Blitz – All Out Attack

06 Aug

All Out Attack 7″ EP
August, 1981
No Future Records

Carl Fisher – Vocals
Charlie Howe – Drums
Neil “Mackie” McLennan – Bass
Alan “Nidge” Miller – Guitar

1. Someone’s Gonna Die – 2:29
2. Attack – 1:38
3. Fight to Live – 1:59
4. 45 Revolutions – 1:40

This was the first release from the mighty Blitz. I first heard Blitz on the 1982 Posh Boy album Punk and Disorderly. Someone’s Gonna Die. This was exactly the type of music I needed at that time, a powerful kick-in-the-ass. It felt like a more polished, sing along version of the Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bullocks album.

Blitz was originally from New Mills, Derbyshire, England. They had success in the UK indie charts in the early part of the 1980’s. Comprised of both punk, and skinhead members, they were enthusiastically championed by Sounds Magazine writer Garry Bushell. Although considered an important Oi! Band, the band members simply described themselves as a punk band.

Their song “Someone’s Gonna Die” was covered by Rancid on the Radio Radio Radio EP.

On February 10, 2007, Nidge was struck by a car, and died on impact after running on a freeway while intoxicated in Austin, Texas.

Someone’s Gonna Die
“This is where the good times went,
With his brains lying on the pavement,
With a broken bottle in his hand,
And another in his back.

Do you feel alright?
Oi! Oi! Oi!
Someone’s gonna die tonight
Oi! Oi! Oi!
Do you feel alright?
Oi! Oi! Oi!
The boys are out tonight.

Was it something that he said?
Or his football scarf now stained red,
Or the broken bottle in his hand,
You will never understand.”

Blitz started the trend of looking like, and dressing like the gang from A Clockwork Orange. At one of their early photo shoots the photographer asked Carl to dress up like the Malcolm McDowell character, Alex. After that photo session came out, it was like a monopoly effect. Everywhere I went somebody had the white shirt, suspenders and oftentimes the bowler hat, and let’s not forget Doc Martin’s.

Rating: *** three out of three stars.

On to the story . . .

I remember when this EP came out; I was stuck on Someone’s Gonna Die, great track. One day, when I was still in high school (tenth or eleventh grade) I was walking to my gym class, humming the song. I was wearing my “punk” arsenal – creepers, leather jacket, the whole nine, and this black football player named Chucky was sitting on a planter with eight or nine black guys standing around him. Chucky looks me up, and down, and says “you look fucked-up.” Normally, I would have lit the guy up, but two things came into play, ten of them, against one of me, and the fact that Chucky was the size of a small building; he was over 300 pounds, and was about six foot five inches. Mildly bummed, and slightly intimidated, I only responded with “sorry?!” I thought I looked cool. At the end of the school year Chucky was walked off campus by cops for selling dope to an undercover cop.



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One Response to “Blitz – All Out Attack”

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    eddie cook Says:

    mike~ great review & funny story ~eddie

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