VA - Live At Raul's !
Various Artists - Live At Raul's
Raul's Records 1979 LP
01. The Explosives - I Go Insane
02. Standing Waves - Stand Still
03. Terminal Mind - Bridges Are For Burning
04. The Next - Real Love
05. Skunks - Cheap Girl
06. The Explosives - Tommy And Toni
07. Standing Waves - Young Experience
08. Terminal Mind - Radioactive
09. The Next - Teen Challenge
10. Skunks - Push Me Around
Get Terminal Mind 1979 7'' EP @ Killed By Death Records
Recorded September 16, 1979, these recordings document the Austin punk scene that swirled around the Tex-Mex bar owned by Joseph Gonzales located just west of the University of Texas campus. Featuring some of Austin’s most celebrated punk and new wave bands like The Standing Waves, The Skunks, and The Next, Live at Raul’s was also slated to feature two tracks by the legendary Roky Erickson.
Unfortunately due to contractual confusion, Erickson’s tracks did not appear on the original LP release in 1979, however they were included in the 1995 CD reissue. (Aaron @ FieldTripSouth)
Austin Chronicle Music Anthology book by Margaret Moser extract about the Skunks
Raul's was the riot-torn club whose five year existence whelped Austin punk rock. This compilation, Live at Raul's, was recorded in 1979 before a paltry matinee audience, showcases the club's earlier more new wave side (see Standing Waves or The Next) more so than it's later hardcore side (see the legendary Dicks/Big Boy's Live at Raul's LP). (MusicRuinedMyLife)
Recorded in 1979, at the Austin club Raul's, this album has long been unavailable, but post-punk punkers can take heart thanks to the ongoing DejaDisc reissue program. It's all here; bashing guitars, inane posturing, post-World War pre-apocalyptic lyrics, and the gratuitous use of German to indicate an implied hip brave-new-world blank-generation-cool-without-responsibility in the face of an increasingly chaotic world. If you like music with no purpose, this album is for you. Just don't pretend that it's good. (Richard Meyer @ AllMusic)
More about the Skunks by author Jesse Sublett
A great sampler of live punk from Austin's version of the punk scene of the late 1970s. This is not thrash or anger punk but more like pop-punk. Contains 12 tracks including two great live tracks of Roky Erickson backed up by The Explosives, and two from The Explosives without Roky. The sound quality is pretty good throughout and sounds more like a studio recording rather than a club but is definitely from the club in front of a live audience. (James Zinn @ Amazon)
Another great underrated album is “Live at Rauls”. The general consensus is that this album is to be avoided. Part of the reason for this is that it is unjustly compared to the later Big Boys / Dicks “Live at Rauls”. I never agreed that the Big Boys / Dicks “Live at Rauls” LP was as great as people say. Don’t get me wrong, The Dicks tracks on that album are friggin amazing. The Big Boys tracks however, are lame-pseudo-new wave and not remotely as good as “Frat Cars” or “Industry Standard”. In the end, the Big Boys / Dicks “Live at Rauls” is flawed. …and so is the original “Live at Rauls”. I have included the two bands I really like on “Live at Rauls”, The Explosives and Terminal Mind. I have also included the tracks by The Next because many people (myself included) think that their track “Cheap Rewards” is one of the greatest knucklehead punk songs of all time and I thought people may be curious to hear more by them. (Joe @ LastDaysOfManOnEarth)
In deeper review of the club's famous riot episode by Scot Casey
Raul’s Club was a bar and nightclub located at 2610 Guadalupe Street in Austin. It was initially opened as a Tejano club on December 31, 1977 by Roy “Raul” Gomez and manager Joseph Gonzales (1945–1996), often referred to as the “Godfather of Austin Punk Rock.” The headlining act for the opening night was local Tejano band Salaman.
In spite of its intended Mexican-American clientele, Raul’s was quickly swept up into the Texas punk rock scene and became its epicenter between 1978 and 1982. According to legend, writer-musician Jesse Sublett approached Gonzales in January 1978 to book his band the Violators (also featuring Kathy Valentine of the Go-Gos). Partly because of its proximity to the university, a steady stream of punk and new wave bands—many of them staffed by students, ex-students, and scenemakers, appeared on the club’s stage and drew increasingly larger audiences.
Raul’s Club made headlines internationally in Rolling Stone, New Musical Express, and other media outlets when, on September 19, 1978, the Huns singer Phil Tolstead was arrested with five others after an altercation with Austin police that escalated into a small riot. The club also weathered obscenity charges for flyers deemed too lewd for public display.
Among the local bands that played Raul’s were the Skunks, the Standing Waves, the Dicks, the Big Boys, the Reactors, the Ideals, Joe "King" Carrasco and the Crowns, Sharon Tate's Baby, Boy Problems, the Re*cords, the Chickadiesels, the Delinquents, D-Day, the all-girl band the Foams, the Action Toys, the Stains, the Gator Family, the Radio Planets, the Derelicts, the Rejects, and many others. Bands from around the state also appeared. Many touring punk, new wave, and related acts played Raul’s, including the Psychedelic Furs, Fear, Black Flag, the Subhumans, the Plugz, and the Dils.
A number of live recordings were made at Raul’s, including; Live at Raul’s, recorded in 1979; a 1980 extended-play single by the Ideals; and perhaps most importantly the split LP The Big Boys & The Dicks Recorded Live at Raul's Club, recorded September 19–20, 1980. Raul’s closed in February 1980 but reopened under the ownership of Steve Hayden. The club closed for good on April 1, 1981, with a show featuring five local bands. (TexasStateHistoricalAssociation)
Le club Raul aux cinq années d'existence à Austin d'en Texas est devenu célèbre de par le nombre de groupes punk/new wave locaux et autres à qui il aura donné l'opportunité de jouer sur scène, et ce, dès 1977 quand Roy "Raul" Gomez et son pote qui en sera le tenancier Joseph Gonzales ouvre ce gourbi mexicano aux abords de la fac.
L'émeute qui se produira en 78 lorsque le chanteur des Huns (Phil Tolstead) essaya d'embrasser un flic pendant leur prestation pour ensuite se faire malmener par la junte en bleu restera dans les mémoires et ajoutera à la légende du club dont la réputation devait s'étendre dans tout le pays.
En 1995, une réédition de cette compilation en CD incluera deux morceaux de Roky Erickson, mais ceci est l'originale de 79, vous l'avez compris. L'enregistrement 'Live' qui aura rendu le club célèbre dans le petit monde punkoïde est sans aucun doute celui qui proposera les deux incontournables d'Austin en la matière, les fameux et sublimes Dicks et Big Boys, réunis sur un split LP de choix.
Cette compilation propose donc d'autres groupes locaux classés punk/new wave, et si la plupart n'auront jamais l'occasion de sortir de l'état à une étoile, elle reste un vibrant témoignage de ce qu'étaient ces soirées au club entre amis et deux verres de tequila. Deux verres car deux titres par groupe seulement ici. L'enregistrement est excellent, et les titres au son rêche possèdent une fougue et une honnêteté bien appréciable. L'éclectisme ainsi présenté ne choque pas, si bien que le tout s’enchaîne de manière très agréable, et ce sont les plus célèbres The Next et Skunks qui concluent la soirée. Mais chaque groupe tire son épingle du jeu, et c'est ce qui donne à cette compilation tout son intérêt.
Voilà, régalez-vous de ce vieux plat épicé concocté encore avec soin, et n'oubliez pas votre sombrero en sortant, merci.
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