(Can't Stand) The Midwest: The Rest

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IOWA

Dogs Decorah - Rot`n'Roll / Teen Slime 7" Rave-Up RU-101, 1977 PS - Teen Slime LP IT Rave Up 0004, 1999/1973,1977 (Teen Slime / X-Ray Me, Baby / When A Young Man // Rot'n'Roll / Man Is Not An Animal / Horror House Blues / Freakin' On The Street) LP is both sides of the 7" plus prev. unrel. stuff, I was expecting some huge riffing to go on but didn't really get it. Two of the tracks on side 2 are decent, whole thing is kinda short.[HW] my rotting brain Jody Koenig Decorah - In The Market / James Dean 7" Rave RU-102, 1981 PS - Passion Creek LP Rave, 1981 (If I Walked For Miles / Cali / Lonely Heart / Chains On The Bible / My Mistake // She's The Girl / Love Letter, Talk / Don't Live Inside Yourself / Memories Play Tricks On My Mind / Sad in Love/Zen) Dogs singer solo. The single (A-side, at least) is above-average powerpop/wave. I haven't heard the LP, but it does not look promising.[JF] jody koenig Law Des Moines - King Size Cigarette / Hole In My Heart // Satellite Rock / Reason For Treason 7" Fly Girl WAL0891, 1980 PS king size Luxury Des Moines - Green Hearts / One In A Million 7" Angry Young AYR 2479, 1979 PS Nice power-pop. A-side has some very cool stripped-down punkish song structures, B-side uses a couple of extra chords and has some prominent keyboards.[HM] green hearts

KANSAS

Abuse - No Money / In America / Love's Alright 6" flexi Fresh 001, 1981 abuse Broadcast Lawrence - Zero Hour / Inner & Outer Vacuum / Sex Demon / Synchronize & Disconnect 7" Fresh Sounds, 1982 PS broadcast Embarrassment Wichita - Patio Set / Sex Drive 7" Big Time BT1, 1980 PS Last Laugh HAW-018, 2011 PS - The Embarrassment 12" Cynykl 003, 1981 (Celebrity Art Party / Elizabeth Montgomery's Face / (I'm A) Don Juan // Don't Choose The Wrong Song / Wellsville) - Death Travels West 12" Fresh Sounds FS004, 1983 (Careen / Viewmaster / Drive Me To The Park / Lewis And Clark // D-Rings / Chapter 12 / Hip And Well Read / Death Travels West) sex drive s/t ep death travels west Micronotz Lawrence - The Mortal Micronotz LP Fresh Sounds FS201, 1982 (It's Not Alright / Day After Day / You Don't Say / Not Too Sure / Take 2 (Individuality) / Don't Pull Me Under // Old Lady Sloan / They've Got It All / Shopping Spree / Daydream / The Police Song / Song 16 / Blonde-Haired Ghost / Let it Out) - Smash 12" Fresh Sounds FS206, 1983 (Procrastination / Smash / Lately / Bob // Feels Like / Cut It Off / Over / I Got A Right) Mortal Micronotz Lawrence - Live Recording Of The Video Soundtrack 7" Fresh Sounds FS210, 1983 PS (I'm Too Good / So Fine / It's Alive // Cleo / Dean's Land) mortal micronotz mortal micronotz Noise - Let's Have Some Fun / Do The Climb 7" Wilson NR19658, 1978 RSS noise

KENTUCKY

Active Ingredients - Service With A Smile / Take From The Poor, Give To The Rich // Straight Jacket / You Suck 7" 405074, 1984 PS - Bringing Down The Big Boys 7" Fatman 504023, 1985 (Rock Stars / Service With A Smile / I Hate MTV // Cancer Of Hypocrisy / Take No Shit / I-C) Excellent, hilarious punk/hardcore. Despite their release date they sneak in 'cos I like 'em.[HW] service with a smile bringing down the big boys Babylon Dance Band - When I'm Home / Remains Of The Beat 7" Babylon Dance Band BDB001, 1981 PS babylon dance band Blinders Louisville - Last Chance EP 7" Warped 49885/6, 1979 PS (Can't Sit Down // 1979 / Last Chance) - Time Bomb / Figure It Out 7" Hit-A-Note NR12101, 1980 PS - Blinders 10" Hit-A-Note DM81999, 1981 PS (I'm Not Thinking Of You / Black Mesh / Mix It Up / Deception // It's All Coming Back To Me / Dub It Up / I Remember) last chance time bomb figure it out Circle X Louisville - Heartbreaker / Look At The People 7" DE Circle X, 1979 NS FR Poutre Apparente PAPE-006, 2012 PS - Onward Christian Soldier / Underworld // Tender / Albeit Living 12" FR Pai 1789, 1979 DE Insolito ARCHE-01, 2010 - Prehistory LP Enigma/Index, 1983 FR Invitation Au Suicide, 1985 (Current / Prehistory Part 1 / Prehistory Part II / Culture Progress / Underworld / Beyond Standard) - Live In Dijon '79 10" FR Fractal 700, 2008/1979 Formed in Kentucky, but they quickly moved to NYC, so perhaps more accurately a New York band. They also spent time in '79-'80 based in Dijon, France. The first single was a giveaway with a festival catalog published by the German art magazine Shvantz.[JF] Endtables Louisville - Process Of Elimination / The Defectors // They're Guilty / Circumcision 7" Tuesday 40983/4, 1979 HS - White Glove Test / Trick Or Treat 7" Self Destruct SD10, 1991/1979 PS - Endtables LP Drag City DC426, 2010/1979 (Process Of Elimination / The Defectors / They're Guilty // Circumcision / White Glove Test / Trick Or Treat) Ignore the White Glove Test 7" at your peril, these two tracks are as fine as any punk-with-a-tinge-of-art released anywhere anytime.[HW] process of elimination another white glove test Happy Cadavers - With Illustrations 7" Undefined, 1982 (Nothing New / I Saw My Baby In The Meat Section / Images / Rigor Mortis) happy cadavers Red Interiors Lexington - St. Joe's / Collapse Of The Middle Class // Who Cares About You? 7" D.A. BP-324, 1981 PS Hard edged new wave. Who Cares has great angst.[BC] Arty overall and downright weird in places. Who Cares is the most normal and best of the tracks. Unfortunately the synths and especially the saxophone are obtrusive on most of the record. Still, it's well worth owning for fans of the genre.[JF] Snare & The Idiots Newport - Recycled Garbage 7" Slopfactor, 1985 PS (Political Song / Pimples // It's A Freak Show / Zero Worship) Various - A Fashionable Collection 7" Hit-A-Note NR12236, 1981? PS (Blinders - It's Understood / Intentions - Little One // Frosties - Since I Met You / Jil Thorp And The Beat Boys - Carbon Shuffle) Frosties is decent power-pop with some synth. The Blinders track is weak compared to other things I've heard from them.[JF] fashionable collection Various - Compilation Album LP Splat! HP1040, 1985 (Active Ingredients - Gettin' Healthy For The Holocaust / Ministry of Truth (M.O.T.) - Nothin' But Time / + 8 non-punk bands) Ministry of Truth is uninteresting hardcore.[JF] compilation album Various - New Accounts 7" Hit-A-Note NR12336, 1981 PS (Strict-9 - Rock In The Suburbs / Melusian - Let The Rain (Disperse) // Babylon Dance Band - My Friend Roger / Untouchables - Real Cool Mover) Strict-9 and Babylon Dance Band are the winners here. Overall a much better comp than A Fashionable Collection, above.[JF] new accounts Label Discographies Hit-A-Note 11973 Intentions - Once and Future Blues King LP (1980?) HAN 3 (NR12000) Jil Thorp And The Beat Boys 7" (1980, new wave) NR12101 Blinders - Time Bomb 7" NR12236 Various - A Fashionable Collection 7" NR12336 Various - New Accounts 7" DM81999 Blinders 10" DM2009 Another Mule - Can You Feel It 7" (1981) MJBD 1 Intentions - Like Girls LP (1981) ? The N 10" (1981) ? Jil Thorp And The Beat Boys - Libido Beat LP (1981) There are more releases through at least 1987.[JF]

MISSOURI

Brown And Langrehr St. Louis - I Remember / Crazy Days 7" B And L 18823, 1980 PS Quirky powerpop/wave. Saved by its simplicity and vocals recorded way in the red. See also Langrehr below.[JF] brown & langrehr Dear John St. Louis - Frustrated Conversation / I Don't Want Her To Know 7" A.K.A. TS-81-576/577, 1981 PS BDR 5, 2011 PS A-side is good garage pop that sounds like the Champaign bands of that era.[BD] Too wimpy for my tastes, but I hear the obvious appeal for powerpop fans. The reissue is original 1981 vinyl in a new picture sleeve.[JF] dear john Dinosaurs St. Louis - It Might Be Rose / Rock 'n Roll Moron 7" Dinosaurs, 1979 PS Fair artpunk.[CW] Heavily Velvet Underground influenced. A-side is slower tempo with prominant fuzz guitar. The flip is more glammy and a winner if you go for those kinds of sounds.[JF] Fools Face Springfield - Here to Observe LP Bar-Co SO-16230, 1979 (All That I Want / Before The Shooting Started / Here to Observe / Cocaine Vs. The Neutron Bomb (Keep It Clean) / Living My Life // Something About The Rain / Doubt It / Nervous Wreck / I Don't Want To Hear It / Ugly) Except for a reggae dud, side 2 is very nearly punk; the rest is pop-rock.[RE] More records through the early-80s which are popular with power pop fans but pretty wimpy to these ears.[JF] Langrehr St. Louis - What Is It Like? / New St. Louis Blues 7" Decision, 1982 PS Quirky midwestern artpunk.[GB] Perhaps more wave than artpunk. Also released an LP called Nervous Brain in 1985. See also Brown And Langrehr above.[JF] Max Load St. Louis - Magazine Sex / X-Rod 7" 198X SR-ML-12779, 1979 RS Max Load could be considered from Illinois. The address on the sleeve has them across the river (in Illinois) but for all intents and purposes, St. Louis.[SE] max load - hs max load - label Mayhem - Crazy Lady / You Say/I Say 7" Mayhem Music Inc. 19811, 1981 PS Both sides heavily Stooges/MC5/Dictators influenced[Erik Meinen] Totally inaccurate description.[BD] mayhem Philosophic Collage St. Louis - Genius / Planned Obsolescence // Toxic Poppies / Headline Deadline 7" American Aesthetic Industries TS81-341/342, 1981 PS BDR #7, 2012 PS Good art/wave/punk.[BD] philosophic collage Screamin' Mee-Mees St. Louis - Live From The Basement! 7" Dog Face DFEP001, 1977 PS Bag Of Hammers U-40823M, 1995? PS (Hot Sody / Struck Out // Pigs / Max Factor) - Home Movies 7" Bag Of Hammers U-42582, 1995/1978 PS (Goin' For Grease / Too Young To Shave // Green Cigars From Mars / Vacation) live from the basement home movies Strikers St. Louis - No Reason / Original Crowd // Knock It Down / Running On Air 7" Simplex EOM80-004, 1980 PS Not too bad, sorta punky ska rock.[SE] strikers White Pride St. Louis - Peace My Ass 7" Orp 11, 1989/3 PS (Fuck You / White Pride / Illegal Aliens // There Goes The Neighborhood / Domino Theory) white pride Jim Wunderle Springfield - Pushin' Too Hard / Hunter Gets Captured By The Game // Almost Grown / Something You Got 7" Ayatollah 001, 1979 PS The opening track is a good, but straight-forward cover of the Seeds' classic. The other 3 songs have no punk elements.[JF] pushin too hard Various - Test Patterns LP Hi-Test HIT5981, 1981 (Felons - Love 'N' Skank / Zanti Misfits - Holier Than Thou / Trained Animal - U.R.A. Girl / Mopeds - Woe Is Me / Oozkicks - Unknown / Swift Kick - Blushin' Russian Girl / Strikers - Kick Around // Oozkicks - I'm So Young / Swift Kick - Unpredictable / Mopeds - She's A Mongrel / Strikers - Knock It Down / Felons - Dancing School / Zanti Misfits - Bachelor's Friend / Trained Animal - When You Dance With Me) Not too hot. The Strikers tracks are the best IMHO.[SE] test patterns

NEBRASKA

A.K.A. - Two Territories // Sharp / Mark Of Cain 7" 36856, 1980 PS aka Better Beatles Omaha - I'm Down / Penny Lane 7" Woodgrain WG-711 1982 NS - Mercy Beat LP Hook Or Crook HOOK 012 2007/1982 It's great (I'd compare it to UK's the Normal doing Beatles covers).[MG] better beatles Boat People Grand Island - Capitalist / John Dillinger (Died For You) 7" Stamp & Go SG-7-1, 1983 HS/SS boat people - hs boat people - ss Bump Fuzz / Calypso Machinegun - Savage Connection / A Hole Is A Hole // Lobotomy / Psychic Turmoil split 7" Talking Mule TM4374, 1982 SS BF are sucky/dumb new wave, but C.M. are interesting art/no wave with female vox. Definitely worth mentioning.[MG] The stamped sleeve is just the label's name/address/phone. bump fuzz calypso machinegun Crap Detectors Lincoln - Police State / Set Program 7" Real 92x72, 1979 PS - Expatriates From Reality / Someone's Sick 7" Permanent Press, 1981 PS - I Wanna Survive The Nuclear War / We Don't Care / Feed The Rats / Bad Attitude / Julie / Equal Opportunity 7" Back/Front 3, 1982 PS - Victims Of The Media LP Real, 1978? (Victims Of The Media / Bitchy Mommy / Bang In The Night / It Hurts / Condemned To Life / Eichmannism / Slave to the New Wave // Want, Want, Want... / Desperate Depression / Justify / You Take Pleasure (In Other's Pain) / High Pressure / Brainwash / Frantic Romantic) - Superficial World LP Permanent Press 0001, 1980 (Superficial World / Intellectual Morons / O Boy / Convenient Music For In People / Close To The Herd / Neighborhood / Burning Anger // Mindless Automatons / Phenomenal Technical / Clique / I Ain't Bad / Till Now / Self-Indulgent Song / Nightmare) - Diseases On Display LP By The Skin of Our Teeth 0006, 1983 (Shape Of Things To Come / Feeling Amputee / Ghost / She Wouldn't Stop / In the Mundane / Lucky // The Boss / Video Eyes - Arlene Airline / T-$hirt / Maries Oasis / Mausoleum / Diseases on Display) - Cut The Crap LP By The Skin Of Our Teeth CD-007, 1985 police state superficial world victims of the media - original diseases on display Skuddur Omaha - Let's Go Steady / Strike Force 7" Skuddur RR790110, 1979 HS/SS - (It Goes) Up & Down / Rock Candy // Love Slave / Rehab Center 7" Skuddur RR80104, 1980 HS/SS let's go steady - ss let's go steady - label up and down - oversized ps up and down - label

NORTH DAKOTA

Big Bucks Band - It's Not Enough / Matrimonialmetamorphosyphillis 7" Bums Rush 26573, 1979 NS

SOUTH DAKOTA

No Direction Sioux Falls - Reaganomics / Where's The Beach 7" No Direction 1, 1983 PS - No Direction LP No Direction ND33-01, 1983 (Tear Gas Justice / Radio Education / All The Whiskey In This Town / I Don't Ever Think About You / Charity Fool / I'm Your Agent / He's A Politician / All Night Long // Living In The 80s Depression / Where's The Beach / Reaganomics / Johnny Is A Dead Man / Cover Girls / I Sing For You / Social Security / No Future No Past) reaganomics no direction lp

TENNESSEE

Cloverbottom Nashville - Anarchy In Music City 7" Toolbox CB-0001, 1980 PS (Anarchy In Music City / Life Is A Game // Cottage Cheeseheads / Nuclear War) Pretty great (fake?) punk / hardrock hybrid. All four tracks are worthwhile.[JF] clover bottom Crime Memphis - I.C.U. / Do The Pogo 7" 1981 NS A-side is excellent powerpop.[BD] Körö Knoxville - 700 Club / Selfless / It's OK / Government // Dear Sirs / Blap! / Nauseous / Acid Casualty 7" No Label, 1983 PS koro NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) Summertown - We Are The NRC / Critical Mass // Inspection +? 7" Radioactive NR 11598, 1980 PS - Reactor LP Official OR1180, 1980 (Critical Mass / Inspection / Systen Failure / Nothing Is The Same / White Sugar // Fax / Generator / Drafted / Z-Bomb) - Sally's All Alone (After The End) / Disposable Sponges // Lazy Boys 7" Official OR982, 1982 PS LP is pretty awful, one or two passable cheesewave moments if that's your thing.[HW] we are the nrc sallys all alone Ratz Madison - Call It Quitz / Mental Block 7" Rotating RZ-102, 1980 PS ratz Scruffs Memphis - Break The Ice / She Say Yea 7" Power Play 1955, 1977 PS - Wanna' Meet The Scruffs? LP Power Play HLPP-5050, 1977 (Break The Ice / My Mind / You're No Fun / Frozen Girls / I've Got A Way / Tragedy / This Thursday // Revenge / She Say Yea / Tommy Gun / Sad Cafe / I'm A Failure / Bedtime Stories) - Shakin / Teenage Girls 7" Power Play 1957, 1978 NS? - Teenage Girls / Shakin 7" DE Line 1005, 1979 PS - When Donna Romances / Rock 'n' Roll Heads 7" Sounds Interesting 006, 1980 PS Well-regarded powerpop band, but there's not much punk influence. The single version of Break The Ice is punky and nicely underproduced. Shakin is also good. On the album, I've Got A Way is the most aggressive, and clocks in under two minutes, but even it's really glammy and has some piano.[JF] Sgt Arms Nashville - Walking On The Roof / Caught In Traffic 7" Active Duty 11, 1982 PS Powerpop, way too smooth for my tastes.[HW] STD Knoxville - Another Dead Asshole 7" Horace NR-15541, 1984 PS (Another Dead Asshole / Businessmans Lunch / Surf And Kill // The Operation / Folsom Prison Blues / Skateboards Suck) Really tough punk/metalcore, not bad, but they ain't Koro.[CR] Can't say I hear much metal in it. Businessmans Lunch is the most straight punk of the bunch and best in my opinion. I don't care for the rest (Johnny Cash covers are always a bad idea) but appreciate they're not doing the 'how fast can we play?' style of hardcore.[JF] Various - Never In Nashville 7" Praxis 002, 1981 PS (Factual - Wound In Time / No Art - English Boys // USR - We The People / Cloverbottom - Battery) never in nashville

MIDWEST COMPS

Various - The Master Tape LP Affirmation/Nimrod NIM-002, 1982 (Toxic Reasons - Mercenary / Drunk And Disorderly / Slammies - Frustrated / P.U.S. / Manager Breakdown / Battered Youth - New Patriot / We'll Love You When You're Dead / Delinquents - Bible School / System Pressure / Zero Boys - High Places / Human Body / Mom's Wallet // A.O.F. - Buried Alive / False Security / Repellents - Think For Yourself / Livin' Like An Animal / Learned Helplessness - Vegis / F.U.s - C.E.T.A. Suckers / Death Wish / Pattern - Unnatural Silence / Michelob / Die Kreuzen - On The Street / All White / Fighting) master tape 1 Various - The Master Tape Vol. 2 2LP Affirmation 003, 1983 (Violent Apathy - Society Rules / Desperation Takes Hold / Ignorance Is Bliss / Malignant Growth - Hopeless / Killing Time / Tired Of Life / Idiot Savants - Try & Get Out / School's Prison / Sand In The Face - Teenage Life / I Wanna Be Dead / Poison Center - Pencil Pusher / Typical Chick / Sacred Order - Hate Them Okay / I Just Do // No Labels - Tortured Thought / Society's Problem / Front Line - D.W.I. / Front Line / End Result - Slash / Children Die In Pain / Repellents - Lash Out / New Image / My Motel / Killing Children - Happy Mutants... / Certain Death // Fetish - Surf Bandits / Before Not After / Mecht Mensch - Killer Klowns / What D'Ya Feel / Gynecologists - Infant Doe / Zero Boys - Black Network News / I Need Inergy // Delinquents - Blind Patriot / Under Age / Death From Above / Tar Babies - The Ocean / Triplets / Wasted Talent - Junta Man / Not Anymore / Off To War / Anti-Bodies - Gun Control / After Life / Seeds Of Destruction) master tape 2 Various - Process Of Elimination 7" Touch & Go #4, 1982 PS (Necros - Bad Dream / Meatmen - Meatmen Stomp / Negative Approach - Lost Cause / Youth Patrol - America's Power / Toxic Reasons - Riot Squad / Violent Apathy - I Can't Take It / McDonalds - Miniature Golf / Fix - No Idols) process of elimination
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