There was this compilation of mostly current Australian punk & art/noise I bought in the mid-80s called â€œWHY MARCH WHEN YOU CAN RIOT?â€, and it was a mind-expander for several reasons. First, it featured three tracks from the Australian band X that are among the greatest punk rock songs ever recorded â€“ â€œHate Cityâ€, â€œHome Is Where The Floor Isâ€ and â€œTV Cabaret Rollâ€. If you think â€œX-ASPIRATIONSâ€ is a masterpiece, and I do â€“ these tracks are even better. Iâ€™m going to post all three in an upcoming entry.
Alongside debut recordings from the HARD-ONS (whoopee) and lesser lights, there were also two tracks from Sydneyâ€™s fEEDTIME that blew me and many others clean away. fEEDTIME (the small f is deliberate) were a trio who played a propulsive, mechanical, wicked-fast, sometimes bluesy punk rock, sounding like a band of the 21st Century who just happened to be stuck in the 20th. Iâ€™d never heard anything like them before, and still havenâ€™t since. A lot of us in the United States took notice pretty quickly, and they got a US distribution deal for their LPs, which were all over the place for a while there in the late 80s. Forced Exposure magazine were a particularly enthusiastic proponent. Me, I thought the LPs were good, but spotty and uneven. In 1987 a 45 came out with new versions of the two songs that were on â€œWhy March When You Can Riotâ€ â€“ â€œDonâ€™t Tell Me / Small Talkâ€. They were good, just not as powerful and angry & weird as the ones from the 1985 comp that Iâ€™m posting for you today. Listening to them now makes me want to dig out the fEEDTIME records for a reappraisal. Anyone have an opinion on how theyâ€™ve held up? In the meantime, hereâ€™s what I still think were the bandâ€™s finest moments.
(both from 1985 â€œWHY MARCH WHEN YOU CAN RIOT?â€ compilation LP)