P.E.A.C.E./War

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P.E.A.C.E./War
Studio album by various artists
Released 1984
Recorded 1982-1984
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 1:50:07 (original LP),
2:30:03 (CD reissue)
Label R Radical Records (original LP),
New Red Archives (CD reissue)
Producer Daniel Levitin, various producers

P.E.A.C.E./War is a compilation double album first released in 1984 by R Radical Records,[1][2] the label run by MDC's Dave Dictor, in association with the San Francisco Bay Area punk fanzine Maximum RocknRoll. The "P.E.A.C.E." in the album title is a backronym for "Peace, Energy, Action, Cooperation, Evolution".

The original album[edit]

The original double album features fifty-five hardcore punk acts from around the world, including such stalwarts as Dead Kennedys, Crass, Subhumans, Butthole Surfers, and MDC themselves.[3] Thirty of the acts were from outside the United States, and all of the acts featured frequently wrote and recorded left-leaning topical music (with the lone exception of The Butthole Surfers, who came from a similar political position but did not normally deal with political issues in their music). Eight of the acts originated from Italy, which had been sprouting anarchist punk bands such as Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers, Contrazione and RAF Punk (all represented on the album) for quite some time.

Maximum RocknRoll's main contribution to the project, other than assisting in recruiting acts to participate on the double album, was in the assemblage of a 72-page magazine-sized insert featuring several pages on the topics of nuclear disarmament, imperialism, radiation, pollution, and political demonstrations.

All of the profits from the album, according to a primitive obi strip-style insert shrunkwrapped to the original double vinyl release, were slated for various anti-nuclear groups and activities worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

In keeping with the original album's insert, the band's country of origin is given in parentheses.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Up Against A Wall" - Articles of Faith (USA)
  2. "Endless Blockades For The Pussyfooter" - GISM (Japan)
  3. "Ashes To Ashes" - Neon Christ (USA)
  4. "Schluter's Kabinet" - Kalashnikov (Denmark)
    The song is about the (then) Danish prime minister Poul Schlüter.
  5. "Time Will Tell" - Cause For Alarm (USA)
  6. "No U.S.A." - Local Disturbance (Netherlands)
  7. "Honour's Calling" - Unwarranted Trust (Canada)
  8. "Mai Arrendersi" - Wretched (Italy)
    The title translates to "Never Surrender".
  9. "Drop The A-Bomb On Me" - O.D.F.X. (USA)
  10. "Here Come The Cops" - The Afflicted (USA)
  11. "Inutile Trionfo" - Declino (Italy)
    The title translates to "Useless Triumph".
  12. "I Hope You Get Drafted" - The Dicks (USA)
  13. "Arms Race" - BGK (Netherlands)
  14. "It's You" - Crass (U.K.)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Swastika Rats" - Upright Citizens (West Germany)
  2. "Banana Split Republic" - False Prophets (USA)
  3. "Kärnvapen Attack" - Mob 47 (Sweden)
    The title translates to "Nuclear Attack".
  4. "Face Down In The Dirt" - The Offenders (USA)
  5. "Sbarre" - Contrazione (Italy)
    The title translates to "Bars".
  6. "So Much Hate" - S.C.U.M. (Canada)
  7. "Viejos Pateticos" - Los Violadores (Argentina)
    The title translates to "Pathetic Old Men".
  8. "Sometimes" - Deadlock (Poland)
  9. "Will It Ever End?" - P.P.G. (USA)
  10. "Peace of What?" - Trash (USA)
  11. "Police Brutality" - Vicious Circle (Australia)
  12. "Gartlands Pit" - Condemned To Death (USA)
  13. "Non Mi Dire" - Negazione (Italy)
    The title translates to "Don't Tell Me".
  14. "America The Beautiful" - D.O.A. (Canada)

Side three[edit]

  1. "Snap" - D.R.I. (USA)
  2. "Jump Back" - Porno Patrol (West Germany)
  3. "Drop Out" - Treason (USA)
  4. "Abortos" - Shit S.A. (Spain)
    The title translates to "Abortions"
  5. "Silence" - Septic Death (USA)
  6. "Life Of Punishment" - Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers (Italy)
  7. "No Mai" - Peggio Punx (Italy)
    The title translates to "Never".
  8. "An Uneasy Peace" - The Proletariat (USA)
  9. "Bomb" - Conflict (UK)
  10. "Battlefield (Nightmare)" - The Iconoclast (USA)
  11. "Pay For Shit" - Pandemonium (Netherlands)
  12. "Kinky Sex Makes The World Go Round" - Dead Kennedys (USA)
  13. "Skorbut" - Boskops (West Germany)
    The title translates to "Scurvy".

Side four[edit]

  1. "Rats" - Subhumans (UK)
    Written about the Stop the City demonstrations being held around the world at the time.
  2. "Peace Officer" - The White Lie (USA)
  3. "R.A.T./Pentagone" - Wargasm (Netherlands)
  4. "Four More Hours" - Slaughterhouse 4 (USA)
  5. "Finale" - The Execute (Japan)
  6. "Reagan Youth" - Reagan Youth (USA)
  7. "The Man Goes On" - Impact (Italy)
  8. "100 Million People Dead" - Butthole Surfers (USA)
  9. "Ataque" - Kangrena (Spain)
    The title translates to "Attack".
  10. "Will Amerika" - Porcelain Forehead (Canada)
  11. "No Mercy No War" - Barely Human (USA)
  12. "Contro La Pace Contro La Guerra" - RAF Punk (Italy)
    The title translates to "Against The Peace, Against The War".
  13. "Moment By Moment/Exiled Shadows" - Zenzile (South Africa)
    These are actually two poems recited by a South African expatriate. "Moment By Moment" is about the Soweto riots, while "Exiled Shadows" is about "the struggle for the liberation of our land in chains", according to the artist.
  14. "Missile Destroyed Civilization" - MDC (USA)

The CD reissue[edit]

New Red Archives rereleased the album as a double CD set in 1997,[2] adding five tracks from artists on their roster to the end of disc two. The CD reissue does not include a reproduction of the original's booklet, and it is not known if the benefit aspect of the original album still holds.

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Up Against A Wall" - Articles of Faith (USA)
  2. "Endless Blockades For The Pussyfooter" - GISM (Japan)
  3. "Ashes To Ashes" - Neon Christ (USA)
  4. "Schluter's Kabinet" - Kalashnikov (Denmark)
  5. "Time Will Tell" - Cause For Alarm (USA)
  6. "No U.S.A." - Local Disturbance (Netherlands)
  7. "Honour's Calling" - Unwarranted Trust (Canada)
  8. "Mai Arrendersi" - Wretched (Italy)
  9. "Drop The A-Bomb On Me" - O.D.F.X. (USA)
  10. "Here Come The Cops" - The Afflicted (USA)
  11. "Inutile Trionfo" - Declino (Italy)
  12. "I Hope You Get Drafted" - The Dicks (USA)
  13. "Arms Race" - BGK (Netherlands)
  14. "It's You" - Crass (U.K.)
  15. "Swastika Rats" - Upright Citizens (West Germany)
  16. "Banana Split Republic" - False Prophets (USA)
  17. "Kärnvapen Attack" - Mob 47 (Sweden)
  18. "Face Down In The Dirt" - The Offenders (USA)
  19. "Sbarre" - Contrazione (Italy)
  20. "So Much Hate" - S.C.U.M. (Canada)
  21. "Viejos Pateticos" - Los Violadores (Argentina)
  22. "Sometimes" - Deadlock
  23. "Will It Ever End?" - P.P.G. (USA)
  24. "Peace of What?" - Trash (USA)
  25. "Police Brutality" - Vicious Circle (Australia)
  26. "Gartlands Pit" - Condemned To Death (USA)
  27. "Non Mi Dire" - Negazione (Italy)
  28. "America The Beautiful" - D.O.A. (Canada)
  29. "Snap" - D.R.I. (USA)
  30. "Jump Back" - Porno Patrol (West Germany)
  31. "Drop Out" - Treason (USA)
  32. "Abortos" - Shit S.A. (Spain)
  33. "Silence" - Septic Death (USA)

Disc two[edit]

  1. "Life Of Punishment" - Cheetah Chrome and the Motherfuckers (Italy)
  2. "No Mai" - Peggio Punx (Italy)
    The title translates to "Never".
  3. "An Uneasy Peace" - The Proletariat (USA)
  4. "Bomb" - Conflict (UK)
  5. "Battlefield (Nightmare)" - The Iconoclast (USA)
  6. "Pay For Shit" - Pandemonium (Netherlands)
  7. "Kinky Sex Makes The World Go Round" - Dead Kennedys (USA)
  8. "Skorbut" - Boskops (West Germany)
  9. "Rats" - Subhumans (UK)
  10. "Peace Officer" - The White Lie (USA)
  11. "R.A.T./Pentagone" - Wargasm (Netherlands)
  12. "Four More Hours" - Slaughterhouse 4 (USA)
  13. "Finale" - The Execute (Japan)
  14. "Reagan Youth" - Reagan Youth (USA)
  15. "The Man Goes On" - Impact (Italy)
  16. "100 Million People Dead" - Butthole Surfers (USA)
  17. "Ataque" - Kangrena (Spain)
  18. "Will Amerika" - Porcelain Forehead (Canada)
  19. "No Mercy No War" - Barely Human (USA)
  20. "Contro La Pace Contro La Guerra" - RAF Punk (Italy)
  21. "Moment By Moment/Exiled Shadows" - Zenzile (South Africa)
  22. "Missile Destroyed Civilization" - MDC (USA)
  23. "Walked In Line" - Jack Killed Jill (USA)
  24. "Feeble Attempt" - Corrupted Ideals (USA)
  25. "Parnoid World Vision" - Christ On A Crutch (USA)
  26. "Postcard From L.A." - U.K. Subs (UK)
  27. "Die For The Government" - Anti-Flag (USA)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "R Radical Records". MDC Punk. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "International P.E.A.C.E. Benefit Compilation". discogs. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Warner, Brad (2003). Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies & the Truth About Reality. Wisdom Publications. pp. xiv–xv. ISBN 0-86171-380-X.