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Chaos UK

Chaos UK: Chaos UKChaos UK (2003)
Dead Ringer

Reviewer Rating: 5


Contributed by: BSDBSD
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In an age where kids who claim to like punk rock haven't even heard the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, or the Clash, people who actually know and care about music seem to increasingly depend on interesting reissues like these... I'd heard of, but hadn't heard too much Chaos UK before this, and now I'm ho.
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In an age where kids who claim to like punk rock haven't even heard the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, or the Clash, people who actually know and care about music seem to increasingly depend on interesting reissues like these... I'd heard of, but hadn't heard too much Chaos UK before this, and now I'm hooked.

The first eleven (of twenty two) tracks are from their debut LP. Most of these songs are thrashy, pre-Crust pogo-punk songs. The guitar is barely audible in spots, just a crackling static totally submerged behind the super fast rhythm section. The singer growls/shouts out oft-sarcastic rants about the government, society, and the threat of nuclear war that was hanging over their heads at the time.

The tempo is relentlessly fast on the first three tracks, interrupted by two slower songs, ("The End is Nigh"- guess what that's about... Nuclear war! "Victimised"- an attack on the police, of course.) which incorporate a Killing Joke drum style that keep things from becoming monotonous. These two tracks end, and thusly the riot runs uninterrupted until track 11, "Farmyard Boogie", a joke song of sorts... It has a brilliant line, though:

"You can keep yer Oi! for boneheads
Shove it up yer ass!
I don't want your bull shit,
And I ain't workin' class!"
The rest of the CD is a collection of earlier (?) demos and singles, including a faster version of "Victimised" and their catchiest ever song, "Kill Your Baby". The guitar on these tracks sounds much less subdued, and the vocalist sounds much more like Steve Ignorant.

Anyone who likes UK 82 probably already has this, as they should. Anyone who likes real hardcore (no wankfest solos or metal riffs) that they can pogo around to should pick this up.

 

 
People who liked this also liked:
Subhumans - The Day The Country DiedBad Brains - Bad BrainsThe Germs - M.I.A.: The Complete AnthologySex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Hereā??s the Sex PistolsThe Faith / Void - Faith/Void/FaithCrass - Stations of the CrassScreamers - In A Better WorldExtreme Noise Terror - A Holocaust In Your HeadBlack Flag - Nervous BreakdownRamones - Ramones

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Anonymous (September 11, 2005)

I really need No security lyrics.Please send me at ramone1988@mail.ru

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

send me no security lyric by chaos uk at
spikyliberty@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 5, 2005)

i need no security lyric
help me

Anonymous (July 20, 2004)

Would have given it 8 or 9

But BSD did this review and he is a shithead

Therefore - it gets 1.

Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

Anyone here heard Iron Cross "Live for Now"? Don't jump to conclusions, they aren't nazis...

-BSD

Anonymous (December 15, 2003)

Five stars for mentioning "mansion punk." That had me rolling.

-scotty

Anonymous (December 14, 2003)

HeWhoCorrupts owns my ass. They bought stock in it i guess. They prefer the term "SuitCore"..or at least that is how Hirax Max describes that band.

Anonymous (December 14, 2003)

"I disagree about the "nobody knows the Sex Pistols" comment. A lot of "people" at my old high school wore Good Charlotte shirts and Sex Pistols patches on their backpacks. As far as old-school punk bands go, I'd say the Pistols commonly get bunched up in what the zombie-children call "punk rock".

Not that I actually like them though, I'm just saying this as a casual comment."

Yeah, how much you wanna bet not one of them has heard the entirety of Nevermind the Bollocks, though? A lot of kids like that make lame attempts at namedropping that never work. They all need to get Discharge and Chaotic Dischord patches to solve their woes!

-bsd

FortyMinutesWest (December 14, 2003)

I think Hewhocorrupts might have the market cornered on mansion punk, since they're the self appointed kings of "corporate grind".

Chinatown (December 13, 2003)

I disagree about the "nobody knows the Sex Pistols" comment. A lot of "people" at my old high school wore Good Charlotte shirts and Sex Pistols patches on their backpacks. As far as old-school punk bands go, I'd say the Pistols commonly get bunched up in what the zombie-children call "punk rock".

Not that I actually like them though, I'm just saying this as a casual comment.

GreenVandal (December 13, 2003)

bare* not bear. haha, stupid me. Oh, and Pipedown is ok, so I guess this would be the 2nd thing I could stand out of the wave of new reviews.

GreenVandal (December 13, 2003)

mansion punk

and thus, a new hilarious genre is born. Thank you BSD.

I dont like this. but its the only thing in the new batch of reviews that I can somewhat bear at all...

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

I wish we could all be cool enough to like upper middle class and mansion punk... I guess I'll just have to settle for my cider drunks, though.

-BSD

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

i agree - gutter music sucks

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

the commenter below just wants an angry REACTION don't give it to him...
-Janelle

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

shitty band, shitty review. Even though no one listens to this piece of shit called music, how can you people? It's trash music for braindeads

FortyMinutesWest (December 13, 2003)

"Forty, you like "Holocaust in Your Head" by ENT? "

Haven't heard it, but I'll be sure to check it out whenever I get a chance.

Anonymous (December 13, 2003)

"Pick up "Punk And Disorderly Volume 1" or the "UK/DK" soundtrack for more rad UK punk tracks (i.e. non-oi, though there are classic oi tunes like Blitz "Someone's Gonna Die")."

Definitely. I have that on DVD and it is great. It should have been noted that these guys are considered "old school" in the review, meaning they started their own unique sound. This sounds nothing like the Exploited, GBH, or Discharge, who were all much more popular than Chaos UK. This is "original" hardcore, having started when hardcore bands had their own sound.

-BSD

funkisdead (December 13, 2003)

BSD, you should reregister yourself as B S D or The BSD or something.

LushJ (December 13, 2003)

Pretty vital stuff, these Brits are the real deal. Fucked up bootleg cider from the countryside fuels this band. Personally, their "Cider Up Landlord" 7-inch kicks my butt the most, though their covers split with Raw Noise "Making A Killing" is also fucking brilliant. "Four Minute Warning" is the classic track (like Vice Squad's "Last Rockers" or Peter and the Test Tube Babies "Banned From The Pubs"), it's on "Punk and Disorderly Volume 1". Chaos U.K.'s sound is much the same throughout, no bad metal years here! Pick up "Punk And Disorderly Volume 1" or the "UK/DK" soundtrack for more rad UK punk tracks (i.e. non-oi, though there are classic oi tunes like Blitz "Someone's Gonna Die").

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Sounds good to me, I've been checking out older hardcore punk. I'll pick this up.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

"Kill Ya Baby Kill Ya Baby Kill ya Baby Until its Deeeeeaaaaaaaaad!"

*Running around the room, wishing he had a mowhawk*

-Ken

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

P.S. I would have included more about Chaos UK in the review, but really, the music speaks for itself. People don't want to read some longwinded overview of their career, and if they do, there are sites, magazines, and books for that. I don't know how you got out of my review that I don't know about this music (I was into this crap way before I'd heard Chaos UK, but I won't get into that). It's fucking offensive!

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Ha, fool. If you knew anything about Chaos UK, you'd know they were a second wave band. Definitely not early punk rock. So shut the fuck up.

-BSD

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Bad review. At least have someone that knows something about Chaos UK and early punk rock do a review about them. 1 star for the review and 8 stars for the album. Great album

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Nothing's really changed with Rancid. Their sound is pretty much the same and shit but Lars was the only one that didn't want nothin' to do with the major label. I think that's why they decided to just have Warner do some advertising and promoting instead of doing the full switch over. That's why they're still with Hell-cat and Epitaph.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

we're talking about rancid in a Chaos UK review? cool... but i think rancid used to say stuff like that, but those are just rumours. I know Lars was really against major's but I think the other 3 members didn't really give a shit. I think that's why when Rancid decided to let Warner Bros. distribute them, Lars was the only one trying to defend it

FortyMinutesWest (December 12, 2003)

Didn't Rancid used to shout "fuck major labels" and stuff like that?

But yeah, this getting too far off topic.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

"Rancid is overrated, it's as simple as that. I know, the term overrated is used way too much these days, but it's a pretty fair description."

They're not overrated. What bands deserve more publicity and positive exposure instead of Rancid? Most of you are just angry about success. Rancid deserves everything they have. Yeah the last year has been weird with all that Warner, Good Charlotte, Pink and even Transplants (i like) shit but how did they get so much attention before that? Their music. The mainstream came to them and they didn't give in to anything.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

"Most little fucking Rancid punks dont even know the the fuck Crass is, Dirt, Fear or, conflict"

Well Rancid is my favourite band and UK82 happens to be my favourite type of music and Chaos UK is also a favourite. The Crass blow - stupid hippies, Dirt are just a shitty Crust-Punk and I like Fear cause they're from LA and there's not much good street punk from LA

funkisdead (December 12, 2003)

no one thinks the name "steve ignorant" is a bit ridiculous?

i like this record, but it has definitely not changed my life.

Mr_Pink (December 12, 2003)

I think it's probably about time for this site to have a "Punk 101" section with an index of older bands, notable albums and maybe a short synopsis of their respective sounds. That way kids who come on here and only know a handful of acts could get exposed to more of the classics, and maybe we could expand their knowledge base and appreciation and, by extension, get better new bands recognized in the long run. And maybe it would end these "Fuck you, you don't know shit, I'm the official punk rock museum curator, you fucking poseur" threads.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Oh jesus, please don't bring this into a review where I didn't even mention Rancid. I think The Failure could use some comments regarding street credibility and what not. Go fuck up InaGreenDase's review.

-BSD

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Most little fucking Rancid punks dont even know the the fuck Crass is, Dirt, Fear or, conflict.

-god

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

Radioactive Earslaughter is a definite reccomendation. It has "skate song" by Chaos UK and the ENT stuff is some of the best grind ever.

Forty, you like "Holocaust in Your Head" by ENT?

-BSD

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

go get the chaos uk/extreme noise terror split. very good stuff.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

"Who the hell are these kids?"

Unknowledgable dumbasses. The term "poseur" is way too cliche for my liking, but if I was one who liked to say that, they would be at the receiving end of that insult often. They're also all over this site.

-BSD

Mr_Pink (December 12, 2003)

Keep the Rancid argument to the Rancid review. That childish back-and-forth needs to be quarantined

FortyMinutesWest (December 12, 2003)

Rancid is overrated, it's as simple as that. I know, the term overrated is used way too much these days, but it's a pretty fair description.

Oh, and I actually like this album, imagine that.

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

How can you hate Rancid so much? If it wasn't for Rancid, I would have never gotten into UK82 or American Hardcore

FortyMinutesWest (December 12, 2003)

"In an age where kids who claim to like punk rock haven't even heard the Ramones, the Sex Pistols, or the Clash"

Who the hell are these kids?

Anonymous (December 12, 2003)

BSD does it again...hey, but i thought you were all about chaos uk for awhile!!!! you seem to really love these guys and that's cool.
-Janelle

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