BLATZ / FILTH
virus385 (20 Nov 2008)
2xCD - $12.00 | LP - $12.00 - coming soon iTunesemusic
Originally released in 1991 by Lookout! Records, the Shit Split reached many a Punk rocker, inspiring a legion of kids to fuck shit up! And now, after being unavailable for 18 months, this classic is back in print!
Blatz and Filth exploded out of the East Bay scene at 924 Gilman Street, home to Operation Ivy, Green Day, Crimpshrine, Rancid, Jawbreaker, and hundreds more. Blatz (featuring past and future members of The Gr'ups, The Criminals, The Frisk, Dead and Gone, Cypher In The Snow, and Subincision) took a raucous, slightly more melodic sound mashed with hair-raising female/male vocals, while Filth (formed out of the ashes of Isocracy & The Vagrants) featured razor-gargling vocals over super Punk guitars.
The LP comes with the original 2 sided cover & the booklet, while the double CD contains everything on the LP plus all records released by each band and a bonus Blatz live/practice/sound collage and Filth's 1990 cassette demo. Brand New!
"Best LPs of Bay Area Punk: 7. Blatz/Filth - "Shit Split"
Fights still break out about which was the better side. Just the other day in fact, dairryiere and I ganged up on a non-Californian worker who was pro-Filth. I love the Blatz side. "Fuck Shit Up" was the anthem for property destruction and mob violence against the state during the first Gulf War protests in the Bay Area. "Lullabye": just awesome." - Gordonzola
"Blatz is well known as an integral representation of early 1990s East Bay punk. Touring only throughout southern California, Arizona and Nevada, they played mainly at 924 Gilman St., and practiced there as well. The band was known for their 'in your face' lyrics filled with sarcasm, irony, humor, and references to masturbation and drugs. Formed in the East Bay in 1989, from the ashes of Isocracy; Filth was a crustcore band that would help define the later "East Bay Hardcore" style. The band combined the more upbeat, sometimes poppy guitar styles of Isocracy's Lenny Rokk with harsh screamed vocals, courtesy of Crimpshrine roadie, Jake Sayles. The rhythm section was composed of a few East Bay punks known as Mike-o the Psycho, on bass, Jim on guitar, the more well-known Dave (E.C.) Henwood of the Vagrants." - NationMaster
"I first knew of Filth's existence from hearing AFI cover their song, "Today's Lesson." That song was one of the heaviest songs off of AFI's "Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes." On that song Davey Havok rattled my ears with such gutteral screaming from a voice that gave out several songs ago. It was such a volatile, caustic intense punk song that it prompted me to search for Filth releases...
On all the tracks Jake, the singer, screams in this really coarse, bitter "punk" voice that comes out when you try to stifle your vocal chords and scream--like you've just lost your voice, choked on a bone and you're coughing up phlem. But it works. All the songs sound hard, screeching, primitive, discordant--everything you'd expect from crust-core; but nothing really ground breaking though. Filth cranks out "Today's Lesson," "Filth," and "Lust for Glory" with such sloppiness and urgency.
Their songs do ring out some happen-stance political, anarchic-nihilist themes, but in more obscure, less-preachy-than-Bad Religion tones. With song titles like "Buttshits," "Dear Fuck," and "You Are Shit," they kinda know what key-target demographic they are pandering to." - Punk News
"Re-issue of classic 924 Gilman release that originally was on Lookout. Blatz was a chaotic male/female edgy keg party punk, while Filth were razor-sharp spikey punk. Both bands defined a generation of funny-haired, loud-music-lovin' miscreants in the East Bay and beyond! The CD includes the LIA 7" from each band and as many lyrics as available. There's also each band's side of the Blatz/Tribe 8 split 7" and the Filth/Submachine split 7".
ISSUES TACKLED: Hate, Cafe Med, Punk.
OVERALL MOSHPIT: Arms, boots, puke, garbage, spit and more!" - Little Type
"I hardly ever leave my garage anymore. I've got a recliner, and mini-fridge and a quarter pipe out there, so there's nowhere else I need to be. I don't have a radio in the garage, just an old tape deck. I've only got about twenty tapes, and they are all older punk rock. For my twelve-pack, nothing beats that old Lookout Records release, The Shit Split. The second side of the tape is Blatz, a bunch of art-school punks who were into the shit before it turned to shit. Side one is dedicated to Filth, my favorite punk band of the nineties and maybe even all time. I can listen to side one of The Shit Split all day and night and never get bored with it. It's perfect for leaning back in the recliner and reading old issues of Penthouse or for sessioning my ramp into the wee hours of the morning." - Static Multimedia
"Alternative Tentacles has done an amazing job getting rights to repress essential out-of-print albums in recent years, and The S**t Split is surely no exception. The EP (originally released in 1991 on Lookout! Records) devoted a side to two Bay Area bands, Blatz and Filth, who were staples of the same scene that spawned more well-known acts like Green Day, Operation Ivy, Jawbreaker and Rancid.
Despite the fact that only a handful of acts ended up with national recognition, bands like Blatz and Filth were as well known on their scene at the time, and it's amazing to see their work compiled for the next generation of punks to get their hands on. The nice part about this split is that the two bands could not be more different. They were put on the release because they were contemporaries and friends from the same scene, but the two bands sound nothing alike, and are two great snapshots of dissimilar sounds from the Bay in the late '80s and early '90s.
Filth was a Crass-influenced crusty bunch through and through. They played thick, tight hardcore riffs and then buried them in vocals that sound like Jake, the vocalist is singing while simultaneously coughing up a mix of hot coffee and corn chips and taking the occasional punch to the throat. And when it works, it works - at times, it's pure crust-punk perfection, like on "Filth"- but occasionally it doesn't, and then it really borders on being unlistenable, like on "Scarred For Life." Which is probably exactly the way they wanted it to turn out. A true sweet spot on this album is their cover of the Peter and the Test Tube Babies classic "Banned From The Pubs" where the band really cuts loose and drops the gutturals. It's fun.
Blatz is the band that makes this record, and indeed are the kind of band that drew me to punk rock in the first place, the epitome of my idea of what true punk rock is. They play simple, sloppy three-chord punk, and trade off snotty vocals between two female and one male vocalist. It's noisy but has an (albeit chaotic) hook, and the lyrics run the gamut from straight up drunk punk fun with songs like "Fuk S**t Up" to true punk nihilism on darker tunes like "Lullaby". The Blatz disc is worth the price of this split EP (I'll even go so far to say that a single Blatz CD would be better than both in one package!) in and of itself, and it will make you realize why people got into punk rock and making punk music, and could even probably infuse with enough of that "I can do that" mentality to make you start your own band. It won't be as good as Blatz, though.
This CD is packed with a ton of bonus material. In addition to all of the material from the original pressing of The S**t Split, each is actually a complete discography of each band, and includes a live/practice/demo compilation on the Blatz disc and Filth's 1990 demo tape in it's entirety.
As a whole, this album is worth owning for it's historical value and for the fact that it's truly a great record. Even if you're the type that has a hard time wrapping your ears around Filth's dissonance, the Blatz record will make you appreciate simple punk rock again. And if you can get past Filth's sometimes grating vocals (or even enjoy them), then it's all gravy." - about.com
"Parents, teachers and fascist cops, President fucking Bush the first, they think they've got it all under control huh? The powers that be have everything lined up for a perfect future, 1000 points of light. Tipper Gore shielding my virgin ears from all the shit and erasing all the fuck. No naughty words in music! That would warp my teenage mind. Then comes Blatz. Chaotic, naked, raw and beautiful. They loved to hate the same things I hated, they liked to get wasted and they didn't give a shit who knew it. Melodic & maniacal male / female vocals, young, dumb and having fun. It's punk & I love it. I loved it so much that I took it seriously. And you'd better too by the time you get to the Filth side of the shit-split or your head will explode. Punk is not a fucking joke its for real and Jake Filth spitting flaming gasoline lyrics will make you understand that... The Blatz / Filth - Shit Split has the Live the Chaos 7″, Blatz - Cheaper Than the Beer 7″ and all the other records both bands ever put out. Do your punk rock homework. Get it now." - Retard Riot
"This is an oldie but a goody as far as I am concerned. From the musical end, both bands rock. I'm more into the Blatz side as it more melodic, but it seems most people are more into the Filth half. To each their own. If you are into drunken sing-songy crust punk or early 90's East Bay hardcore, one of these bands will appeal to you. The highlights on this disc are "Fuck Shit Up" (titled as "F.S.U.", which makes me wonder if a bunch of straight edge sissies that jump people are actually rallying behind a song about smack and speed) and the cover of the Fear classic "I Don't Care About," while the Filth side is dominated by their version of Peter and the Test Tube Babies' anthem "Banned from the Pubs"
The newer version is pretty much identical to the Lookout! CD reissue, featuring not only the "Shit Split" EP but both bands' entire output. It amazes me that while Blatz only released 13 songs and Filth a whopping 17, both of these bands are world- known. If I had a nickel for every Blatz or Filth patch I've seen over the last 13 years. I'd be a very rich man.
This CD was only out of print for 18 months, and as it is widely considered to be "Punk Rock 101," I would assume that anyone reading this is probably familiar with it. If you have been living under a rock (or possibly smoking one,) check this out. Anyone calling them self a punk rocker should have this CD as it is right up there with Group Sex, Jealous Again, Boogada Boogada Boogada and the first four Ramones records." - Jersey Beat
"Fuk Shit Up" by Blatz(1:52)
"Fuk New York" by Blatz(1:52)
"Lullabye" by Blatz(2:27)
"Blatz to the Future" by Blatz(3:07)
"Hustler" by Blatz(2:05)
"Homemade Speed" by Blatz(2:18)
"Lullabye / Chunk" by Blatz(4:16)
"Berkeley Is My Baby (And I Wanna Kill It)" by Blatz(2:42)