Punk existing east of the Iron Curtain had its specifics and, above all, depending on the cultural policy of one country or another, a very different development. Hungary was one of the slightly more open countries, especially after the advent of perestroika, but the possibilities of punk bands there were, in terms of recording, perhaps until the mid-1980s more or less comparable to the situation in czechoslovakia at that time, which, in fact, especially for witnesses, may sound surprising, in the context of how relaxed Hungary might have had on us at that time. What's currently spinning on my turntable is the first deeper vinyl documentation of that time. Recordings of local bands from 1982 to 1986, compiled by a witness and veteran of the local music underground, Tamás of Trottel.
The album starts with a trio of songs by one of the legends of the early 1980s – T'34. A live recording, like most of what the listener finds here. Youthful inducement and amateurism are associated with brisk tempos and attempts at amateur reproduction of the island punk of the time. However, everything is spiced up with a unique-sounding native language of singing. Two live tracks with dominating vocals that feel like they're completely out of control to show the band's decent melodic potential with a trio of songs closing the demo. The following Invasio 84 play on the same string, after all, the Exploited and Discharge T-shirts on the band members show where the wind is blowing from and, what's more, the recording is from the same time. However, they are much faster and the singing plays a little more with the melody of Hungarian. Song New Punks has undeniable potential and at the same time feels somewhat smiley in the context of 82, asking how old the old punks were in the Eastern Bloc at the time. With the following Biztonsági Tanács, the listener suddenly finds himself in 1986, five songs from a raw demo perform archetypal hardcore punk with a somped vocal and here and there some melodic solo. The first page is closed by Coordinated B and a pair of rehearsal demo songs from 82, showing angry early punk, and although the sound has been signed by a relentless tooth of time, they have both charm and song catchiness.
The B-side starts with the band of the man behind the whole project, Der Trottel with a pair of songs from their first ever concert, which is unique in itself. Moreover, for those familiar with the later formation of the band, it will be a fresh surprise how different trottel sounded in their formative times. It's youthful angry street punk with everything, including the stylish shouting of Oi! This is followed by Marina Revue, a live recording with decent sound quality and very good distinctive hardcore punk of the mid-1980s. Aurora Cirkáló, the original incarnation of the hungarian band Aurora to thisday, presents itself with a pair of demo tracks from 84 with screaming girl singing. The conclusion is provided by Tizedes Meg A Többiek, the undisputed top of the album, fast melodic hardcore punk with everything that goes with it, plus a very solid sound by the standards of these archival recordings.
One still somewhat neglected part of the mosaic of the punk kaleidoscope opens up for the world. A chapter of one punk scene that was also very close to ours in many ways. A record for all those who are interested in punk in its historical context, about punk on our side of the Iron Curtain, and for those who are looking for a certain exoticism. In this case, it's also exotic right behind our people. Moreover, listening to it somehow realizes how similar to the initial Czechoslovak punk the Hungarian one sounds.