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Solger
Codex 1980
(MTR399)

For six months in 1980, Solger, Seattle's first hardcore band, played loud, raw music, akin to Black Flag and the Germs, for drunken teenaged pariahs before punk was a bankable. With lyrics that were aggressive and offensive, brilliant and moronic they gained worldwide attention for their ultra sub lo-fi self-released single "Raping Dead Nuns". Members of Solger went on to other legendary Seattle punk bands, like The Fartz and influenced many more. "Solger Codex 1980" is the complete recorded works, including their last show in November of 1980, of SOLGER digitally remastered by legendary producer Jack Endino. Un-remastered single aslo included.

Steve Turner of Mudhoney, I can point to the weekend my life changed: August 15 - 16, 1980. Black Flag was playing with Solger opening. I REALLY loved it. Solger freaked me out. All I can really remember is a lot of loud noise, fights, leather jackets, and that they looked like kids. Tough kids. I was a very young 15, Solger seemed older and a lot cooler. In fact, everything at the show seemed cooler than whatever I'd ever seen up to that point. I was hooked. A couple years later when I got the single, I couldn't believe how horrible it sounded. Still can't. But I love it and it's one of the purest sounds of what hardcore punk should or could have been that I can imagine. It's brutal, mean, sloppy, angry, confused, ugly, and exactly what parents should be afraid their kids are listening to, or God forbid, pounding out in the basement. Perfect.

Mark Arm of Mudhoney, I never saw Solger live. By the time I grasped the idea that Punk Rock was being played by other local kids, Solger's short life span had run its course. The Solger 7" came along at just the right time. Hearing that single was like driving head-on into a wall of fried muck. It was beautiful. That impenetrable wall soon became an electrostatic source of comfort and warmth. I blasted it in my dorm room and played it at the small town college radio station. Solger was the first Seattle band to play what would become known as hardcore. Kyle slurs his words like Darby Crash, but spits them out with far more brutality, venom, and grit. Paul's guitar reminds me of early Greg Ginn and Pat Smear, but his overall sound is darker and thicker. As for the rhythm section, I had no idea that they really existed until hearing this CD. I didn't think it'd be possible, but the "cleaned up" version of the single packs more punch while remaining raw as hell. This collection includes 6 new live tracks, unless you are one of the 20 people who picked up the What Syndrome cassette compilation. These songs range from the hyper version of the Germs' "What We Do Is Secret" to the droning heavy psych stylings of "Scheme & Fraud". The latter points to a direction Solger might have gone in if they had stuck it out. It's also my new favorite Solger song. I never could have imagined that, twenty-odd years later, I'd have a new favorite Solger song.

- Guitarist, Paul Solger went on to play in the Fartz, DTz, Fags, & Ten Minute Warning
- Paul also worked with Mark Lanegan and Jane County
- Paul co-wrote Green River's Rehab Doll (spawning Mudhoney & Pearl Jam)
- Raping Dead Nuns 7" released 1980 (500 press) is now a highly sought after collectors item


Song List:
1. AMERICAN YOUTH
2. RAPING DEAD NUNS
3. AMAN
4. I HATE IT
5. DEAD SOLGER (Soldier)
6. DO ME A FAVOR (Live)
7. REPETITIONS (Live)
8. WHAT WE DO IS SECRET (Live)
9. STAB YOR BACK (Live)
10. THE LAST PUNK (Live)
11. SCHEME & FRAUD (Live)
12. I HATE IT
13. RAPING DEAD NUNS
14. AMAN
15. AMERICAN YOUTH
16. DEAD SOLGER



      

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