victims Culture Shock: Live At Hernando's Hideaway (CD, £11.75)label: 1977 Records
Limited to 200 copies. The Victims was a punk band from Perth, Western Australia, active in 1977-79. The band's members were Dave Flick (Dave Faulkner) on guitar and vocals, James Baker (drums) and Rudolph V (Dave Cardwell) on bass. Baker and Cardwell had both been members of The Geeks, formed in early 1977 with Ross Buncle on guitar and a vocalist known as Lloyd. That band folded when Baker and Cardwell left to form The Victims with Faulkner, who then referred to himself as Dave Flick. The Geeks' repertoire of original songs formed the core of the Victims' initial repertoire. In 1977, The Victims released their debut single, 'Television Addict' (Faulkner/Baker) b/w 'I'm Flipped Out Over You' (Baker/Buncle), of which only 1,000 copies were pressed. The following year they released an EP, simply entitled 'The Victims' (also known as 'No Thanks To The Human Turd'), which included five tracks: 'I Understand', 'Open Your Eyes', 'TV Freak', 'High School Girls' and 'Disco Junkies'. Baker was one of the writers of these songs; the identity of his co-composer is disputed, with some sources claiming that it was Faulkner and others Buncle. Only 500 copies of the EP were released.
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