Friday, February 19, 2010

Unnatural Axe - 1978 - They Saved Hitlers Brain 7'' (US)

Unnatural Axe - 1978 - They Saved Hitlers Brain 7'' (US)
It is 1977. A scruffy neighborhood of Boston sprouts a band of naive working-class kids who think they can shake up the world with their personal take on the punk rock experience. Not content, or possibly even competent enough, to be another Jam clone or a Clash clone, Unnatural Axe bash out their own brand of two-chord and three-chord rock, and crank it up extra high.

Throughout 1978 and 1979 the Axe were playing regularly in New York, and at Cantone's, the Rat, and the Space in Boston as the opening act for the "big" UK and US new wave acts of the time. Their strangest billing must have been opening for The Police at the Rat in Kenmore Square. It is truly unfortunate that Sting squandered this "turning point" opportunity to learn the essentials of punk rock from Boston's finest. Sting's only question of the Axe vocalist: "Did you poop?"

But such is the fate for the greatest moments of brilliance of our times: few people recognize it. The big club owners didn't see it and the major record labels didn't hear it. After two short years, the Axe packed it in.

As a result, the Unnatural Axe discography is small, but what recordings do exist provide the documented proof that the Axe were, and shall always remain, the most important punk band Boston will ever call its own.

— Monsieur Michel Bastarache (Boston's punk rock gentleman)
source Breakmyface (link)


gorehound13 said...

there is a cd release which has their discography.i recorded 4 of the songs on that record.
the axe rules !!! they are also nice guys who i had the pleasure of knowing.

Anonymous said...

actually, there best recording is "the man i don't want to be," amazing stuff.

Anonymous said...

And the tribute dbl-LP that the Rev. Norb (of Boris The Sprinkler) put out a few years ago is worth searching out for as well!

gorehound13 said...

and i was the one who recorded the man i dont want to be song.
i am really jordan kratz frontman for the transplants and the guy who recorded a lot of la peste

WildDevilMan said...

one of my favourite EP ever,
Prost Hans!!! hahaha..

Zombies said...

I definitely agree with anon, "The Man I Don't Wanna Be" should be a classic.

Anonymous said...

amaizing! many thanks!