Friday, December 16, 2011

The Subhumans: Pissed Off...With Good Reason (1978-1995)




Okay there were six ways that you could wreck an early-eighties hardcore re-issue during the CD boom of the nineties:
1) Non-chronological sequencing of material
2) Over-long running time
3) Inclusion of dodgy live and/or demo material
4) Unexplained omitting of well-known tracks
5) Inappropriate and/or ill-fitting cover art
6) Adding newly-record material

The Subhumans CD, Pissed Off … With Good Reason! (Essential Noise / Virgin Music Canada, V2 41724, 1996) commits EVERY damn ONE of these errors plus some I haven't even thought of yet. The good news is you can take this out-of-print album here, cherry pick what you need and then go out and BUY the singles comp, Death Was Too Kind (Alternative Tentacles, 2008),  even if that release flirts with 5) by screwing with the the band's first 12" cover and fully commits 4) by leaving off "Behind the Smile and "Out of Line" from the Vancouver Independence compilation LP.






    Tracklist
1         Death To The Sickoids        
2         Model Of Stupidity        
3         Firing Squad        
4         Inquisition Day        
5         Dead At Birth        
6         Slave To My Dick        
7         Look At The Dawn        
8         America Commits Suicide        
9         Out Of Line        
10        Urban Guerrillas        
11        Out Of Place        
12        Death Was Too Kind        
13        No Productivity        
14        We’re Alive        
15        Googleplex        
16        Pissed Off With Good Reason        
17        Fuck You        
18        I Hate Words        
19        Canada’s Favourite Sport        
20        The Big Picture        
21        I Gotta Move        
22        Escalator To Hell        
23        Twenty-First Century        
24        Oh Canaduh        

Track 1 "Death To Sickoids/Oh Canaduh" 7" single (1978)
Tracks 2,5,10 & 14 "Incorrect Thoughts" LP (1980)
Tracks 3 & 13 "Firing Squad" 7" single (1980)
Tracks 4,6,12 & 17 "The Subhumans" 12" EP (1979)
Tracks 7,8,15 & 16 unreleased demo (1981)
Track 9 "Vancouver Independence" compilation LP (1980)
Track 11 recorded live in Vancouver, BC (1981)
Tracks 18-24 recorded live in Edmonton, AB (1995)



So is this one of the most 'screwed-up' eighties hardcore re-issues? Let us know what you think in the COMMENTS section (which is where you'll find Pissed Off...With Good Reason CD).


Subhumans.ca

Alternative Tentacles

10 comments:

  1. SO
    IF
    YOU'VE
    BEEN
    APPRECIATING
    THIS
    SERIES
    OF
    SUBHUMANS
    POSTS
    ,
    INCLUDING
    THIS
    FINAL
    ONE
    ,
    I
    HOPE
    YOU'LL
    LEAVE
    US
    A
    COMMENT
    ON
    THE
    BAND
    HERE
    !














    http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?os7hp9qg6h20s5v

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  2. Awful cover, but I am still a fan.

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  3. Is track 7 - Look at the Dawn a little garbled in the original recording, the post, or in my own file?

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  4. great stuff here. does anyone have the subhumans limited edition demo cd??? been trying to find thanks for the great stuff

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  5. I remember buying this when it came out and thought, "what moron thought that cover was a good idea?". My despair with the cover was only outdone by the utterly forgettable live set at the end of the CD. Surely, there was something else they could have used to fill that space. Sadly though, I really do like the remainder of the CD as well as most their other output.

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  6. Agree completely. Especially with the inclusion of needless live and demo tracks which often led directly to overlong running times. The Negative Approach "Total Recall" CD was another prime example of this. Although that one did keep it chronological and was complete. This album was a bit of a letdown but at the time it was the only way to get these songs. Now, it's a superfluous release thanks to reissues by AT and music blogs.

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  7. Your list of the six deadly sins reminded me how irritating my SSD "Power" cd was. And, non-hardcore wise, who the fuck put together that idiotic Grapes Of Wrath "Seems Like Fate" disc?

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  8. another way to wreck a release: don't ask any of the members of the band. how often has that stupidity happened? thanks for these, jeffen.

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  9. superhuman effort!

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  10. Soc.
    Track 7 does sound screwy...

    Psycho
    I'm lookin for it now...

    convertido
    I remember looking over and over the track listing just trying to figure what the HELL whoever put this thing together was thinking!

    DG
    Good call and another one would be the 80 mins. long MIA CD

    CPJ
    GOW! SSD! DYS! WTF!

    postbear
    Good point, I bet that bands got locked out of the process often.

    Anon
    Super thanks!

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