Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Theatre Of Hate - He Who Dares Wins [1982]

Theatre Of Hate

He Who Dares Wins

[Live In Berlin]


Label: Biber Records
Catalog#:BI 6110, [SMB 40212 GR]
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Greece
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave, Post Punk

A1 The Original Sin 3:50
A2 Westworld 4:32
A3 The Klan 7:11
A4 Conquistador 2:54
A5 Poppies 3:20
B1 Incinarator 4:32
B2 Judgement Hymn 5:11
B3 63 3:02
B4 Rebel Without A Brain 3:34
B5 Legion 3:43
Artwork By [Cover] - Schonbuch Studio
Executive Producer - Friedemann Witecka
Mixed By - Gibbs Platen , Terry Razor
Producer - Christoph Wertz
Written-By - Kirk Brandon , Theatre Of Hate
Recorded live during Rock Against Junk in the Tempodron, West Berlin, Sept. 12th 1981. with the Sinus Musik Recording Mobile. Mixed at Tonstudio Zuckerfabrik, Stuttgart. [discogs]

Mp3@320 & scans 106MB

Theatre of Hate were a post-punk band formed in Britain in 1980.

Led by singer-songwriter and ex-member of punk band The Pack, Kirk Brandon, the original group also consisted of: guitarist Steve Guthrie, bassist Stan Stammers (The Straps/Epileptics), saxophonist John Lennard and drummer Luke Rendle from Crisis/The Straps.

In 1980, the Pack had evolved into Theatre of Hate, with Luke Rendle replacing Walker on drums, Stan Stammers joining on bass, Steve Guthrie on guitar and John 'Boy' Lennard on sax (the Werners joined the Straps, who Stammers had previously played for). The first Theatre of Hate release was the "Original Sin" single in November 1980, which reached #5 on the UK Indie Chart.
Theatre of Hate garnered much early attention as a live act and made their album debut in 1981 with the concert LP He Who Dares Wins Live at the Warehouse Leeds. Shortly after the album's release however, Steve Guthrie left the band.

Another concert recording, Live at the Lyceum followed, and in August 1981 Theatre of Hate entered the studio with producer Mick Jones of The Clash to record their first non-live album debut, Westworld, which was released on February 19 1982 and went on to reach the UK Top 20.

Shortly after the album was recorded new guitarist Billy Duffy (formerly of The Nosebleeds) joined the band and a little later drummer Luke Rendle was replaced by Nigel Preston. The album reached #17 in the UK Albums Chart, and also spawned the Top 40 single "Do You Believe in the Westworld".

In February 1982, Theatre of Hate released another live album entitled He Who Dares Wins: Live in Berlin recorded in September 1981, and in April 1982 Billy Duffy left the band to join Death Cult, the band continuing for a short time before splitting up later that year. Demos for the unreleased second studio album were released as Ten Years After in 1993.

Brandon went on to front Spear of Destiny with bassist Stammers. A post break-up compilation album Revolution spent three weeks in the UK Albums Chart, peaking at #67.

In 1991 Theatre of Hate reformed for the Return to 8 tour which included some of the original band members, these included Brandon, Stammers and Lennard, with the addition of Pete Barnacle on drums and Mark 'Gemini' Thwaite on guitar.

In July/August 1994 Brandon, Stammers, John McNutt and Art Smith went into Mix-O. Lydian Studio, Boonton, New Jersey with Brad Morrision to record a new album under the Theatre of Hate banner. Retribution was not released until early 1996 in both the U.S. and UK.

To coincide with Westworld's 25th anniversary, Theatre of Hate reformed for a week-long tour culminating at the Carling Academy Islington on 29 April 2007. Of the original line-up, only Stammers was unavailable, due to conflicting schedules and family commitments in the U.S. where he now lives. Replacing him was Craig Adams, former bassist with The Cult, The Sisters of Mercy and The Mission, joining Brandon, Guthrie, Lennard, and Rendle for the reunion.

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Λοιπόν , ο ήχος δεν είναι και τόσο καλός, άλλωστε όλοι οι δίσκοι της Music Box εκεί έπασχαν, οι εκτελέσεις δεν διαφέρουν και πολύ από τις studio εκτελέσεις του Westworld LP, παραμένει όμως ένας από τους καλύτερους δίσκους που έχω ακούσει ποτέ...

1 comment:

  1. Είναι νομίζω ιερό το όνομα των T.o.H. για όποιον ακούει post punk και gothic rock. Είναι από τους πρώτους σε αυτό τον ήχο, μαζί με τους Southern Death Cult, μετέπειτα Death Cult, και τέλος The Cult. Ακολούθησαν και οι Play Dead και άλλοι. Όμως οι πρώιμες ιαχές ανήκουν αποκλειστικά στον Kirk Brandon σε πείθουν να τους ακούσεις. Εγώ έχω κολλήσει για χρόνια με τους T.o.H. και επιμένω να αναρωτιέμαι "Do you believe in the westworld" σε ένα μανιφέστο κριτική προς το Δυτικό (και ο,τιδήποτε αυτό σημαίνει) τρόπο ζωής.
    Μπράβο παιδιά, είναι από τις μπαντες που δεν τις συναντάς συχνά και νομίζεις πως όλοι τους έχουν ξεχάσει. Καλό είναι να "ζωντανεύουν" που και που.