Monday, 22 October 2007

Discharge - Realities Of War ep 1980

The classic first burst of raw punk by DISCHARGE has not stood the test of time as well as some of their other material, but retains enough energy and aggression to deserve association with their better, later work. For one thing, the songs are uniformly slow, and the vocals are occasionally double-tracked, which takes the intensity down a notch. The song structures are not quite the rigid, career-making haiku of "Why?", and the lyrics are almost epic by comparison. I have heard live versions of these songs played much faster and better (on the First London Show bootleg and Nightmare Continues - where "Realities of War" is played so fast as to be almost unrecognizable). All that said, the makings of a legend are here: the immortal cover art, the war/system lyrics, the 7th-grade level understandings of anarchist doctrine, and the debut of the d-beat (which benefits from a loud drum mix). Anyways, this is a classic by any standards and definitely an essential, although *not* the definitive, DISCHARGE record.

01 - Realities Of War
02 - They Declare It
03 - But After The Gig
04 - Society's Victim

Clay Records.


miles said...
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Slobodan Burgher said...

"...has not stood the test of time..."

WHAT?????!!! That is so untrue. Listen to the opening to realities of war and kindly reconsider, we're talking the best 30+ seconds ever committed to vinyl.

I am dead serious.

STiG(NZ) said...

hahaha, yeah that will teach me to just Cut & Paste from "Kill From The Heart", I say blame Ben Parker, the fucker. It's a classic and it does stand up to anything done by all of todays watered down impersonators.

ChaosNonMusica said...

honestly this guy Ben parker really is full of shit. This record paved the way for almost all of raw punk to happen. the lyrics aren't as sophomoric as the snobby reviewer makes it out to be. obviously discharge made better, most bands do better than their first recording (this was the first recording with the now classic line up.)

Anonymous said...

"You Tear Me Up" by The Buzzcocks is arguably the first d-beat song of all time.

STiG(NZ) said...

Really? I didn't know Bambi drummed for the Buzzcocks??

Anonymous said...

Marquee by the rude kids is another early example of a dbeat

rayss said...

tanks, i love discharge. forget that pathetic reiview.