Well, I had a good holiday con mi familia, los Regalados de Casi. Castillo, Jalisco. Upon being back for 2 weeks, I’ve been battling a nasty, consistent little bout with both laryngitis and sinus infections. In addition to that, been battling the ghost of Christmas ruin. Bah, humbug.
What isn’t “bah, humbug” is this Bad Brains show I found on the Kill Your Pet Puppy webzine. Dude’s audio is usually full albums sides or full, uncut sets. Can’t complain because his are usually straight vinyl rips or rips of first generation cassettes he got in trades back in the day. Considering that, I took it upon myself to splice up this Bad Brains set from CBGB, circa Dec. 26, 1981.
Honestly, I kind of think this set shreds more than the DVD-showcased CBGB set from the next year. This has 10 songs which all sound great due to a soundboard recording. Almost all of them shred, and unfortunately there’s a reggae song that rears it head which is amongst one of their worst. It definitely conjures up a Jethro Tull vibe in parts.
However, also notable is the chaotic vibe of this particular set. Every song sounds like its on the verge of falling apart with each deviation from the standard, established notes in the song. Plus a cover of “12XU” to start the whole damn thing out with!?
The fun of discovering each song’s deviations while splicing it apart completely helps me overlook the fact that later on I did find this set already spliced in its entirety on another blog. This one probably sounds the best, though.
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Bad Brains- Live, CBGB, 1981/26/12
02) Don't Need It
04) Big Takeover
05) Riot Squad
07) The King Of Glory
09) We Will Not
10) At The Movies
In addition, here’s the most raging picture of Harley and John Joseph posing with Isabella Rosellini’s oscars. You see, they were friends with a young NYHC girl who later pursued fame as an actress. Her best known role was in The Silence of the Lambs, as the “rubs the lotion on the skin hostage”.
As the story goes, due to this girl’s entertainment lawyer parents representing Isabella Rossellini, the legendary NYHC skinhead crew, including the Cro-Mags in question, find themselves partaking in celebrity condo-sitting duties. Subsequent punx hijinx ensue. The night's festivities find the crew playing catch with a Pomeranian, trying on women’s lingerie, and taking Polaroids of each other posing with Isabella's prized Oscars. According to JJ, the photos were hidden throughout the house for an intended eventual discovery, perhaps by a maid or Isabella Rosselini herself. Apparently two of those photos were discovered-
Perhaps the Bloodclot live set and demo/compilation song will be up next.