8/10 … I guess this goes under the Dark Ambient banner, but to be Dark Ambient is about the end times, occultism or just plain darkness. So in my world this goes under Icy Ambient … meaning you get totally other feelings and images in your head. To me this takes me to a small cabin in the winter landscape of northern Europe, Canada or Alaska. Trapped inside with a snowstorm raising hell outdoors.

9/10 … The opening tracks “Beatnik Boy” and “My Best Friend” are just amazing pop songs, and after that the party just keeps going. You will have a big smile all over your face and it’s hard to sit still. This should be the template of how soft pop should be made. Fantastic stuff, with stand-out tracks like “Beatnik Boy”, “My Best Friend”, “Don’t Go Away” and “Testcard Girl”.

7/10 … I don’t know if it was a Swedish only phenomena, but during the 1980’s there could break out fights between ”Synthare” (People into Electronic music such as Depeche Mode & Kraftwerk) and ”Hårdrockare” (Metal kids), and these fueds are still here today but more of a verbal thing than actual fistfights. For the moment, there’s a really funny one going on by two journalists here, my favourite Swedish entertainment journalist, Fredrik Strage from a national newspapers and one guy from a more of a local newspaper.

The now classic documentary Centered around the Sex Pistols 1978 tour of the United States which ended with the group breaking up, the tour was the only one the Pistols played in the United States. Director Lech Kowalski followed the band with handheld cameras through the clubs and bars of their U.S. tour. Mixing this with footage of other contemporary bands, trends in the fashion capitals and punks of alle shapes and colors, Kowalski captured a grainy, stained snapshot of the punk movement at its peak With live performances by the Sex Pistols, The Dead Boys, Generation X (with Billy Idol), The Rich Kids, the X-Ray Spex, and Sham 69.

10/10 … Ramones came from Forest Hills – a neighborhood of Queens, New York City is one of these bands that gets a pass in my maybe narrow view of what I want Punk/Hardcore to be. I like the bands to be political, a voice of trying to change things in society. An uncomfortable closed fist in the faces of those making laws and in position of power. Ramones are more of a yes, we’re misfits, but we’re going to have a fuckin great time being that.

I’m not a big love song person, that’s why I have a hard time with for example, early The Beatles and other ”She loves me yeah, yeah” songs or a lot of slow paced ”love me” soul from the 1960’s. It doesn’t give me anything, but that can have to do with how we define love and what’s sleazy and what genuine. I also have a hard time to express why I like the love songs that I like. Maybe because I think early love is more pain than pleasure? Maybe I don’t really like love? I have often wished for myself that I wouldn’t love so I could have gone on and done other things in my life, but maybe I would have then missed out … who knows? Maybe that’s a task for some psychology major somewhere. But when I get the question of what I would choose when it comes to this category, I always think of this one and Depeche Mode ”It’s No Good” first and then I have to think about other titles.

9/10 … Stand out tracks are the amazing fuzzy “Lord of Light”, the astounding, mind-warping sound of “Down Through The Night”. “Brainstorm” in its dirtyness and directness, and when the furious “Master of the Universe” comes on, my mind gets blown every time. I even like “Orgone Accumulator”, that has a boogie-rock part that I usually hate, but here I buy it for some reason. Probably because it’s drenched in spaced out rock 🙂

This is a mesmerizing psy-fi grooves masterpiece!

9/10 Year: 2019Genre: Psychadelic Pop/RockLabel: Take it Acid is This collection brings together rarities from artists like Abstract Truth, Suck, Otis Waygood, Freedom’s Children, John & Philipa Cooper, McCully Workshop and Hawk, as well as lesser known acts like Buzzard, The Fireflies, The Idiots, Tidal Wave, and The Invaders. Although the South African rock movement […]

”Cold War” an amazing track, pure and raw project poetry with a haunting sample underneath. Just read the lyrics: ”Babies cryin’ brothers dyin’ and brothers getting knocked
Shit is deep on the block and you got me locked down
In this cold, cold worldIt was the night before New Year’s, and all through the fuckin’ projects
Not a handgun was silent, not even a Tec
Outside as I’m stuck, by enemies who put fear
And blasted on the spot before the pigs were dere
You know hoods robbers snipers new in sight, fuck blue and white
They escape before them flash the fuckin’ lights

10/10 … You can’t underestimate the importants that this 7″ have had on the Hardcore scene. Recorded at Media Art Studio early 1978 and released in february 1979 on the SST Records in a first edition of 2000 copies. it blowed the head of the “hipster punkrockers” that really wasn’t prepared for the fury. It was orgininally recorded under the bandname Panic, and was supposed to be released on Bomp! but during the 18 months between recording and until it was finally release the band changed their name to Black Flag. As I said the first edition was released in 2000 copies and to this day it have been released in 17 different versions on 7″ and 3 different versions on 10″.