Sunday, May 13, 2012
Viva Las Vegas Compilation
This comp documents a scene I know very little about and I got almost nothing to go off of. I wanna say it came out in 1983 so in that respect it’s well ahead of my time. I heard rumors of Vegas having wild disparate “punk” scenes that went back to the 60’s with numerous parties and shows happening at Pabco and other roundabout places. Shit, back then Pabco was like 15-20 miles outside of town! That must have been the shit. Who knows what happened?
I guess every snot-nosed generation that comes up makes a big racket, at least since the 50’s, maybe even earlier. Maybe there were some ornery bluegrass pickers out on Frenchman mountain kickin up their heels in 1905 trying not to piss off the old folks? It could have happened. Am I repeating myself?
It’s a predictable cycle where each generation that comes down the pike thinks they’re the shit until they get jobs and families and stop making that noise. Some of them anyway. Something tells me people who went to these shows think Fuck Shit Piss was chump change years later and then the Boba Fett Youth/Leap Frog Society years, if they know about that shit at all, were an absolute joke in comparison.
We all become that old codger telling the kids their music is shit compared to what we went through. I like to think I’m more open minded but I’m no different. I’ve been hoping for the next youth explosion of music for a while now and instead I’ve regressed into loving old 60’s R&B along with golden age Hip Hop with occasional forays into rediscovering hardcore thrash classics I lost touch with. If the latest and greatest for today’s generation is Dub-Step I feel sorry for the kids today. Maybe I've only heard the shitty dub-step? At least Nu-Metal died a million deaths so the kids aren’t completely without taste. I was bitching about this a while back and a friend remarked that music has gone downhill since they took music out of the public schools and maybe there’s something to be said for that?
Truth is there’s a million underground scenes all over the world today. I just don’t know about em cause I don’t get the text messages. Arena rock is also on it’s last legs so what comes next has the potential to be exciting. I just won’t find out about it until it’s not cool anymore.
This is a page out of Vegas history I don’t know shit about so I won’t bother to try and analyze it. I don't know if it was the pinnacle of what the Vegas underground had to offer but I'm sure the folks who went to the shows with these bands will say it is. They could be right. The MIA songs on here are good finds. I recall seeing the Self Abuse logo spray painted on the wall at the unofficial smoking section around the corner from Eldorado High. I'm sure I bought weed from some hessian while standing in front of it. I went and spray painted that logo on numerous walls cause I liked it so much but I never got to hear em until checking em out here. Good stuff. I’m glad I defaced property in their name.
Anyway. I got no pictures of the tape cover, no pictures of the bands, no nothing. I'm not even sure if that's the real title of this cassette. And yet the music lives on. I have little or no connection to the scene documented here. I just thought it was interesting. Vegas was a small town until about 1990. It must have been something back in 83 for the bands and the audiences. Making punk rock exist out of pure momentum out in the middle of nowhere. Good for them. And us.
I got this compilation from some guy in England of all places. Weird. Good show old chap! In addition to this comp it's worth mentioning that I found this guy from France who's got some weird Vegas demos I've never heard before including a Sampson's Army demo, Abeyance, Remains, and Personal Regrets. He don't speak English so good so I don't know what he's going on and on about in the emails we've exchanged. Maybe you'll have better luck talking to the guy. Although he did share with me an obscure Self Abuse demo you can play online but not download.
Download Viva Las Vegas Compilation below