Sunday, August 06, 2006

Chaotic Dischord

The Chaotic Dischord story begins when Simon Edwards of Heartbeat Records label and UK punks Vice Squad were attempting to compile the "Riotous Assembly" compilation LP in 1981 to document the blossoming UK punk scene. After putting out a request in Sounds for demo tapes from bands wanting to be on the compilation, Simon Edwards was approached by one of the members of Vice Squad's touring entourage with a tape labeled Chaotik Dischord. According to Edwards, "It scared the pants off me! Chaotik Discord had to go on the album." The band name ended up being misspelled on the LP, forever changing the name of the band to Chaotic Dischord.

Chaotic Dischord appeared to be a mystery though. With just a tape, Edwards had no way to contact them except through Vice Squad. Vice Squad then tricked Edwards into thinking Chaotic Dischord were a new band from Swindon, who, according to him, "due to their 'hardcore image,' didn't want to meet the label, or use any of their names - instant punk credibility thought I - foolishly!"

In reality, Chaotic Dischord was comprised of half of Vice Squad along with members of their road crew. The line-up consisted of Shane Baldwin ('Evo Stix') on drums and Dave Bateman ('Pox') on guitar from Vice Squad along with Vice Squad roadies Igor ('Ampex') on bass, and Bambi ('Ransid') on vocals. Chaotic Dischord had been born from the fact that Vice Squad were unhappy with some of the more "crusty" bands that were being signed to Riot City and had told Simon Edwards that they could "knock out something along the same lines "in ten minutes."

Edwards was reportedly not pleased upon finding this out. He got over it though, and the band went on to be the most prolific band on Riot City Records and ironically one of the label's best sellers. The "Fuck The World" single even reached number 7 on the UK Indie Singles chart. However, not everyone was a fan, especially not Sounds editor Gary Bushell.

The band's music, err, noise, was about as basic as you could get. The songs were sloppy and chaotic with snotty vocals talked, shouted, yelled, screamed, or screeched over the music. This was part of the appeal of the band though since most other UK punk bands were about playing tight and having a great sound. Chaotic Dischord couldn't have given a shit less about that. However, the band did not produce just complete crap for songs. On the contrary, songs such as "Who Killed ET? (I Killed The Fucker!)" and "Cliff" were just as strong, powerful, and anthematic as any other of the top UK punk bands at the time with great, catchy sing-a-long choruses.

Lyrically, the band also employed some of the most blatantly offensive, vulgar lyrics the punk rock world has ever heard. Just take a look at any of their song titles to see where they were coming from. They also took shots at political bands such as Chaos U.K. and Ripcord in other songs. Chaotic Dischord was truly one of the first ever (if not the first) "Chaos Punk" bands.

When Beki Bondage decided to pack it in from Vice Squad, Igor decided to leave too. He was also dismissed from Chaotic Dischord for this, but together Igor and Beki recorded the bogus "Fuck Off You Cunt, What A Load of Bollocks" LP (later repackaged as "You've Got To Be Obscene To Be Heard"). Beki sings on the album.

Constantly outdoing themselves, the band naturally became better musicians and tighter as time went on. The songs began to have more structure to them with the release of "Now! That's What I Call A Fuckin' Racket" in 1985, after the Riot City Records had folded. However, the music still remained solid, and the lyrics became more as poignant yet as crude and obscene as ever.

By 1988, the band became imitators of themselves. "Very Fuckin' Bad" was merely a parody of "Goat Fuckin' Virgin Killerz From Hell ," and, upon poor record sales, the band disintegrated. Their mark had been left forever though, and their influence can still be clearly be seen in today's punk scene. They will go down in history as one best, or worst, depending on the listener's opinion, punk bands of all time with one of the most befitting band names ever.

Chaotic Dischord discography:

FUCK THE WORLD 7" (Riot City Records, 1982)
NEVER TRUST A FRIEND 7" (Riot City Records, 1983)
DON'T THROW IT ALL AWAY 12" (Riot City Records, 1983)
LIVE IN NEW YORK LP (Riot City Records, 1984)
FUCK OFF YOU CUNT! LP (Syndicate, 1984)
NOW! THAT'S WHAT I CALL A FUCKIN' RACKET (Vol. 1) LP (Not Very Nice, 1985)
VERY FUCKIN' BAD LP (Not Very Nice, 1988)

Children of the Revolution Records

Hail To England. The Mother Land. A place known for shitty weather, fucked up teeth, and fallen colonial empires. And although in punk England is best known for great UK82 and anarcho-punk, they also released a couple of hardcore and thrash records that are worth well more than just one listen. Children of the Revolution Records, also known simply as C.O.R. Records, was started by Tim Bennett in 1984 in Bristol. Riot City Records from Bristol was just ending, and C.O.R. Records picked right up where they left off, releasing the best hardcore bands that England and elsewhere had to offer. The label would go on to release some of the best thrash bands coming out around the world at that time and forge it's legacy as one of the best hardcore labels ever.

C.O.R. Records had a total of 27 releases in their existence, with an emphasis on UK and British bands such as Lunatic Fringe, Chaos UK, The Stupids, Onslaught, Sacrilege, Concrete Sox, A.O.A., and more but also focusing on the international side of hardcore too. They did releases for CCM, I Refuse It, Negazione, and Declino from Italy, Vicious Circle from Australia, Heibal from Belgium, and The Accüsed from the US among others. Prior to this time, labels had focused almost exclusively on releasing bands from their own local area or only broadening their spectrum to release national acts. Along with Pusmort, C.O.R. was one of the first vinyl labels to focus on the international side of hardcore punk with their releases as well as the domestic side.

C.O.R. began winding down in 1986 with another great label from Bristol, Manic Ears Records, reportedly buying the rights to the C.O.R. name and taking control of the label. The rights to the releases would eventually fall into the hands of Sanctuary Records which is owned by members of Iron Maiden. Because of this, few of the titles have been reissued and the label and many releases have languished in semi-obscurity.

C.O.R. Records discography:

7" and 12" EP Releases

COR 1 (1985) - LUNATIC FRINGE - "Cringe with the Fringe" 7"
COR 2 (1985) - XPOZEZ - "Forcefed the Truth Drug" 7"
COR 3 (1985) - THE STUPIDS - "Violent Nun" 7"
COR 4 (1985) - AOA - "Who Are They Trying to Con?" 12"
COR 5 (1985) - POLITICAL ASYLUM - "Winter" 7"
COR 6 (1985) - POTENTIAL THREAT - "Brainwashed" 7"
COR 7 (1985) - FAMOUS IMPOSTERS - "Would Anything Change?" 12"

LP Releases

GURT 1 (1984) - CHAOS UK - "Short Sharp Shock" LP
GURT 2 (1985) - ONSLAUGHT - "Power From Hell" LP
GURT 3 (1985) - CCM/I REFUSE IT split LP
GURT 4 (1985) - SACRILEGE - "Behind the Realms of Madness" LP
GURT 5 (1985) - VICIOUS CIRCLE - "The Price of Progress" LP
GURT 6 (1985) - DEPRAVED - "Come On Down..." LP
GURT 8 (1985) - ANGOR WAT - "General Strike" 12"
GURT 9 (1985) - THE STUPIDS - "Peruvian Vacation" LP
GURT 10 (1986) - CONCRETE SOX - "Your Turn Next" LP
GURT 11 (1986) - THE APOSTLES - "The Lives & Times of the Apostles" LP
GURT 12 (1986) - AOA/OI POLLOI - "Unlimited Genocide" split LP
GURT 13 (1986) - KINA - "Cercando" LP
GURT 14 (1986) - DEPRAVED - "Stupidity Maketh The Man" LP
GURT 15 (1986) - THE STUPIDS - "Retard Picnic" LP
GURT 16 (1986) - HEIBAL - "Yeah, Everything's Great!" LP
GURT 17 (1986) - THE ACCÜSED - "The Return of Martha Splatterhead" LP
GURT 18 (1986) - SCUM - "Born Too Soon" LP
GURT 19 (1986) - EYES ON YOU - "Received With Thanks" EP
GURT 20 (?) - V/A - "DIGGING IN THE WATER" compilation LP