Tag Archive: Dark Age of Punk


DC Beggars

Schizophrenic Melodies

post #12

D.C. Beggars – You’re So Pretty EP 1991

I often wonder how some of these records end up in the bargain bins, all beaten up and cast aside.  That’s certainly no way to treat this particular record!  I found this little blue gem without any cover and only a scrap of a dust sleave to protect it, all shoved in amongst the dirty old Bette Midler 45’s and Debbie Gibson picture sleeves.  What we have here is some sweet female-fronted heavy punk rock and roll action!  Am I the only one who’se noticed that female punk singers are, on average, usually much better singers than their male counterparts?  This record is just more proof. The singer has that great confident, swaggering Punk Rock and Roll voice, mixed with some of the classic British female punk vocal style, and even a little Jello Biafra, I must say.

This band was from Seattle, and this record was recorded in 1991, and you can tell.  They definately have the Heavy Punk sound that became known as, well you know what it became known as.  The title track on this disc is definately the hit. ‘You’re So Pretty (But You Make Me Sick)’ is, of course, an anti-beauty song with great snotty vocals and a totally excellent sing along chorus. The song ends with the sound of a toilet flushing, for those of you who collect that sort of thing.  ‘Taken For A Fool’ is a ripping hardcore song about standing up for yourself.  I think it’s my favorite track on this record.  The guitar sound and drums during the thrash part in the middle of the song sound almost exactly like Reagan Youth, pretty gnarly.  The next song is pretty good, but the last one isn’t that great.  It is sung in German, apparently the singer is from Austria.

This band actually has a tiny bit of info available on the web, with some tunes here, and photos here. Cover and inserts are from here.

Rock out here!

Numb Sex

Schizophrenic Melodies

post #10

Numb Sex – Used/Sticky EP 1985

 An old Connecticut punk record I found in ye olde bargain bin, still in its original plastic wrapping! Maybe I sould have left it there, because despite the cool cover art, I don’t like this record very much.  It’s generic, uninspired punk and the vocals are way to loud and not very good. Some song parts are good, like the beginning of ‘No Aces In The Hole’, but then the singer starts yelling and it’s way louder than all the other instruments and it pretty much totally sucks.  Why post it then?  Because I told this (curious) guy I would, it’s on his want list and he’s hooked me up with some pretty choice albums – like Half Life.  I’m also posting it because it could be veiwed as an early release from the ‘Dark Age of Punk’, the era from 1985 or so until 1993 or so that everyone seems to want to forget ever happened.  Not much info available on this band, but they did have a write up in MRR #37.

I haven’t seen this record anywhere else on the web, so check it out if you’re a completist. 

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