Cheap Nasties "S/T" LP
We’ve reached our 200th release here at HoZac, and we couldn’t be more excited for this archival LP, a real dream come true for us devoted fans of 70s Australian Punk. The Cheap Nasties emerged from Perth, Australia in late 1976, “the most isolated city in the world,” with only a vague notion of the actualized punk format, from what founding member Kim Salmon had read in copies of NME magazine, and purity of heart. Combined with high school friends Neil Fernandes, Dan Dare, Mark Betts, and Robbie Poritt, the band emerged and for a few months, took hold of the punk market in Perth and shook it for all it’s life. Luckily their sole 1977 demo has survived, and we’ve got it here for you, finally in the LP format, the way God intended, for the first time anywhere. Ten songs of blistering teenage slime, screaming guitars screech in & out of the chorus, drums bash relentlessly, and that special Australian something you can’t ever put your finger on. It’s trashy, raw, and brutal punk slop at it’s finest, fitting in perfectly with the noisy aesthetic of the legendary Australian bands such as News, Babeez, Leftovers, Victims, and Psycho-Surgeons on the Murder Punk compilation series, and less like the early Scientists or Manikins, both of which sprung from the ashes of the Cheap Nasties.
Kim Salmon temporarily joined the Invaders, and then joined up with James Baker from the Victims to form the first lineup of the Scientists, and the other four Nasties filled out the original Manikins lineup, and both were off to make even more exciting records (find them all). The similarities pretty much end there, and even though this DIY studio recording is so much earlier, you can hear the chord similarities in “Stolen Property” that would later casually reappear in the Scientists’ “Pissed On Another Planet,” such raw phenomenal stuff. But remember, this isn’t for the weak or the elderly, and it’s definitely not for audiophiles, but it will now sit alongside Johnny Dole & the Scabs LP as one of the only other posthumously-released 1977 punk albums from Australia, now joining The Saints ‘I’m Stranded,’ and Radio Birdman’s ‘Radios Appear’ albums in OZ punk history. - VictimofTime.com