AGRESSION

Agression FlyerFormed: Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard, California, USA

These Oxnard skatepunks formed in 1982 and splintered amid much confusion sometime in the late 80’s. In between they appeared on Someone Got Their Head Kicked In!, and made a couple of fairly standard hardcore LPs. The first of these, Don’t Be Mistaken is probably too generic to warrant any kind of serious investigation, although ‘Intense Energy’ is an entertaining ode to their favoured pastime (skateboarding you will be surprised to hear). The eponymous follow-up is equally lacking in character, although a move is made away from the pure thrash ethos in favour of more conventional mainstream rockisms, even to the extent of incorporating a needless Hendrix cover (‘Foxy Lady’). Bootleg, so-titled as it doesn't appear to have a name and was released on a subsidiary of the entirely disreputable Ron Moody’s Mystic label, is a live recording taped at CBGB’s in 1985.

The band has split and reformed a few times, and apparently made two albums in the mid-90s (Nowhere To Run and Live At The Lair), although I've never seen copies. They definitely released an album called Grind Kings in 2005, though. Mark Aber and Big Bob reformed the band in 2005 (or thereabouts).

They have also been the subject of a tribute album (who hasn't?), Taking Out A Little Agression: A Tribute To.... (Dr. Strange, 2007)

Agression - Don't Be Mistaken - US LP 1983 (Better Youth Organization - BYO 003). Sticker

CLASSIC LINEUP (1983-85):

Mark Hickey AKA Mark Rodemaker - vocals RIP 2000 (liver failure)
Henry Knowles - guitar RIP 29th August 2003 (leukemia)
"Big" Bob Clark - bass - eventually left in '92
Mark Aber - drums

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles / Albums

Agression - Don't Be Mistaken Agression - Agression      
Don't Be Mistaken
(LP, 1983)
Agression (LP, 1985)      

Extraneous Releases

Agression - Bootleg Agression - Super Seven Presents...Live At The Underground Railroad E.P. Agression - Agression '87 Agression - The Best Of Agression - Full Circle
Bootleg (LP, 1985) Super Seven Presents...Live At The Underground Railroad E.P. (7", 1986) Agression '87
(Tape, 1987)
The Best Of Agression (LP, 1995) Full Circle (CD, 2003)
Agression - Agression Live        
Agression Live
(CD, 2006)
       

 

 

Various Artists

Someone Got Their Head Kicked In! US LP 1982 (Better Youth Organization): Intense Energy / Dear John Letter / Rat Race

The Sound Of Hollywood #3 - COPulation US LP 1984 (Mystic): Slamming At The Curb

Nardcore US LP 1984 (Mystic): The Smell / Calling For You

Mystic Sampler #2 US LP 1985 (Mystic): Rich Kids

Mystic Sampler #3 US LP 1986 (Mystic): Insomnia

Super Seven Sampler #1 US LP 1987 (Mystic): Body Count

Someone's Gonna Get Their Head To Believe In Something US CD 1992 (Better Youth Organization): Intense Energy / Dear John Letter / Rat Race

Links

Wikipedia page
MySpace page
Article & Interview
Kill From The Heart
Henry Knowles tribute


 

You can add stuff and make comments/corrections by emailing me at:

jane@punkygibbon.co.uk

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