Often when I make playlists they tend to be either by style, location or band. Other than the one's that I post a majority of these are huge long lists Of hundreds of songs. In part this is because I will listen to them at the studio and an hour long list playing over and over gets a bit boring. I used to do the same thing with singles and EPs back in the day of cassette tapes and one of the things I used to do was pick a label and create a tape out of that labels material. Often this could create some rather odd combinations but some out comes were some of my favorite mix tapes.
One of those tapes was one I made for a girl I was trying to impress and well, get to know on a more intimate level. It didn't really work and looking back the combination of songs wasn't really the best way to woo her in the first place but it was a good sampling of my favorite music of the time. A majority was brash, aggressive, dark and driving and came from one of the greatest Indy labels of the LA scene created, Frontier Records.
Created by one of the unsung heroes of the LA Punk scene Lisa Fancher who was a former employee of Bomb! Records. It was one of the few independent and DIY to document and continue to keep records in print through the dark days of the 1980s. Unlike Posh Boy Records that I covered in the last blog I posted or other labels from the time, a majority of the releases were full length Albums. Many of these releases would define the growing Hardcore Punk scene to come and easily are some of my favorite records. From the first release the Flyboys self titled EP to reissues of hard to find records and unreleased material from important bands like Middle Class, the Dangerhouse bands and the Weirdos. Frontier has been a large part of the foundation of my music collection since I bought my first copy of Group Sex.
When I put this list together I decided to avoid some of the reissue stuff because I wanted to focus on the labels own releases, plus I plan on creating a Dangerhouse Records list next and most of it will have to come from the compilations that Frontier put out. I also should point out that I avoided the labels non-punk releases because they are outside of my interests but still should be checked out. What is on this list is a number of beginnings that would shape music up to today including the beginnings of Hardcore Punk and the birth of Death Rock. Also it clearly shows how diverse and rich the Southern California music scene was in the early 1980s and how important Lisa and her small label was in documenting and keeping this music in print, so a kid in the Midwest could discover it.
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