Monday, 7 January 2008

Thatcher On Acid, Blaggers ITA, Blyth Power

There is at least one common link between this three CDs. They were all borrowed to me by Andrej Č. (Ljubljana-Zalog hero) while I was staying for couple of days at his place. I first heard Thatcher On Acid on their split LP with Wat Tyler (I think it was called "Garlic") and got interested in them. They were playing during the late 80's and beginning of the 90's. I don't know much about Thatcher On Acid, but there is a very short article on Wikipedia and a MySpace fan page that I've dug up. Ben from T.O.A. also played in Schwartzeneggar (with Steve Ignorant from Crass on vocals) and lots of other bands. Blaggers ITA were very popular in the beginning of the 90's, I first heard them on Words Of Warning's "Mind Pollution Vol. 1" compilation LP. They had a very strong anti-fascist stance which I liked a lot. They signed to EMI in 1994, released the "Bad Karma" CD I've put up here and later were dropped by EMI. I thought they were not active any more but I recently found their MySpace page, and there is also a Wikipedia article on Blaggers ITA. Blyth Power is a quite interesting band from the UK. They are still active so check them at their Blyth Power official site and at Wikipedia.

THATCHER ON ACID [1991] Pressing 84-91

Year: 1991
Label: Desperate Attempt Records
Size: 95 MB / 192 kbps / 7.z

01. 26 Letters
02. Another Nail
03. Gob/486 4488
04. Revolution Of One
05. Marius Moves
06. The Cage
07. Is It Art
08. The Wind Up
09. Fly
10. Put It In
11. Monument To Boredom
12. Daddy
13. Don't Throw The Book At Me
14. Got You Covered
15. And I Thought You Said...
16. Drop Dead
17. Another One
18. Amen
19. Don't Shout Me Down
20. Love Note/Well Worn
21. In Paris With Steve Moses


BLAGGERS ITA [1994] Bad Karma

Year: 1994
Label: E*M*I* Records
Size: 110 MB / 320 kbps / 7z

01. The Hits
02. 1994
03. Mantrap
04. Bad Karma
05. Famine Queen
06. Stresss
07. Abandon Ship
08. Nation
09. Garden Of Love
10. Slam
11. Hate Generator
12. Oxygen


BLYTH POWER [1995] Paradise Razed

Year: 1995
Label: Downwarde Spiral Records
Size: 107 MB / 320 kbps / 7z

01. Bacchus On The Wagon
02. Signalman White
03. Rowan's Riding
04. Carlisle
05. Ghilbert de Haace
06. Milton's Schemes
07. Letter From Reiffel
08. Burning Joan
09. Winter's Tale
10. Cold War Comforts
11. Cry Carrion
12. Stonehaven (Version)



Luc(A)s said...

Thanks a bunch for the Blaggers ITA! They're my favorite Oi band by far... Thatcher On Acid is great anarcho, too. Cheers!

harp0 said...

Played first gig in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, September, 1983; first vinyl realease, a 12" EP, The Moondance, released in 1986 on All The Madmen; played the 'Gathering Of The 5000' at Brixton Academy with Conflict, April 1987; released first album, Curdled, in 1987 on All The Madmen; drummer Martin Hosken quits and is replaced by Andi Tuck, late summer 1987.

Some late football results: Chumbawamba 9 Thatcher On Acid 8 (Wales, en route to Birmingham, 29/11/87); Thatcher On Acid 4 Chumbawamba 3 (Brockwell Park, Brixton, 14/12/87); in 1988 recorded and released live album Garlic at the Canterbury Arms, Brixton - first released for newy-formed Rugger Bugger Discs, put together by resident piss-taker Mr Forbez and the band; first European trip taking in Holland and Germany, September 1988. Another late football result: The Ex 1 Thatcher On Acid 4 (a park in Utrecht); 1989 toured the UK under the anti-poll tax banner - a benefit tour also featuring Political Asylum and Danbert Nobacon; recorded a couple of tracks for the Fuck EMI LP (Sell Off The Water and 486 4488, featuring Dave Kirkby on lead vocals); recorded Flannel 905 EP in Somerset - Steven Wells' NME 'Single of the Week' 28/4/90; recorded three-track LP The Illusion Of Being Together with Dave Kirkby (Slave Dance front man, aka 'Steerpike') in February, 1990 - a sharp critique of the anarcho-punk movement; original drummer Martin Hosken returned to play bass; album released on Meantime Records.

Recorded fourth album Frank, "nocturnally" at Woodlands, Castleford - released by Agit-Prop Records; late summer 1990 tour Holland with Fugazi; play twice at Jarocin Festival, Poland, summer 1991; tour west coast of the USA, September 1991; recorded split with Wat Tyler, winter 1992 - this album features version of Our Gods Are Falling Down recorded during this session and featuring Steve Ignoranton lead vocals; recorded No Fucking War for split 7" on Clawfist Records with 7 Year Bitch; spring 1992 recorded last single, Yo-o Man, released on K Records in 1993; played three eventful gigs in Ireland with Wat Tyler; final tour, September, 1992, Scandanavia and Germany with Alice Donut(this line-up of Ben, Bob and Andi became three-fifths of Schwartzeneggar); last gig in Ehingen, Germany; reformed briefly to play two benefits for the McLibel campaign at Chat's Palace, Hackney and ULU in 1998.

A couple more football results: Anhrefn 2 Thatcher On Acid 8; Thatcher On Acid 12 Political Asylum 2.

- transcribed from "Anti-Society: Anarcho-Punk Compliation Vol. 3" liner notes. I just posted this in someone else's blog.

Oh, and you owe me a beer....

Nečista Savjest said...

Harp0 i will buy you 2 beers... and add your blog to my links, thanx for this man, this is the best info on Thatcher On Acid I received or i was able to find anywhere. I have not been on the net that much lately (well, a lot to be true) and your info is well appreciated... thanx man, cheers!!!

Anonymous said...

It was rather interesting for me to read the article. Thanks for it. I like such themes and anything connected to them. I would like to read a bit more on that blog soon.

Anonymous said...

Nearly all of Dave Kirkby's lyrics can be found on the blog pages of "End of the World Orchestra" on Myspace. Andi Tuck also played in "Schwarzeneggar" with Ben Corrigan and there's a killing live rendition of "Take your elbows off the table" on Youtube which is a considerable treat for tired ears.