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Random single from the collection #5

April 18th, 2008 at 1:26 pm by Patrick

It’s especially nice that I grabbed this 1985 single on the day before Record Store Day, since Richmond’s Honor Role was helmed by the great Bob Schick, who runs the Plan 9 Records stores in Virginia. Be sure to visit one of them tomorrow.

This 7″ cooks and is a great example of the kind of complexity that hardcore developed into during the mid-’80s. Penn Rollings’ guitar playing is sui generis. Quiz question: what superhip current band’s vocalist sounds quite a bit like Bob?

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7 Responses to “Random single from the collection #5”

  1. Dave Martin Says:

    Huh? No one sounds like Bob! What a record though, hands down on of the most important records of my life. I tried to mailorder it from No Core, but they were out of them and it became one of the first records I ever actively searched for. When I finally tracked a copy down it was probably even better than I hoped it would be. Such a great band.

  2. baconfat Says:

    It’s Vampire Weekend, isn’t it?

  3. Gerard Says:

    Mr. Schick fucking rules but let me add my voice to the chorus in praise of Pen Rollings’ wildly inventive guitar playing. Between Honor Role, Breadwinner and Butterglory, he’s more than earned his star on the sidewalk in front of the West Hollywood Guitar Center.

  4. baconfat Says:

    don’t forget LOINCLOTH!

    (also, I think you meant Butterglove)

  5. Professor Griff Says:

    Honor Role, 2 am– maybe 3– CBGBs summer ’88?? can’t recall if Happy Flowers closed or vice versa but it was pretty fucking late, even back then. Old heads may remember Pen as an early Superchunk roadie too.

  6. cichsjr Says:

    Penn’s sound was so unique to the hardcore scene. I was not allowed to stay out late enough to see Honor Role. But I did not miss Butterglove! Penn’s playing is timeless.

  7. Mike Sheets Says:

    Bob Schick, Chip Jones and Honor Role are GODS! They played a Halloween party that I put on many moons ago here in Indianapolis, and people still talk about that show! Check out one of Bob and Chip’s earlier bands, Battered Youth, which was featured on the Master Tape Vol. 1 compilation LP. I think you can listen to/download it at this URL
    http://www.goodbadmusic.com/2008/03/06/va-the-master-tape-a-compilation-lp-affirmation-nimrod-usa-1982/