Killed By Death Is A Reason To Go On Living

Aug 20th, 2007 // 6 Comments

detention_front.jpgI can’t lie, folks: I’ve been in a bad mood all day. My head hurts, I’m tired, and it’s been raining for two days straight, forcing me to do things like clean the house and do laundry rather than go outdoors. And so there’s really nothing left to do put play a lot of snotty, ineptly recorded punk rock records until their own hilarious pissed-off-ness cancels out my own. This is why I recommend Killed By Death, a blog dedicated to uploading out-of-print/just plain forgotten 7″s from old-school punk and hardcore bands–not art-punk, post-punk, or any other kinda hyphenated punk–lost so far underground they got dirt and worms in their pockets.

Just reading the lyrics to Detention’s “Dead Rock’n'Rollers”–”Why couldn’t it be Barry Manilow?/I mean I was never crazy about John Lennon but at least he didn’t drown to death in his own puke”; “And what about you Jim Carroll?/ All your friends have/ What are you waiting for?/ Do it!”–has put me in a better mood already. I’ve especially been enjoying the ultraviolent 2002 7-inch from Wolf Eyes hardcore/thrash offshoot Violent Ramp, which is probably making my headache worse, but at least making me smile.

Killed By Death [Official site]


  1. rrnate

    Is this bad mood what prompted that Rilo Kiley tirade this morning?

  2. SteveSantangelo

    Detention’s ‘Dead Rock and Rollers’ – perhaps the finest punk record to come out of New Jersey bar none. It really disappointed me when I found the rest of the Detention discography and discovered they were actually really up tight anti-druggies and the song wasn’t just a piss take. Still cant be beat though.

  3. d_mosurock

    Violent Ramp folks are now in Awesome Color, to try and keep this somewhat relevant.

  4. Maura Johnston

    When I get in a bad mood — like, hey, today! — I put on freestyle or indiepop. Nothing says “wallow in your crappy life” like a one-two punch of the Softies and Nayobe!

  5. Maura Johnston

    @maura: Wait, sorry, thought this was my Livejournal for a second. Carry on.

  6. Jess Harvell

    we need to form a punk band that does freestyle covers. most of those keyboard riffs are probably less than three chords anyway.

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