Friday, 4 January 2008

Admit Your Shit - Expect No Mercy... ep 1985

Well here we are in 2008 and first off let me say Happy New Year to all my regular visitors and fellow bloggers. I hope the hangovers are a distant memory :D I'm going to dedicate the next 10 or so posts to the records that made an impact on me when I first started getting into punk rock in the early 80's. These records and bands have made an impression on me that has served me well over the years, I struggle to find new music that has the same emotional and musical impact that these records had on me in the day. Nostalgia, it's a bitch.

First up is Admit Your Shit and their debut ep on Mortarhate Records. When I first heard this I was devastated by the production and the huge sound of the drums. Also it is a bit of departure from the usual stuff Conflict were releasing at the time. Raging US inspired Hardcore with a Minor Threat cover thrown in for good measure. They did release a 12'' after this called "Someplace Special" but it's nowhere as good as this.

So over the coming weeks and months expect a plethora of Anarcho and Brit Punk from the 80's.

01 - Flex Your Heart
02 - Do You Know What You're Doing?
03 - Expect No Mercy
04 - In My Eyes (Minor Threat)
05 - Keep Your Mouth Shut
06 - You're Just A Jerk (reprise)

Mortarhate Records

14 comments:

Adamski said...

Do you know that the singer of AYS is a confirmed National Socialist & was when he was in the band? He makes no apologies for it, apparently. He seems to think that the white race is under threat. Conflict seem to have known this yet were still good mates with him. Strange indeed...

STiG(NZ) said...

Yeah I recently read this in "The day the country died" but Conflict have done many a suspect thing. When the ep came out his personal politics were never made mention of, gee I wonder why.

Anonymous said...

John Cato (singer of Admit You're Shit) was in the British Movement (BM) - a British fascist organisation - before and during his time in the band (and during the period that he shared a house with Colin from Conflict)...
He also went on to be the 'intellectual' brains behind the setting up of the British fascist paramilitary organisation Combat 18 (the '1' and '8' stand for the 1st and 8th letters of the alphabet - 'A' and 'H' for 'Adolf' and 'Hitler'), until the 2 leaders of the organisation turned on him...

I was really saddened to hear all of this because I find that kind of politics abhorrent - and particularly because I played at 3 concerts with AYS back in 1985/6 and didn't know about any of this...

Cato was forced to leave the English town of Gravesend by anti-fascist activists: it's a shame he didn't fall into the sea and drown...

Nic

Anonymous said...

wow. never knew of the fascist stuff with this band. hopefully theres no guilt by association for me, cos im on the "thanks" list. strange cos i was a 15 year old kid trying to do a zine, sent them some questions after hearing their absolutely mind blowing track on the "we dont want your fucking war" comp, but never got a response from them. i actually didnt even own a copy of this ep until a couple years ago. it still kicks ass, but im kinda skeptical from what ive learned all these years later...

~wedge

Anonymous said...

i knew nothing of catos affiliation with right wing groups either back all those years ago.infact,after drifting away from the anarcho punk/hardcore scene in the late 80's early 90's i knew nothing of this until quite recentley,i had already uploaded this AYS ep to my blog but after learning this can no longer listen to them,i also deleted it from mass grave.such a shame cos this ep is great.
good blog tho mate,some great music
john

Anonymous said...

Sad but when the first Mortarhate compil came out no-one knew this.
Listening to it today one wonders how an anarchist group could have allowed such a thing, but people you know can change & become enemies.

Anonymous said...

Despite Cato's political views having been common knowledge for the last 20 years or so, Mortarhate (Colin Jerwood/Conflict's label) still seen fit to re-release a compilation of AYS's back catalogue on CD in 2004.
Also, Cato used to be a frequent contributor to Conflict's former messageboard (now defunct) under the alias of 'Tom'from around 2005 until it's demise, never once raising the ire of Jerwood, despite his explicit championing of all things National Socialist/Hitlerian. What is interesting to note is that during this period, Anti-Fascist activists who raised issues concerning the reformation of the Oi! band 'Indecent Exposure' (who had had far right connections in the past) on Conflict's messageboard were branded by Jerwood as "Left Wing trouble causers"! Hmmm....
Cato was still attending the occasional Conflict gig as recently as 2007.

DARKO VONHELL said...

oi stig,did you know the singer ....(im joking) well i love this ep and don't a give a fuck what Cato thinks

STiG NZ said...

Ha, yeah... I'm not judging this whole band on one idiots views. It's a great ep.

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS said...

i'm selling my ays records fuck Nazis it very much matters what Cato thinks evil is evil even if they don't lyrically say racist shit it still makes them a racist band.

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS said...

I broke them in half and threw them away you should care Nazis are scum

STiG NZ said...

Ha!! Fuck that, it's a great record... remember, I'm only in it for the music!!

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS said...

great record or not I personally can't support them anymore knowing the singer is a racist plus my great uncle was in the SS and worked in a concentration camp murdering people even there music isn't racist listening to there stuff makes me think of all those poor people burned and gassed to death yah it does make ones life harder sticking to your morals it what's right for me to do

SLAUGHTER OF INNOCENTS said...

never notice that there is a white power symbol on the back of the cover