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'Darby Crash Rides Again'
(Southern Lord)

Jools Green

jools green

poison idea darby crash rides again

Poison Idea, the self-proclaimed, and rightly so, 'Kings of Punk' hail from Portland, Oregon, and are the epitome of all that is truly Punk Rock, raw, belligerent, no pretentions. Despite all the problems faced by the band with changing line-ups and addictions they still managed to outlast musically the posers who claimed to be Punk. Formed in 1980 by Jerry A and still performing and recording intermittently, sadly without Tom 'Pig Champion' Roberts, who died in 2006.

Poison Idea were a band whose success was built wholly and solely on their hard work, talent and notoriety. Good looking pin up boys they were not. They were fat, foul mouthed but amazingly talented and Pig Champion's furious, bluesy guitar riffs were a joy for the ear to behold.

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'Darby Crash Rides Again' (2012) is twenty nine tracksm digitally re-mastered by Jack Control (World Burns To Death) from the formative years of the band. The album title reflects the acknowledged influence on Jerry A of Derby Crash, vocalist with Los Angeles Punk band The Germs. This is an album of ground breaking, boundary challenging, raw Punk Rock and if you were expecting something pretty, it's not. Punk was never meant to be pretty, it was meant to sound like this!!

The album is made up from a previously unreleased demo 'Boners Kitchen' from 1981, the complete 'Derby Crash' rides again demo from 1982, a live uncut demo 'KBOO Rradio Benefit' recorded in 1983, where amusingly the band threaten to continue playing because people are not donating enough money, and outtakes from the 'Record Collector's Are Pretentious Assholes' recording session.

This is an album for true afficionados of Poison Idea. Essential listening for those people who, like myself, have all their previously released material or for people who are interested in the real sound of Punk Rock and its origins. Also the many previously released tracks in this collection are no longer available in their original format.

The tracks that stand out for me on this collection are the three slightly different versions of 'Motorhead' and it is worth owning just on the strength of these alone. Also worth mentioning are the excellent 'Pure Hate', a version of which ended up on the 'Pick Your King' album and 'Ugly American' which a more polished version, by Poison Idea's standards was re-recorded for the 'Kings Of Punk' album.

Such has been the impact of Poison Idea, they have been cited as influencing hundreds of bands over the years including Pantera, Machine Head, Napalm Death and Turbonegro to name a few. This album represents a piece of musical history.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

If you are interested in going to Wacken 2018 and have questions, please fill out the form below and we will contact you with answers to all your enquiries. You are under no obligation whatsoever by filling this form out. We won't add you to any mailing lists or send you loads of spam - all we will do is help you get to Wacken as easily and inexpensively as possible.



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