Tuesday, July 16, 2013

V.A. God Save Us From the USA (1987)

Compilation albums in the eighties, especially underground ones that were done for the benefit of some greater cause, often wore their musical schizophrenia as a badge of honour. (We've posted more such comp's HERE)


God Save Us From the USA, a British 1987 benefit L.P. for Nicaraguan Solidarity Campaign gives you anarcho-pop-punk from Zounds, spoken word pieces from Nic Toczek, reggae-punk from Culture Shock, socialist-pop from The Neurotics, Welsh-language pop-punk from Anhrefn, weird-core from Karma Sutra, skronk-rock from Some Weird Sin, post-noise from The Apostles, grindcore from Heresy, pop-punk from Dan and novelty-folk from Attila the Stockbroker.


Unlike other compilations of the eighties, say, Punk and Disorderly, We Won't Be Your Fucking Poor or even Underground Rockers, this compilation shows a UK punk scene in transformation. If, back in 1987, you listened to punk but were indifferent to speed-metal, you not only knew a lot of these bands but you also probably wanted to know why they left off The Joyce McKinney Experience.

A1 Nick Toczek – Noo Yawk Squawk / Sheer Funk
A2 Culture Shock – Catching Flies
A3 Anhrefn – Nefoedd Un, Uffern Llall
A4 Dan – Best Of Families
A5 The Neurotics– Never Hold Your Tongue
A6 Zounds – Demystification

B1 Attila The Stockbroker – Libyan Students From Hell
B2 Karma Sutra – Let Them Eat Somozas
B3 Some Weird Sin – God Bless America
B4 Instigators – Eye To Eye
B5 Heresy – Flowers In Concrete
B6 Heresy – Cornered Rat
B7 The Apostles – Inner Space

So did the late eighties, all things considered, have a more diverse underground? Leave us a COMMENT!


  1. Hey thanks for the great reactions thus far to this series that I quietly call 'UK 80s Politi-Punk'. If you're liking what you see and hear leave us a COMMENT!


  2. I like this one a lot, esp. SOME WEIRD SIN (from Australia i believe) and then some. Thanks for posting!


    1. They're good but there's also a great band from Winnipeg who also stole that name from Iggy...

  3. Culture Shock are easily my favourite incarnation of subhumans (that's the uk version...)/citizen fish etc slightly more accessible but no less thought-provoking and entertaining. and tight! were they what...

    the albums, last time I checked, can be bought from the citizen fish/subhumans website. and are well worth it.

    thankyou for posting the footage of them live in action!

    1. They are my favourite Dick Lucas band as well, by quite a margin. You've nailed some of their best traits above.

  4. Nick Toczek rules!


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