Sunday, January 6, 2008

Blatant Dissent - Hold the Fat lp (198?, Glitterhouse Records)

Though DeKalb, IL's Blatant Dissent had a firm footing in classic US hardcore, it was the fabled “Chicago Sound” of the mid-to-late ‘80s that went a much longer in way in defining the band, at least on wax. BD took their cues in no small part from the most notorious purveyors of the Chi-town sound, Naked Raygun, but not without tossing in a plentiful dollop of sarcasm and irony. The result was admirable, but not the stuff of greatness.

Hold the Fat contains the brunt of Blatant Dissent’s meager output, with the rest of their discography consisting of just a couple of singles. In some circles, BD is mentioned in trivial context, as lead singer John Mohr went on to much greater success fronting Chicago powerhouse,
Tar. Exponentially brusque, not to mention sonically concussive in comparison to BD, Tar went onto record several releases for Amphetamine Reptile and Touch and Go Records between the late-80s and ‘90s, and toured internationally.

I was unable to ascertain the exact year of release for Hold the Fat, but 1988 or 1989 is a safe bet, given the brief liner notes on the back of the LP mentioning it was recorded in 1986, and that BD called it a day by the spring ’88. None of their releases ever saw the light of day on CD.

01. Contemporary Hip
02. The Man in Black
03. Painted Women
04. How Can I Lose?
05. Status Quo
06. Eleven Days
07. The Beast
08. The Party
09. Overreaction
10. Is There a Fear?
11. Bandit
12. Undermine
13. My Hands Are Tied


Hecubus Rex said...

Thanks for posting this. I've been looking for this album for years without luck. I saw them many times int he mid 80s and they always put on a great show.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the post. Always heard about this pre-Tar band, but hadn't actually heard them.

yer blogz said...

Heya, thanks for the posting. I was just looking for some mp3's from that album to send to a friend, so this was great to find.

Also, I appreciate the article.

-John Mohr

TomesoR said...

Blatant Dissent reforms to play Abbey Pub August 22nd in Chicago with the Subverts, Ring 13, happy hunting and Otis Ball and The Chains.

Tickets are 10 bucks in advance - go to

Egorich said...

please re-upload

spavid said...

The link has been updated.

Unknown said...

por favor! subirlo de nuevo, gracias

Unknown said...

Please re-upload, thanks