VARIOUS ARTISTS: Nardcore: CD

The thief, Doug Moody, resurfaces, goes back into his vaults and is making another go at profiting from the punk scene once again. Doug Moody was the label owner of Mystic Records who actually introduced and released a lot of punk during the ‘80s. He was one greasy motherfucker. I don’t think he paid anyone. I know I never received a penny for three compilation appearances. I only received one copy of each record my band was on. He practically would put out any band that would give him demos or have them record in his shitty studio. My theory is he wanted the volume to have constant income coming in. He created other labels under the banner and even asked me once if I would be interested in starting a label with him. Well, a backlash occurs when too much product is on the shelves. People eventually don’t buy it. During the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, you couldn’t give away his stuff. But a new generation of punks cycled in, collecting punk records began to go out of control and the records eventually disappeared. Ebay came to fruition, and prices went through the roof. Now there is a market again for Mystic releases. Doug Moody must have been monitoring Ebay to see what his releases are going for these days. Now all of a sudden, reissues have been appearing quietly on store shelves around the country. I was having a discussion with one of my friends in Canada about the subject and we were talking about the possibility of Nardcore being reissued since it’s one of the releases I never purchased or received. The very next day, we both receive an email update from a mailorder/distro that we both purchase from. The Nardcore comp is available on CD! What a weird coincidence. I figure, fuck it!, I need to get a copy. I hate to give that old fuck my money. But I have to look at the bigger picture. If I buy it from my local record store, Headline Records, that store profits and stays in business. Even though the label is not supporting the scene, the store is. If you just happened to not know, Nardcore = Oxnard Hardcore. Oxnard is a city in VenturaCounty, located in Southern California. I pop the plastic disc into the player and the first song by Ill Repute becomes familiar. I don’t think I listened to the original comp in fifteen years. Three tracks that sound better to me now than back then. Scared Straight, which became Ten Foot Pole and later the singer started Pulley, has two tracks which sound better to me than their 7″ on the same label. The R.K.L. tracks are by far the best on the whole comp. The two tracks by Agression are good, but are not recorded as well as songs on the Don’t be Mistaken LP and the Someone Got Their Head Kicked In comp. The two tracks by Stalag 13 do not appear on the Dr. Strange reissue of In Control. The comp is rounded out with tracks by Rat Pack, Habeas Corpus, False Confessions (who the singer and I used to get mistaken for each other), The Rotters, Dr. Know and A.F.U. A release that is a great document of the era, even though a ripoff is putting it back out again.

 –don (Doug Moody Productions)