STIMULATORS

LOUD FAST RULES! (MUNSTER)

STIMULATORS - LOUD FAST RULES! 144758
Format:
1 7"
Release:
12.03.2021
Label:
MUNSTER
Genre:
Hardcore/Punk
Kat.-Nr.:
144758
Barcode:
8435008873295
This self-released single recorded in 1979, remains the true document of what was so exciting about those years between the original CBGB-era to the early days of hardcore.

All three songs remain jaw-dropping. The single comes housed in a gatefold sleeve that features an iconic 1980 photo by Robert Mapplethorpe and includes liner notes by Henry Rollins: "These songs walked the perfect line between punk rock and pop".

Most New York punk histories skip from the original CBGB-era (circa 1974-1977) to hardcore (starting around 1983).

Less covered, but crucial, was a six-year connecting scene, led by The Stimulators with close friends The Mad and-coming from DC monthly, then relocating-Bad Brains.

Headlining CBs, equally fabled Max's Kansas City, Trax, Hurrah!, Danceteria, TR3, and dozens of dives, the Stims were so thrilling, their audience of 100-200 regular kids would knock aside tables and dance like maniacs the second they began.

I was stunned at 17 when I first encountered them at Max's in 1979, opening for ex-Dead Boy Cheetah Chrome & the Casualties, to se a boy, 12-year-old Harley Flanagan, ferociously beating the skins, two mini-skirted women leaping and shouting backing vocals-Denise Mercedes lacing hard rock leads into whipping guitar runs and Anne Gustaysson belting bouncy basslines-andbug-eyed, wild, skinny gay poet-singer Patrick Mack stage-diving while crooning a la lggy, when that wasn't done.

Hooked and danced-out, I saw them and Bad Brains literally 70 times each; seeing either once, you'd never miss them.

I co-launched our magazine The Big Takeover around then, June 14, 1980, and I'm still at it.

And this self-released (the majors having lost interest in punk) "Loud Fast Rules!" b/w "Run Run Run," recorded that 1979, remains the true document of what was so exciting; my heart still races at its sheer giddy propul-sion and exhilaration, launched in sound and feral attitude, at a time when older punks thought the genre had shriveled.

Too, I'm pleased to have preserved a sole-copy test pressing that manager Donald Murk gave me of a third song recorded at that session: You Will Never Break My Heart," released here 39 years later, because I owe the band a debt I can't repay.

All three songs remain jaw-dropping.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. LOUD FAST RULES!
  • 1.2. RUN RUN RUN
  • 1.3. YOU WILL NEVER BREAK MY HEART