D.I.R.T. Death Is Reality Today – Plymouth 29/09/81

Hirosima / Unemployment / Mother / Democracy / Labels / Big Bully / Dolls Of Destruction / Sexual Violence / D.I.R.T / 6.35 / Canvey Island / Wargames / Public Execution / Master Race

Indebted to Chris Low for this tape, an ok quality audience recorded tape of D.I.R.T. rocking the south coast.

I personally did like D.I.R.T. but remember being slightly disappointed when the LP was released on Crass Records, a live LP which was overdubbed anyway! D.I.R.T who had such close contact with Crass for a couple of years, I imagined, like The Poison Girls before them, that an attempt by the label to get the band a decent studio LP would have been a more likely move to preserve the sound. 

D.I.R.T had a lot of material that could have easily been recorded at Southern Studios, perhaps the label was going through a cash flow problem at that time…If anyone has any unreleased demos that I can upload (Vince, looking at you now!) then please contact me so I can get them up here…

Vince looking guilty about something…

  1. chris
    February 29, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    unfortunately this doesn’t seem to feature my favourite of one of their ditties; ‘seal cull’ – just in case any of their audience members were considering becoming a member of an inuit eskimo tribe and making heir living from seal pelts.

  2. Nic
    February 29, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Yeah, what’s he done?

    It’s the same look I’m going to have when my wife comes home in about half an hour and finds out I somehow contrived to break the leg of a chair today…ho hum…

  3. john
    February 29, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    nic,if your ever passing through moss side i’m sure we can sort you out with a new secondhand chair via the charity i work for, run and maintained by ageing punks hippies with bad backs and dodgey knees.
    service with a sneer

  4. Vince a.k.a Vomit
    Vince a.k.a Vomit
    February 29, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    This is uncanny?

    How could anyone one possibly know i had broken that chair leg?.
    Actually G took the picture when we was staying at our friend Ian’s house. It was just after a gig and i was a little bit worse for wear.

  5. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    March 1, 2008 at 9:24 am

    Vince, spill the beans on why there was no D.I.R.T. studio LP at this time on Crass Recs. Any reason that you can remember at all?

  6. Vince a.k.a Vomit
    Vince a.k.a Vomit
    March 1, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Initiallly we was going to record a 12″ at southern but someone suggested we do a live album (i don’t know why?). It may have something to do with cost as Crass and Southern studios prefered to concentrate on putting out mainly singles.
    Or maybe it was due to the fact that Object Refuse might not have done as well as they had hoped and the idea of an album was a bit of a liability.

    Whatever it was i must confess i was a little disapointed with the end result. Stiff records mobile unit recorded the album at the New Half Moon but they had a few dodgy microphones and we had to do overdubs. Generally live albums are hard to get right and we failed dismally.

  7. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    March 1, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Ummm, I felt let down with the Chron Gen LP when released. Some great 7″ singles leading up to it and a decent live tape (all on this site somewhere) and when the LP arrived in the stores I run down to Small Wonder and what did I get? The singles, live tracks and one decent studio track ‘Hounds Of The Night’. Did come with a live 7″ though. Even that could not cover the disapointment. A real mismash on that LP. DIRT LP is alright (at least it is ALL live-ish) I hate LPs with studio tracks and like one or two live tracks – very messy and obviously normally means a labels desparate way to fill 20 odd minutes a side. The first single by DIRT is great though. Thats the only DIRT I have, 7″ / LP dont even know if you recorded anything else!

  8. Vince a.k.a Vomit
    Vince a.k.a Vomit
    March 1, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    We did actually do one more 7″ single on Crass records that was recorded at Southern. It had ‘Ripper’ and ‘Mother’ as the two songs.
    We spent some time on it and we were really pleased with the end result but Southern pulled the plug on it.

    They said it cost too much to produce so it never got released until years later when Gary released the Black and White album with the two tracks on.

  9. Girl on the phone
    Girl on the phone
    September 18, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Hi Vomit
    Oh my god, you were a cute kid. I wonder what you look like now. Are you still a musician? Still live in sunny Edm***** ? Me and my sis moved to Camden and are only Punks at heart now, how about you. Can you guess who this is? I still go to gigs, u never grow out of a good pogo a few times a year, thats all I’m fit enuf to do. lol…
    s xxx

  10. Penguin
    Penguin • Post Author •
    September 19, 2008 at 12:29 am

    Snigger snigger 😉
    Vince will be pleased to read this message G.O.T.P. if you go to post 86 section on the header above and scroll down (or search) for Earth Culture you will hear some great stuff that he is now involved in – also links to the man-god himself. He still hangs around in Edm****** quite a bit.
    He also has a birthday post and more D.I.R.T. material on this side of the site if you want to hear more crash bang wallop.

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