Tuesday, December 6, 2011

BLACK FORK - "Here's a Little Wedding Present...Some AIDS!!!" - 1st Demo - Tape - 1994

   Before I start talking about the content of this tape, let me tell you how this piece of plastic came into my possession. I was talking to my friend, Erick  on the phone one night and I just knew that he had some good , old tapes somewhere in hiding. I asked him to send me a selection from the vaults...errrr.....boxes of tapes. He was hesitant at first (I know I would feel nervous about sending away a box of prized possessions), but a large box of tapes showed up at my p.o. box a couple of weeks later and I'm pretty fuckin' stoked about it. I could post one of his tapes every day for a month and still have some left over. So, for the next couple of months (or more), I will be posting a selection from his collection every few days and include notes from him about the tapes, if they seem to provide some sort of insight into the music. This is the first one, chosen at semi-random from the box.
    BLACK FORK was an East Bay punk band formed in 1994 by four fuckin' bright-haired weirdos. They were known for a totally ruling, harsh guitar sound, energetic live shows that actually sorta scared me as a teenager and Robin's insane, screamy-but-tuneful vocals. A little known thing about BLACK FORK is that Jim Nastic was not always their drummer. My friend, Ivy Jeanne was their original drummer and played on this demo. Erick had this to say, "Jim Nastic is one of the best hardcore drummers in our lifetime, but I always loved Ivy's lurchy, dirty beats on this and how the FORK was more punk than hardcore in this period."
    This demo was originally a split with an Emeryville rapper named MCG, but his music has unfortunately been lost to the ages. The track listing and cover have suffered the same fate, so you just get 12 ripping, vicious, yet title-less punk songs by the one and only BLACK FORK. Enjoy and check back for more old shit from the box.
Download BLACK FORK'S First Demo
Updated Sept 2014
Happy 20th anniversary BLACK FORK!

8 comments:

Erick Lyle said...

Just wanted to add...
This tape was originally called,
"Here's a Little Wedding Present... Some AIDS!!!" taken from the "Angels?" Chick Tract I believe...

Harvester said...

I will add that at the top

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Mat Gard said...

I have always loved this band. I actually met MCG many years ago. He was a local rapper with a foot fetish. All of his songs had creepy foot references. (toe sucking etc). I also have a 2nd demo that was 8-track only. I have an 8 track player, but haven't set that all up in years. Great great band.

Mike Cantrell said...

Faster than Super 7/Mystic Records Battalion of Saints versions? Cause the Taang bullshit wouldn't have been much of a challenge :)

Haha, yeah.. all of the punk rock songs sound better faster and raw. It all goes downhill when you learn to play your instruments and get fancy pants recording equipment.

Thanks for putting this up. I missed this demo tape.

xJackyx said...

Track 5 is Dirty Faced Kid and 7 is People's Parking Lot. Anyone know any of the other titles?

Goddamnit Jonny said...

love to have this one re-upped too! thanks!

Harvester said...

Done!