Underground Out of Poland

June 8th, 2009 by


Not only is Dezerter the best HC band from Poland, but they’re one of the greatest bands from any country, ever. Well, in this blogger’s opinion, anyway. They were one of the first Eastern European hardcore bands to release vinyl, and they’re still around today! Check out there website here: www.dezerter.most.org.pl/

Earlier this year, MRR shitworker “Willie Nelson” informed me that he had inherited an old punk’s tape collection (a story that really deserves its own post) and invited me over to his place to check them out and drink some fancy vodka he brought back from a recent trip to Europe. This being my idea of a perfect date, I gladly accepted… About several boxes of demos (and at least as many shots) into the evening, we came across one with a strangely homemade case. On closer inspection, it was a split between two bands: one whose name was written in Cyrillic characters, the other—Dezerter. I flipped! This was their 1985 split tape with a band from the (former) USSR that I had been trying to track down a recording of for years! We popped whatever was playing out of the stereo and threw it on… The first song was one I’d never heard before, and it was KILLER. What a find! The live recording had that slight echo—it was like listening to some kind of long-lost transmission from another planet. (One where they play raging hardcore, I guess.) Now here’s the tragedy: A few tracks into the tape, the music just stopped. Right in the middle of the song. What the hell? I flipped it over to side two… Nothing. I pulled it out to look at the actual magnetic tape… FUCK!!! It was so old, the tape inside had broken. Goddamn it! Well, at least I had gotten the chance to hear a couple tracks, right??

Fast-forward to the next day: Willie’s got a close personal friend who, when he’s not winning international air-guitar competitions, does digital audio editing. So it turns out this story has a happy ending… The tape was professionally repaired and transfered to digital format. Thank you Craigums!

[After hosting the MP3 of the split tape for several months, we took it down… Thanks to Dezerter for letting us share their music! Check out the Underground Out of Poland album on CD and the upcoming vinyl reissue out soon…]


13 responses to “Underground Out of Poland”

10 06 2009
Austn (02:05:22) :

Awesome post!! Thanks for sharing the music…

10 06 2009
Blair Job (09:22:42) :

Thanks Heaps!

10 06 2009
Ned (10:55:37) :

a “perfect date” indeed.

12 06 2009
Ian (15:26:54) :

SICK. Now re-issue Underground Out of Poland.

18 06 2009
Mike Beer (12:00:36) :

Thanks again for sharing. I wouldn’t quit say it was mind blowing but it was good.

19 06 2009
Alex (10:01:48) :

Maybe, you can remember the band from USSR from that tape? I’m from russia, so I could help you to find their records (upload them)/ Thanks for Dezerter!

21 06 2009
Piotr (08:19:17) :

This tape entitled ‘Izolacja’ was recorded at Hybrydy Club (Dezerter headquarters in the 80’s), Warsaw, and released in late 1985. It’s live recording, but of course it’s not full set. The tracks are :
1. Rejestr Wariatów (Registry Of Fools – ’85 version)
2. Zatrute Powietrze (Poisoned Air)
3. Jeszcze Zywy Czlowiek (Still Living Man)
4. Palac (The Palace)
5. Boicie Sie (You’re Afraid)
6. Nas Nie Ma (No Us)
7. Uleglosc (Submission)
8. Polska Zlota Mlodziez (Polish Gold Youth)
9. Spytaj Milicjanta (Ask The Militiaman – ’85 version)
10. Kolaboracja (Collaboration)
It came with absolutely zero information regarding various USSR groups which are featured on B-side because the B-side is simply a musiacl joke. Dezerter weird sense of humour.

22 06 2009
Alex (13:19:44) :

2 Piotr:

Maybe you can say, what kind of reggae (what’s the band) plays after DEZERTER on this tape?
I liked it a lot))))

23 06 2009
Piotr (03:51:12) :

Alex, I’m not very fond of reggae. This is probably IZRAEL (also known as ISSIAEL), but the sound quality is very poor so I’m not quite sure. Izrael was practicing at the same club as Dezerter in the 80’s, recorded several LP’s and is still active. If you liked it, check out their records.

28 06 2009
Djindjic (16:43:05) :

Hybrydy in Warsaw. Rotunda & Krokydyl in Krakow is where I met Polish punk. My closest was with Rafal’s PRL. Recently, I’ve been trying to pick up all of the Apteka I can find.

22 07 2009
kjelli (14:57:25) :

The russian band was Kapele CCCP. and here’s the cover of that tape (Have a copy in my collection)

23 07 2009
Robxxx (09:08:34) :

KAPELE CCCP just means USSR bands…
\Underground out of Poland\ LP will be reissued soon on Nikt Nic Nie Wie from Poland. Cd version was reissued already before by Qqryq and Noise Annoys Recs.

16 02 2011
Marta (08:32:13) :

Hey Piotr,
Did you see Dezerter live in Hybrydy at that time? If you have, could you please contact me? Thanks! Marta

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