Formed in Swansea, Wales in 1979 from the ashes of local punk band The Noise, Venom are an unheralded UK classic. Initially taking influence from the first wave of '77 British punk like the Sex Pistols and Clash, it wasn't until after an enforced hiatus resulting from a spot of "football violence" that the band really came into it's own. Lumped in with the expanding Oi! scene, they recorded three self-funded sessions „ which produced the songs on this record „ but their only proper releases were contributions to two compilations: one track on the now impossible to find Swansea punk sampler ñSex, Violence, & The Eternal Truth" 7î, and one on Secret RecordsÍ "Back On The Streets" 7î, the latter a result of Garry Bushell, the "Godfather of Oiî, being a fan. They never quite formed a following outside of their hometown, which is a shame, as the songs they left behind are as chaotic, catchy, and well-written as anything to come out of the the early 80's UK punk scene. As with most UK bands in the early 80Ís, violence became commonplace at their gigs causing the band to call it quits in the summer of 1982. Fortunately, with our friends at Punkhouse Records, we present the complete Venom output, packaged in true Radio Raheem style „ with a custom gatefold LP jacket including a tipped-in booklet choked full of photos, flyers, and the usual bits and bobs.
Also includes a bonus 7" containing "No. 1 Enemy", the only known recording of the pre-Venom band The Noise, backed with "Later On", a rare Venom track predating the LP material. Comes housed in a full-color, UK-style pocket sleeve.
01. The Department Of Youth Radio Show
02. Where's Dock Green?
03. These Boots Are Made For Stompin'
04. Saturday Afternoon Trouble
06. Barmy Army
07. Guns Of Glory
08. Living For The Weekend
09. Borstal Breakout
10. Over The Top
11. Where's Dock Green? (alt. version)
12. You're A Hero
13. Saturday Afternoon Trouble (alt. version)
14. Shock Treatment Radio Show
01. The Venom - Later On
02. The Noise - Number One Enemy