Of all the late '80s California punk bands based around the Gilman Street Project, Corrupted Morals were my favorite. They played the perfect mix of punk and thrash, almost veering into crossover territory at times, but always remaining 100% hardcore. These songs are guaranteed to kick your ass.
This is a collection of every song the band recorded between 1986-1989 (that i know of), 36 tracks in excellent sound quality (most of this stuff sounds like it was taken straight from the master tapes). The "Chet" 7" (1988 Lookout! Records) was ripped from the "Punk Seven Inch Vol. 1" CD, released on Lookout! in 2003. I boosted the sound on all the other tracks in the collection to match the volume of those recordings. An official Corrupted Morals discography CD is long overdue, and most likely will never happen. For now this is the best sounding, and most comprehensive collection you're going to find, so don't pass it up. Thanks to DirtySteve, Gen, Lookout!, and especially Very Small Records for the music. Enjoy.
Corrupted Morals 1986-1989 Collection
tracks 1-12 were released as the "Think About It" demo
one track (Big Man) was released on "The Thing That Ate Floyd" 2xLP (1988 Lookout! Records)
six tracks (Think About It / Money Goes Around / No Assholes / Quality Control / Go Home / What?) were released as the "Think About It" 7" (1989 Very Small Records)
two tracks (Mad Reign & Big Man) were released on the "People of the Pit" comp LP (1987 Goddam Church Records)
one track (Quality Control) was released on "Four Two Pudding 1989-1993" (1993 Very Small Records)
tracks 13-22 were recorded at Art of Ear in San Francisco, CA in June of 1987
five tracks (Be All You Can Be / Peer Pressure / Corrupted Morals / Power / The Adventures of Edwin Meese) were released as the "Chet" 7" (1988 Lookout! Records)
four tracks (I'm Not Smiling / Mr. Liberty / I Don't Know / American Dream) were released as a 4 song demo
one track (Where Is He?) was released on the "Turn It Around" 2x7" (1987 MRR)
later re-released on the "Turn It Around" LP (1991 Very Small Records)
several other of the 1986-1987 demos were released on various tape compilations, including "Hit the Button", "Dry Shaving Disasters" and "Risen From Obscurity"
Lineup for the 1986-1987 recordings:
Rick Morgan - vocals
Dan Boland - guitar
Ray Sebastian - guitar
Roman - bass
Joel Wing (bass on the "Chet" 7")
Jose Mariscol - drums
tracks 23-36 were released on the "Cheese-It" LP (1989 Lookout! Records)
The track Peer Pressure from the "Cheese-It" LP has been omitted from this collection for a couple of reasons. The first being that the recording i had sounded awful and cuts off before the track finishes, and the second was i wanted the collection to clock in under 80 minutes (as usual), which is now does. The song Peer Pressure does appear in this collection though, as part of the 1987 sessions (the superior version in my opinion), so the collection is still complete as far as i'm concerned.
Lineup for the 1989 recordings:
Rick Morgan - vocals
Dan Boland - guitar
Larry Lalonde - guitar
Roman - bass
Jose Mariscol - drums
some notes of interest:
Larry Lalonde also played for Primus and the great metal band Possessed.
Billy Joe Armstrong from Green Day has also been noted as playing in Corrupted Morals, although i'm not sure which, if any, recordings he appears on.
Before Corrupted Morals, certain members played in an '80 metal/hardcore band called Desecration. Check out their stuff if you can find it.
such an overlooked 80's hardcore band. seeing these guys live was a memory I hope I never loose.ReplyDelete
seriously great hardcore with the perfect amount of metal influence...
The guitar player contacted years ago via my blog, and commented on the demo. A proper discography needs to happen on wax for sure.
Amazing! I only knew the "chet" 7" - THANKS!ReplyDelete
Oh, that's my wife's Gmail account... ZER!ReplyDelete
great job Vinnie. glad I could help. ~GenReplyDelete
Hey man just checked your blog out for the first time. Caught your link off the ECHC website. Killer stuff man, thanks for taking the time to do this.ReplyDelete
Thanks Big Sam and everyone else. Thanks especially to the Very Small Records blog for posting the demos, That's where all the credit should go.ReplyDelete
And i agree Nate, they were an overlooked band with the perfect amount of metal influence. They nailed it. Seeing them live must have been a blast.
what desecration? from arizona? or the californian thrash metal desecration?ReplyDelete
isocracy ruled too btw
cheers - matt
I didn't know their were two. The one from CA was pre-Corrupted Morals. And yes, Isocracy ruled.ReplyDelete
there's only been one corrupted morals here for some reason they say they're from Palmdale but they are from the slums of San PabloDelete
Only recently found this blog and I'm really glad I did. Great posts with some fantastic info. Really refreshing after seeing so many blogs only bothering to do "album art + rapidshare link"-posts. I'm pretty anal retentive about accurate release info, so I appreciate the research you've clearly been doing before your posts.ReplyDelete
Anyway, I love CM and there's some recordings I haven't heard on here... thanks for the work you put into assembling this collection... You've done the band proud.
P.S.: I was also a big fan of the Lifes Halt collection.
K, thanks. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog and i appreciate the feedback.ReplyDelete
Awesome post,the "other" desecration was from tempe AZ,"who's in control"great stuff.I was from the midwest so i was one of those guys that got all my stuff from letters and zines,Corrupted morals "chet" and "think about it" were some of of them.ReplyDelete
ive been wanting to hear cheez-it,for a small eternity,THANK YOU!!!(evilchuck420)
This is Rik from Corrupted Morals. Anybody want to get a hold of me, my email is firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
To whome it may concern. My husband dan bland just passed awReplyDelete
Away today at two pm. We are having a memorial in two weeks if u knew him
Personally and would like to give yalls condolences
Plz call 918 315 0468. His family loves him dearly
Very. Much. Rest in peace dad and we love u
Y, i'm so sorry for your loss.ReplyDelete
Dan left us some great music that will live on forever.
It’s great to see good information being shared.ReplyDelete
ANOTHER top quality post Thanks for Posting !ReplyDelete
could anybody please rip this at 320? geesh!ReplyDelete
I heard a little of this guys back a long time ago, but never got the chance to listen to them, I guess this is the time for me to check them out. I hope this band wont let me downReplyDelete
Jose was in Big Steamy with me an richard after CM. We jammed with Dan a few times, sorry to see he's gone. rip dude.ReplyDelete
Anonymous, i'd love this at 320 myself. Unfortunately this is the way i got it.ReplyDelete
Roman, former bassist here. Much appreciative of this blog. Well done. So sad to hear about Dan. I have great memories of him.ReplyDelete
He talked about you alot. He really loved youDelete
Thanks for this one... I've been reading the book about the Bay Area punk scene "Give Me Something Better" & these guys are mentioned a lot & I've never checked them out... Thanks again.ReplyDelete
Could someone who has this re-upload?ReplyDelete