Maximum-Rocknroll

A review of a self-titled album by Diamanda Galás, written by Jello Biafra in Maximum RocknRoll (MRR) issue number 15, from July 1984. I’ve been spending a lot of time digging through MRR for Hardcore Architecture and I wish Jello wrote more reviews. I’m not sure if someone asked him to review these records because they were sent to the magazine, or if he just picked things he was most passionate about on his own, but he always wrote about the most compelling artists and releases.

Lady Punk History
MRR RADIO

MRR RADIO SPECIAL: Layla and Golnar’s history lesson for lady punkers.

Intro song:
VULPESS – Me Gusta Ser Una Zorra

Golnar
SADO-NATION – Mom and Pop Democracy
TNT – Razzia
AMA-DOTS – Hit Girls
WILMA – Fast Fascist
ZERO DECONDUITE – Je Suis Mort
THE BRAT – Leave Me Alone

Layla
CHALK CIRCLE – Reflection
NEO-BOYS – Rich Man’s Dream
BOW WOW WOW – Baby on Mars
SUBURBAN LAWNS – My Boyfriend
UNIT 3 PLUS VENUS – Beer

Golnar
NJF – Happy Sad
TOZIBABE – Dezuje
PETTICOATS – Allergy
THE RATS – Broken Wire Telephone
ULTIMO RESORTE – Una Causa Sin Fondo

Layla
MANICH DEPPRESSIVE – Side A
THE NURSE – 1A
THE WRECKS – Lullaby of the Womb
RUTTO – Sa et Haluu

Outro song:
AVENGERS – Cheap Tragedies

I’ve used the word sincere a few times above already. And that’s one of the main things you get living in the Midwest, sincerity. Kids from small towns in the Midwest who get into punk face a lot of pressure and judgement from the squares. Most of them move to Minneapolis to participate in the punk scene here, but they bring with them a sincerity and dedication to punk that transcends trends and fashion. That is to say, punk is a way of life for a lot of people here. I remember some years ago I let a friend of mine book Screeching Weasel in my living room. Larry Livermore was with them and made some comment like “Wow, the kids here are all into stuff that went out of style in Bay Area five years ago.” To which Patrick Costello deftly replied “No, the kids here are in it for life and not following the latest trends.”
—  Felix Havoc, from Maximum Rocknroll #368 (January 2014)