The Shitlickers have an "official" Myspace page, on which is posted the following interview with singer Lasse, conducted by Christ of Driller Killer. I'm posting this interview here because many people do not have access to Myspace, and, beyond that, the interview is available only to their Myspace friends. In case anyone gives a shit, this publication is in accordance with fair use copyright laws.
I first tried to contact Lasse circa 2000. After multiple attempts, I gave up. Nevertheless, this interview is akin to what I would've hoped to have produced with him. It's remarkably interesting and actually contains more information than I'd expected. Some highlights are the description of line-up changes and the evolution in sound; the existence of a live tape (which Lasse says he won't share); the recording process for the EP (including a reference to Felix Havoc's fantasy); Lasse's positioning of the Shitlickers in the history of Swedish punk. I could go on. It's an awesome read, and, of course, it leaves me craving more information.
I have not edited the text in any way, except for the deletion of an emoticon.
Finally, Lasse, if you're reading, I'll give you a copy of the original record, which you need, if you'll dub the live tape for me.
Taken from the band's "official" Myspace page, here are three photos. This poor-quality live shot isn't as violent-looking as the live shot linked in a previous post, but it captures a certain energy nonetheless.
Federico Gomez sent me this scan of a silly punk drawing from the 80s Argentine zine Sick Boy. Here's what he said about it: "I thought it may interest you since one of the bands written on the leather jacket of the baby punk taking a shit happens to be Anti-Cimex! Perhaps there was a short time in which Swedish/Finnish bands had some kind of influence on Argentine punks (probably via Brazil, as Helmostro Punk writes in the booklet of “Invasion 88”--he also used to review Brazillian punk records in various Argentine left-wing magazines, and that’s how I first found out about them). Even in the early 90s there were still records imported from Brazil to be found in Buenos Aires, like the Brazilian pressing of Terveet Kädet 'Black God' and RDP records I bought when I visited the country in 1992), but the Argentine punk scene seemed to radically change around 1991-92, with an overexposure of NYHC and mostly with the burgeoning of the 'Ramonero' subculture and the success of Attaque 77."
This is likely the rarest sleeve variation of "Raped Ass." (Next would be the Really Fast Rec. pressing without the drawing of the violin on the inside of the sleeve.) Instead of the price "10 Kr.," which appears on the two normal sleeves of "Raped Ass," this one says "Swedish Punk." The two-piece sleeve is printed on the thin paper commonly considered the second pressing. The paper stock is similar to that of the domestic version of the Skitslickers EP. Notably, this pressing includes an insert, which is not included with any other pressing. (A later pressing of "VOAB," on Hardcore Horror Rec., includes an insert, unlike the earlier pressings.)
Again, thanks to the information superhighway!
Check these photos. I've never seen them before. Wow. Lasse looks crazed in the fourth photo--reminds me of Wretched's singer, who was better documented in photos. (Also, in case you somehow missed it, check my review of the recent bootleg of the Shitlickers EP here.)
EDIT Sept 11, 2008 The original site where these photos appeared has been taken down, so here are the photos:
The internet's bounty overfloweth.
Go here for some photos of Discharge and a gig poster for Discharge and Anti-Cimex in Göteborg in 1982. Photos of Anti-Cimex from these gigs have been circulated widely by Distortion Records and bootleggers.
But is there a live tape?
I should be embarrassed to post something that looks as poor as this, but I'm feeling shameless today. I can't remember where I found this tiny scan. It appears to be a listing of a week's worth of Swedish hardcore gigs at Cafe Ceasar (yes, that's how it's spelled). My guess is it was in April 1984. What a week: Rattus, SOD, Anti-Cimex, Existenz, TA.S.K., etc.! Punk not Rasism forever!
Flyers from early '80s Anti-Cimex gigs are tough to find for some reason. I have a few actual flyers, but I found a miniature reproduction of this one in Obituary zine #7, from England, in an interview with Arroganta Agitatorer. The zine was published in November 1984. The print quality wasn't so hot, but you can see all the relevant information. Maybe Cimex flyers are rare because they had boring artwork, so no one kept them! If you have a flyer to contribute, please get in touch.
This is one of a series of "tribute" posts for Kawakami of Disclose, who died June 5, 2007. As you likely know, Kawakami was one of the greatest fans of Anti-Cimex and Skitslickers, and his music itself was a perpetual tribute to the these bands' method of using Discharge's template but "extreming" it. Kawakami shared with me a great deal of memorabilia that he had collected. I don't think he ever saw this archive, as I never sent him the URL. It pains me to no end that he will never see the progress of this project, which owes so much to him.