Wednesday, August 12, 2009

7 Seconds - Committed For Life 7'" - Squirtdown Records 1983














So last night I went out and saw Walter Schreifels of Gorilla Biscuits, Quicksand etc perform a somewhat acoustic ( drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitar) live set at a local club. He played a mix of GB, Quicksand, and Rival Schools songs plus he threw in some sort of poppy covers of Agnostic Front etc. And while Walter is certainly a talented guy, the whole show just struck me as kind of sad. I mean turning songs like Society Suckers by Agnostic Front or Start Today by GB into poppy little ditties just feels wrong ,and on a personal level I just don't like the idea of watering down songs that meant so much to me as a youth just to turn a quick buck. It felt like he was taking the music that spoke to me as an alienated outsider kid, and turning it into retro cool music for hipsters. So you ask what does this have to do with 7 Seconds ? Well, 7 Seconds are playing a show next week in NYC and after last night I am afraid to go. I love 7 Seconds music and it has meant so much to me that I just can't take the chance of going to see them and it turning into a good time nostalgia party, or god forbid Kevin starts playing an acoustic versions of Regress No Way or some shit. Now I do not mean to come across as accusing 7 Seconds of doing these things when I honestly have no idea what their current set will consist of, but after last night I just can’t risk it. Anyway, bitter Dave...out.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Fear not! Kevin does his solo thing but doesn't do 7 Seconds material, that I know of. 7 Seconds the band are all about doing it old school, and as Kevin said, apart from gaining weight, there isn't much difference with 7 Seconds today as there was in say 83.

Anonymous said...

ha! i'm going next friday so i'll fill ya in...

-jeff

ARMEDnHAMMERED said...

Thanks...Nice bitrate upgrade over my previous copy...Great blog,keep up the good work

jamieselzer said...

I saw Rival Schools open for Eagles of Death Metal last week and all I could think about was how much I missed Quicksand. I'm so glad I didn't see that solo gig.

Brushback said...

This is great - one of my favorite HC 7"-ers from back then - I thought "Skins Brains and Guts" was pretty good, but "Committed for Life" and "The Crew" were the two records that represented 7 Seconds the best, I think.

peskypesky said...

I'm with you man, and I feel your pain. I too am wary of going to see bands I used to love so much, because I'm afraid of my memories being tarnished.

I was never a big 7 Seconds fan, not because I didn't like them, but because I just didn't know about them somehow. I finally heard them a few years ago and really liked a lot of it.

Zach said...

i didn't know this was posted on your blog. a while back i came to this post to see what an original copy looked like. thanks for the scans (even if this comment is a little late). i went out and bought the first press.

Chad Arrogant said...

This has nothing to do with the topic, really, but I'm gonna' post it, anyways, with the hopes of someone, ANYONE, might be able to help me out??? I'm an avid 7 Seconds fan and have been so for MANY years. Booked their shows a few times in my hometown, correspond with from time to time, collect vinyl, etc. I actually just got my hands on a first press (red and black cover) Committed For Life that has the the front and back covers printed both on the outside and the inside of the sleeve!!! Does anyone know any info on this??? Misprint??? Intentional??? How many were made??? That kind of thing. Thanks. Keep smilin' ;^)