No Alternative

San Francisco Punk Band No Alternative Announces Release Of Live At Mabuhay Gardens: November 7, 1980

No Alternative

Liberation Hall today announces an archival release from long-running Bay Area punk band No Alternative. Live at Mabuhay Gardens: November 7, 1980, features an 11-song live set alongside two previously unreleased studio recordings. The title will be available June 9 on CD and digital from Liberation Hall, distributed by MVD Entertainment (USA) and Wienerworld (UK).
Pre-order at Amazon or Bandcamp.
Formed in 1978, No Alternative was an immediate hit on the San Francisco scene, playing dozens of shows with such like-minded purveyors of aggression as the Germs, Black Flag, D.O.A., Flipper, and Negative Trend. Despite their demand as a live act, No Alternative only managed to commit a handful of songs to vinyl during their original run. The group’s three-song “Backtracks” EP appeared on Subterranean Records in 1980, while “Johnny Get Your Gun” and “Dead Men Tell No Lies” surfaced on local compilation LPs. KALX Radio deejay Terry Hammer was on hand to capture the soundboard mix for the previously unreleased Live at Mabuhay Gardens: November 7, 1980. The band’s lineup for this show was Hugh Patterson (aka “John Genocide,” also of K.G.B. and the Offs) on lead vocals and guitar, Jeff Rees on bass and backing vocals, and Greg Langston on drums and backing vocals. The final pair of tracks on this release — “Witch Doctor” and “Working Class Boy” — are previously unreleased studio recordings from 1980 and 1982. This is the latest entry in Liberation Hall’s “Sounds from the San Francisco Underground” series. Digital single “Working Class Boy” is out now.
The current lineup of No Alternative features Patterson and Langston alongside drummer John Hansen. They share a bill with the Avengers and the Vaxxines at the Albany Room in San Francisco on May 25.





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