Welcome to Venice

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Welcome to Venice
Welcome to venice front.jpeg
Compilation album by Various
Released 1985
Recorded 1984
Genre Crossover thrash, Doom metal
Length 28:11
Label Suicidal
Producer Mike Muir
Various chronology
Suicidal Tendencies
(1983)Suicidal Tendencies1983
Welcome to Venice
(1985)
Join the Army
(1987)Join the Army1987
Back cover
Back cover

Welcome to Venice is a compilation album that features local Venice Beach punk and metal bands. It was released in 1985 on Suicidal Records. It was produced by Mike Muir and features cover art by Michael Seiff, who would go on to do art for the three other original Suicidal Records releases.

The album was the first record on Suicidal Records, a label started by Suicidal Tendencies members Mike Muir and Louiche Mayorga after the band went on hiatus. Of the bands on the release, two feature Muir on vocals (Suicidal Tendencies and Los Cycos) and the other three all later released albums on Suicidal Records (Beowülf, No Mercy and Excel). It was initially to include Neighborhood Watch, but they were left off due to a disagreement over rent at a house Muir shared with band members John Flitcraft and Dave Hutchinson.[citation needed] The album has only ever been released on vinyl and cassette. Due to its rarity, it is now a sought after collectors item.

Sequel albums[edit]

In November 2004, Suicidal Tendencies announced they were working on Return to Venice, specifically mentioning that there would be two newly recorded Los Cycos tracks.[1] As of 2012, this album, and the newly recorded Los Cycos tracks, have yet to be released.

In 2005, www.punkrecords.com and BDF Records released Farewell to Venice, released as 2 CD and 2 LP set, each with some different tracks. It features original recordings by many Venice Beach area bands, including No Mercy and Beowülf.

In 2007, Louiche Mayorga released Welcome 2 Venice which featured fourteen bands from the Venice Beach area, including some which feature members that were on bands that originally appeared on Welcome to Venice.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Look Up...(The Boys are Back)" Suicidal Tendencies 2:29
2. "Taste the Steel" Beowülf 2:39
3. "Unicorn" Beowülf 2:23
4. "It's Not Easy" Los Cycos 5:51
Side B
No. Title Artist Length
1. "No Mercy" No Mercy 4:41
2. "War Machine" No Mercy 4:29
3. "Enforcer" Excel 2:06
4. "Conclusion" Excel 1:48
5. "Make Up Your Mind" Excel 1:45

Trivia[edit]

When the Excel tracks were recorded in 1984, the band was known by its original name, Chaotic Noise. The name officially changed to Excel on New Year's Day 1985.

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