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Negative Insight is a magazine and website dedicated to 1980s underground hardcore punk, metal and related genres. Most pieces are “behind the music” features that delve into unexplored angles and topics. Thus far we have pieces and interviews with Discharge, Bathory, Siege, Onslaught, the Agathocles/Drudge split, Napalm Death, Unseen Terror, Poison Idea, Sacrilege and more. We also have an Instagram that is regularly updated. Here are some links:

Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/negative_insight/

Website: http://www.negativeinsight.com

Discharge:
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... -aesthetic

https://www.instagram.com/p/B8GsmR7D6-k/

Bathory:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B-uAimljOcE/

Siege:
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/siege

Onslaught:
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... -onslaught

Poison Idea:
https://www.instagram.com/p/B81kNozDUGV/

Agathocles/Drudge split LP (interview with Jan AG):
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... -deaf.html

Unseen Terror/Azag-Thoth:
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... th_19.html

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We have quite a lot of new articles, interviews and features up now.

A Label Fit For Heroes: No Future Records
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... tforheroes

A Hangover in Your Head: The 1989 Extreme Noise Terror/Disrupt Split 7”
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... inyourhead

You Can Be Who? The story of Crass Records and Captain Sensible’s Unlikely 1981 Collaboration
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/you-can-be-who

Night of the Hawks: How an Underground Punk Label Catalyzed Lemmy's Reunion With Hawkwind
An interview with Frenchy Gloder of Flicknife Records
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... -the-hawks

Two Crusty Years Of Nagoya's Punk And Destroy
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... nd-destroy

The Chase Is On: English Dogs and their NWOBHM Cult Connection
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/thechaseison

Killing Hippies is Tight: The Electro Hippies / Generic split LP
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... ro-hippies

Loud, Tuneless and Thick: Chaotic Dischord
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... -and-thick

Productive Not Destructive: How Sacrilege NYC Shaped A New Direction Of US Punk
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... rilege-nyc

Heresy Mosh Crew in full effect while blazing at lightning speed
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/heresymoshcrew

Loud, Tuneless and Thick: The Sex Aids
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/sexaids

"Screams From The Gutter:" The Sound of Raw Power Hits America
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... toxicshock

The Last Waltz: Reflecting on Pushead's "Unofficial Top 100 of the '80s"
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... of-the-80s

In the Studio with COC During the Recording of the "Technocracy" EP
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... nocracy-ep

John John Jesse of Nausea discusses the "Lie Cycle" EP
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... e-cycle-ep

The Truth Behind Throbbing Gristle's "The Second Annual Report" on Fetish Records
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/tgfetishrecords

Dawning of an Era: Tokyo's Grave New World and When Death Came Along
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/gravenewworld

Domination or Destruction: The Story of the Iconoclast
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/iconoclast

Power From Hell: How Onslaught Evolved From UK82 Beginnings To A Blazing Thrash Legacy
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... -onslaught

Cleanse The Bacteria: Siege and the Pusmort Connection
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/siege

DISCHARGE: The Untold Story Behind Their Iconic Minimalist Aesthetic
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... -aesthetic

End of an era: How a small DIY label resurfaced Crow's lost sessions on British soil
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... osaka.html

Agathocles/Drudge split LP on Deaf Records (1990) and anti-commercial grind
https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... -deaf.html


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A Hangover in Your Head

The 1989 Extreme Noise Terror/Disrupt Split 7”

In 1989, England's Extreme Noise Terror were at the forefront of the crust genre. Having just released their masterpiece "A Holocaust In Your Head," there were few bands who rivaled their reputation in the game. Their contemporary brew of aggressive hardcore was distinct and forceful, making waves all the way across the pond into America and inspiring a new crop of groups with their this dual-vocal approach.

Perhaps the most notable of those inspired were Massachusetts' band Disrupt. While still relatively new to the scene, they were already playing a style of music that earned them the moniker as "the American ENT." Clearly it's foolish to try and dispute the obvious similarities, but most seasoned listeners of the genre would bluntly tell you that comparing the two groups is unfathomable and borderline sacrilege.

At the very start of their existence, Disrupt vocalists Pete Kamarinos and Jay Stiles were in discussion with their unofficial brothers across the ocean in regards to collaborating on a split EP for their premier release. This record would never materialize, however the bands remained in contact and forged a long distance kinship for years to come. They would eventually go on to collaborate on a project called Disabuse, releasing the sole eponymous EP in 1994.

Still, while both bands went on to carve their own niche in the annals of crust history, one cannot help but imagine how this aborted concept played into the ultimate legacy of Disrupt as a standalone, classic band.

In an interview with Jay Stiles of Disrupt, we explore how the two bands first came in contact, how the idea for the 7" came about, and why it ultimately never came to fruition.

To go along with the interview, Ben from Dropdead was kind enough to recount how he first became acquainted with the members of Disrupt, and ultimately how the tracks from the aborted split EP with Extreme Noise Terror would come to be released on Ben's label at the time, Crust Records.

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Crust bangers collection photos of Disrupt, ENT and Disabuse from long time friend of the magazine, M. Ban(ned from the pubs)field.
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Archival photos of first EP and master reels courtesy of Ben Barnett (Crust Records/Armageddon Shop).
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ENT/Chaos U.K. split LP test press on Manic Ears from the collection of Negative Insight


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Killing Hippies is Tight: The Electro Hippies / Generic split LP

https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... ro-hippies

https://www.instagram.com/p/CCviaIFDtNv/

The only good kind of hippies is the Electro Hippies.

Hailing from Liverpool, Simon from the Hippies had been in contact with Sned of Bradford bashers Generic through letter writing, tape trades and the usual means of the period. Although Generic had already released a 7" in March of 1986, both bands were relatively new at the time and eager to get their songs on vinyl. A split LP release was proposed as a joint DIY venture: self funded, self released and self distributed.

The record was recorded for in 1986 but not released until February of '87 due to financial constraints. Upon finally being released, the full pressing sold out in under a month. It was a huge success. With such a response, it should have been quickly repressed. But it was not to be, and today it has become a collector's item.

Jeff Walker of the Hippies would go on to form the hugely popular grind/death metal band Carcass as well as draw the artwork for Napalm Death's seminal "Scum" album. Sned from Generic would go on to play in a slew of DIY bands including One By One, Disaster, Health Hazard, Suffer, Doom, Oi Polloi, Boxed In and many more, as well as be the main force behind the choice label, Flat Earth Records.

Here Sned gives the full story on how the Electro Hippies/Generic split came together as well as many other interesting tidbits and anecdotes about the era.

Read at www.negativeinsight.com


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ARCHING VICTORIOUS, FOUR CORNERS OF THE WORLD!

https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/thechaseison

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English Dogs on full display here as a super power on the live front. This photo was taken circa 1984/85 at London's 100 Club and features Ade Bailey (vocals) and Gizz Butt (guitar). From the collection of Al Quint of Suburban Voice mag who received this through a penpal at the time.
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English Dogs' "To The Ends Of The Earth" 12" (1984) and "Forward Into Battle" LP (1985) are two of the best crossover albums to ever come out of the UK. Both were straight bangers released on the choice label Rot Records (Varukers, Resistance 77), headed up by Dunk from Riot Squad. At the time the Dogs had transitioned from GBH-sounding UK82 (which was also great) to the new crossover sound that was coming out. They'd had a couple lineup changes and recruited Ade Bailey, previously of the cult Riot City band Ultra Violent, on vocals and added Gizz Butt, from the Destructors, on guitar.

To help with the transition in sound, they enlisted friend of the band Trace Abbott of the cult NWOBHM band Overdrive (whose 1981 single "On The Run" is a highly sought after pounder). Trace ended up with writing credits on the song "The Chase Is On" from the "To The Ends Of The Earth" EP. Here Trace explains how it all went down.

"I get asked this question many times, haha. I am the founding member of NWOBHM band Overdrive and also play with Witchfynde. I used to have a rehearsal room and small studio in Grantham in the early '80s and many of the local bands rehearsed and recorded demos there. I also attended the same school as John Murray, who played bass with Overdrive before he left to form the English Dogs.

"They approached me when they made the change over to metal as they where struggling with writing, so I came up with a few riffs and we rehearsed in my studio and recorded demos. They asked me to join them on a full time basis, but unfortunately I was busy with other projects, so they used the demo to secure a deal and Gizz."
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English Dogs Rot Records pressings, including the "Have A Rotten Christmas Volume Two" comp LP, from the collection of friend of the mag Kyle, formerly of Lost Tribe.

"Forward Into Battle" LP Brazilian pressing on New Face Records (NEW-0010, 1988) with old stock vinyl and modern cover from the collection of Negative Insight staff.

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Previously unseen (full color) version of one of our favorite Anti-Cimex photos up now at:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CFcRlq8jxpO/


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The Exploited and the Crossover Era (1986-1989)

An Interview with 'Deptford' John Armitage

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Photo from the back cover of the "War Now" EP (Rough Justice, 1988)

https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... tford-john

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In the mid to late 1980s, The Exploited were revamping their sound. The UK82 wave had died out, and just about everyone was moving toward incorporating a metallic crunch in their sound. The Exploited had been heading in a harder and faster direction since their inception, and 1983's "Rival Leaders" EP for Pax Records was one of the hardest records of the era to come out of the United Kingdom.

But it was a trio of releases from the second half of the decade that brought The Exploited name to an entirely new subset of fans. The "Jesus Is Dead" EP (1986), "Death Before Dishonour" LP (1987), and "War Now" EP (1988) saw The Exploited not only move into the crossover genre, but stake their claim as one of the elites of it as well. While the band always had a driving edge to their sound, these songs were blazers and bangers, full of searing riffs accented perfectly with Wattie's unmistakable bark. They were all released by Rough Justice in the U.K. and Combat/Combat Core in the United States, which were two of the premier crossover labels at the time and also home base for GBH, Broken Bones, English Dogs, Agnostic Front, Crumbsuckers, Corrosion Of Conformity, The Accüsed and more.

This era's lineup featured Wattie on vocals, Nigel 'Nig' Swanson on guitar, Willie (Wattie's brother) on drums, and a different bassist on each release (Deptford John Armitage, James Anthony Thomson Lochiel AKA Tony, and Mark 'Smeeks' Smellie, respectively). Bassist Deptford John had previously served time in Combat 84 (reaching urban legend status in the process) and the U.K. Subs (including playing on the track "Anti-Warfare" for the "We Don't Want Your Fucking War!" released by Conflict's Fight Back Records in '84). We tracked him down to get his thoughts on this era of the Exploited, his contributions to those records, plus a few surprises. John later went on to be part of the Killer Crew for Iron Maiden's road crew and currently works as a guitar tech and repair man today. Read the interview at:

http://www.NegativeInsight.com


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Means to an End: The Lasting Legacy of Doom's "Police Bastard" EP

An interview with Stick and Pete Nash

https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... ce-bastard

It’s also linked from our Instagram at:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CG7h8EPjUpJ/

Although it was officially released by Discarded Records in the UK in 1989, Doom's "Police Bastard" EP is a defining release championed by an entire generation of punks and crusties in the 1990s. It was brought to the forefront through multiple pressings by US based Profane Existence, whose extensive distribution network allowed the release to reach a worldwide audience and really take hold. Indeed, it was a ubiquitous release, found in seemingly every collection; from the suburban 17 year old just discovering the DIY side of punk to the established lifers living the city life. The Doom logo could be seen sewn on the vests, jackets and pants of punks in Japan, Europe, South America, the US, and any place else that had a punk scene. They were unequivocally THE quintessential crust band of the 1990s. Yet while they put out many records in the decade, it was "Police Bastard" that made them a household name.

The music on "Police Bastard" offered a slightly new take on the crust style, taking influence from Discharge, Anti-Cimex and Discard. This style would become the predominant form of the genre in the '90s and spawn legions of bands playing the sound. There were so many bands imitating the sound of Doom that distro lists may as well have included an entire section labeled "Doom influenced crust."

As with any release, it's not just it's initial impact that matters, but how well it holds up years later. The '90s punk scene is littered with records that were pressed in unfathomable quantities by today's standards that have been all but disregarded by contemporary taste. It's an era that hasn't aged particularly well, which makes "Police Bastard" even more remarkable for its quality and sustained relevance. The record remains a quality banger with a filthy guitar tone, basement fuzz bass sound, deafening thump for drums, and what can has always been best described as Cookie Monster vocals.

In this interview, longtime Doom drummer Stick and former bassist Pete Nash give their recollections on the record, how it came to fruition and the impact that it has had over the last 30+ years.


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THE SKITSLICKERS!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CHQYBtujmc0/

When we reached out to Lasse from the Skitslickers for an interview back in 2015, we had no idea what to expect. Known for refusing interviews, having a confrontational demeanor, and vehemently protecting the cult status of the Skitslickers, we reached out more on a whim than any sort of expectation.

When Lasse came back expressing interest, we were fairly surprised. He relayed that he was willing to give a full, candid interview, covering the entire history of the band. And he delivered on that promise—filled with tales of wild youth, debauchery, violence, and chaos. Here is one of his replies that gave us a laugh.

NI: You've cited the Leather Nun as an influence on the Shitlickers in the past. Can you speak to the importance of that band in relation to the Shitlickers, as well as Jonas Almqvist's Ny Vag punk radio show?

SL: No, what I said was that the older punk bands were not an influence to us musically, but the elderly punks, like Jonas Almqvist in Leather Nun, supported us younger punks in different ways. The New Wave radio show, which Jonas hosted, was an important channel for new, and old, punk in Sweden, but they didn't play much hardcore punk. Once, me and my girlfriend crashed at Jonas' place and in the morning I couldn't find my t-shirt, so his girlfriend lend me one of Jonas's, some punk tee, and I didn't think more about that. A month later a grumpy Jonas proclaimed on the radio show that he would not play The Shitlickers until he got back his t-shirt. Apparently, it was a rarity, with a picture of Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and some disparaging words. So, we never got played on the radio back then, but being banned from a national radio show that broadcast punk is a good thing for a punk band.
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Skitslickers band photos from the collection of Lasse/Skitslickers.

Photos of the Skitslickers "GBG 1982" 7" from long time rager and Millencolin and Kvoteringen drummer Larre @bomblarz. Check out the I Ren Desperation "Aldrig Såld" EP he plays on with members of Disfear, No Security and Totalitär from 2003.


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ILL story on how the Cimex s/t 12" from '86 came to be put out by Middie from Disattack (Bill Steer’s band before ND and Carcass) in the UK:

Middie: When Disattack recorded our demo tape, it was in a place called Station House, which above it was Skysaw Records, and it was owned by a guy called Pete Leah. We recorded our demo tape there—we had the engineer from a local punk band called Public Disgrace, who was a good friend of ours, called Tudor Davis.

NI: Yeah, they released the "Toxteth" EP.

Middie: Yeah, they did. He's actually on the cover, but anyway, he did our thing. And I said to Pete Leah, 'cause Pete Lundström [Agoni, Discard] had got in touch with me. He said "Listen, we want to do a tour and everything, and Anti-Cimex are a bit stuck for a label here." I think they released "Victims Of A Bombraid" and something happened and they had no label. So I said "I'll do it." And he said alright. So I went upstairs and said to Pete Leah "Listen, I've got this awesome Swedish punk band. They've got no fucking label. They've got songs ready to record. Are you interested?" And he said "Alright, green light, mate. We can release the 'Criminal Trap' EP. It's going to be an offshoot label, a punk label." And he just said to me, "Think of a name." And I went, "Uhhh, I don't know, Distraught...?" I thought dis- for Discharge, and I thought the band Onslaught. And so I put the two words together on the spot and called it Distraught. And he said, "Right, we'll release it on Distraught Records. It's your fucking label, look after them."

I started working there for a little while. It was the studio downstairs and you had the record label upstairs that released a lot of local bands, a lot of indie stuff, dance stuff, you name it. But he said to me, "You can start the punk label from upstairs." So I said, "OK, me first release is going to be Anti-Cimex." So I was in a really good situation because of Pete Lundström because he was really good friends with them. So there was no language barrier. Whatever they told him, he told me, type of thing. He said "Just record some stuff and Middie in the UK, Distraught Records, will release your 12"." And they said, "Right, we'll record, and he can press it."
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Excerpted from a full interview with Middie that will be printed with the Disattack reissue being released soon by Sealed Records @lavidaesunmus in the U.K.
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Photos of Anti-Cimex ‎self-titled 12" (Distraught, 1986) and Discard "Death From Above" 7" (Jesus Kudd Records, 1990) from the collection of our dude Dave @fatalerection who has one of our favorite vinyl record accounts on here. Check it out.


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It's A Grey World: The Story Of Attitude Adjustment

An interview with founding member and guitarist Eric McIntire

https://www.negativeinsight.com/niblog/ ... adjustment

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"Skate thrash" was a full on culture of its own across the US in the mid-'80s. Punks, heshers and skaters united and armed with Alva boards and ghetto blasters blaring the likes of Gang Green, DRI, Excel and Suicidal. The sound was fresh, and San Francisco's Attitude Adjustment were one of the best of the era playing it.

While best known for their "American Paranoia" album on Pushead's Pusmort imprint, they also put out a raging follow up album entitled "Out Of Hand" on Kalv from Heresy's label In Your Face Records (not to mention their free flexi with subscription to Thrasher in '87).

In this interview, founding member and guitarist Eric McIntire gets deep about the band's history while sharing nuggets of info like AA members heading up the old Exodus fanclub, recording with Sothira from Crucifix on vocals, and of course talk about working with Pushead.

Full interview up now at
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Maniac's View: Japanese Hardcore from the late '80s and early '90s

A conversation between Mike from MCR UK and Brian from Dropdead

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyXN8NspEps

Japanese hardcore has always had an allure and mystique that captivates in a way that differs from any other scene. Bands like GISM, Lipcream, The Stalin and Gauze are a few of the names that continue to intrigue today. Early champions of Japanese hardcore such as Pushead in the US and Chaos UK in England helped to popularize the style, but the records were elusive and expensive even when they could be found.

In the United Kingdom, the MCR UK label and distro helped make records from Japan available during the late 1980s and early '90s. It was one of the few places importing these releases and became the go to mail order for procuring Japanese punk and hardcore records. Mike Foster, the man behind MCR UK, is a certified lifer who is still active with impeccable taste, a quick wit, and a brilliant mind for remembering details.

In a video for Negative Insight, Brian from long-running thrashers Dropdead interviews Mike about the days of letter writing and tape trades. Like Mike, Brian also ran a label (Japankore) exposing punks and thrashers to the fresh sounds coming from Japan. Together, these two powdered wigs dive deep reminiscing and sharing anecdotes about first hearing GISM and The Execute on MDC's "PEACE" comp, the impact of Selfish Records, "Farewell To Arms" and "Thrash Til Death" comps, the excitement of Roger Armstrong's Japanese scene reports in MRR, mix tape mania, seeing Deathside and Lipcream live, Disclaim, the arrival of SDS, Griffin, and Juntess, metallic era Crow, Letraset layouts, Bloodsucker Recs, highlights of MCR's City Hardcore comp series, mid-paced Rogers, under the radar ragers, obscurities, bangers, bashers and more!
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This video is part of a larger feature on Gauze's 1989 UK tour with Chaos UK that we will have for Negative Insight which will have the backstory of the tour as well as previously unpublished live photos from the tour.


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Hope You Got A Fuckin' Headache: The Chaos U.K./Extreme Noise Terror "Earslaughter" split LP on Manic Ears

Shane Dabinett of Manic Ears Records on how the Chaos UK/ENT split came to be

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJd9FihjuFr/

In 1984, I had a mail order called Lethal Dose Tapes which featured demos and live recordings of hardcore acts: Ripcord, Chaos UK, Disorder, Political Asylum and Ad Nauseum. I was distributing fanzines, tapes and records by mail order under Manic Distribution and operated in shared office space with Tim Bennett of Children Of The Revolution Records in the back of a left wing political bookshop, Full Marks Bookshop.

I had briefly lived with Mower from Chaos UK before. I was living in a shared house with Chaos in St. Michael's Park, Bristol also with Bear and Beano of the Skate Muties fanzine. I was doing Manic fanzine and distribution with a guy named Mark who did Ears of a Dead Man fanzine, that became Manic Ears Distribution. Chaos UK originally asked me to do a split LP with a German band, whose name I can't recall. We went to a gig in Ipswich where Extreme Noise Terror were supporting Chaos UK. ENT were unknown at that point, but after seeing them, Gabba suggested a split LP with ENT instead. So, we asked them there, and the idea of Manic Ears Records was born.

To start a record label, I needed some substantial finance. I found a careers service that helped young people set up businesses with the preparation of a business plan. The service had recommended my proposition to the Youth Enterprise Scheme, and I managed to obtain a loan of £2000 to start the label. I signed onto the Enterprise Allowance Scheme and Manic Ears Records officially began business on the 6th September, 1986.

During 1985, Phil Vane of Extreme Noise Terror had delivered their side of the album. This was basically an 8-track demo for £82. I had put Chaos UK into SAM Studios in Bristol in August 1986 for approximately £400. When "Earslaughter" was released in October of that year, it did not get the reception expected from the mainstream music media until at least two years later. John Peel played "Murder" by Extreme Noise Terror from Earslaughter on release in October 1986 joking on air that someone should talk to their manager.
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Photos from the collection of Shane Dabinett/Manic Ears Records
Photo 1: Chaos from Chaos U.K.
Photo 2: Dean from Extreme Noise Terror live at the Murrayside Youth Club in Ipswich in 1989 and organized by Geordie, who had managed the Adicts
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Record photos from the collection of Negative Insight Staff and include Manic Ears test pressing ("13 Oct. 1986"), regular version (1986), and Receiver Records CD (1995). Those Cartel one sheets are classy.
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Shane has put together a full history of Manic Ears Records which covers releases by Ripcord, Dr. and the Crippens, Concrete Sox and many more at
https://manicears.blogspot.com/
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You can also get regular updates on the history of the label from the Manic Ears Instagram @manic_ears_retro
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This post is done in conjunction with Felix Havoc at Havoc Records who has done an excellent piece on the impact of this Chaos UK/ENT split in the States at the time it was released and how the mid-late '80s wave of British Hardcore bands like Concrete Sox, ENT, The Stupids, Chaos UK and more kept hardcore exciting while the first wave of USHC bands died out. Check out Felix's post here:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CJd_HvxDe6l/


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Peasants In Paradise: The Indelible Impact of Leatherface

An Interview with Laurence Bell of Roughneck Recording Co and Domino Records

(Plus) Razorblades and A-Sides: An In-Depth Look at Leatherface's Deeper Tracks

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During the late '80s, the UK punk scene found itself at a stylistic crossroad. Amidst the post-UK82/post-Crass climate, a new direction emerged with the mantra of harder, faster and heavier. Rather than participating in this Aural Arms Race and creating more riffless racket, Sunderland's Leatherface boldly injected melody, hooks and melancholic emotion into their songs.

To this day Leatherface continue to be a highly regarded band across all of the sub-sects of underground music. Perhaps part of that lasting appeal is that the band forever retained their underground status, never fully getting their "big break." It's not that they were incapable of achieving something greater, rather it simply was not part of their destiny. Many of their contemporaries at the time did make the leap from indie to major labels, yet none of those bands hold a candle to the entity that is Leatherface. None of them strike a chord with people the way that Leatherface manage to. None of them have the sentimentality, the personality or the sincerity that Leatherface have always carried.

Laurence Bell was the man behind those records, first with his Roughneck Records imprint and then with Domino Records. While some may feel a gruff punk outfit like Leatherface sticks out from much of the Domino catalog, Laurence cut his teeth in DIY punk. It was on his first label, Head Eruption, that Extreme Noise Terror released their slammer "A Holocaust In Your Head" in 1989. He also did the punk zine Harsh Reality and fronted the band Perfect Daze with members of The Stupids and ENT.

Laurence was kind enough to speak with us and was extremely forthcoming with info. You can sense a sincere fondness for the era as he recounted his experiences. He came off as earnest and humbled to have been a part of such a special run of records, and we are grateful to him taking the time to share his memories.

Full interview:
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To go along with the interview certified Leatherface expert Morgan Coe has put together an exhaustive piece entitled Razorblades and A-sides, which details every Leatherface single, EP, side project, and more on the band. This is deep cuts material, as Morgan's knowledge on the subject is extensive. It is a great place to start for those who have already fallen in love with "Mush," but are looking to dive deeper into the Leatherface catalog. It can be found on the Negative Insight website under the Laurence Bell interview. Thanks to Morgan for his efforts in compiling this resource.

We have also included a video from Mike Foster of the Analog Attack video series who previously put together a great episode where he ranks each Leatherface studio album as only he can do. Mike is a treat to watch, and his video adds context, anecdotes, and sharp opinions on every Leatherface album. Check it out at
www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBf43zw4IWs

For more info on Laurence Bell's excellent Domino Recording Co. Ltd. in London, check out www.dominomusic.com

For more info or to hear Leatherface, check their official site at leatherfacemusic.bandcamp.com


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Cry Of Truth: The Story of Warhead's 1991 EP

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Formed in 1990 at the bridge between two distinct decades of Japanese hardcore sound, Kyoto's Warhead married the raw, outsider energy of the 1980s with the ferocity and power of the 1990s. Whereas other classic punk bands play sparingly, reserving themselves to headline the occasional large show or fest, Warhead is still regularly playing all types of shows. Thirty years on, you can still easily catch the band playing tiny rooms, like Kyoto's Studio Socrates (which makes most town's punk squat look like a McMansion).

The band's raging 1991 debut, "Cry Of Truth," is no different. In the world of classic Japanese punk, the EP has remained shockingly accessible and holds the uncommon distinction of having been pressed (around) six times. Despite its accessibility, it still kicks the teeth in of all the obscure, overpriced Japanese flexis that collectors fetishize.

In 1992, a year after it's initial release, the "Cry Of Truth" EP was repressed for European audiences by Amok Records from Germany. At the time it was still uncommon for Japanese bands to receive release on labels outside of their home country. But Amok label head Holger Schmidt had a keen ear and the motivation to attempt it.

We are pleased to bring the story of this release as told through interviews with Warhead vocalist Jun Kato and Amok Records head honcho Holger Schmidt.

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Three Miles To Oblivion: Rare Unpublished Photos from the Final Days of Crucifix

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Three Miles To Oblivion: Rare Unpublished Photos from the Final Days of Crucifix

Perhaps one of the most prevalent points of inspiration for the early punk and hardcore movement was George Orwell's eternally-relevant novel: 1984. The influence of this ominous book was so deeply woven into the ethos of punk that even pioneers like Crass viewed the impending year as the ultimate end, structuring their entire career around it.

In the United States, 1984 welcomed the second presidential election Ronald Reagan, and with it came the slow spike in radical right wing religious fanaticism, systematic neglect of disparaged communities, not to mention the looming threat of nuclear annihilation.

1984 would also mark the end of San Francisco's iconic political group Crucifix. Negative Insight is proud to share this set of previously unpublished photos of a small gig and afterparty from 1983-1984. These photos provide an intimate look into the final days of the band.

These were submitted to Negative Insight by someone who requested to remain anonymous. The contributor states that the pictures were originally a gift from the photographer. The exact date and venue are no longer known. The lineup for these photos was the band's final one with Sothira (vocals), Drew (guitar), Matt (bass) and Chris (drums), as the band broke up in 1984.

The full roll of the photos can be seen at:
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In addition to these photos, Crucifix has been reissuing their back catalog through their own Kustomized Records label. Most recently the label has brought the self-titled 12" and "Dehumanization" LP back in print. Both of these records are done as close reproductions of the originals and are now in stock from our distro, Social Napalm which can be accessed through the Negative Insight website.

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