I REFUSE IT! - Cronache del videotopo (2x LP, RE)
Long awaited re-issue for one of the most influential and controversial post-punk combos of the 'Granducato era'.
After more than three decades I Refuse It! are still quite a great thing. Rock’n’roll’s later reaching of higher peaks of brutality finally made acceptable what once was considered noise and chaos and now make them appear just a bit less subversive, but their impact is still strongly felt. So, collecting and publishing their complete output in one album is definitely an historical act. Differently from Cronache del videotopo, the CD published in 2005 by the glorious Wide Records, the present double LP includes also their great version of Atto di forza numero 10 from I Ragazzi del Sole, a real gem from the Sixties Italian beat repertoire. Even if the Internet seems to have saved from oblivion any obscure document of the international hardcore punk saga, all these songs together in vinyl represent the best celebration for a band who, back in the day, really tried to stay away from the safe track of the business when it was very complicated if not self-destructive to do so.
They were certainly a bit too far out for a large part of the aficionados of “classic punk” but deserved attention, at least for those who began to be tired of the old stereotypes. It’s no coincidence that reviewing the Permanent Scar/Sfregio permanente casette in the magazine Il Mucchio Selvaggio I described their style as “experimental hardcore” and “a sort of Meat Puppets oriented sound”.
Finally, between 1982 and 1983, Italian punk got its spot on the international map. In fact, even if there were already some Italian punk bands, it was not before the emergence of the hardcore movement that we could really start talking about a real Italian scene. Needless to add that this was not just a simple musical issue, back in the day, for many of us, hardcore punk was mainly an attitude and a way of life.
In Tuscany, the whole scene became known under the acronym of GDCH (Granducato Hardcore) and I Refuse It! (together with CCM, Wardogs, Putrid Fever, Traumatic, Juggernaut and others) became one of its most significant bands.
Because of their varied and multiple inspirations and tendency to experiment, it's hard to consider I Refuse It! as simply a hardcore band. This 2LP collection compiles their complete recorded output for the first time and is an essential piece of Italian punk history.
1 Nuove dal fronte 2 Chocu umeret 3 Fall down 4 Josephine (the camel girl) 5 Hit 'n' run attack 6 Sacrifici umani 7 The story of my house 8 Mannikin 9 Mira il tuo popolo
1 Spread of disease (contagio) 2 Questo è l'inferno 3 Chocu umeret II 4 Sogni a doppie vie 5 Noi vi odiamo 6 Cronache del videotopo 7 Agguato 8 Noi vi odiamo 9 Frecce avvelenate sul comitato disastri 10 Fuggi fuggi
1 M 2 Agguato 3 Frecce avvelenate sul comitato disastri 4 Ricatti 5 Questo è l'inferno / Questa è eleusi
1 Che cosa posso fare di erotico (per non diventare nevrotico) 2 Il gatto 3 Tomorrow 4 Paradiso zero 5 Atto di forza n. 10 6 Mind the gap 7 Tele Urna 9000