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Battalion of Saints: Live At The Foolkiller in KC, MO 06-18-85

January 27th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

I first picked up the Battalion of Saints Fighting Boys EP back in 1983 at the great Starship Records in Tulsa, Oklahoma after being turned on to them by some Bartlesville friends of mine. Being overly enthusiastic 14 year olds, when together we would sometimes call the phone number the band had listed (for booking purposes) on their lyric sheet just so that we could, you know, chat and tell them how swell we all thought they were. Amazingly they didn’t tell us to fuck off, and later on I’d run information gleaned from these phone calls as “Updates on Battalion of Saints” in my fanzine Room 101 (the one here dates from issue #2, early 1984). Battalion were one of the few “metallic tinged” Punk bands that got the mix exactly right for my tastes and over the years I would continue to slavishly pick up any and all releases of theirs I could find, spinning them for hours on end.

Flash forward to summer 1985: by this time the Bats had released their first full LP Second Coming (containing several slightly slicker re-recordings of tunes from the demo tapes, singles & comp tracks already out there) and were booked for a show at the Foolkiller in KC on my 16th birthday. For some reason this and a few other gigs around mid ’85 got held in the basement of the building and though the sound was a bit dodger (George’s vocals suffered the most) I personally liked the “cave vibe” as well as the fact that it didn’t take as many people to fill up.

After sets by the Slabs and the Orange Doe-Nuts, Battalion of Saints finally got up and were ready to crank out what I’d been waiting forever to hear live. There was some more flash around the edges (check out those “Van Halen style” licks on Fighting Boys) and the set was cut a bit short thanks to several strings breaking, but I had no complaints — they were just a great fucking band and as cool in person as they’d been over the phone.

You’ll find a couple of unreleased tunes here; “Number One” (vocals sadly buried but helpfully introduced with “This is a new one, uh it’s called ‘Number One‘, thank you!”), whatever Track 13 is actually entitled (could be a cover for all I know, but a hot song either way), and the last thing which is a quick message that (now deceased) guitarist Chris Smith recorded for me to give to Oklahoma chum Brendan and his sister “Astri or Austry or whatever the fuck her name is.” A great night, a great band and a great birthday present.

Note: Swell guy and fellow KC punk (not to mention letterpress whizz) Bryan Hutcheson thinks he still has pictures from this show — stay tuned in case they materialize.

Battalion of Saints: Live At The Foolkiller in KC, MO 06-18-85
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Battalion of Saints: Live At The Foolkiller in KC, MO 06-18-85 (note wrong date)
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Battalion of Saints: Live At The Foolkiller in KC, MO 06-18-85 (192 kbps)
01 Club Noise/Warming Up (0:12)
02 Second Coming (2:33)
03 Right Or Wrong (1:33)
04 Fighting Boys (1:47)
05 No More Lies (2:26)
06 No Time (2:13)
07 My Mind’s Diseased (2:42)
08 Beefmasters (1:58)
09 Cops Are Out (2:14)
10 Number One (1:58)
11 Animal In Man (1:32)
12 Holy Vision (2:28)
13 Track 13 (2:26)
14 Fair Warning (1:30)
15 (I’m Gonna) Make You Scream (2:14)
16 Message To Brendan (0:33)

  1. Seth Harty
    January 27th, 2009 at 16:31 | #1

    I think I went to that show. Didn’t Adrenalin OD play the day before? A bunch of kids from Omaha went down for those shows. I remember meeting KC kids Chris Ventura and Matt Bramelet there although I may have known Matt previously. Anyway, Battalion of Saints were awesome and intense. I remember the bassist taking his bass and smashing it on his head as he was upset about a string breaking or some such thing. Beefmasters is a great great song.

  2. Jason
    January 27th, 2009 at 16:34 | #2

    Yeah, you got it exactly right; AOD were the day before (I’ll post that show eventually too) and I’d forgotten about the bass-head-smash thing! So fucking great.

  3. January 27th, 2009 at 20:32 | #3

    You actually paid for a Mystic record? That must have been before the Room 101 era. Half the records I have left from back in the day are direct from the Doug Moody mailing list. I have “Plug-in Jesus” in white sleeve only–no album cover. Definitely a Doug Moody production.

  4. Jason
    January 28th, 2009 at 02:25 | #4

    Yeah, no joke. I still hear bands complaining about Mystic doing pressing after pressing of their records while never dispensing royalties & all I can think is that every crummy fanzine editor from 1985 could’ve probably built a house out of the “Super Sevens” they’d get in the mail over a given week. They certainly “got the word out” though (I even remember getting a letter explaining their “records in trade for ad space policy”).

  5. George Anthony
    January 28th, 2009 at 03:39 | #5

    MYSTIC FUCKING RECORDS !!! Are still a fucking RIP OFF not once did they give me a penny ! Doug “I’m a Cunt ” Moody said ” I didn’t sell very many ” “I can give you some CD’s and you keep it ” thanks a fucking yahoo! That’s enough of that shit I remember that show we had a great time on and off the stage ! There has this chic what a goddess mmmmm

  6. January 29th, 2009 at 16:15 | #6


    Where you ever a roadie for The Cult? I saw a guy who looked and sounded just like you hefting gear for them in ’86.

  7. George Anthony
    January 29th, 2009 at 18:17 | #7

    I was living in D.C. that year It was my friend Capt. Scarlet I’m pretty sure he was the bass player at this K.C. live show .

  8. Jason
    January 29th, 2009 at 18:30 | #8

    Hey George, great to hear from you!

    If you checked out the audio on the show, did those two songs that I think are “unreleased” (“Number One” & whatever Track 13 is) ever turn up anywhere? Both sound like classic Battalion to me.

    Heh, and I even think I remember the girl you’re talking about if she’s the chick who was walking around in the sweltering June heat before the show wearing your leather jacket…

  9. George Anthony
    January 29th, 2009 at 21:15 | #9

    OOOH Yeah she was fucking HOT!! in more ways than one is she still around? LOL No we never got to record those songs, but I’m going to get the recording and EQ it and all that kinda crap and rerecord it with my new band ! We just got asked a Europe tour but I want to get some NEW stuff out.

  10. Jim “Slim Jim” Fitzgerald
    January 24th, 2010 at 04:28 | #10

    Seth, a kid Matt & I drove down to that show. The show was intense-AOD were great. If I remember correctly we hung out in a van with the saints drinking jack. On the way back to Omaha we totalled my car in St. Joseph, MO and spent an entire walking from a homless shelter to a bus stop. The Salvation Army paid for our bus ticket to Omaha. Three weeks later I went into the Air Force.[TOM CRUISE] email: james.fitzgerald@strategicci.com

  11. Jason Blackmore
    February 24th, 2010 at 22:14 | #11

    Does anyone remember Baby Hotline? They opened the Adrenalin O.D. show in the basement. Pretty sure they were from Omaha or Lincoln? Memories. Elena Rose says hi George. Rats Eyes are coming to get ya!!!

  12. Chris Ventura
    July 14th, 2010 at 12:33 | #12

    Baby Hotline were great! I think I have pics of them, as well as Batt of Saints and AOD (on my Facebook page). You can find a lot of other pics from this era there too. Just Friend Request me. Other than having kids, I don’t think there will be a funner part of my life than 10 yrs deep in the Midwest punk scene.

  13. Erik Adams
    August 20th, 2012 at 02:46 | #13

    Hey! Anyone reading this? I’m one of those Bartlesville friends that turned you on to Battalion of Saints. I just found your site and am catching up. I know it’s years later, even from this thread, just wanted to put in my 2cents.

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