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Filth

Filth: Shit SplitShit Split (1997)
Lookout Records

Reviewer Rating: 4


Contributed by: el_provocateurel_provocateur
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Before I go on, I must say that I'll never be as punk as 30% of you reading this. That's probably because I didn't grow up in the punker-than-thou Bay Area--or that I don't own a turntable. But I don't really care. All I know is that Filth (not Icons of Filth, not Cradle of Filth, just Filth) w.
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Before I go on, I must say that I'll never be as punk as 30% of you reading this. That's probably because I didn't grow up in the punker-than-thou Bay Area--or that I don't own a turntable.

But I don't really care. All I know is that Filth (not Icons of Filth, not Cradle of Filth, just Filth) was a old, slightly sloppy but nonetheless punchy, early 90's crust-core band in the Bay Area. Some members of the Criminals used to be in Filth, as far as I know.

I first knew of Filth's existence from hearing AFI cover their song, "Today's Lesson." That song was one of the heaviest songs off of AFI's "Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes." On that song Davey Havok rattled my ears with such gutteral screaming from a voice that gave out several songs ago. It was such a volatile, caustic intense punk song that it prompted me to search for Filth releases.

It turns out that the band Filth only existed for a few years in the Bay Area and put out some singles only on vinyl. But in 1997 Lookout Records later got the band to compile all of those collected recorded tracks onto a split 2xCD/2xLP release with another Bay Area band called Blatz (which I won't review here).

However, Lookout no longer sells this collective release, the Shit Split, but nonetheless it can still be obtained, as it goes in print and out of print infrequently. Last time I checked, Recess Records sold it here.

On all the tracks Jake, the singer, screams in this really coarse, bitter "punk" voice that comes out when you try to stifle your vocal chords and scream--like you've just lost your voice, choked on a bone and you're coughing up phlem. But it works. All the songs sound hard, screeching, primitive, discordant--everything you'd expect from crust-core; but nothing really ground breaking though. Filth cranks out "Today's Lesson," "Filth," and "Lust for Glory" with such sloppiness and urgency.

Their songs do ring out some happen-stance political, anarchic-nihilist themes, but in more obscure, less-preachy-than-Bad Religion tones. With song titles like "Buttshits," "Dear Fuck," and "You Are Shit," they kinda know what key-target demographic they are pandering to.

Only their cover of Peter and the Test Tube Babies' "Banned from the Pubs" is their only take at light-hearted levity--if not drunken, more sloppy levity.

The hidden track features a repeat (or another slight variation) of "Scarred for Life" and an O.K. sounding live show (the setlist includes "Scarred for Life," "Filth," "Today's Lesson," "Freedom," "Night of Rage," and "the List" not in that order). This hidden track should definitely clinch your decision to buy the Shit Split... (I'm not sure if it's available on the vinyl version of the Shit Split, though.)

So get the Shit Split for the Filth disc, the Blatz disc, and the neato cover booklet with the scribbled lyrics, photos, and the cool meandering artwork from Jesse Michaels, etc.

Get it now, and "learn your lesson for today..." (cheesy-sounding ending for a punk album review...)

Tracklist:

Today's Lesson/Lust for Glory/Hate/Freedom/The List/You Are Shit/Night of Rage/Filth/Violence as a Solution/Scarred for Life/Banned from the Pubs/Buttshits/Dear Fuck/(hidden track featuring a 15 minute long live show)

 

 
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Anonymous (April 6, 2005)

dude i love this, well at least Filth, dont listen to blatz much, but ya

funkisdead (July 21, 2003)

wow, i think its time for some new reviews.

TheOneTrueBill (July 19, 2003)

i bought my turntable with my un-punk grocery store pay.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

my parents are pretty fucking punk, they own a turntable.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

Awesome stuff! Blatz and Filth are what I grew up on, I'm not so proud of that fact just find it ammusing now.

Anonymous (July 16, 2003)

This disc kicks it. Filth are intense and Blatz are just plain fun (that and one of Blatz's female singers sends goose bumps up my spine, after all these years she still sounds sexy with her high pitched screams)

GreenVandal (July 16, 2003)

"tonight wer gonna, fuck shit up!"

TheOneTrueBill (July 16, 2003)

Dammit!

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

*with promise

I'll try to look at the screen while I type in the future.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

I'm sorry, I shouldn't have insulted you like that. I don't want bad karma; you seem to be a more than able developing talent woth promise for days and I love you.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Nobody from Filth was in the criminals. Jesse Luscious from Blatz was their singer. And you suck at using a thesaurus and clearly don't know the definition of many words.

FortyMinutesWest (July 15, 2003)

"Bang bang he's dead
Chalk up another triumph for our hero The automatic man"

funkisdead (July 15, 2003)

oh shit bang you're dead

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

You should've reviewed The Blatz side too, blatz are fuckin awesome. Filth kicks ass as well, i grew up listening to all the east bay bands, and i'm from fucking long island (strange?) But anyway, the shit split is classic.

funkisdead (July 15, 2003)

hahaha this band fucking rips.

TheOneTrueBill (July 15, 2003)

i bet this won't get read more than 200 times. if i'm wrong, shoot me

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

i always liked blatz better. Dude go buy a turntable, punk or not.

Bryne (July 15, 2003)

I remember when AFI were good and Davey didn't look or sound so much like a girl.

And Filth is cool.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

"im sure 95% of the people who read this site got into "punk" from either less than jake or saves the day"

It was Green Day/Blink 182, thank you very much

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

"Before I go on, I must say that I'll never be as punk as 30% of you reading this. That's probably because I didn't grow up in the punker-than-thou Bay Area--or that I don't own a turntable."
don't feel bad, im sure 95% of the people who read this site got into "punk" from either less than jake or saves the day.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

Yeeeeeeah!

FortyMinutesWest (July 15, 2003)

AFI will never top "Shut Your Mouth.." and Filth is pretty cool as well.

Anonymous (July 15, 2003)

"On all the tracks Jake, the singer, screams in this really coarse, bitter "punk" voice"

Hahaha. "Punk" voice? Couldn't you say that about most of the bands reviewed on here? Oh, wait, you couldn't. Filth are just A-Okay!

-BSD

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