SCRAPS: Noise Not Music 1986-1989: LP

Nov 20, 2023

According to the bio from their label, Scraps was one of the few hardcore bands active in France in the ’80s. They’re very spasmodic and thrashy, with strong political lyrics in a mix of French and English, depending on the song—exactly what I’d want from a hardcore punk band of this era. This LP compilation puts together many, if not all, of the band’s releases from ’86-’89 including their two 7”s, a split, and several compilation appearances on various labels. The remastered sound quality throughout this is excellent, capturing the raw fury of the original recordings of these long out of print records for a new generation of listeners. The album includes two beautiful booklets, one a reprint of a Scraps fanzine from 1986, and another put together especially for this release. The fanzine is an awesome snapshot of the era, including reprints of various reviews and interviews with the band from MRR and other publications. The compilation booklet itself is the real gem though. It includes lyrics, show flyers, interviews, and rare photos of the band. Most of the booklet is in black and white, but there’s a full two-page spread of color photos in the middle. If you’re interested in early European hardcore punk, this is a gem not to be missed. –Paul J. Comeau (Refuse, refusemusic.net)

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