful, I’m still only a relatively new fan of Motorhead.  I never really checked them out in the 80s and never motorheadowned anything by them until the 1916 album, which I love.  I first saw them live in 1993 and really only went to see Mikkey Dee and got to hang out with him quite a bit that day.  It was seemingly a down time for them as the Peppermint Beach Club in Virginia Beach, VA may have been half full.  I’m glad to see that their popularity has gone back up in the last decade or so.

It really wasn’t until the last 10 years that I started digging deep into their repertoire and became a fan, especially of the Fast Eddie/Philthy era.  One of the first ones that I bought was the debut album, Motorhead.

I can see why a lot of the punk crowd digs this album because it really is a punk record IMHO.  I love it and it’s easily in my top 5 Motorhead albums.

Train Kept A-Rollin’ notwithstanding, this album is almost perfect.  I never cared for that song after hearing the Aerosmith version my whole life.  Blech!  But the title track, Lost Johnny, Vibrator, Keep Us On The Road, IRON HORSE/BORN TO LOSE!!!  C’mon!  Those songs are great!

Oddly enough, though, I don’t think this album gets enough credit.  Granted the production isn’t the greatest and it’s not really a heavy album, it shows their roots quite a bit.  When people ask me what I recommend to start them off on a band, generally I tell them to start at the beginning and work their way up and this is especially true with Motorhead.  The transition from this album to Overkill is perfect.  Getting the On Parole version is worthwhile as well.


Death To False Metal Vols I and II

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I don’t even know when these came out but I’ve had the first one forever it seems.  It’s definitely better than the second one.  Basically it’s a bunch of underground punk/garage bands playing 80s metal/hard rock stuff.  It’s fun stuff to listen to every now and then.


Download Vol I

Download Vol II

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July 21, 2009 at 6:12 pm


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