Themes From Great Cities

It might have come to your attention that I'm not a regular poster of love and understanding, which you will just have to get used to. I will however, have bursts of creativity where I move completely randomly from post to post with no rhyme or reason. I have recently posted a few singles (7 & 12”) and the odd bootleg which have been received very well by all who visit. More of the same will continue as you, dear readers, seem to be enjoying them.

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Act Like Manure

It’s been a few months, almost half a year and I’m making a limited comeback. No promises, I’m either here or I’m somewhere else in the world, obviously.

SO, Alternative from that Bonnie Scotland place where I was raised. Pretty fucked up again with the local politics that I left behind 20 years ago. For all the moving forward that we do as a society, some people think that they know what everyone else wants, they go into the world of politics and fuck it all up for everyone. So, is there a place in the world for bands like Alternative again? Have these bands ever completely disappeared? Loosely based on the countdown to 1984, Big Brother and the state control that never came, (or did it?).
I had seen 19 summers in 84 and now I've seen 52 and the world has changed a great deal in those 33 years, the fact that I can write this, post it and you’ve read it, means that even today I can still type the slogans and bite sized clichés that were so relevant then and they’ll fit into today’s political landscape.

But that’s not what you’re hear for!

In retrospect Alternative wasn’t the best choice for an opening salvo as there isn’t much written up about them, but there is a place you can visit, read about and download everything they’ve ever recorded.  I’ve copied some of the words relating to the In Nomine Patri single on Crass Records and the If They Treat You Like Shit LP on Corpus Christi 

In Nomine Patri 7” EP
Recorded at Southern Studios by John Loder, the main thrust of the EP was the potent 'Anti-Christ', a powerful statement opening with the unforgettable metaphor, 'I came out of the warm womb into a world of fear and hopelessness, I was given the gift of life, but the package of this gift was opened by someone else...' It spent three months in the Independent Charts, peaking impressively at No. 6, and Alternative played many shows, not only with local bands such as Patrol, UK Anarchists and Why?, but also with the bigger acts such as Crass, Flux Of Pink Indians, Poison Girls, The System and The Mob whenever they ventured north of the border to tour Scotland.

If They Treat You Like Shit... Act Like Manure
Recorded again at Southern, only this time with Pete Wright of Crass overseeing production duties (he also contributed some backing vocals, alongside Annie Anxiety, to 'Til Death Do You Part'), the album was an accomplished collection of memorable and provocative protest songs. From the up-tempo - not to mention, sarcastic - opener, 'Another Subversive Peace Song', reminiscent of Conflict at the height of their powers, to the mournful melodies of 'Now I Realise', the album still stands as fine tribute to a criminally-overlooked band that commanded tremendous compositional skills. By far the most poignant song on the LP, 'Caroline's Carnival' addressed the abduction - and subsequent killing - of five-year-old Caroline Hogg from Portobello, near Edinburgh, on July 18th, 1983. The murder went unsolved until, in 1994, paedophile serial killer Robert Black was convicted and sentenced to ten consecutive life sentences for the heinous crime. Linda's sombre intoning, 'Listen a while, just listen, to the screams of little girls, incestuously loved...', still resonates with hair-raising pathos. Elsewhere on the album, she achieved the terrified, breathless vocals on 'Death Isn't So Sweet' (about the plight of a hunted fox) by sprinting around the studio several times before attempting her take.

A decently varied anarchopunk album that genre fans should enjoy, but it also welcomes outsiders.

The EP & LP ripped here and here are 24 bit / 96k high resolution vinyl needle drops in FLAC.

Alternative; In Nomine Patri 7” EP (Crass Records 221984/8)
A.      Anti Christ
B.      Warfare / Who's Sussed / Moral Bondage

Alternative; If They Treat You Like Shit…Act Like Manure LP (Christ It's 13)
1.       Another Subversive Peace Song
2.       Seen Through Tear Filled Eyes
3.       Mannequin
4.       Now I Realise
5.       How Many Times Sold
6.       Love And Life
7.       If You’ve Got It Don’t
8.       ‘Til Death Do You Part
9.       Death Isn’t So Sweet
10.   Caroline’s Carnival
11.   Suffer In Silence / Struggle Through The Darkness
12.   Ireland
13.   Where Are Your Hiroshimas



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