Usually in the summer my girlfriend and I try to spend at least a couple of weeks on vacation somewhere where it´s nice and sunny. This time it was only one week in Zurich. And from every trip I bring back records but my girlfriend really hates thrift stores, flea markets and actually any old junk, so I try to keep the time spent with that to a minimum. Her dislike also shows me what a strange pleasure it is to dig though dark and dusty stores, instead of enjoying the sunny life outside. If it wouldn´t be for her, I´d probably spent my whole vacation getting my hands dirty in old boxes.
Thanks to her we spent the days exploring the city and swimming in the Zurich lake. We also went to see The Jackets, a great Swiss garage band, at the Rote Fabrik and met Lurker Grand, author of Hot Love, the most comprehensive book on the early Swiss punk scene (1976-1980). Hot Love, a coffe-table size book with tons of full-page photos of punk bands, records, flyers and even self-made punk clothing, really is a graphic masterpiece. Lurker is currently working on a follow-up book on the Swiss Post-Punk scene of the 80´s.
The Swiss equivalent to a charity shop is a Brockenhaus. These Brockis are great because, unlike a lot of stuff in Switzerland, they are cheap and, like everything the Swiss people do, very well organised. I always find lots of cool records there. Maybe not the rare punk material that is mentioned in Hot Love, but you can find that at the Good bad Music for bad, bad Times Blog here, here , here and here.
This record is a advertising for the new electrical train up to Uetli mountain, close to Zurich. The Schnaaggi-Schaaggi was the old steam train that operated until 1962. It´s running again in the summer months and I hope to make it up there the next time I visit Zurich.
So, listen to the old steam train and take a Cha-Cha-Cha-Trip with the Schnaaggi-Schaaggi…
When I started this blog three years ago my ambition was to explore new territory and to only “publish” material that has never entered the digital world. As much as I like the cool music of fabulous record labels like Bear Family, Charly and Ace, it would be pointless to try to find obscure stuff in their field. They and many other re-issue labels went out of their way to re-discover lost music in the 70´s and 80´s. Posting (“re-releasing”) music that they re-discovered 30 years ago didn´t pose a challenge, so my focus was on material that is still too bad or strange to ever be considered for re-release by a proper record label. Music that seems to have no commercial value today: private pressings, advertisement records or just plain weird stuff. Mostly no rockabilly, rock´n´roll, garage or soul music. No cult stuff.
Over time I have gotten less strict about my posting policies because I felt that maybe people would like to listen to more “good” music and also posted single songs (albeit digitized from my original 45´s) that had previously been re-released. Basically I turned into a DJ again, something I wanted to get away from when I started this blog.
I also got softer, because nobody else seems to care about any kind of “music blogging ethics” anyway. Blogs are the new Napster and I´m in the same boat if I like it or not. Posting material that I do not hold a copyright of, no matter how obscure it might be, is just as illegal as posting a brand new CD.
Still so far I have only gotten supportive feedback from people involved with some of the records I posted. Some even said, that they´re glad I did, because they never had a digital version of their music. A lot of artist don´t hold the copyrights to their own music anyway and are simply glad that somebody cares enough to put it out there. Unless they were cult artists or played a cult style a re-release of their music is very unlikely. I don´t really care about the legal issues, but to make it a little more exciting for me again and to get a better conscience about blogging, I will return to my initial restrictive guidelines. So expect a lot of bad records to be coming in the future…
This private pressing of the Perfid´s from Zürich, Switzerland is one such record that has never been re-released. It most probably would have, if it was in a cult style like punk or metal, but it is neither and both. Not metal enough to be metal and not punk enough to be punk. That said, it´s not a bad record at all, in fact I like it a lot. The cool thing is that they sing in a Swiss dialect that I can only understand partially, like the intro to their theme song that states that they started the group in January 1981. Besides that, I don´t know anything about this group simply because there is nothing to be found about them on the internet. Check for yourself: if you´ll search for them, you´ll find this post.