Beat the Bastards

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Beat the Bastards
Exploited - Beat the Bastards.jpg
Studio album by The Exploited
Released April 23rd, 1996[1]
Genre Crossover thrash,[2] hardcore punk[2]
Length 51:34[3]
Label Rough Justice[4]
Producer Colin Richardson
Wattie Buchan
The Exploited chronology
The Massacre
Beat the Bastards
Fuck the System
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [5]

Beat the Bastards is the seventh album by the Scottish band The Exploited, released in 1996 through Rough Justice Records. "Beat The Bastards", "System Fucked Up" and "Law for the Rich" are songs generated by the album that appear on "The Best Of The Exploited: 25 Years Of Anarchy And Chaos".


In 1994, slowly to the slow task of producing another album were given. The result would be Beat The Bastards album that is considered by many, especially by his followers, a Punk metal album, released in 1996, with 13 songs. Return frequent lineup changes. Striking is the fact that this publication would record with a lineup, had another when he was released for promotional tours and other different; even in CD credits appears as guitarist such a Jamie Buchan, which made many wonder what Buchan was because there was no Jamie Buchan known: the response of the band was that the album was recorded with a guitarist (Frazer Rosetti) which, once paid for his work, left the group without notice to settle in Canada, and to fill his name was included to "Jamie Buchan," who was none other than the son of barely 2 years Wattie . In addition, Wullie Buchan played bass on most topics (all but 15 Years). Again would embark on tours that lead again for England, Europe, North America and Latin America. Various compilation work also would publish.

With the advent of the new millennium, the band activity decreased slightly, appearing only sometimes in Britain and no news yet regarding any new work. In 2000 a number of American punk band would record an album of covers called The Exploited Troops Of Today. Occur several times in the festivals celebrated punk "Holidays in the Sun" in England, plus lead with Social Chaos tour in America also in 2000, these being the only activities in a couple of years. It was even speculated that Wattie had died was either seriously ill.


"Beat The Bastards" defines a different sound than that of the previous work, this album shows a high sound quality and performance of the tracks on the heavier style similar to the previous work of the band The Massacre of 1990. Responding to a question about the sudden change in the musical style of the group, Wattie reminding reporters that his first album came out long before Metallica and that it affected the entire genre of thrash metal.

The production of the album was made by Colin Richardson, known for his work with bands Carcass and Napalm Death. In the recording of Beat the Bastards, Colin said: "We have been recording in the studio, everyone took a long time because of the voices I wanted this album to sound very passionately strong, and repeated the record once again that something. It seemed wrong and wrong in Wattie in his voice. The record strongly pressed upon us, and it is very normal ... for a while can be written about five albums, vocalist Wattie Buchan commented on the budget Beat the Bastards which was £ 40,000 instead of 20,000, ie, this was exceeded twice. "


Although The Exploited at this time the band activity decreased this album, it sold 114,000 copies which was a success in every way, and this album was very well received at the fans (especially the metalheads fans and punks) and It was a great success "underground" and independent sales surpassing its predecessor.

It is also highly praised as the masterpiece of the band by fans because the group takes its beginnings hardcore influence. Even the album has touches of crossover thrash.

The arrival of the new millennium[edit]

With the arrival of the new millennium, the band activity decreased slightly, sometimes appearing only in Britain and no news yet about a new job. In 2000 a number of American punk bands would record a cover album of The Exploited called Troops Of Today. They presented several times at festivals celebrated punk "Holidays in the Sun" in England, plus lead with Social Chaos tour in America also in 2000, these being the only activities in a couple of years. It was even speculated that Wattie either had died or was seriously ill.

Genre and Album Lyrics[edit]

This album is notable for its violent sound (Especially in the song "Sea of Blood") an acceptable definition of the genre of serious album, "an album with a different sound from the previous (The Massacre respectively), in this album the group mixes rapid and essential rhythm of hardcore punk with hard and powerful metal sound, so that the disc can be considered punk metal. " Much of all subjects are hard and fast tracks that reflect the anger and aggression in each.

The style of the songs and lyrics speak mainly about death, child abuse, corruption, brutality and lawlessness that reigns in the streets of the UK

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Beat the Bastards" – 4:21
  2. "Affected By Them" – 3:04
  3. "Don't Blame Me" – 5:00
  4. "Law for the Rich" – 3:20
  5. "System Fucked Up" – 2:48
  6. "They Lie" – 2:45
  7. "If You're Sad" – 5:20
  8. "Fightback" – 3:25
  9. "Massacre of Innocents" – 4:00
  10. "Police TV" – 3:44
  11. "Sea of Blood" – 3:57
  12. "Fifteen Years" – 3:05
  13. "Serial Killer" – 6:45

All songs written by Wattie Buchan.




The songs "Law For The Rich" and "Police TV" both contain audio samples from the 1971 feature film A Clockwork Orange. Intro before song "Beat The Bastards" contains sample from film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me.

Lisbeth Salander (played by Noomi Rapace) wears a t-shirt with the album's cover art in the Swedish film adaptation of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009 film).