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7 Seconds: Live At The VFW#18 in KC, MO 09-21-84

January 16th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I thought LA was rough but you guys make them look like a bunch of wimps!

You could accurately describe the 1984 me as something of a raving little straight edge kid, and as such 7 Seconds spoke pretty directly to my brain. Their speed, their melodic “woah-oh” vocals, their lefty-style personal politics, their “regular guy” look, their fairly “nuance-free” lyrics — all of it worked its magic on me in a big way. I was so smitten by their first two 7″ records (the era that is still my favorite — what a drag that the “United We Stand”/”Old School” sessions got held back for so long) that I even wrote Kevin Seconds a fan letter in 1983, promptly hanging his gracious response up on my wall:

Kevin Seconds terribly polite 1983 letter to Jason
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Given the above it’s fair to say that this night (the Samhain half of which I already wrote about and shared audio from here) found me pretty amped up, and happily 7 Seconds didn’t disappoint. They were fast, tight, passionate and engaging, and even with the spookiness of Samhain waiting in the wings it seemed as though the crowd did their best to respond in turn (for example it was the most neighborly large-scale slamming I’d seen at the VFW to date; plenty of girls and every felled dancer quickly helped up). To top it all off the guys themselves were all friendly to a fault, and Kevin sold me a copy of the recently released Positive Force comp single “Nuke Your Dink” himself, helpfully (and correctly) mentioning how great he thought the No Deal track was. While 7 Seconds’ later musical ventures turned out not to really be my thing (though logical in context of the myriad twists and turns 80’s Punk Rock was to take), this was still a really fun night and the best I would ever see them play — I’m pleased to be able to share it with the world.

7 Seconds sticker, 1984
The sticker that Kevin gave me with the “Nuke Your Dink” single (Click to enlarge)

One kinda funny thing I always think about in relation to this show happened on the ride home with my good friend (and regular show-going punk rockerist) Pete Haney. He asked me what Kevin meant when he ended his introduction of the song “Aggro” with “…’cause you guys are aggro”. I told him that I thought it was some kind of compliment based on all the energy the crowd was putting out, and that I’d heard him use that term in interviews to indicate “positive aggression” or whatever. “Oh,” Pete said, “I thought that maybe because this was the Midwest and there’s so much agriculture out here he was just calling us a bunch of farmers.”

7 Seconds: Live At The VFW#18 in KC, MO 09-21-8
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7 Seconds: Live At The VFW#18 in KC, MO 09-21-84 (192 kbps)
01 Strength (1:59)
02 Definite Choice (1:20)
03 Redneck Society (1:11)
04 Five Years Of Lies (1:39)
05 Drug Control (0:44)
06 Bottomless Pit (2:22)
07 In Your Face (1:44)
08 Bully (2:23)
09 Wasted Life (2:26)
10 Regress No Way (1:59)
11 I Have A Dream (1:33)
12 Straight On (0:44)
13 This Is The Angry (Part 2) (3:43)
14 Colorblind (3:04)
15 Aggro (1:57)
16 How Do You Think You’d Feel (2:56)
17 Not Just Boys Fun (1:36)
18 Anti-Klan (1:50)
19 Comitted For Life (1:52)
20 The Crew (2:17)
21 Racism Sucks (3:54)
22 No Authority (1:16)
23 99 Red Balloons (Nena) (Incomplete) (3:17)

  1. January 16th, 2009 at 17:43 | #1

    Great stuff!

    What’s up with the “Day After” reference? And why did he have to “work?”

  2. Jason
    January 16th, 2009 at 17:49 | #2

    I’m pretty sure that in my letter to him I mentioned that “The Day After” had been shot in Lawrence (fun fact: among the many folks I know in that thing, there’s a nice close-up of my Dad in there, playing one of the nuclear dust covered farmers at some town meeting).

    Smart money says that my letter never went up on HIS wall though, so the specifics are probably going to remain hazy.

  3. Tim
    January 16th, 2009 at 23:39 | #3

    Wow, I can’t wait to listen to this. I wonder if I can pick out my own voice since I know I must have been on the mic more than once like the rest of the crowd. At one point I was underneath the pit with the mic that had fallen out of Kevin’s hand. At the end of the song he pulled me up from the floor. I have that same sticker and 7″ from that show as well. Man, what a great time. Seven years later the last show Ultraman played at the Outhouse before the slew of reunion shows was with 7 Seconds.

  4. Chris
    May 27th, 2009 at 12:26 | #4

    My friend in Italy just turned me on to your site. I will have a great time exploring! I taped many shows in 85 to 92 at a hardcore club in Trenton, NJ called City Gardens. Did you ever tape or interview Agnostic Front?

  5. Jason
    May 27th, 2009 at 13:08 | #5

    Heya Chris, hope you have a good time making your way around.

    Coincidentally I saw 7 Seconds a few years after this show at City Gardens (I am guessing late 1986 for the date) in Trenton myself; if my memory serves me they played w/ AOD and Verbal Assault (as well a few others) and I bought an Einsturzende Neubauten button at one of the club-run merch stations.

    Never was much of an AF fan though, so while I caught them live once or twice I never taped or interviewed them.

  6. Peter Chatman
    July 26th, 2010 at 10:41 | #6

    Wooooww man es asombroso! No puedo esperar para escucharlo! Muchas gracias desde argentina! n.n

  7. Peter Chatman
    July 26th, 2010 at 10:42 | #7

    Wooooww man is amazing! I can not wait to hear it! Thank you very much from Argentina! n.n

  8. April 20th, 2013 at 15:05 | #8

    Much appreciated!! Just saw Danzig in DC. The dude’s a little tubby now, but the motherfucker still’s got it!!

  9. mike henry
    March 14th, 2015 at 04:01 | #9

    This is pretty special… I was at a lot of these shows. samhain and 7 seconds for sure.
    i’m glad somebody still gives a shit. K.C. had as good of a hardcore scene as any !!!

  10. mike henry
    March 14th, 2015 at 04:31 | #10

    Now that I have looked at flyer collection I can remember seeing the following bands in
    K.C. back in the day: 45 grave, fang, J.F.A. ,T.S.O.L. , Black Flag, Husker Du, Toxic Reasons,
    D.R.I. at the ranch, Circle Jerks in Lawrence, Bad Brains at the Out House. Shit I used to
    like music…I saw Kurt from orange donuts yesterday.

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