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GBH: Ha HaHa Ha (2002)
Go Kart Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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There's no doubt about it: with Ha Ha, GBH presents us with their best new material in a while. These seventeen powerful tracks hearken back to the '80s, when, along with the Exploited, Vice Squad, UK Subs, Discharge, the Partisans, et al, these guys ruled the British punk world with their kil.
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There's no doubt about it: with Ha Ha, GBH presents us with their best new material in a while. These seventeen powerful tracks hearken back to the '80s, when, along with the Exploited, Vice Squad, UK Subs, Discharge, the Partisans, et al, these guys ruled the British punk world with their killer hardcore punk sound.

Yep, Colin's signature snarling, Jock's ferocious guitar playing, Ross' raucous bass lines, and Scott's rapid-fire, bludgeoning drums are all here and right on target. Some of the best bone-crushing, pogo-inducing tracks have to be the brutal "Sado Methodist" with its awesome hardcore breakdown, "The Unexpected," "Belgrade" with those gang vocals, "Choice," and the finale, "Punk Rock Ambulance." And the lyrics of "Dustbin Rock and Roll" perfectly articulate why these old blokes are still making music and touring after all these years: "What keeps us together?/Skin and gravity/Third decade round the bend/Never looking for an end/Beer a plenty music loud/Roar of the greasepaint/Smell of the crowd."

So, you may be wondering, are any of these songs as great as those now-legendary masterpieces of the early '80s, like "No Survivors," "Give Me Fire," "City Baby Attacked By Rats," or "Lycanthropy"? Well, truthfully, probably not. Overall, this record isn't as feral or noxious, but, nonetheless, it does have its moments.

Ha Ha is an in-your-face, impressive disc and better than some of their other records of late. That said, if you're into old-school punk check this out (and, while you're at it, the wonderful compilation of their early stuff: The Punk Singles 1981-84 on Castle Music, also out this year-you will NOT be disappointed!) or if you're into the Dropkick Murphy's and the like, this'll definitely be up your alley.

 

 
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Anonymous (September 19, 2005)

i love this album but as said before, theyre medium tempo songs. and did anyone hear about the exploited playing a show for a member of skrewdriver's party? just another point about the explpoited... thats why i didnt feed their fat fucking pockets or HUGE tour bus when they came to town.

Anonymous (June 16, 2005)

Not heard this album, but I'm very keen to do so. Poor old Wattie and Co, getting a pasting for not being intellectual giants. Back in the eighties we regarded The Exploited as an Oi band and a more a drinking sing along music.
Nothing like meeting Punks in another city and breaking out in Exploited songs on the street. I did that and some passing Black Power members invited us to a party as one them recognised Exploited and at the time we were both busy keeping the streets clean from NF and other Nazis.

Anonymous (June 26, 2003)

Hahaha. You idiots took British punks' comic wearing of swastikas seriously. It was just a symbol of shock and rebellion. None of them were really Nazis. I promise.

Anonymous (November 18, 2002)

Exploited were pussys and poor artists. First off, if they were so "anarchistic" why the hell did they wear swatstikas? That is like the exact opposite. And these guys seem racist as hell, but what's funny is that in an anarchist state these guys would be running like girls because the black guys who are three times their size would beat the fuck out of them. Racism is for sissies and in many ways anarchy could work, if there were more intelligent people in the world.

waste_elite (November 14, 2002)

the exploited sucked. i agree, they made punk bands that actually knew what they were talking about look bad. i would still catagorize them as anarchist punk though, even if it was rather uninformed.

as for crass and conflict, i wouldn't even place them in the same category as the exploited.

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

The Exploited knew as much about anarchy as the Sex Pistols did. They were just a bunch of talk, they didnt know jack shit. They werent nazi's but people thought they were cause they sometimes wore swastika (at least they said they werent nazis). The Exploited are an insult to the word anarchy, Confict and Crass were true anarchist punk bands. The actually know about anarchists theory. they didnt say fuck the government cause they thought it made them look bad, they actually lived it

Anonymous (November 14, 2002)

I don't think the exploited were wannabe nazi's, I know a lot of their "fans" were, but I'm not sure about them. I wasn't there so I wouldn't know, but the music I've heard from them isn't all that great anyway and lacks real intensity. Nazi's are pathetic, just like any other faction...you know like nationalists and patriots- it's all sick, maybe not quite as much, but still damn close.

Anonymous (November 13, 2002)

GBH still makes new music? Damn.

-sickboi

evildeadalive (November 13, 2002)

No wait, we need another Plea for Peace tour review. Yeah that's what we need. Well that, and another Transplants review.

evildeadalive (November 13, 2002)

I think Vien hit the nail on the head.

waste_elite (November 12, 2002)

"The Exploited are a bunch of nazis"

right, cuz anarchist punk and nazism have so much in common

Vien (November 12, 2002)

It's time for another transplants review.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

The Exploited are a bunch of nazis, and deserve to be shot. GBH is alright.

Anonymous (November 12, 2002)

I think Scott has a crush on Janelle!

TheOneTrueBill (November 12, 2002)

i guess it's pretty good. the songs all seem to fall into that "not really fast, but not slow" tempo which gets boring after awhile

maverick (November 12, 2002)

I don't like this band, but I'll be damned if Janelle doesn't make me doubt my opinion.

Good work, another outstanding review!

-Scott

waste_elite (November 12, 2002)

GBH is awesome, i've yet to hear this album though.

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