Anti-Cimex Archive

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Drawing from Argentine Punk Zine

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."

Sick Boy drawing

"Raped Ass" EP "Swedish Punk" sleeve variation

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.)  

Photos of Shitlickers

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:

Anti-Cimex + Discharge

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?

Interview from Punk and Disorderly zine

Here's a rather typical interview of an '80s hardcore band (Anti-Cimex, in this case) from the Swedish fanzine Punk and Disorderly. Thank you to Patrik Sjosten for the scan and Peter Jidling for the translation. The introduction is included.

Cimex Punk and Disorderly 1

Cimex Punk and Disorderly 2

"Punk Not Rasism" Swedish Gig Listing

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!

Swedish gig listing

Anti-Cimex/Arroganta Agitatorer Flyer

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.

Anti-Cimex + Arroganta Agitatorer flyer

Anti-Cimex Records promo flyers

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.

Early Anti-Cimex gig in Finland

Janne from Selfish was a nephew, I believe, to the singer of Vaurio, who died a few years ago. Janne inherited his collection, including a flyer and newspaper clipping from Anti-Cimex's first gig in Finland. Vaurio was the only Finnish band that played with four Swedish bands at the gig in Naantali--known as Finland's most popular holiday destination! I talked to Vote Vasko about this gig, and he did not remember it having happened. He thought the first Cimex gig in Finland came much later. But here's the proof (anyway, Vote lived in a different town, hundreds of miles away). My Finnish is a little rusty, but I think the newspaper clipping expresses revulsion at these hellions' music and behavior. Killer line-up at this gig, no? Thanks very much to Janne for this material.

Anti-Cimex + Vaurio flyer Finnish Newspaper Clipping

Anti-Cimex video (Leeds, UK, 1986)

1/13/11 post correction: This video is not from Leeds. See this post for more information.

I had heard this video existed a year or two ago, but no one seemed to have a copy of it. Youtube to the rescue. This video displays some pretty fascinating aspects of mid-'80s Cimex. Their detractors always claimed that they were Discharge clones, changing their style as Discharge did. This video seems to substantiate that claim: check out Jonsson's fashion choices. Luckily his vocals remained intense as ever. (One wonders if Cal ever beat himself in the head with the microphone.) Musically, the band is strong, playing the same songs it seems they played--or attempted to play--at all the UK tour dates. "Game of the Arseholes" is particularly great in this video. But how many of those gigs ended like this one? An intro and not even three songs into it, the drummer walks off stage, perhaps because Jonsson had too disappeared. Maybe they were both annoyed at the guitar cutting out. Or maybe someone off screen was offering free drugs and booze. Another highlight is that there are two drummers, which was supposedly true at all the UK tour dates. The back of the "s/t" 12" depicts the second drummer and says that he was a member of the band, in charge of percussion. A great photo, possibly from the same gig, was printed in Maximum Rocknroll's photo zine Welcome to Cruise Country, which is below. Anyway, not much else to say here, except that this video is awesome. I've also been informed that the gig in this video was not in Leeds, but that's what the Youtube video title says, so I'll leave it like that here to avoid confusion.

Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2MBUo2j7W0

Anti-Cimex from Welcome to Cruise Country