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Sporten Är Död S/T LP

  • F-ARKIV 1
  • LP

Amazing NIXE-esque Swedish band. Can’t recommend enough. Inspired by bands like Swell Maps, Raincoats, Buzzcocks, Liliput and The Undertones, the trio of Ulla Åkerström, Eva Herngren and Åsa Wassberg formed Sporten Är Död in Kungälv outside of Gothenburg in Sweden 1980. In April 1981 the band entered a studio to record the 8-song demo which turned out to be the only studio-recording the band ever did. About a 100 copies were made and the cassette is now one of the white whales of the early 80’s Swedish punk. ‘Der Weltcup’ was featured on the Swedish compilation LP Svenska Tonårsgrupper Vol.3 (released on Konkurens Rekårdz in 1981) and the band performed live a bit, mostly in and around Gothenburg but also in Linköping, before disbanding in 1982. In the mid 00’s ‘Der Weltcup’ and some of the other tracks started to circulate among the filesharing communities and Mutant Sounds-styled blogs, and ‘Der Weltcup’ became a floor filler at certain indie clubs in town for a while. While some of their influences might be somewhat present, there’s a certain stripped-down approach to the music that is letting the melodies and lyrics (which, by the way, deal with everything from candy bars and a distaste for athletics to John Peel) speak for themselves. A lost gem of brilliant, youthful DIY pop. Fördämning Arkiv now presents the demo cassette on vinyl in it’s entirety for the first time with a live recording made at the legendary venue Sprängkullen in May 1982 on the flipside, everything carefully transferred and mastered by Linus Andersson at Elementstudion in Gothenburg. The live recording shows the shortlived band at its peak, passionately blasting through a bunch of new tracks like the mind-blowingly good ‘Gatan (den nya)’ and ‘Liemannen’ alongside a few numbers from the cassette. Pressed in 300 copies in a matte sleeve with layout and design by Elin Finnsdotter Engström. Included is a 12-page booklet with lots of unseen photos and liner notes by Ulla Åkerström and Peter Kagerland. Swedish import