Saturday, August 7, 2010

Hogan's Heroes - 1985-1995 2xCD

Hogan's Heroes Volume 1

Skip Hoefling - vocals
George Barberio - guitar
John Cuccinello - bass
Tony Scandiffio - drums

"Built To Last" LP

Excellent debut from this NJ (Tom's River) hardcore band. Recorded in 1987 at Waterfront Studios and first released in May of 1988 on Straight-Ahead Records. The LP was re-released worldwide on LP and cassette in May of 1989 on New Red Archives. The LP was mostly a collection of re-recordings from the band's 1986 demos, and really (for me anyway), just a hint of the greatness that was to follow.

"Hogan's Heroes" LP

My personal favorite Hogan's Heroes material, and just one of my favorite hardcore albums in general. They up the energy and intensity level on these tracks and produce some vicious music, hardcore with elements of black metal (especially on the opening track "First") and reggae (most of side 2). Standout track would be the furious "Breaking Your Rules". For this song i used the version from the Hardcore Breakout USA CD for superior sound quality.

The self-titled LP was recorded in August of 1989 at S & Saatchi Studios in NYC and released on New Red Archives in 1990. Two of the tracks, "Soulsight" and "Kick It In" were originally recorded for a 7" on Straight-Ahead Records titled "New Jersey", but was never released.

Hardcore Breakout USA comp LP

Released September 5, 1990 on New Red Archives on LP, CD and cassette. The comp featured 3 Hogan's Heroes tracks, "Last Will" from the "Built To Last" LP, "Breaking Your Rules" from the 1990 LP, and one exclusive track called "Full On". Hardcore Breakout USA was re-released in 1995 on J!mco Records Japan with a new title, "Snowboard Addiction", and new artwork. Other bands on the comp were Ultraman, Jawbreaker, Samiam, Bedlam Hour, Crucial Youth, Kraut, G-Whizz, Dirge, Agitators, UK Subs and P.E.D.

101/3 Fists And A Mouthful CD

Released in 1995 on New Red Archives. Six of the tracks were recorded in August of 1991 at Ocean Gate Studios. Guitarist George Barberino played both guitar and drums for these tracks, as well as bass for 4 of them. There are a couple of re-recordings of 1985-86 demo tracks, and some killer, and (until '95) unreleased songs. Some of the band's most aggressive and heaviest material, and my favorite recordings after the self-titled 1990 LP. The other 5 tracks (not included here) were recorded between 1994 and 1995 at Sonic Edge Studios in Manhattan, and Excello Studios in Brooklyn. These songs were recorded with a mostly new line-up, and the music went in a much more rock direction.

Hardcore Breakout USA Vol. 2 comp LP

Released in 1995 on New Red Archives. Two excellent exclusive tracks, "Cold" and "Fill It Up", a re-recording of an old 1986 demo track with George playing guitar, bass and drums. I'm guessing this track was recorded during the "Fists And A Mouthful" 1991 sessions. Hardcore Breakout USA Vol. 2 featured many of the bands from the first comp as well as tracks by MDC, Reagan Youth, No Use For A Name, Christ On A Crutch, and many more.

Many of the tracks in this Hogan's Heroes collection went on to appear on various compilations. "Last Will" and "Breaking Your Rules" were on the "Radio Sampler" comp (1990 New Red Archives). "Corporate Life" and "Self Defense" were on "The Punk, The Bad, And The Ugly" comp (1997 Cleopatra Records). "Corporate Life" was also on the "At War With Society" comp (1998 New Red Archives), the "Mighty Attack" comp (1999 Flavor Records Japan), and "A Triple Dose of Punk" 3xCD (2000 Cleopatra), which included all 24 tracks from "The Punk, The Bad, And The Ugly".

Hogan's Heroes Volume 2

1986 Demos

Known as the "Straight*Proud" demo. Released on November 15, 1986, shortly after the new vocalist and drummer joined the band. This is the entire 13 song demo, nicely restored.

1985 Demos

Scott Cassidy - vocals
George Barberio - guitar
Gerry Daseking - bass
Matt Gunvordahl - drums
John Cuccinello - bass on "T.S.A." (track 23)

The first 9 tracks were recorded in December of 1985. The last track, T.S.A. (Terry Schaefer's Ass) was recorded in June, '85. The songs "Self Defense" and "Batman" were featured on the "Blastin' Out Of New Jersey" comp in 1986 courtesy of Faith Zine. All tracks cleaned. The quality on the first track is a bit rough, but it gets better.

Uncle Ben 7"

Skip Hoefling - vocals
Ian Smith - guitar
John Cuccinello - bass
Brian Strahle - drums

Released in 1995 on Mofo Records.

Sorry, that's all the info i have on the demos and the "Uncle Ben" ep. Any further info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks to Michael, Moe, David, Tommy (Social Decay), Dan (Old, Fast & Loud), and anyone i may have forgot for helping out with the music.



  1. This is a band I was always curious about but never really stopped to listen to. I'm gonna check this stuff out today!

  2. it's weird... I never was super stoked on this band when I heard them as a teenager but now almost 2 decades later I find it much more enjoyable than I recall it being.

  3. man been looking for the lp for a fucking long time thanks! Dread or alive takes me back to 89!!!!

  4. GREAT JOB on the 85 demo Vin!!!
    lp was my favorite too till i heard the demo's ;-) 85 one sounds so much better now,my favorite by em from now on

    and now i know how to clean up stuff i know what a long time it takes to get stuff done right,so this is appreciated even more as before
    cant wait to hear what you made of MECHT MENSCH ;-)
    just cleaned mr bungle's first demo,go check it out! came out real nice i think
    take care,


  5. hey Vinny
    great work to put up Hogans heroes man!!
    i love this band especially their first lp.
    i have the self titled lp here in my cupboard and really played it a lot!!
    i even got it double:)
    i'm downloading it now so i'm curious what you did with it.
    keep up the good work.
    take care

  6. i dont care for the uncle ben 7. and i know its barberio on the disc i have. not barberino which is from a tv show. there are some tracks from 84 on youtube you should grab those....

    1. The uncle ben 7 is only Skip and Johnny from the other recordings. Different drummer and bass player. George wasn't involved in playing or writing that stuff.

  7. from song 14 to 22 on the second disc is "gerry" on bass . john is on t.s.a. .....
    i found that a few days ago it has credits

    nice job! thanks bros

  8. Anonymous, thanks for the info. I just fixed the line-up in the post.

    Dan, i'm glad you got the hang of Audacity. The program can work wonders if you put the time into it. The Mecht Mensch may take a while, right now i'm working on an Assuck rarities comp, with comp tracks, demos and live sets. I'll have to check out that Bungle rip tonight, i haven't heard that in years.

    Everyone else, thanks for the comments.


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  10. hardcore breakout from 1990
    george guitar HH on hardcore breakout cover LP, CD and booklet pic.
    john bass HH on hardcore breakout CD back cover, and cassette insert

  11. Sweet post. Skip is one of the coolest guys I've ever met. OS101 is great but I love these hogan's heroes recordings. As always great stuff.

  12. For almost 15 years I have been looking for a copy of the HH "1985 Demos". I lost my archives, and recording equipment to theft in the mid 90's. I can't thank you enough for making this music available.

    If there are any other recordings available of the 85/Early 86 HH lineup such as the Dover Showplace performance, please make them available.

    Thanks again


  13. all that is on youtube search "hogans heroes 1984" and so on......

  14. Thanks for posting this, can't wait to check it out.

  15. the fucking demo from 86 is TOTALLY SPED UP The First Note in Better Youth is E not G or whatever its sped up to. sounds good otherwise i dont see how you can skip over the 1995 recording and jump to that shit 7' the dag nasty cover is the fucking worst and way the fuck out of tune the real 86 demo is here

  16. Big Thanks for your shares! I have alot of this on beat up cassettes, great stuff!!!

  17. Links are dead! Someone please re-upload!