MIA: HELL COMES TO YOU HOUSE vol. 2 – The first Cowpunk Comp?
HELL COMES TO YOU HOUSE vol. 2 LP
Label: Bemisbrain Records/Enigma Records
1. THE JONESES “I’m Bad”
2. THE JONESES “She’s So Filthy”
3. MAU MAUS “Sex Girls in Uniforms”
4. MAU MAUS “We All Fall Down”
5. CAMBRIDGE APOSTLES “Can’t Fight the Feeling”
6. BLOOD ON THE SADDLE “I Wish I was a Single Girl Again”
7. BLOOD ON THE SADDLE “Ghost On My Heart”
8. TEX AND THE HORSEHEADS “Short Train”
9. TEX AND THE HORSEHEADS “Go West Young Man”
10. TEX AND THE HORSEHEADS “Slip Away”
11. MINUTEMEN “Corona”
12. SCREAMIN’ SIRENS “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad”
13. SCREAMIN’ SIRENS “Runnin’ Kind”
14. LOTUS LAME AND THE LAME FLAMES “Bad Sex”
It always amazes me that the so much of the early cowpunk bands and records get very little coverage in the No Depression world. I have never been shy about my love of a lot of these early bands and what they added to the musical landscape of punk in the 80s.
The Hell Comes to Your House series, if you can call 2 volumes a series, started with a Horror Punk theme for Volume 1, and then moved on to Cowpunk-ish fare for the second volume. The Minutemen are likely the most fondly recalled band on the album, followed by Tex and the Horseheads, Blood on the Saddle (who’s Poison Love album is still MIA on CD, and a lost classic of the era) and The Screamin’ Sirens. The Siren’s are of note for the ND faithful as Rosie Flores was a member and even appeared in their little scene (but well worth checking out) film The Running Kid. Along with Blood on the Saddle, the Sirens recordings deserve a reissue of their own, but I fear the time has past for that.
The Power Pop/ Pop Punk group The Jones (who’s song Graveyard Rock provided the title of the one and only CD comp that my old label Reanimator Records issued– Tombstone Park) really didn’t have a roots rock feel to me, but in the days before the CD reissue of their stuff, I was just glad to hear more of their music.
I’ve had a LP copy of this comp for years and really need to go back and give it a new spin. I know the era of the CD is coming to an end, but this music needs to be heard, needs to be talked about and needs to be remembered. Like so much of the Enigma Records catalog Hell Comes to Your House 2 is seemingly lost to the collections of those who have sought it out and the discount bins of fading record shops across the world.
Thoughts, comments, ect.