Janne from Selfish was a nephew, I believe, to the singer of Vaurio, who died a few years ago. Janne inherited his collection, including a flyer and newspaper clipping from Anti-Cimex's first gig in Finland. Vaurio was the only Finnish band that played with four Swedish bands at the gig in Naantali--known as Finland's most popular holiday destination! I talked to Vote Vasko about this gig, and he did not remember it having happened. He thought the first Cimex gig in Finland came much later. But here's the proof (anyway, Vote lived in a different town, hundreds of miles away). My Finnish is a little rusty, but I think the newspaper clipping expresses revulsion at these hellions' music and behavior. Killer line-up at this gig, no? Thanks very much to Janne for this material.
1/13/11 post correction: This video is not from Leeds. See this post for more information.
I had heard this video existed a year or two ago, but no one seemed to have a copy of it. Youtube to the rescue. This video displays some pretty fascinating aspects of mid-'80s Cimex. Their detractors always claimed that they were Discharge clones, changing their style as Discharge did. This video seems to substantiate that claim: check out Jonsson's fashion choices. Luckily his vocals remained intense as ever. (One wonders if Cal ever beat himself in the head with the microphone.) Musically, the band is strong, playing the same songs it seems they played--or attempted to play--at all the UK tour dates. "Game of the Arseholes" is particularly great in this video. But how many of those gigs ended like this one? An intro and not even three songs into it, the drummer walks off stage, perhaps because Jonsson had too disappeared. Maybe they were both annoyed at the guitar cutting out. Or maybe someone off screen was offering free drugs and booze. Another highlight is that there are two drummers, which was supposedly true at all the UK tour dates. The back of the "s/t" 12" depicts the second drummer and says that he was a member of the band, in charge of percussion. A great photo, possibly from the same gig, was printed in Maximum Rocknroll's photo zine Welcome to Cruise Country, which is below. Anyway, not much else to say here, except that this video is awesome. I've also been informed that the gig in this video was not in Leeds, but that's what the Youtube video title says, so I'll leave it like that here to avoid confusion.
Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2MBUo2j7W0
Late in 2006, an auction on eBay revealed the existence of yet another variation of the Skitslickers EP's sleeve. This one is on Bullshit Records, which released Anti-Cimex's first EP and Absurd's EP. The auction description tells a story about Bullshit Records intending to release the record but running out of money so that "Malign Massacre/Studio Lane" had to step in to release the record. I do not believe this story. What is important to note is that Mats Boldenmalm had his hand in nearly everything relating to Skitslickers and Anti-Cimex, and was also responsible for creating some of the rare sleeve variations, such as this one. One such variation he did not remember having made until it was shown to him many years later. For this and other reasons, I take all stories about "pressings" and amounts of records/sleeves made with a great deal of skepticism (the seller also told me that someone had told him 3 or 4 copies of this sleeve exist). Mats was quite kind and forthcoming to me in 2001 when I wrote to him asking many questions on the subject in the process of writing an article for Maximum Rocknroll about Swedish hardcore, but a great deal of minutia remains to be clarified. In that article, I wrote that Jonsson, bassist of Skitslickers, was the proprietor of Bullshit Recordz, but I don't remember the source of that information.
Anti-Cimex appeared on some cassette compilations released in Sweden in the period after the release of their first 7", before their second, when Jonsson took over vocal duties and the lyrics were in Swedish. This period is when the compilation LP tracks ("Really Fast" and "Vägra for Hëlvete") and "Anarkist Attack" demo were released. The tracks on these compilations were unique, whereas tracks appearing on later, foreign-released cassette compilations were duplicated on records.
This one-page interview appeared in the UK fanzine Paid in Full #3 in November 1985.
1. Discussion of pressing information: "Raped Ass," three pressings, with one on the way; "Victims of a Bombraid," one pressing, with another on the way.
2. Influences: formerly Alice Cooper, Sabbath, Discharge, Chaos UK, etc.; now, Billy Idol, Damned, Alan Vega, Blondie, Chaos UK, etc.
3. Regarding the "Really Fast" LP: "Our songs is shit on compl actual the demo tape goes too slow therefore such strength guitar sound."
Here is an advertisement for records distributed by Earache Records from Nottingham, England (Yes, that Earache). The ad appeared in Phoenix Militia, a UK hardcore and metal fanzine, that had previously been called Phoenix from the Crypt. Of note is the availability of "Raped Ass," which was released in 1983. Also, I love the quote "Buy these records -- to make your ears bleed and your brain think." It is interesting to see which records were distributed overseas and which, apparently, weren't selling very quickly.
Here is an excerpt of an article I wrote in spring 2000 for my zine, Game of the Arseholes. The article was about some rare records (The Clay 7", E.A.T.E.R. 7", YDI 7", Mornington Crescent 7", etc.) I included some information I had recently obtained from a Swedish friend whom you might know as the proprietor of the Ken Rock record label. Not everything in this article is accurate, especially the pressing information, but it was the best information available at the time. This article and one I published in Maximum Rocknroll the next year about Swedish hardcore are, I believe, two sources for much of the pre-Wikipedia, pre-blog conventional wisdom on The Shitlickers. Today, I'd estimate I stand by approximately 80% of what is contained in this piece. The enthusiasm for the music, however, is undiminished.
A test pressing of "Raped Ass" sold on eBay in May 2006 for approximately $590 to a Japanese bidder. The auction did not contain much useful information or a good photograph of the record, but here is the photo as well as the auction itself, with the winning bidder's ID blacked out. (The auction is still available from eBay, but not for long.)
The label of the test pressing is the same as that of some other test pressings of Swedish hardcore records from the era, which were clearly pressed at the same Swedish plant. It is unclear how many test pressings of this record exist, but this is the only one I have ever seen sold. Notably, all "pressings" of this record came from the same stampers and have the same matrices, so no matter how many sleeve versions there are (more on that issue in the future, of course), there was likely just a single run of test pressings.