Tuesday, November 18, 2008

We got violence!

I 'discovered' punk rock when I was eight years old. I had been skating for a couple years already, and if you recall, board graphics were pretty much uniform in design. Skulls, skulls, and more skulls. (Check out Sean Clivers' book, "Disposable" for the insider's history of skateboard graphics, it rules). My first deck was a Powell Peralta, Mike McGill, with the VCJ skull and snake. Well, actually, my first board was an Alva, which I stole from some kid down the street, and spray painted/stenciled a Batman logo on. (Sorry, Jesse Goodyear). But, the first board I got at a shop was the McGill. Point being, my family soon realized that anytime they were obligated to buy anything for me, it only needed to have a skull on it, and I would think it was 'radical'. My mom had a similar affinity for morbid imagery, and had bought herself a Misfits - "Die, Die, my Darling" Tee. Which I received as a hand-me-down in '88. Curious as to what the Misfits were all about, I bought the "Legacy of Brutality" cassette. It was awesome! A few years would pass, and I would pick up a couple of other punk tapes, as well as the usual crap that's marketed to kids. Yeah, I had the "Can't Touch This" single. Yup, I liked Vanilla Ice. Uh-huh, I wanted to be in the Beastie Boys.

By '94, though, I had restricted my musical tastes to Punk and Metal. Mostly the former, as I learned that if I liked the latter, I couldn't be "punk". Headbangers, Dirtheads, and Hessians were to be ridiculed, and if your hair was past your chin, you couldn't be in the Maximum RNR-Fun time-Circle of Punx. It would be a long time before I realized what a load of shit I was falling for, but little kids are dumb, and eager to fit in. Even if it means trying your hardest not to fit in. So, yeah, 1994. I discovered Mail-Order. There was a catalog from Subterranean Records, out of San Francisco, and they had everything punk/thrash/HC/surf under the sun. I ordered about six records the first time. One of them remains a favorite to this day: Apocalypse Hoboken's "Jerk Lessons", 10".

If you don't know, Apocalypse Hoboken were from Chicago, and apparently played about a million shows at the Fireside Bowl. Me, I missed all of them. I was here, on the left coast, never venturing east of the Rockies. They released a handful of albums, and a bunch of E.P.'s and 7"s. Many of the singles and E.P.'s were collected on CD, and they released a four-disc box set in 2004, in a limited quantity, only available through the band. Oh, how I have tried to track down that box set. The thing is, I have never met anyone who has heard of this band. Not in person. I don't think they really had any fanbase outside of Illinois. Why? Beats me, because I fucking love these guys. Perhaps its due to Todd Pot's love 'em, or hate 'em, snotty vocals. Maybe it's because they took some chances, and expanded their sound throughout the years. Maybe it's just that people like me haven't tried hard enough to spread the word. I've chosen to post the "Now Is Not a Good Time", 10". Why? Because no one else has. Finding this album is damn near impossible. It's not my favorite release (that would be "Easy Instructions For Complex Machinery"), but it does have one of my all-time favorite songs, "You're Momma's a Time-Bomb". Enjoy it, because if you don't, I don't think we can be friends anymore.

"She's a woman now, and its breaking my heart" [re-upped 06/10/10]


Batguano said...

Hey Ryan, the new place is lookin' good! McGill, Alva... that brings me back... My first deck was some kind of Vision, and my second was a Danforth. I haven't skated since those days but it's nice to hear those names again.

I know the name A. Hoboken, but never checked 'em out. I'll go ahead and give 'em as shot. Thanks and good luck getting things up and running.

'til next time,

James Woe said...

hey...i am diggin your writing. What kind of files are you uploading here? they have an ".rar "tag on em, and i cant open them once downloaded. just wondering how to fix it.

My first board was an Eddie Rataguae (sp?) bright pink with nose guard, rails, tail guard and indy 169's...my favorite was a skull board, alva craig johnson demon in purple...so sweet.

RyGar said...

The files are zipped, I use a utility called WinRAR to unzip them. I downloaded a free trial version a while back, and it's still working really well. Your computer might even have a .zip utility already, try right clicking on the file, and then see if it says "extract files to", or something similar. Thanks.

RCA said...

I've actually got at least one split seven-inch with Apocalypse Hoboken taking up one side in my record collection. I haven't touched those records in years.
If I ever get around to transferring that crap to mp3, and am able to remember, I'll try to forward it over.

kris n. said...

and to think... now's not a good time was near completely unavoidable in the chicagoland area for a minute or two back in 97/98... wow. however, this post is the only way i can recall that there was in fact a confirmed (and far too late) 10" release of this. the cd was around light years before it...

Alvicious said...

Wow, love AH, I heard and got into them by a kung fu records sampler and later saw them in san antonio tx. i have a seven inch w los oblivios or something and the microstars cd, which isnt as good as other albums. seeing them live was cool, i think they were opening for the ataris, which i skipped out on as soon as AH played. they did rebel girl and sweet transexual. awsome covers to sing along.