The Vacants were a "ghost" group that only existed for the recording of this LP, just as the FU2s served for a clever Italian producer under 'Beatt International' will release two albums of the rising style of music. The Vacants among other musicians had in the recording under pseudonym "Martin Chambers" future drummer of "Pretenders" and "Terry Gibson" of "Downliner sect" along with the vocalist "Guy Greenhough" future "Mouth To Mouth". The producer wanted to include several versions of punk bands and in the end the product was left with a series of own songs to highlight "Television viewer" without a doubt the best of the album and some versions such as "beat on the brat" by the Ramones and various Covers from the 60's like "Pushin too hard" by the Seeds or "louie louie" by the Kingsmen. Recorded in just 7 hours without the musicians being happy with the final result, basically because of the production, they had the option of a second album, but by not allowing the label to have control, everything was left up in the air.
The album is a rarity without really being a great product. It was never edited in England and was licensed in addition to Spain in France, Italy and Australia. each edition with a different cover and as a curiosity the cover photo in the French edition is the other of the band including a girl.
In Spain it was published in 1978 under the small Apolo label with a fairly basic and minimally attractive cover composition highlighting in large letters the term "Punk rock" next to the label indicating the British origin and the price with launch offer. repeated on the back cover next to the titles. We have no record of promotional copies. There is a bootleg with the same cover as the Spanish edition (*Review by Spanish Bombs ).
After the already very exciting split tape with Disillusioned Motherfuckers (reported on Vinyl-Keks), now Hagen Manege Frei's band's full album. The album titled "Virulent" begins with two songs from the aforementioned split tape. Then there is the "aluminum hat" on the cap. I like this extremely snappy chorus! A total of a dozen songs are hitting the head here at top speed. Only two songs exceed the 3 minute mark. The sound of the band combined with the short, crisp lyrics of the singer, without much frills or detours in songwriting, can easily compete with "veterans" like Rawside. Singer Rakete roars his majority socially critical of political texts about Dengelenden Basse, he gets a lot of backing from gangsters, I can't find a drop in my gut, but I'm so picky, cough. Varied, sometimes playing to the tempo, without annoying solo excesses, beaten to the point in just under 30 minutes. Released in March by Kloppstock Records, Kotzbrocken and save scene records. It comes in orange, black or blue vinyl (*Review by Félix Frenético ).
El Corazón del Sapo is a hardcore punk musical group formed in 1991 by musicians from Zaragoza and Ejea de los Caballeros (Zaragoza). In 1993 they released their first album La imagination contra el poder. The gang was detained for more than two years after two of its members refused to go to military service, which made it difficult for them to visit the prison. A few years later, and after undergoing a change in their line-up, they released what will be their most representative album, Fuego al cielo de los cuervos, released in 1998, which includes The imagination against power, since access to said material became very difficult. After another change in line-up (before it was the bassist, now the drummer, the drummer from Nevergood becoming part of the band) they bring to light The Magnetic House, with a much cleaner and impeccable, more metallic sound. It includes a song in Basque sung by Fernando, singer of the band and by Joseba, singer at the time of Dut, thus continuing with the tradition of including diversity of language in their records (Aragonese, Basque, French ...)
They started in 1984, following some seminal spanish punk bands like Ultimo Resorte, Frenopaticss and Drama del Horror, and they quickly showed their differences with other bands of their generation. Not only they played as fast and aggressive as the others, but they improved the complexity of music and, very specially, the philosophical-literary value of their lyrics, far from the typical political slogans of the other punk bands, but far more introspective and humanistic. They would live intensely all the events (concerts, squatting, festivals, appearances in fanzines, etc.), becoming one of the most renowned bands of the scene. When Maximum Rock ‘n Roll featured an excelent review of their debut tape, they began to enjoy some international success at the same time and sell their tapes worlwide. Italy would be the main country where they would play some shows and also press their first vinyl single, creating a lot of strong personal links with the italian hardcore scene. Also a lot of live activity in Spain, with bands like Kangrena, Frites Modern, Negazione, Ludwig Von 88, Eskorbuto or Lärm caught the attention of American bookers who tried to bring them to the USA, though budget finally didn’t allow the experience. Anyway, Jello Biafra or MDC’s singer Dave Dictor confessed their admiration for the band. In 1989 they split-up, after the release of their only LP, “Cuentos y leyendas”.
Their discography consists of this LP and only two more releases: their first cassette tape, “GRB” (Dama del Horror, 1985) and their vinyl EP “¡Estoy tan contento!” (self-released, 1986). These two releases are the ones that you will find in this vinyl LP, as the tape was never released on vinyl and only 1000 copies were pressed of the EP, what makes it obviously impossible to find. As BCore has been doing with bands like HHH, Kangrena, Shit SA or L’Odi Social amongst ohers, it’s a pleasure and a honour for us to contribute somehow to the memory of these influential punk-hardcore bands (*Review by B-Core ).