Thursday, 30 October 2008

New Race

An interesting one-time-only band, New Race was proof that good music can occur when "teachers" and "students" get together. In this instance, the "teachers" were ex-Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton and ex-MC5 drummer Dennis Thompson, who joined forces with "students" Deniz Tek, Rob Younger, and Warwick Gilbert, the latter three members of the seminal Australian punk band Radio Birdman. Tek was a Michigan native who'd emigrated to Australia in the early '70s, bringing his love of high-energy Detroit proto-punk with him. After Birdman's demise, he contacted Asheton and Thompson to come to Australia and form this ad-hoc touring outfit. New Race toured Australia once in 1981, playing mostly small halls and releasing one legit live LP and a few lo-fi bootlegs. While the resulting record, The First and the Last, benefits from a significant amount of in-studio sweetening (backing vocals are added, guitar solos overdubbed), it's still an exciting, guitar-fueled rave-up. Fans of the early-'70s Motor City sound or early Aussie punk wouldn't want to be without it.
~ John Dougan, All Music Guide

The First and the Last (1981)

1. Crying Sun
2. Haunted Road
3. Gotta Keep Moving

4. Breaks My Heart

5. Sad TV

6. Loose

7. November 22, 1963

8. Love Kills

9. Alone in the Endzone

10. Looking at You

11. Columbia

Format: mp3
bitrate: 256kbps

The First to Pay (1989)

1. Smith and Wesson Blues
2. Haunted Road
3. Living World

4. Loose

5. TV Eye

6. Love Kills

7. November 22, 1963

8. 455 SD

9. Alone in the Endzone

10. Looking at You

11. New Race

12. Columbia

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bitrate: 192kbps

The Second Wave (1990)

1. Burn My Eye
2. Alone in the Endzone
3. Man With the Golden Helmet
4. Breaks My Heart
5. Gotta Keep Movin'
6. Crying Sun
7. Sad TV
8. Loose
9. TV Eye
10. New Race

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bitrate: VBR


The Barman said...

The only studio sweetening was Rob re-doing his vocals and adding a different backing vocalist. No over-dubbed guitar solos. What you hear is what was played.

Parasight said...

I never said otherwise, I just copy/pasted from :p Cheers

Anonymous said...

Good blog
I love aussie music.
I'm looking for Lipstick Killers
Any chance?
Good work

Zer0_II said...

Greetings. I wanted to let you know that I've added your blog to the Punk/Hardcore category of my music blogroll/directory @

I'm trying to put together the most comprehensive list of music blogs which feature out of print or otherwise unavailable music, as well as those which share podcasts, or sample mp3 files. I've categorized them so that you can easily find exactly what you are looking for.

If you would like to help me out, you can do so by linking back to my blog. Although it isn't required in order to be listed, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks for all the hard work and time that goes into maintaining this blog, and especially for the fantastic music you share. Take care.


Fuzz said...

Yeah, this is it. Keep on!
(έτσι, έτσι)

Zer0_II said...

Thank you for The First to Pay and The Second Wave. I didn't have either of those.

I know you already have my blogroll listed in your links, but check out my main music blog @ If you haven't already. It's a very eclectic blog, but punk rock is the genre of music I have posted the most. Take care and thank you once again


Anonymous said...

Awesome! didnt know The First to Pay and Second Wave existed. Thanks. Went to 8 of their shows around Sydney... couldnt hear for a month after... in fact my ears are still ringing.

Anonymous said...

Ron Asheton R.I.P.

Arthur Rambo said...

Thanks for posting the Fist & Second , my record player broke a couple years back & I haven't heard either of those albums since. Also, I uploaded the album Victim of Circumstance by Ron Asheton's New Order on my He/She-attle blog the other day in case anyone's interested - it's the band Dennis & Ron had before New Race. RIP Ron

Anonymous said...

The only time i saw this record in a store it was a high priced import. Out of my price range at the time. Still is.

Thanks so much.

Anonymous said...

Rapidshare deleted the new race first to pay, can you repost it please ?
Thanks a lot

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