Friday, February 13, 2009

Classic Hardcore Revisited: Skewbald/Grand Union - 2 Song 7"

Dischord Records - 1990

For the Minor Threat / DC hardcore completest I thought I'd upload the Skewbald/Grand Union 2 Song 7" released on Dischord Records. These songs were recorded during the brief breakup of Minor Threat in 1981 when Lyle Preslar moved away to college. Ian and Jeff pressed on writing new material and recruited locals to form Skewbald/Grand Union. They went into the studio and recorded a few songs that were never released officially until 1990 on a 1 sided, 2 song clear 7". The band did in fact record three songs total, however I have yet to locate the third song on any official releases. If you like Minor Threat as much as me, you are going to love these songs. They are a little bit sloppy and different style wise, but still maintain the power and urgency that Minor Threat were famous for.

I think the official Dischord Records website best describes how the record came to be:

"Lyle Preslar's decision to go to Northwestern University in September of 1981 broke up Minor Threat, so the other three members immediately started looking for other bands to form or join. Ian and Jeff started playing music with their Dischord housemate Eddie and another local punk, John Falls, who had done a short stint as guitarist with Youth Brigade. The band was one of many projects that practiced in the basement of Dischord House, and took its name from a nearby grocery store, Grand Union. Ian came across the word "skewbald" in a dictionary and thought it was a better band name, but Jeff stuck by Grand Union. Unable to reach a decision in the matter, the band ended up having two names. Skewbald would never play a show, and the only people who ever saw the band play may well have been Eric and Toni of Red C, who sat in at a practice one day. The band did end up recording three untitled songs at Inner Ear at the same session that yielded "Rozzyln Rangers", the theme song of Dischord House. After recording, the practices came to a halt, and John left the picture. Eventually Ian moved from vocals to bass, and Skewbald practiced as a three piece a few more times in early 1982, but the project was stopped cold by Minor Threat's decision to reform in April. The three songs Skewbald recorded ended up being traded around the country on tapes, and in some circles were mistakenly considered unreleased Minor Threat songs. Five years later, Dischord released the session to mark its 50th release." -

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