Share SLEEPING DOGS LIE - The Victims (Fuse/1977 Records)
Short but sweet. Here's one of those "don't blink or you'll miss it and regret it forever" moments: An obscure Japanese label officially re-issues the entire back catalogue of The Victims, the iconic punk band from Perth - and appends nine previously unheard demos. An Australian distributor picks up 300 copies. Know where this is going?

The Victims' seven-inch single "Television Addict" b/w "Flipped Out Over You" is one of the best buzzsaw punk records, bar none. The "No Thanks To The Human Turd" is only marginally behind it. Imbibing of the spirit of the New York Dolls, the Sex Pistols et al, Guitarist-singer Dave Flick (better known as Faulkner), future fellow Hoodoo Guru bandmate drummer James Baker, and bassist Rudloph V knew how to make an unearthly noise. That's some achievement when you're living in The World's Most Isolated Capital City and relying on months-old overseas magazines to inform your taste.

Their output is stupendously naive, thrillingly raw snot. Witty and out to take the piss by inserting a hot poker under the fingernails of mainstream society, it still holds up. It also sounds better than the legally dubious re-issue of the EP and single that came out last decade.

If you're familiar with the official releases it's the additional demo's that you'll want to hear about. The bottom line is that tracks like "Telethon Song", "Horror Smash" and "Uranium" are worth hearing. They're rough but surprisingly listenable. Machine-gun like in their intensity, they make up the album that should have come out.

Buy without hesitation. At the time of writing, I only have a promo download but The Real Thing is apprently chockful of liners and rare imagery, compiled (as were the songs) by Dave Faulkner. - The Barman


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