Sunday, October 14, 2012

Vitamin - Demo + Live 1981

Vitamin were from Boston and were around from 1980 to 1983. While Boston in that time period is now legendary for straight-edge hardcore, Vitamin were from the other side of town. They have been described as Aggro - Avant Garde Rock. Their quirky sound includes elements of Rock, Pop, Punk and No-Wave. Their only official release was one song on the A Wicked Good Time volume 2 compilation LP in 1981. In 1982 there were some line-up changes as well as a move to a harder and faster style. In the early 1990s guitarist/singer Jason Shapiro was a member of the Los Angeles band Celebrity Skin with former Germs drummer Don Bolles and is currently playing guitar in Red Kross. The sound quality on the demo is excellent. The Underground show is a soundboard recording and has very good sound quality. The Rat show was recorded from the audience and has good sound quality. Permission to upload these recordings has been granted by the surviving band members.

Video here -
Some info here:
and here:
Compilation here:
Celebrity Skin video:

Polytrax demo 1981: [from cassette tape]
01. Sarah's Braid
02. Black Sheep (original mix)
03. Sinner
04. French Fries

@ Underground, Boston 1981 [from cassette tape]
01. Psycho Analyzer
02. Bug Spray
03. Sinner
04. Jumping Jack
05. Sidewalk Slip
06. French Fries
07. Black Sheep
08. Mousetrap
09. Sarah's Braid

@ Rat, Boston 7-81 [from cassette tape]
Set 1:
01. Sarah's Braid
02. Bug Spray
03. Mouse Trap
04. Mommy
05. Sinner
06. French Fries
07. Bag Man
08. Sidewalk Slip
09. Jumping Jack
10. Black Sheep

Set 2:
11. Jumping Jack
12. Sinner
13. Bug Spray
14. Mouse Trap
15. Mommy
16. Psycho Analyzer
17. French Fries
18. Sidewalk Slip
19. Bag Man

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