Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Lay Down Your Soul...

This bit of ridiculousness from England's greatest band (next to Sabbath) has been brought to the public's attention through a 7" release by Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and a page or two in one of those Rollins books about the relentless grind that was part and parcel to being in America's greatest band (next to Slayer.) The story is that Black Flag landed a gig opening for Venom in New Jersey on April 2nd 1986. Someone in Flag's crew had the good sense to slip a blank cassette to the sound dude. The tape was edited to just the amazing between song stage banter of Cronos, and widely dubbed and distributed to friends that Black Flag met along the way. This probably inspired a similar collection of amazing stage rants from Slayer's Tom Araya that has been making the rounds. Even more intense is in 1986 you could see Venom and Black Flag play an all ages show, and it would only cost you the low satanic price of $6.66. I need one of those Nocturnus time machines, like now.

27 comments:

blort said...

nice

umlaut said...

$6.66?? Is that a legit flyer? Venom with Slayer in S.F. in 1985 was $12.50 according to my archives:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/umlaut555/3674803064/

smrat said...

Man... Cronos is fucking WASTED!!!

Aesop said...

Umlaut, that is with Slayer though. Hell, I don't know.

Anonymous said...

there is also an edit of king diamonds' banter somewhere with him reciting the lords prayer backwards...there are other fantastic venom items a cassette single had the most amazing venom answer phone message on it, two fans ringing over and over again to tell venom they are GODS etc. i recently heard a little of the venom interview 12" picture disc if anyone can put that up here... ;-)

Anonymous said...

no, man. the flier is fake. here's the real thing: http://www.randynow.com/images/1986b-lr.jpg

-jeff

Milla said...

I'm getting on that time machine with you!!!

Once I get home from work I'll check on Rollin's Get in the van book if there is anything about the gig.

Anonymous said...

hi great blog - there is also a cut up of king diamond banter out there somewhere including him reciting the lords prayer backwards. Another great Venom oddity is the answer phone messages on the b side of a cassette single, two fans phoneing up again and again to tell venom they are gods etc - priceless - i'd really like to hear the Venom interview 12" picture disc if anyone has it ?

Doug said...

venom and black flag at one show...motherfuck.

verysmall said...

When this came out I worked at Revolver and we talked like this for many moons... Still do sometimes... Indeed... INDEED.

dustinswanson said...

when i first heard this i thought it was one of the most hilarious things of all time. you all thought venom were finished, but we're recording A NEW FUCKING ALBUM!!!

Avi said...

As good as this is, I find that Paul Stanley's stage banter tape is the superior article

Asa said...

Thurston Moore pressed a totally bootleg Venom 7" that had the same thing going on: only stage banter. I'm wondering if this is the same one.

Anonymous said...

here's the nightmare single w/ the phone calls: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRVPFvwi_e8

Anonymous said...

& those phone guys remind me of these guys: http://www.mediafire.com/?t3mzmrm22wq

satan place

-jeff

Anonymous said...

yeah?!? YEAH?!? My fav is The vid of Exodus/Slayer and Cronus goes
"Fast track, fast track, fast track". I would love/hated to party with those dudes.

Anonymous said...

Here's the you tube link for the Chris Barnes Banter.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFjYMqLTHyw

Lo-Res Viscera said...

The Paul Stanley collection doesn't hold a candle to this shit, sorry. Venom is one of the greatest, and this is testament to all that is METAL.
Funny timing on this, as I recently added this to my player over on my Tarpit Neanderthals blog. I had it one autoplay for a week or tow, and probably drove off the two folks who would frequent the site, ha ha.

the static fanatic said...

"coz your wild man, WILD!"


this was sampled on the beastie boys 1992 check your head album.

hearing that blew my mind!


paul stanleys banter is frickin wonky, that guy is out to lunch in his rock star self view.

Doug said...

so if venom and sabbath are England's greatest bands and black flag and aslayer are america;s greatest bands.....who's better?
slayer or black flag?
venom or black sabbath?

my money's on both the black's, thank you.

Dave G said...

This is what inspired me to put together the "SLAYER SPEAKS" collection that is up on my blog.

Anonymous said...

here's the king diamond/mercyful fate raps: http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/KF/2006/01/shut/05_-_Mercyful_Fate_-_Mercyful_Fate.mp3

-jeff

Devil Dick said...

trenton new fucking jersey...!!!
i was there...

Anonymous said...

I remember reading Rollins' and Joe Cole's accounts of this show.

"Black funky metal!!!!"

Too funny.

Erik said...

Metal tenfold through the deadly black hole...

JIM HAYES said...

wow! this is stunning. thanks for posting.

Clint B said...

I totally read about this show in Get In The Van. I think it will be just the right amount of time to fill up my tape of the Paul Stanley banter. Thanks!