Pastoral Genocide


1983. The Blasting Concept, Vol. 1 (Pt. 2 of 8)
March 6, 2008, 5:44 am
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SST Record’s 1983 compilation, the Blasting Concept Vol. 1, consists entirely of previously-released material by early punk pioneers such as Black Flag, the Minutemen, Saccharine Trust, and Husker Du. As stated on the album’s rear jacket, the Blasting Concept Vol. 1 is a “survival guide for the early believers, and a look back into environments and units shipped that you might have missed the first time around.” Indeed, the compilation is a look back into a time when punk music was a nearly non-marketable entity, subsisting entirely on the beliefs that made it a viable and powerful counter to the stale bureaucracy of the status quo. Most of the bands featured on the Blasting Concept Vol. 1 are of the SoCal variety (with some notable exceptions), a fact, one could surmise, that arises out of the rigid regionalization that defined the early 80’s punk movement.

SST Records, for its part, was brought to life in 1978 by Black Flag guitarist/founder Greg Ginn. Notably, SST was originally conceived as a side-venture to Solid State Tuners, a fledgling electronics company born out of Ginn’s personal affinity for HAM radios. Pragmatically speaking, however, SST was a DIY venture with the decidedly quotidian goal of serving as a mechanism for the release of Ginn’s various musical forays, namely Black Flag. Although its conception was commonplace, SST would go on to release a variety of seminally remarkable LPs by Black Flag, the Meat Puppets, Saccharine Trust, Firehouse, Husker Du, Sonic Youth, and Dinosaur Jr. As commented on by Michael Azerrad (of Rolling Stone fame), “Ginn took his label from a cash-strapped, cop-hassled store-front operation to easily the most influential and popular underground indie of the 80’s.” Not unlike fellow SoCal punk pioneer Beret Gurewitz’s Epitaph Records, SST is an axiomatic monument to belief and the subsequent desire to transform those beliefs into a practical vessel for change. Through the march of time, the compilation’s tracks have managed to retain their urgent anger and their distrust of the political and social institutions that seemingly dictated even the most pedestrian acts of cognition and consumerism.

Tracklisting: (1) The Minutemen – Paranoid Chant (2) The Minutemen – The Maze (3) The Minutemen – Boiling (4) The Minutemen – Games (5) Meat Puppets – Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds (6) Meat Puppets – Meat Puppets (7) Saccharine Trust – A Human Certainty (8  ) Black Flag – Nervous Breakdown (9) Black Flag – Jealous Again (10) Black Flag – I’ve Heard It Before (11) Overkill – Hell’s Getting Hotter (12) Stains – Get Revenge (13) Wurm – I’m Dead (14) Husker Du – Real World

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