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We Weren't Meant to Last

by Various Artists

An eclectic collection of polished and raw songs from the mid-80’s Norwood Park hardcore/glam rock scene.
Genre: Metal/Punk: Oi!
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1. Coulda Woulda Shoulda - Blue Eyed Pastie Whites Version
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2. Funk Face - The Tardagens Version
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3. The Addiction - Cherry Boy Version
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4. 23 Listen for It - Throttle Body Version
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5. Jumpstart - Vagiant Version
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6. Back on up to Me - The Supreme Hustle Version
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7. 129 - The Ceiling Inspectors Version
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8. Watershed - The Beach Hermits Version
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9. Russ Meyer - The Chocita Bandits Version
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10. Parting Sees - The Gadderwalls Version
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11. Parting Sees - Puss 'n Boots Version
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12. Rockability - Backyard Prowlers Version
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13. Something Special - Hellstrom Version
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14. Can't Go Back - Break & Enter Version
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15. Lost Track - Crinkum Crankum Version
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16. Danish Home Girls - Cherry Boy Version
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17. Hand to Hand Combat - The Tardagens Version
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18. The Same - The Chatterers Version
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19. No Doubt About It - The Gadderwalls Version
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20. Rockability - The Chocita Bandits Version
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21. Not Thinking - Tura Version
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22. Anita - Patron Taints Version
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23. Anita - The Chocita Bandits Version
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24. Scream Blackula Scream - The Chatterers Version
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25. Right to Say - God Monster Flats Version
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26. Ska Tune - The Outer Ring Version
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27. Hombre - Lil Joe and the Hosstones Version
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This recording of polished and raw songs from the mid-80’s Norwood Park hardcore/glam rock scene is a tribute to the original bands that made the Norcore sound. The 27 songs are an eclectic collection ranging from Bowie-inspired glam rock to thrashing metal and everything in between. We feel the story of this music is best told by Chicago music veteran Terry Fox in our liner notes:

"Oi! Oi! Oi! From 1983 until 1986, Northwest Highway in Norwood Park was the epicenter of a hardcore punk scene whose frenetic pace was only eclipsed by its own brevity.

From the lobby of the Montrose Ave. Slot Car Lanes to men’s room in The Envoy to the dressing room of the Lift Off Club, leather clad punks with pink and blue Mohawks defined the Norcore music and fashion scene. Bands like the Blue Eyed Pasty Whites, The Tardagens, Hellstrom, Cherry Boy, Chocita Bandits and Puss ‘n Boots graced the stages of these clubs as well as the notorious all ages venue, The Courtside Racket Club.

The bands featured musicians who were as much cartoon characters as they were performers. Brothers James and Jorge Rybski influenced the “Glam Art School” faction of the scene while Eddie Willis and Gordy Schere of Hellstrom spearheaded the hard-core influenced bands. The Tardagens’ Frank McGurk and John Stele took the first generation of bands into the next wave. Godmonster Flats lead singer, Sidney Brenshaw, who took his name from the 1965 Russ Meyer film “Mudhoney” was obsessed with Russ Meyer and most of their songs reflected a total hedonistic reverence for lust and un-love.

Their crazed followers, all wearing leather Chicago police jackets, packed the clubs all jacked up on balloons filled with nitrous oxide-MDA and cocaine. This practice was known and “looning” and its side-effects ranged from memory loss to ‘rubber necking’ from excessive head-banging. The dealers who sold this lethal combo carried helium filled balloons of unusual shapes into the clubs to let all the kids know that they were holding.

The main benefactor and financial driving force behind the scene was jukebox, pinball, video game and cigarette machine tycoon, Sam Hurr. Sam used his influence over the club owners, through his main stooge and band manager, Randy Lewis [aka Lew Randy], to dictate what bands played which clubs and when. The musicians loved him because he freely paid for equipment, strings, drumsticks, cables and studio time.

The studio, Crazy 8 Studios, was owned by Sam’s brother “Ben” and most of the demos and EP’s that came out the Norcore scene were the result of drug and alcohol filled all night and all day sessions with producer, Chuck Wow (from the Thai phrase for hand-job). The release of most of these recordings was delayed by Sam falling into a coma after his very first attempt at “looning”.

The symbol that illustrated a Chicago punk’s commitment to the Norwood Park hardcore scene was the Chicago Flag. The origin was due to most of the members of the bands as well as the followers of this manic scene were the offspring of Chicago cops and firemen who received handed down used jackets and shirts emblazoned with the flag and CPD/CFD emblems. The musicians also received a plethora of stolen gear from the Lincoln Towing lots by way of their police fathers.

In early 1983 it ignited like a road flare, came on like a blitzkrieg and stormed through the northwest side of Chicago until it petered out in late 1986 with the sudden and mysterious death of backing singer and muse ‘Foxy Roxy” who appeared on nearly every single Norcore recording. Naturally, foul play was suspected." - Terry Fox

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