Monday, November 24, 2008

Eat Shit, You Pop Punk Wankers!

In the early to mid-nineties there was a backlash happening in the punk scene. Green Day released "Dookie", Rancid put mohawks and leather jackets into the malls of middle America, and the marketing strategists even convinced a whole lotta kids that the Offspring were a punk rock band. Next thing you know, everyone's got a label. The underground music scene became a battle ground. Groups of kids that used to hang out and go to shows together, were divided into factions. We weren't just 'punks' anymore. Now we had to be Straight-Edge kids, or Crusties, or Skins, or Skate Punx. Girls on the cheerleading squad were wearing Screeching Weasel shirts. Guys who played football were asking how they could spike their hair. Fights broke out at the Gilman, and bands were being banned, because of the new P.C. attitude. It was weird, but some good things came out of it. When the popular kids suddenly wanted to be my friend, I got to go to their parties and steal their stuff. You could bum a cigarette from anyone. It seemed like you could get away with more, maybe it's just me looking at my teenage years with rose colored beer goggles.



So, today, I'm going to post an album by one of my favorite bands to have emerged from all of that mess: the Rat Bastards. After hearing their "Contaminated Minds" 7", I wrote their guitar player, Jay Perris, to try and find more of their material. We wrote a couple letters back and forth, and I sent him a few bucks for another 7". A few weeks passed, and I hadn't seen anything in the mail from him. I started getting pissed. How could this guy rip me off for five bucks? Didn't he know that I could get a twelver of Weideman's with that cash? But, at the peak of my temper tantrum, a box arrived from Chicago. Inside was a grip of shwag: A t-shirt, several sheets of uncut stickers, a couple of patches, two 7"s, and an apology letter. I felt like an ass, but I was stoked to get all this stuff. A few years later, I even got to see them play a basement show in MPLS, and it was so fucking rad! Long story, but my point is: the Rat Bastards shred, and Jay is a super nice guy. I checked their myspace, and it looks like they broke up a while back, but still do reunions once in a while. In the meantime, check out this full length from Beer City Records. And since you've got all this free time, go check out beercity.com, who just had their 13th anniversary.



Children? They're Monsters! (DL)

7 comments:

8mil said...

I wish people in my high school knew who Screeching Weasel were. The closest thing to "punk" that anyone knew about was NOFX. God I hate Minnesota.We didn't even know about Dillinger Four.

LUCKY said...

Kids these day dont even know what "punk" is they think if they put a bunch of buttons on there jacket and listen to the stooges their the shit while their parents drop them at the mall!! FUCK THEM LITTLE FAGS!!!

RyGar said...

Hey, fags make some good punk, too! Big boys, the Dicks, the Rip-Offs, even Pansy Division is good for a laugh (Touch My Joe Camel). Nah, I'm taking the piss, though. I know you don't mean gay, fags. But, as far as the kids today: it's easy to laugh, but I wasn't so rad at 15. Yeah, this internet is helping to develop idiots faster than ever, but hopefully us die-hards can show the real ones the light. The others will fade away...

RyGar said...

Reading through a history of the Rip Offs, I've learned that none of them were 'gay fags'. Sorry guys.

irishpunk77 said...

Nice blog,man! Could you reup this Rat Bastards. I don't have this one.

RyGar said...

Re-upped 6/6/9.

Totaliterror said...

Jay here. Wow! ahaha Thanks for the nice comments. Ah Minneapolis!! Great fucking town I have a blast everytime I'm up in your neck. I kinda remember meeting you. I think. eheh To much drink. Yup RB;s did break up for about a year be we decided to kick it again after the reunion and continue to do so. We really don't have any newer material recorded yet. The last sessions were for Kangaroo records in 2005 or 06. Over the last several years we have had a few major tragedies. The band itself has survived but we have endured life changing hardships. We should be in the studio very soon. We have about 10 or 12 new ones in the can. We do play out but it's kinda sporatic and mainly the shows are here in Chicago. Having a family with 2 kids kinda dampers the tour thing. DOH!