Attack Punk Records – Bologna – Italy – 1982 / 1983 / 1984

Today I have uploaded a relatively complete set of 7″ singles from Bologna’s Attack Punk record label. All the 7″ singles are in glorious red vinyl and quite aesthetically pleasing to the eye. The second release especially looks like the sleeve and booklet was screen printed in the same way as the first three Kill Your Pet Puppy fanzines, lots of clashing colours and text!

All the bands on all these releases are no doubt committed to the causes that they are involved with. Myself not being able to read (the booklets and posters) or understand Italian and the other nationalities screamed out from some of the bands vocalists featured on these records I am unsure of what causes they are. Browsing through the pictures and the (small amount of) text that is written in the English language in all the booklets and posters that are an integral part of all these 7″ singles, it becomes obvious that the generic Crass / Discharge peace punk themes are common with most of these bands. That can not be a bad thing!

In my opinion the pick of the bunch on the compilation records is the band Sottoculture with ‘Attack’ from the ‘Papi, Queens, Reichkanzlers & Presidennti‘ EP (SECOND ATTACK 1982). Simply blinding. But my firm favourite from the whole Attack Punk  catalogue is the ‘Ortodosia’ 7” by C.C.C.P Faithful To The Line. (SIXTH ATTACK 1984) This record reminds me more of bands like The Ex or The Rondos rather than either Crass or Discharge. Again not a bad thing!

There is very little information that I can get regarding the Attack Punk record label, or indeed little I could find out on the Bologna punk scene in the early 1980’s. The small snippet of information I did get, and placed below, I unceremoniously ripped off the Kill From The Heart site. I am sure there is more information out there that would be useful and relevant to this post but it might all be written in Italian and on Italian websites.

If anyone would like to participate in adding any useful and relevant information to this KYPP post on the Attack Punk record label, or the Bologna punk scene in the early 1980’s then feel free to add some comments below and I will cut and paste them to this post along with a credit. Thanks.

Oh just a note on the recordings if you hear long gaps starting a side or between the tracks that is the record itself, not my recording of the record!

“Attack Punk Records was born as an offshoot of the Attack fanzines from 1980 and 1981 that dealt primarily with the punk scene of Bologna. The Attack Punk record label was born in Bologna in 1981 with its first release ‘Schiavi nella città piu libera del mondo’ compilation 7″. The record was self-financed by the four groups that participated: Anna Falk SS, Bacteria, Stalag 17, and RAF Punk. The cost at the time was almost 500.000 lire (roughly £200). The compilation was an example of punk self-production and self-sufficiency. The label’s first release was done in the cheapest way possible, printing the covers on an offset belonging to an anarchist group. The most important thing was that self-production was possible, an escape from the market logic of capitalism. Our concept for self-management wasn’t limited to the group that produced the record… we were a self-run label because we functioned completely inside of the scene”.

“Though the idea of the label was created by Gianpaolo Giorgetti AKA Jumpy from R.A.F Punk, it involved all the punks were in ‘il Cassero’ (an anarchy centre). Soon RAF Punk’s guitarist (later on a member of the band C.C.C.P Faithful To The Line) also joined. His contribution was important because he was an excellent graphic designer who created lots of record covers, and he was also a wizard with an offset press”.

“We were fascinated by the Crass Records label. Though we didn’t share the rigor, we totally agreed with the utopia that came out of their messages. We felt ourselves a step away from anarchy in Italy at that time. All the principles that we had always pursued finally seemed to come true. We wanted to internationalize ourselves and we made the second record ‘Papi, Queens, Reichkanzlers & Presidennti‘ compilation, with four Italian bands, one German band, and one English band”.

“The releases that followed were ‘l’Affaire Marat Sade’ split 7″ (the title of which was inspired by the theatrical work of the same name) with Cracked Hirn and Rivolta dell’Odio, the ‘Nè buoni nè cattivi’ split 7″ with Irah and Stalag 17 from Bologna, the ‘Africani’ EP by Underage, the ‘Ortodosia’ 7” and 12″ by C.C.C.P Faithful To The Line, and the final release,  ‘Corpus Delicti’ 7″ by U.B.R. from Yugoslavia”. ”

“Totò Alle Prese Coi Dischi the sub-label of Attack Punk records takes it name from Totò, a famous Italian comedian of the 1950s”.

FIRST ATTACK 1982

Anna Falk SS – Centro Sociale Occupato / Amore Represso – Bacteria – Non Vogliamo Più Pagare / Facce Grigie (Dub Version)

R.A.F. Punk – W La Resistenza! /  Sarò Anche Pacifista, Ma – Stalag 17 – Potere Fottuto / Bologna Reprime

Four hardcore bands from Bologna share this raw record. R.A.F. Punk sounds like a cross between Crass and Discharge; Stalag 17 are a bit more primitive, with tremendously course vocals; Anna Falk SS sound more like a typical Britpunk aggregation; Bacteria make Flipper sound wonderfully melodic. A great EP.

Tim Yohannon (from Maximum Rock’n’Roll #4, January / February 1983)

SECOND ATTACK 1982

Irah – Fotti Il Sistema  – Total Chaos – Revolution Part 10 –  5° Braccio – Mai Piu’ Tortura

Stromsperre – Alltag – Kaaos – Isänmaalliset – Sottocultura – Attack – Kollettivo – Lotta Per Il Potere

From Italy with interesting sleeve packaging, a 7-song sampler that presents bands from many free-minded European lands. Italian bands Sottocultura, Kollettino, and 5° Braccio jolt forth a momentous thrash attack of havoc. Speed merchants Stromsperre wail from Germany and Kaaos fire a split-second barrage from Finland. Also, there’s Total Chaos from the U.K. and a slower, more relaxed song by Irah of Italy. Impressive.

Pushead (from Maximum Rock’n’Roll #6, May / June 1983)

THIRD ATTACK 1982 

Rivolta Dell’Odio – Una Vita / Realta’ / Ripetizione-Inganno / Casa Rossa

Cracked Hirn – Uomo E Terra / Chi Ha Da Perdere Qualcosa

Side one of this compilation EP features Rivolta Dell’Odio, who are sort of a sparser version of Crass; the flip presents Cracked Hirn, who have a fuller sound which is nevertheless extremely raw. Both bands share an anarchist/pacifist outlook, as have all the other bands on this label’s two earlier releases.

Tim Yohannan (from Maximum Rocknroll #9, October / November 1983)

FOURTH ATTACK 1983

Stalag 17 – Nobel per l’orrore Anarchia nella mia vita /  Diritto alla casa / Sposiamoci
Irah – Poseurs e dintorni / Burattini in divisa con pistola / Marconi occupato / Vivisezione

These two Italian bands describe themselves as anarchists, and from what I can gather, they are to be admired for their dedication and efforts. Stalag 17 play pretty good thrash and slower, ballad-type songs; Irah do pretty intense, fast songs that are catchy. Even though translations of the lyrics would be nice, musically this is a record worth tracking down.

Ruth Schwartz (from Maximum Rocknroll #16, August 1984)

FIFTH ATTACK 1983

Underage – Entro domani / Kids / Lager / Marijuana punk / Senza leggi

Underage – Sporca naia / Thanks U.S.A. / Tre settembre / Underage

The most applicable adjectives here are rhythmic, savage, and raw. This is mainly fast-paced thrash which is driven by steady drumming, and topped off with a totally fuzzed-out guitar and insistent, intense singing. The Underage are an anarchist band and, judging from this, have an abundance of commitment. Excellent.

Tim Yohannon (from Maximum Rock’n’Roll #10, December 1983)

SIXTH ATTACK 1984

CCCP Fideli Alla Linea – Live in Pankow / Spara jurij

CCCP Fideli Alla Linea – Punk Islam

This EP has one band with three songs. “Punk Islam” has lots of effects and an ethnic style that paints a vivid picture of Middle Eastern strife–it’s slowish, slightly catchy but still intense. The other two songs are better, mining a sort of UK peace punk style: “Spara Jurij” is the best, most rocking song here. An enclosed booklet discusses international war tactics: I wish I could understand it. Interesting and worth tracking down.

Ruth Schwartz (from Maximum Rocknroll #19, November 1984)

TOTÒ 1984

Raw Power – Fuck Authority / Burning The Factory – Rivolta Dell’Odio – La Danza Del Sangue

Rappresaglia – U.S.A. / Rappresaglia – Pedago Party – Lo Spazio Che Ci Resta / Morire A Beirut

If you would like to read something on the decades of Italian anarchism there is an interesting essay entitled ‘At the Intersection of Anarchists and Autonomists: Autogestioni and Centri Sociali’ by Pierpaolo Mudu right HERE

11 comments on “Attack Punk Records – Bologna – Italy – 1982 / 1983 / 1984

  1. Flippin hell! These take me back! I remember being sent these at the time – I’m pretty sure the first one (the comp with Stalag 17, RAF Punks, Anna Falks and Bacteria) came out in 1981 though, I’m sure I was still living at home when I recieved this one in the post, I didn’t move to my own place until the beginning of 1982?

    Apparently a load of Italian punks turned up looking for me at my mum’s house (which I was still using as the postal adress for New Crimes HQ) in the summer of 1982 when I was away on holiday, I wasn’t there (obviously) so they ended up staying with her for a few days which she found quite hard work – they couldn’t speak any English and she couldn’t speak any Italian, and they were quite ‘in yer face’ – she remembers that a couple of local skinheads happened to be walking past the house and they started shouting ‘fuck off fascistas!!’ at them at the top of their voices, which she totally could have done without!!!

  2. Chris L on said:

    Graham, Didn’t you do a feature on RAF Punks/the Italian punk scene in an issue of New Crimes?

    Think there may have been a feature on it in an issue of Toxic Grafitti too…?

    Haven’t listened to the above uploads yet but I was given a copy of the CCCP “Live In Pankow” retrospective LP a while back. Absolutely AMAZING album. Some great live clips up on YouTube too.

    Will definately be back to this post.

  3. simply amazing
    thank you!

  4. Chris, ensure you check out ‘Attack’ by Sottoculture from the ‘Papi, Queens, Reichkanzlers & Presidennti‘ EP (SECOND ATTACK 1982). Second record, second side of that record, third track. The tambourine (sleigh bells?) at the very start gets, ahem, NOISED OUT a few seconds later so do not worry. Fairport Convention this aint!

  5. Weird isn’t it? Back in the day obtaining this music would have involved finding out about it in some fanzine, going down to the post office to obtain an International Money Order, writing off to the guys who put out the record, which would have taken a couple of weeks to get there, then waitiing a couple more weeks for the record to arrive in the post. Now I’m listening to it in under 20 seconds from finding out about it existing… No bad thing, but somehow not sure if that is in the spirit of how this music and the whole aesthetic around it was concieved and intended….

  6. Yes indeed RAF Punks featured in New Crimes… I also remember that apparently a load of Italian punks, who may well have been the RAF Punks/Attack fanzine folks turned up looking for me at my mum’s house (which I was still using as the postal adress for New Crimes HQ) in the summer of 1982 when I was away on holiday. It may well have been the some crowd who turned up unannounced at Dial House around that time that Penny has described in a couple of the Crass books. Anyway, I wasn’t there (obviously) so they ended up staying with her for a few days which she found quite hard work – they couldn’t speak any English and she couldn’t speak any Italian, and they were quite ‘in yer face’ – she remembers that a couple of local skinheads happened to be walking past the house and they started shouting ‘fuck off fascistas!!’ at them at the top of their voices from the front door, which she totally could have done without!!!

  7. I wonder if Sinyx were actually featured in Attack fanzine 2 (one of the fanzines heading the post) or whether the writers just wrote the name up on the front? And we have to wonder whether the people running Attack fanzine got to know Sinyx via a local Southend fanzine in the first place? Small world possibly…

  8. Oops sorry I’ve told the same anecdote twice – sorry about that…

  9. Trunt on said:

    I had the first Attack fanzine. Sold it on ebay for £15, couldn’t believe the interest it got. I could have sold 20 of them. It was a well put together large zine, but couldn’t understand it as it was all in Italian.

  10. Thanks for posting this! I’ve downloaded a couple of these recordings before and they’re amazing! I agree that some of the mystique behind recordings is lost these days with the connectivity of the internet making it so easy to find stuff that would have taken me years to uncover back in the day. I must say, however, that the quality of recordings that are posted here on the KYPP blog more than make up for the loss!

    My band arYAWN played a gig with I Fasti in Milan, Italy at a vegan squat called Villa Vegan about three years ago. Members of this band had ties with the squatters community back in the ’80s. I’d always been fascinated with Italian hardcore in my youth, so it was a treat to play a fundraiser in Italy with people who I really respected.

    This post gave me the gumption to contact my friends in Italy so that a radio show could be put together about Attack Punk Records. I’ve reached out to someone who was involved with RAF Punk and the label and will post more about that once I’ve heard from him.

    Thanks again to KYPP for being a constant source of inspiration!

  11. Anyone know if Bambi in Bologna is on the net??

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