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virus244 FALSE PROPHETS
Blind Roaches and Fat Vultures: Phantasmagorical Beasts of the Reagan Era
virus244 (2000) CD - $12.00
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Seminal NY punk band the FALSE PROPHETS recorded their self-titled debut album in 1984 (as virus 48). Now it's finally out on CD with eight bonus cuts, including the band's two ultra-rare singles and five unreleased songs (see track listing).

Sure, you can call it part of "Alternative Tentacles Records re-issues of necessity," series, along with our past re-issues: the DICKS, V/A - NOT SO QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, BGK a Dutch feast; the complete works of the FARTZ, AMEBIX arise! +2 LP + 7"/CD and recently MIA

Formed in 1980, the FALSE PROPHETS helped spawn the second generation of New York punk-rock. But they were far more eclectic than the average punk band, melding flat-out thrash and slow psychedelic drones, bass-driven reggae and rap-inflected grooves, and punk-rock opera. "We're like the oddball cousins of the New York scene," lead singer Stephan Ielpi once told Maximum Rock'n'Roll. They were also noted for their politico-religious agitprop and Ielpi's onstage antics, which included donning a bear-head mask and throwing cat litter (unused) at the audience. They opened for the DEAD KENNEDYS, the RAMONES, D.O.A., JOHNNY THUNDERS, and BLACK FLAG.

Critics liked to compare them to DEAD KENNEDYS, as well as early CLASH and GANG OF FOUR. "Great stuff! It fucking dominates!" raved Sick Teen in 1981. And Byron Coley called their 1982 "Good Clean Fun" single "the toughest self-crit to pour out of the hardcore scene, and the music's equal in geardom."





"A huge, 21-track, CD of unreleased stuff and a lot of singles covering the band's life: 1981-85. I'm telling you, with a Republican in office you get better music, this is proof. Most of the songs are out of the blue anti-American this and that, like pro-Iran, stuff. It's brutally honest, too. Another entry in one's ever-growing library of punk rock history. On Alternative Tentacles records, who else?"
- Anonymous zine

"Great stuff! It fucking dominates!"
- Sick Teen

"... The toughest self-crit to pour out of the hardcore scene, and the music's equal in geardom."
- Angry Thoreauan

"This is, in all honesty, one of the greatest albums I've ever gotten. I'm not saying that it's one of the greatest punk albums of the '80s or anything like that, but that's only because the False Prophets don't appear to have had any influence on punk in general, unlike many of their contemporaries.
Blind Roaches and Fat Vultures: Phantasmagoric Beasts of the Reagan Era is a collection of what appears to be the False Prophet's first (only?) album and their first few singles. These songs are just truly, truly genius. Basically, this is old-school hardcore punk in the vein of Reagan Youth or early Dead Kennedys. However, this is so much more than one-dimensional punk. The album begins with a few slower hardcore songs, one of the best being the anti-moshing tirade "Good Clean Fun." The song has the perfect combination of sarcasm and seriousness that makes a great punk song. Another of the better singles is "Suburbanites Invade," a surprisingly convincing reggae-punk song. Even though it goes on for about 4 minutes, an eternity in hardcore, it never gets boring.
The actual album starts with "7 Deadly Sins," a typical anti-religious screed. It gets a little more interesting with "Scorched Earth," one of the only punk songs I've ever heard that incorporates hip-hop, and still manages to sound good. On "Functional," the element of keyboard is introduced, which adds an almost goth-y touch. They even (correct me if I'm wrong) cover a showtune with "Marat/Sade." It certainly sounds like a punked-up version of something from Phantom of the Opera or Les Miz. The album ends with the haunting "Faith..."
- Punk News

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1. "Overkill" (1:16)
listen to "Overkill"   MP3 (1.2 MB)
2. "Blind Obedience" (3:11)
3. "Good Clean Fun" (2:05)
4. "Royal Slime" (2:46)
5. "Suburbanites" (4:54)
6. "7 Deadly Sins" (3:21)
7. "Somebody React" (1:33)
listen to "Somebody React"   MP3 (1.4 MB)
8. "Scorched Earth" (2:43)
9. "Mental Ghetto" (1:23)
10. "Functional" (4:07)
11. "Marat/Sade" (3:54)
12. "Taxidermist" (4:23)
13. "Baghdad Stomp" (5:02)
listen to "Baghdad Stomp"   MP3 (4.6 MB)
14. "Helplessly Screaming" (4:41)
15. "Faith" (4:05)
16. "Banana Split Republic" (4:03)
17. "Decade Of Decay" (3:59)
listen to "Decade Of Decay"   MP3 (3.7 MB)
18. "Creatures Of The Woodwork" (4:16)
19. "Premaditated Suicide" (5:15)
20. "Dear Mom I'm Dead" (4:05)
21. "Pounding Raw Burgers" (7:22)



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