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Discharge: 1980-85 (Captain Oi!) 12th October 2018




4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)



There are 78 pretty good reasons to shell out around a score for this four CD clamshell box set rounding up all of Discharge’s punk era recordings from the early 80’s.

The first disc delivers the Independent Chart topping “Why” 12” mini-album , which here comes with the addition of the singles “Realities Of War”, “Fight Back” and “Decontrol”, all of which spent considerable time in the Indie Chart Top 10.

CD # 2 contains debut LP “Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing” which reached No.40 in the UK Chart, as well as # 2 in the Indie Chart. The “Never Again” and “State Violence”/”State Control” singles are bonus tracks.

The third disc is 1985’s “Never Again” album, which not only includes the “Warning” Indie Chart # 6 hit single, also “The Price Of Silence” and “The More I See” hit singles, plus remixed versions of many of Discharge’s best known tracks.

The final disc of the four is a 16-track live album from 1983 that captures the band at the height of their success.

Still active today, featuring three original members, Discharge are regulars at punk festivals around the world, including the Rebellion Festival in the UK and Germany’s Punk N Disorderly Festival.

Metallica – who covered “Free Speech For The Dumb” and “The More I See”, Anthrax  -who covered “Protest And Survive”, Sepultura – “A Look At Tomorrow and “Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing’”, Soulfly –  “Ain’t No Feeble Bastard” and Machine Head – “The Possibility Of Life’s Destruction”, are just some of the bands who have covered Discharge songs.

The influence of the band’s early recordings and ‘D-Beat Discore’ sound has been felt across the whole Punk and Metal crossover scene.


By Graham Burley



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