Pagans

Pirate's Cove 9/24/79

THERM334
Release Notes
  • Official Record Store Day 2015 Exclusive Release
  • Limited to 1,000 copies
  • With only four ""properly"" released singles, the Pagans slashed and burned their way into Cleveland’s music history with a caustic mix of wit, anger, and substance-fueled mania.
  • The Pagans worked harder, played louder, lived faster, and left a messier scar on the local music scene than just about any other band could have dreamed.

Your punk enablers at Thermionic are back again with another RSD rarity! The Pagans flame burned brightly for just a few short years, long enough to produce four ""godlike"" seven-inchers and, post-mortem, a raft of archival collections and reunion recordings. That’s the beauty of the Pagans—they never ""made it."" Instead, they are true bastard sons of the city of Cleveland, often overlooked and under-appreciated. The Pagans emerged in 1977, in all their sloppy glory; but by 1983, bands like The Exploited, Discharge, and GBH had come forward with a new type of more aggressive punk; the world that the Pagans had created was already almost gone. Their contemporaries were either broken up, dead, or worse (in the minds of many), had gone mainstream. But as Mike Hudson puts it, the lack of success was the best thing to ever happen to the Pagans: “If we’d have been rock stars, if we had gotten that kind of treatment, that kind of money… we’d have all been dead.” In this case, we have the Pagans not dead but very much alive, ripping through fourteen songs, recorded live by Paul Marotta at the Pirate’s Cove in Cleveland.