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'The Fatal Erection Years'
(Southern Lord)
Release Date: 14th August 2012

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Jools Green

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'The Fatal Erection Years' is the second re-release from the extensive back catalogue of Portland, Oregon's Kings of Punk, Poison Idea. This time around covering the self released EP's, 'Pick Your King' and 'Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes', originally released on their own label 'Fatal Erection Records' in 1983-4.

Musically, continuing to epitomise everything that is punk with their belligerent, raw sound but showing on these EP's how their sound had developed from the 'Darby Crash' era, with the late, brilliant, Tom 'Pig Champion' Roberts' furious, blues/rock riffing becoming more prominent. The extra material consists of 'Live At The Met, Portland 1983' and four compilation tracks,' Laughing Boy',' Typical',' Die On Your Knees' and 'I Got A Right'.

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Originally featuring an image of Jesus on one side and Elvis on the back, 1983s 'Pick Your King' is thirteen furious paced chunks of punk excellence. This was really where their consistency of sound and style came together, picking favourites is an almost impossible task but for catchiness and sheer raw aggression' In My Headache', 'Self Abuse', 'Pure Hate' for me have the edge.

1984s 'Record Collectors Are Pretentious Assholes' opens up to a ferocious start that is maintained for the duration, starting with 'AA', a favourite track on this EP for me. Also a more distorted edge to the guitar sound starts to develop from this EP onward.

Other standout tracks are 'Rubber Husband' and the aptly named final track 'Time To Go'. Of the four compilation tracks, 'Typical' and 'Die On Your Knees' are particularly noteworthy tracks.

'Live At The Met, Portland 1983' is an excellent quality live recording, despite being a bit lo-fi, both from the production and the performance perspective. Opening with 'Dance Of Rage' this recording is a demonstration of how well they could 'cut it' live and in many ways their live material is better than their studio material just for the sheer energy and raw aggression that oozes from your speakers.

Add to this mix Jerry A's amusing between track banter and you have a strong sense of just what a larger than life character he was and continues to be. There are excellent live versions of 'Self Abuse', 'Louie Louie' also 'My Hard-on Withers In Your Face', mainly for its excellent audience participation and my personal favourite, 'Pure Hate'.

'Poison Idea' have influenced hundreds of bands over the years and will continue to do so. If you aren't old enough to own the originals, this is an essential addition to any Punk collection and if you are, then buy this for the extra material as you won't be disappointed.

It features forty-five raw, filthy tracks from one of the most influential American punk bands of all time. The poster/booklet also contains liner notes from Poison Idea vocalist, Jerry A and also photos and flyers from the band's history.

'The Fatal Erection Years 'is out on August 14th via Southern Lord.




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.

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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.

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