The MRR Records Discography: a History

March 14th, 2011 by


The very first time readers got their hands ink-stained with the pages of Maximum Rocknroll, it was through the zine insert for the now-classic Cali punk/HC compilation Not So Quiet on the Western Front. Right from the beginning, MRR wanted to have its hands in everything DIY punk: zines, records, radio, show spaces, politics, and more. That locals-only double LP was released by then-MRR Radio collaborator Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles, and served as ground zero for both Maximum Rocknroll fanzine and Maximum Rocknroll Records. Just two short years later, MRR Records unleashed its first official release onto the world: the era-defining ripper Welcome to 1984, a compilation that managed to introduce some of the greatest global hardcore bands to a wider audience. Always reflecting both the local punk scene around it and the happenings of the international punk world, MRR Records next released the Turn It Around double 7″ EP, featuring local bands associated with the nascent Gilman Street Project, and the Dezerter and Naïve records, both from behind the Iron Curtain. The ’90s saw MRR Records focusing on politics (Noam Chomsky), old and new punk classics (Bad Religion, Furious George), and the emergent garage punk sound (Spoiled Brats, et al.). After a seven-year hiatus, MRR Records re-emerged with the monster 2006 international HC/punk comp Public Safety, followed by another SF/Bay Area comp, Noise Ordinance, with much more sure to follow!

—Golnar Nikpour 2011


MRR Records Discography:

1984front-PC-wBorder-smMRR 001 – Welcome to 1984 compilation LP (1984, Reissued in 2010)

Out of print.

Terveet Kädet, Olho Seco, Crucifucks, Electric Deads, Inferno, Kidnap, NOTA, Icons of Filth, RIP, Skjit-Lars, Rattus, Raw Power, Bristles, Depression, BGK, The Stalin, Frites Modern, UBR, Mayhem, Red Tide, Moral Demolition, Huvudtvätt, Upright Citizens
TurnItAroundMRR 002 – Turn It Around! compilation 2×7″ (1987)

3,000 pressed(?). Compiled by David Hayes. Reissued as an LP in 1991 as a benefit “bootleg” for Gilman Street on Very Small Records (1,087 pressed). Out of print.

Corrupted Morals, Sweet Baby Jesus, Isocracy, No Use for a Name, Crimpshrine, Operation Ivy, Stikky, Nasal Sex, Yeastie Girls, Rabid Lassie, Sewer Trout, Buggerall
MRR 003 – DEZERTERUnderground Out of Poland LP (1987)

Out of print.

Reissued in 2010 by Nikt Nic Nie Wie.
MRR 004 – They Don’t Get Paid, They Don’t Get Laid, But Boy Do They Work Hard! compilation LP/cassette (1989)

Out of print.

The Detonators, Amenity, Christ on a Crutch, Nausea, Apocalypse, Conspiracy of Equals, Screeching Weasel, Jawbox, Dissent, Downfall, Dead Silence, Cringer, Bazooka Joe, Libido Boyz
MRR 005 – NAÏVESwitch-Blade Knaife LP (1990)

Out of print.
MRR 006 – BAD RELIGION/NOAM CHOMSKYNew World Order 7″ EP (1991)

Out of print.
MRR 007 – DIESEL QUEENS/INSAINTS – split 2×7″ (1993)

Out of print.
MRR 008 – THE SPOILED BRATS/BUTTAFUOCO – split 2×7″ (1994)

Out of print.
MRR 009 – DIESEL QUEENSHooked on Moronics LP (1995)

Out of print.
MRR 010 – FURIOUS GEORGEI Gotta Gun/Burger King Is Dead 7″ (1996)

Out of print.
MRR011-diesel-queens_beast_EPMRR 011 – DIESEL QUEENSThe Beast with Five Heads… And a One-Track Mind! 7″ EP (1997)

Out of print.
MRR 012 – THE B-SIDES – LP (1999)

Out of print.
MRR 013 – STRYCHNINEBorn Too Loose LP (1999)

Out of print.
MRR 014 – Public Safety compilation LP/CD (2006)

Out of print.

Ääritila, Career Suicide, Deadfall, Direct Control, Disease, The First Step, Formaldehyde Junkies, Framtid, Gorilla Angreb, Holy Shit, Look Back And Laugh, Limp Wrist, Nightmare, No Hope For The Kids, Observers, Pedestrians, Persevere, Regress, Regulations, Signal Lost, Sin Dios, Sleeper Cell, Smalltown, Smartut Kahol Lavan, Strung Up, Sunday Morning Einsteins
MRR 014.5 – BUM KON – Drunken Sex Sucks LP (2008)

Recordings from 1983; co-released with Smooch Records.

Buy it here!
MRR 015 – Noise Ordinance compilation LP (2011)

Out of print, but you can download it here!

Morpheme, Needles, Rank/Xerox, NN, Shotwell, Black Rainbow, Surrender, Conquest For Death, Acephalix, Airfix Kits, Ruleta Rusa, Face The Rail, Ecoli, Migraine, Year One, Love Songs, Suicide Bomb, Hunx and His Punx, Acts Of Sedition, Fix My Head, I Will Kill You Fucker, Duck And Cover, The Fleshies. 32-pg zine insert.
Sound-The-Alarms_cvr_nocropMRR 016 – Sound the Alarms!! compilation double-12″ (Jan 2014) 1,000 pressed.

Out of print, but you can download it here!

Mülltüte, Silla Eléctrica, Synthetic ID, Total War, No Statik, Dictadura, Permanent Ruin, Vivisektio, Giffords Treatment, Question, The Fight, Lotus Fucker, Ruidosa Inmundicia, Anti You, Verrugas, Orden Mundial, Kuudes Silmä, Nuclear Spring, Gutter, Entre Rejas, Estampido, Sietokyky, Hondartzako Hondakinak, I.R.A., Πανδημία (Pandemia), DHK, Kvoteringen, Kontatto, Lei Do Cão, Cülo, Maailmanloppu, Obediencia. 36-pg zine insert.
Other MRR/related releases:
not-so-quiet-LP Virus 14 – Maximum Rocknroll Presents: Not So Quiet on the Western Front compilation 2xLP – Alternative Tentacles (1982).

Order this record from our webstore here!

Also available through Alternative Tentacles.

MANIC HISPANICThe Menudo Incident LP (1992). The LP version was funded, at least in part, by Tim Yo, ’cause he loved it.
924 Gilman: The Story So Far… Compiled by Brian Edge

It’s a Book! 400 pages, with over 200 photos and lots of first-hand stories, flyers, memorabilia, and a list of every Gilman show through 2003.

Out of print.

9 responses to “The MRR Records Discography: a History”

14 03 2011
Lewis (10:53:31) :

Nice. Would be great to see some pressing infomation and perhaps info about the bands. Thanks.

14 03 2011
MRR Web Coordinator (14:17:47) :

Totally, dude. We’ll add as much info as we can wrangle. Unfortunately, most of the pressing info was not kept on record around here. Any of you nerds out there wanna provide us with some data?

14 03 2011
Chris Peigler (18:40:58) :

‘Not So Quiet On The Western Front’ definitely changed my life when I first saw it and bought it in the fall of 1982. I had no idea the paths it would end up leading me down and is still leading me down indirectly to this day. Long may MRR publish, put out comps, and change lives for the better!

14 03 2011
Dk (23:52:09) :

I have 10 out of the 17 (going on 18) releases. ‘Turn It Around!’, ‘Not So Quiet on the Western Front’, and ‘Welcome to 1984’ still get my juices flowing and the Diesel Queens still keep me in stitches. I hope to grab the other 7 + before I’m dead and gone. Thank you MRR :)

15 03 2011
Punk (16:41:03) :

c’mon! fill us the fuck in: whose gonna be on “Noise Ordinance”??!?!

17 03 2011
LA PUNX (17:41:32) :

the 90’s SUCKED!!!

1 08 2011
MRR Web Coordinator (12:50:34) :

Noise Ordinance is finally here — shipping next week!

18 11 2011
MRR Distro (15:28:51) :

Noise Ordinance is SOLD OUT! You may still find it at stores and distros for a little while though.

29 03 2016
Candace D'Andrea (13:16:24) :

Raw Power still going strong since 1981 coming out on a new record this summer, great band from Italy, They come to USA annually and I filmed them a few years ago. Rispetto alla potenza

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