Saturday, February 24, 2007


Original Struggle shirt printed by Ebullition. There was a different version with colours for their US tour I think. When I was younger - I got into punk and hardcore at the peak of the 90ies political hc - I was obsessed with Struggle. I had this friend Axel in a great band called Liederkranz Seemann-Kahne who wore a wornout Struggle patch on his jeans jacket not willing to give it to me and I thought about a hundred ways how to steal the patch off his jacket or his whole jacket.
Their 7" from which the front motive is taken is a real great hardcore record and was the missing link between Downcast and Rorschach. Their lp was even a huge step towards the whole later San Diego stuff. No wonder since later members of Swing Kids (Eric Allen), Locust and Bread and Circuits played in Struggle.
The backprint is oh so 90ies but still causes some reactions. I think the bandmembers wouldn' t print such stuff today and they even left out some booklet pages from their vinyl releases on the discography cd which makes me feel quite comfortable about them progressing (with a huge "intifada worldwide" in their lp booklet they just had to!). GSL once had a nice tree graphic about all the members of those bands and how they are connected to each other but this one seems offline now. But try this one on


German bootleg with a slogan/ song title from their first lp ("meat means murder"1) and the motive from the compilation which included remixes of single songs. Really poor printing quality.
The band is constantly repeating itself since the late 80ies and all their stuff is in print (Emi not Mortarhate! Hahahahaha...).

Update: I just saw that some of the official shirts have a comparable bad printing quality anyway.


1 yeah, we all know about Conflict' s sophisticated, eloquent and deep going lyrics and how they managed to postulate a progressive world-view.

AVAIL shirt

Early poor looking Avail shirt. I can' t believe what people were thinking back then and all of course in xl or even xxl. Used to be a great band especially live. "Over the James" was the last album I purchased nine years ago. Don' t know what their later stuff sounded like maybe I' ll try to get my hands on that.


ASSÜCK shirt

Original Assück shirt; there are probably hundreds of bootleggs floating around.
One of the best bands in the world for me. At least for this one record and the early singles. There were some horrible - punk typical witchhunt? - stories about them and ABC Diabolo on their European tour with infamous Daryl Kahan (known from Born Against, Citizens Arrest and Taste Of Fear) on vocals. Honestly: I couldn' t care less.

Wikipedia entry