Wednesday, October 7, 2009

In Your Face - 1988-1993 Discography




Hardcore punk from Long Island. This is everything the band recorded between 1988-1993. Enjoy.

In Your Face discography

1988 demo lineup
Marc - vocals
Eric - guitar
Joe - guitar
Mike - bass
Johnny - drums

The 1988 demo is my favorite In Your Face material. The music has a bit of a crossover feel to it, and juvenile lyrics as you can see from the song titles. Don't write this off because of Faggot Stomp (a song the band has since apologized about), it's a great demo.

1989 "Grub" lineup
Marc - vocals
Joe - guitar
Dave - bass
Ernie - drums / guitar

The "Grub" 7", released on Common Cause Records in 1989, has a more mature sound, although the lyrics are still a bit on the silly side. The music here is much different than the demo. At their best moments they sound like a mix of 411, Angry Samoans and Token Entry. Great ep, with artwork by drummer Ernie Parada, who also played in Token Entry as well as other notable NYHC bands. The song "My Turn" is a classic.

The first comp track, a great cover of Devo's "Gates of Steel", was originally released on the compilation 7" "Seeing With New Eyes" on Scooby-Doo Records in 1990. I'm not sure where the other comp track is from, if anyone knows, please leave a comment.

Up next is the unreleased "Henpecked" 7", recorded sometime in the early '90s. This ep sees the band changing sounds yet again. This one has much more of a pop-punk feel. Very Screeching Weasel influenced, even going so far as to cover Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now".

After that it's back to the early lineup for the live at WNYU set. This set has Timmy Chunks of Token Entry filling in for Marc on vocals, and Mike, the bass player for Ludichrist, filling in for Joe on guitar. The sound quality is a bit rough on these recordings, but it's listenable (and gets better as it goes along), and it's a great set. Energy and antics, that sums this set up.

Closing up the collection are 2 live songs recorded at CBGB sometime in 1988.

Thanks to Mark Anthony for the music and the artwork. I included the covers he sent me below.

20 comments:

  1. great work ! thanks a lot !!

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  2. I think I remember this band from back in the day. I could swear I used to have a CD by them or 7 inch or something. I STILL love NYHC after all these years. Thanks for the post and I'm adding your blog - love it!

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  3. Thank you for the demo.
    Great band and grerat blog.
    Jean Marc

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  4. a tune like faggot stomp is about as passively ignorant of tolerance as it gets.

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  5. Mosher, that's '80s NYHC for you. As much as i love bands like Cro-Mags, Warzone and AF, those bands were all "bashers" at one point, only difference being they didn't write songs about it. (check out the Skinhead Youth live CBGB set). Most of those bands have since apologized for the ignorant shit they did as kids. Fuck, even Eric Wood, who is about as PC as you can be, had a song called Smear the Queer on the PHC album. And not to try and defend anything, but the '80s was a different time. NYC at that time may as well have been a different planet.

    To put it into perspective, i'll never stop thinking Bad Brains were the greatest HC band of all time, and i will never stop listening to them, despite them being as homophobic as you can humanly be.

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  6. Looks good Vinnie! You didnt have to clean up any of my music? Let me know where else I can help. I am thinking you should examine a Stand Proud entry in the future... I'll see what other things I have compiled. Keep up the fine work.

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  7. Hey Mark. I didn't clean a thing, everything sounded fine to me. Thanks again.

    I've never heard Stand Proud, but i'm sure it's right up my alley. Anything you can send me by that band, or anything else you think belongs here, would be great.

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  8. I agree with you Stormy about NYHC being a pretty un-PC place, but then kids growing up... (hopefully). I hated the homophobia back then, but honestly, to be fair, if I am going to listen to all the rap and reggae I do, and give those musicians a pass, than I need to do that same with HC. But I usually have to skip those songs. Same with slightly or overtly bigoted lyrics. Or in the case of Carnivore, the lyrics are just so insane, that it is actually amusing, maybe...

    I did find it impossible accept a certain (majorly over-rated) band and their certain zine editor friend in the mid and late 90's who thought it would be "cool" to bring back racism and homophobia, or that it was at least ok to let their true feelings out. They actually caused a trickle down effect where younger kids around them thought it was cool to have the same attitudes. Hearing the word Nigger on a regular basis was a bit hard to handle.

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  9. Actually... on second thought... Racism in HC always pretty much sucked. Pet Steele gets a pass, because he is a cartoon.

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  10. i made that comment tongue in cheek. i dont take some goofy lyrics or song titles to heart. i can put them into perspective. being born in the 80s, and growing up in the 90s ive been cultured to assoc "faggot" with a bad guy. i have the demo tape, but there arent any lyrics enclosed, so i have peace of mind assuming when they reference "faggots" its like saying bad guys. if the tune detailed gay ppl, or was similarly called "negro stomp" thatd be another story, and i prolly wouldnt have any interest in archiving it.

    shoutouts to the penguin stomp/romp

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  11. Mosher, i knew your comment was tongue in cheek, i know you're a big NYHC fan. I just figured the issue had to be addressed eventually here, before the comments come chiming in.

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  12. ya no problemo, i know were on the same page. i wanted to throw my impression in for their reasoning &/or lax use of politically correct terms. i mean for gods sakes. they were practically kids right? i will use bad words till the day i fry! it just feels good.

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  13. To be clear the song is anti-gay. Lines like "because of you, I might get aids" are unmistakable in their intent. But again, this was the 80's and news outlets were routinely telling us that aids was the "gay disease" and in fact AIDS was originally called GRID (gay related immune deficiency). I won't cast stones because I was equally as ignorant then, and half as ignorant now. The band members are much more well informed now, as we all are.

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  14. Wow...i haven't heard this demo in a LONG time... i remember see IYF at for the 1st time Sundance...Good times!

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  15. I am looking for 2 demos from 1987 - 88 from NY bands. Strong Hold and also Stand Proud. I had them both back in the day but they got stolen. If anyone knows anyone who can help me out post a comment... Thanks

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  16. thanks for this, i was reproducing my first mix tape on cd and thought i'd have to leave IYF off the mix!!

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  17. I like the cover on the left, but i am wondering if these are original covers of "Fan-made" covers, because if they are originals then they had a very average artist and very few ideas, but if it is the latter then good job keep it up.

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  18. I'm pretty sure the art on the covers is from either one of the band members, or a friend of the band who did a lot of late '80s NYHC demos and flyers.

    I like his stuff.

    As far as everything else on the blog, i make the covers myself.

    Vin

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  19. We rocked I left and they sucked..I wrote the entire demo they released as there own....I would to if the material I came up with wasthat bad thanx eric roi

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  20. Hey You might not have met me but I was the first singer for IN YOUR FACE. My name was Mark and met Jason at CB's and used to go to band practice all the way from Jersey out to the island. Great times but it didn't work out....was just thinking about Jason.
    markthomas924@gmail.com

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