Friday, 18 April 2014

The Vacants - "Worthless Trash" (Australian Edition Beat Records– BEA 7095) 1977

Australian Edition
Aussie Rear

Italian edition

French Edition

French edition (Rear)

Spanish edition

German Edition

The extremely RARE Canadian 8-Track edition!?
Punksploitation masterpiece, variously entitled either the very imaginative "Punk Rock", or "Worthless Trash",and released virtually everywhere except the homelands of Punk Rock,the UK and USA. It happens to be one of my own personal favourite '77 punk albums, and I don't think its as fake as the record companies have managed to make it look. The picture on the album cover are of four lads, who actually looked more like the kind of punter you actually saw at a Sex Pistols concert, than The Clash (who this photo is trying to emulate). One member is even wearing a very punk rock turtle neck sweater under his denim jacket; This is anti-fashion chic at its very zenith! Also, you may notice Martin Chambers, future drumming criminal of the Pretenders, very prominent in the pictures; except on the rear of the French LP cover, where mysteriously he has changed into a woman!?.....this could explain a lot! I'm sick to death of hearing about Chrissie fucking Hynde's dalliances with several punk groups,Mike Hunts Dishonourable Discharge(ha?ha?), Johnny Moped etc; when all the time it was her boring drummer who actually was in a classic band like this! The music is excellently raw garage punk of the highest order, with a Strummer influenced vocal delivery of someone who never went to a public school; unlike Mr Mellor. It sounds like very real street punk, and they looked like real punks from the streets.I hope it lost the dumbass record company (RCA apparently!) a lot of money,fucking idiots. (I think the Italian cover is the worst one by the way.)
Members of the Downliners Sect helped finish this album off, and for the follow up record, they took over and became the equally excellent FU2; which I will be posting after this.  

In Fact, I was approached last year, to contribute the liner notes to an impending Vinyl reissue of this platter. Which I did, but it was put on ice due to the effects of the financial crisis?
Therfore I see it fit to provide these notes below for your entertainment:

(April 2013):

"Welcome to this ‘so-called’, Punksploitation masterpiece. Variously entitled, the very imaginative, "Punk Rock"; or, more appropriately, "Worthless Trash". It was originally released virtually everywhere, except the homelands of Punk Rock, the UK and USA, in a myriad of, now very collectable, different sleeves.
Amongst the dole snooper avoiding pseudonyms of Dan Druff (Bass), Vincent Sharp(vocals),and Tim Nervous (Guitar); you may also notice one Martin Question. The future drumming criminal also know as, Martin Chambers of the Pretenders. He appears very prominently in the group pictures; except on the rear of the French LP cover, where mysteriously he has changed into a woman!?.....this could explain a lot! I'm sick to death of hearing about Chrissie fucking Hynde's dalliances with several punk groups; Mike Hunts’ Dishonorable Discharge(ha!ha!), Flowers of Romance, Johnny Moped etc; when all the time it was her boring drummer who actually was in a classic band like this!
Various adjectives have been applied to this classic record over the years since its rediscovery. The previously mentioned ,“Punksploitation”, and ,the not previously mentioned ,“Fake Punk” ,are prime examples; and it has been accepted  into the “Messthetics” genre with welcoming arms. None of these really apply, and are even insulting. The music is excellently raw garage punk of the highest order, with a Joe Strummer style vocal delivery of someone who never went to a public school; unlike Mr Mellor(Diplomat’s son Strummer’s real name). It sounds like very real street punk, and they looked like real punks from the streets of ’77.
 It can’t be labelled “Punksploitation” as no-one bought it! Maybe Failed Punksploitation on behalf of the idiots at their clueless record company; but wasn’t all Punk Rock released on vinyl, cd, cassette, or 8-track cartridge (like Worthless Trash/Punk Rock was) with a profit margin exploitative?
It ain’t “Fake Punk” either, as that would rule out the Clash, and we can’t have that could we?(mmmm Dunno though!). In fact rather than being ‘Fake’, the picture on the album cover, reveals four lads who actually looked more like the kind of punter you actually saw at a Sex Pistols concert. No hint of the designer clothes horses of the ClashPistols(sic) and 100% genuine “Fakes”, Generation X, can be detected. One member is even wearing a very punk rock turtle neck sweater under his denim jacket; This is anti-fashion chic at its very zenith!
It isn’t Messthetics, or UK D.I.Y., as that implies that they recorded this at home on mum’s music centre; when it was done in a ‘proper’ studio, paid for with record company cash! Also those terms suggest a certain naive charm , or a willful amateurishness , of which I do not detect. These fellows knew how to make raw primal Rock’n’Roll from the same rich tradition of Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent; and don’t forget the looming pedigree of Terry Clemson of  sixties Punk legends, The Downliner’s Sect (and of later Fake Punkers FU2), drafted in on Guitar for the recording sessions.
Of course, the “Punx” would have scoffed at this record, which is the greatest stamp of authenticity you can get. If any booted  and leather suited  Travis Bickle coiffured UK Subs follower, labelled anything “Fake Punk”, this is the best indicator to finding the direction in which to find the real thing.
This is one of the reasons it was never released in the UK, where ‘Punk’ orthodoxy had a stranglehold; defined by tabloid headlines, and cynical attempts by certain fashion guru’s, to manipulate the younger generation into buying clothes from certain Kings road boutiques. Where the only ‘No Future’ waiting for you, was not getting that well-paid job so you could buy a pair of Vivienne Westwood Bondage trousers. The Vacants had never heard of Seditionaries, or even cared. This is Honest music coming from an uncorrupted place. Capturing the raw intensity of the dark art of Rock’n’Roll magick(sic).If you want to call it Punk Rock or Fake Punk, you’re missing the point. This record, however unwittingly, encapsulates ultimately what Punk Rock was all about at its most basic level; before the confused philosophizing and confusing over analysis. Punk Rock was about the rediscovery of cathartic Rock’n’Roll, championing the Id over intellect, primal scream therapy for the underclass.  So stop intellectualizing, listen to some Worthless Trash, and let your inner animal breathe."

(Jonny Zchivago, Die or DIY?)
www.dieordiy.blogspot.com

Track Listing:
A1 Pushin' Too Hard
A2 Beat On The Brat
A3 Louie Louie
A4 Dead Girl
A5 Half Man Woman
A6 Television Viewer
 B1 Misuse Of Love
B2 B.A.D.
B3 Good Guy's Don't Wear
B4 Worthless Trash
B5 I'm Allrite
B6 What Happened To You  

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6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've seen a vinyl reissue of this for sale - does it feature your liner notes?!

Jonny Zchivago said...

I'm not aware that it went ahead! The american company pulled out due to lack of funds! If it does feature my liner notes,(can you check it out?)...i'll have questions to ask! And where's my free copy?

Anonymous said...

OK - bear with me (might take a while though!)

Anonymous said...

What's the betting it turns out to be the undated European reissue listed here:

http://www.discogs.com/Vacants-Wothless-Trah/release/2273941

Y ginger said...

Just wanted to say thank you for all the great music you share with us here. And it's not the music alone, I especially admire your way of writing. I'm sure you know more about art and life than most people do. Especially your remarks about losing friends by playing favourite records/tapes on occasions like christmas, birthdays etc (and having no friends at all if continuing doing so) mirrors my experiences over the last 30 years pretty well. Just a few days ago I tried to be nice to my family and play some davie allen christmas surf songs......And about The Vacants: This is definitively supposed to be real. And it is! It's as real as The Shaggs were.....

Jonny Zchivago said...

CheersY. Ginger,keep on losing friends.
I love this album....for me its up there with the best of the genre.
Have a good new year mate.