Venom banter mixtape from 1986 is awesome, and definitely NSFW

From WFMU:

You’re fuckin’ pretty loud, New Jersey!

Because it’s an utter act of criminal negligence that this is not readily available via a quick Google search, we hereby present to you the mentally-defying sounds of the between-song banter that tumbled from the mouth of Venom vocalist Cronos when his band played at City Gardens, (Trenton, NJ).

Venom – Spoken Excerpts Recorded live at City Gardens (Download MP3) (Not safe for work)

Backstory: In 1986, Black Metal legends Venom played what some thought of as an unlikely bill with Rollins-era Black Flag at famed punk dump City Gardens, in scenic Trenton, New Jersey. The club was a magnet for all types of unsavory social elements — skinheads, criminals, bikers, leather-studded punks, people who liked Meat Beat Manifeto, and so forth. Anyway, the punkers, metalheads, and general thugs who turned out for the show not only got to witness two of the more badass bands of the era sharing a stage, but were also treated to some of the most (unintentionally?) hilarious between-song stage banter ever, courtesy of Venom’s knuckle-dragging vocalist Cronos.

CronosiconThe story behind this recording is shrouded in mystery, but the local history texts claim that a Black Flag roadie recorded the entire show, cut out the middle sections of all the songs, and the subsequent stage banter and guitar intros/outros were released as an Ecstatic Peace single. The legacy of the recording is impressive, to say the least. It was sampled by the Beastie Boys on one of their records (“Because you’re wild, man….. WIIIIILD!”) and it’s got more quotable one-liners than a Monty Python movie.

You know what this is??! This comes from where Venom come from, it’s called Newcastle Brown Ale! IT KNOCKS YOU ON YOUR FUCKIN’ BACK, LET ME TELL YOU!!

You know, you’ve heard some rumors out here that Venom have packed in, yes? That Venom are supposed to have finished? WELL WE’RE RECORDING A FUCKING NEW ALBUM NOW!!!

You wanna hear something really heavy? ….YOU WANNA HEAR SOMETHING THAT’S GONNA KICK YOUR BALLS OFF???!!!

And so on. Cronos’ genius comedic delivery and his subtle methods of toying with the overly aggro crowd can’t be captured with just a simple transcription. You gotta hear it.