Tuesday, December 23, 2008

(VA) Undergrowth 84 (Re-Upped)

More proof positive that Vancouver are the kings of late 70s/early 80s punk rock (also see previous post):

This post is a response to a request over at Dgrador's O Canadarm! site.

This is an excellent rare tape of the Vancouver scene with otherwise-unreleased tracks (live & demo's of released versions) from 1984 - mostly punk but with some art/alternative rock thrown in.

Undergrowth 84 was released on Collector's R.P.M. Records, which reportedly was a rather large record store in Vancouver, which dealt in vinyl collectables. The following description is based on another site's testimony:

"The smaller front part of the store had the 'KISS collectable corner' and the 'Beatles Museum' along with all the high-$ items; the larger rear of the place was a dark mould-smelling grotto of a few thousand LPs, EPs, 7"s, and tons of bootlegs of all genres including a wall of punk boot's. In the far back corner was a hidden door to a poster-lined stairway leading up to an antechamber of music & entertainment ephemera like posters, buttons, & TV Guides from the 1950s-1970s. Incredibly cool place, but around 1990 the owner slowly went crazy with paranoia & other strange symptoms, moved to a smaller shop (while the original site was razed for a big-name hotel) & would only let people in either through appointment or if they "looked right", and then even that disappeared....)"

The following year, CRPM would release Undergrowth 85.

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(VA) Undergrowth 84 (1984):

Side 1 (Tracks 1-26) 

Side 2 (Tracks 27-43) 

1NomeansnoSelf Pity6:21

2NomeansnoSome Bodies4:02

3Bill Of RightsBlind Society1:36

4Bill Of RightsShot In The Ass2:02

5Bill Of RightsBack In The USSR0:51

6Clay PigeonParty Line2:33

7Clay PigeonHoly War3:34

8Soldiers Of SportThe Broadcast4:11

9Celebrity DrunksLaugh Till I Cry2:39

10Culture ShockStay Away1:26

11Death SentenceGet Out Of The Way2:13

12Death SentenceReal World1:05

13Death SentenceUltra Violence3:23

14Unnatural SilenceMisfits Are Innocent1:04

15Unnatural SilenceEnemies0:56

16SporesMeat Bi-Product1:36

17SporesPervert Me2:02

18Sudden ImpactHostage Taker2:11

19Sudden ImpactShe Drives Me Crazy3:48

20House Of CommonsInsane2:15

21Uknown FibresSurfer Joe2:06

22SlowThe Night Before4:54

23EmilyCows In The Field4:21


25Der MittelgangTake Away The Love3:13

26 Der MittelgangCharade3:12

 27Family PlotGravedigger2:15

28Family PlotTaxi Driver5:35

29Quantum LeapCancelled Picnic4:08

30Kevin ZedRoulette2:52

31Red HerringIf You Work For Me4:27

32Animal SlavesSave Me From Ruin4:22


34Scott DevriesAutoerotica3:59

35MoevHa (Biblebelts)5:13

36Skinny PuppyGlass Houses3:27

37Skinny PuppyK-93:38

38Gord MartinStill Examination Of Objects In Space5:57

39Courage Of LassieHopes and Fears4:26

40Courage Of LassieGrablied (Loved Ones)3:19


42Blair PetrieDesulastantiate7:09

43Blair PetrieGog Demanos (Live)3:09


Dgrador said...

Nice one.
Happy Winter!

Anonymous said...

thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaank you for this


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting these. It's hard to believe that it's been 25 years since I was in the basement listening to these over and over and over...

fnxtr said...

I know it's hard to read on the label, but the 2nd Blair Petrie track is Gog Demands Love. Least that's what it looks like to me.

altpoporama said...

Just one comment - Collectors RPM was really a store that had a split personality. The owner had really no interest in new music at all and was stuck in kind of a time warp - Beatles and Kiss. Several of the employees were definitely into putting out new bands but mainly on their own dime. Collectors RPM did not have too much to do with any of these releases, other than in name alone. When Track Records opened with some of the former employees (Phil), that signalled death knell for Collectors.

zak said...


Anonymous said...

I just found this tape at value village in surrey. I didn't know anything about this tape, but the cover looked cool. Best dollar i've ever spent in my whole life.

Chris said...

Hi, I don't know if you can answer this, but: Were there two volumes of this release (not counting Undergrowth 85)? Or was this a double-cassette? On the scan of the J-card, the band list at the top only mentions the bands on the first 22 tracks. Also, the total length of the 43 tracks is about 145 minutes, more music than would fit on even a 120-minute tape. If the original compilation was only one cassette, I'm curious where the other 21 tracks came from. Thanks!

Jkakob said...

Hi, I've been trying to find a downloadable of this forever but Megaupload got shut down!! Could you please post this on mediafire again??

Son of Spam said...

Consider It Done, Jkakob! :o)

Anonymous said...

Is anyone willing to sell their copy?