3LP – Vinyl (download card for the audio included and a downloadable version of the booklet and also as a “mini-LP” tip on sleeve)
Now-Again Records presents another essential entry into the growing phenomenon known as psych-funk with Those Shocking Shaking Days: the untold story of Indonesia’s various underground ‘70s musical scenes. Few are aware of the progressive music scenes from 1970s Indonesia, as censorship imposed by the dictator Suharto lead to crackdowns on those courageous enough to rebel. This insurgent sound – marked by relentless fuzz, over the top, politically charged lyrics, strong rhythms and a cranky low-fidelity – is as similar to that of Rare Earth protégés Power of Zeus as it is to that of South Korean psych-god Shin Jung Hyun. It is as informed by James Brown’s funk as it is by the hard, progressive rock of Deep Purple and King Crimson.
This 3LP anthology contains 20 tracks of hard, psychedelic, progressive rock and funk that has been largely unheard or ignored outside of the confines of this island nation. This is all thanks to the tireless (and expensive) research of Canadian hip hop producer and Southeast Asian music specialist Jason “Moss” Connoy, the trust that Indonesian rock legend Benny Soebardja placed in Now-Again Records as he traversed his homeland’s islands securing the necessary rights for the tracks contained within this anthology, and the cultural context added to the proceedings by Indonesian ex-pat Chandra Drews, who assisted in a track-by-track annotation.
This anthology is the first of its kind – the first Western-based survey of the most impressive organizations to offer their take on the psychedelic and progressive rock and funk sounds during the shocking, shaking days of Suharto’s regime. Included are extensive liner notes, photographs, ephemera in full color booklets and, of course, fully restored and remastered audio.
The Wallace Line is a geographical boundary in Indonesia; to the west of the line South East Asian fauna and flora dominate, to the east a mixture of Australian and Asian creatures abound. By comparison, ‘Those Shocking, Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-78’ shows a blatant disregard for geographical boundaries.
The urgency, rawness, and heavy hitting nature of these songs comes as a surprise considering they come from a country that is renowned for conservatism, particularly in the political realm. These recordings stand tall with the best rock and psychedelics of the 70’s, from Black Sabbath to CAN.
The opening stomper ‘Haai’ knocks Perry Farrell off his pedestal, sounding like a blistering, bass heavy version of Jane’s Addiction minus the eyeliner and happy pants. It always blows me away how far and wide James Brown’s reach was in the 70’s and he is an undoubtable influence throughout this compilation. Tracks such as ‘Bad News’ and ‘Candle Light’ carry through his central message of rhythm and political agitation.
Viva musical ethnology! Particularly when gems like these are uncovered from our closest neighbour, you MUST give this album a whirl….
This is the sort of compilation that is one of the best imaginable and respectful tributes to the historical Indonesian prog/psych music scene of the early 70s, it is not only very strong as a document but also as a compilation proving its own independent musical strength and right amongst other examples that are more generally focused upon Anglophile examples. After an earlier period of political restrains with an allergy to the west after Dutch occupation, a second tyranny replaced the previous where other musical influences however were very well allowed. This new move however also was another witch-hunt against communism but also against government criticism. Never the less most groups would allow themselves more clear references to describe the situation by expressing this in the English language. Most musically strong examples have something of heavy psych rock with a blues element with nice use of organ, fuzz, bass and drums with occasionally a well fitting James Brown funk element. The sounds of these tracks are all very enjoyable, never too up tempo, -smoothly expressing themselves in a very attractive way-, a compilation of equal strength would be tough to make in the west, so this is an absolute winner, which I enjoyed very much on repeated listens. The album comes with a huge booklet explaining how much the bands hang together too.
The untold story of Indonesia’s various underground 70s musical scenes; extensive liner notes, photographs and ephemera; fully restored and remastered audio; officially licensed.
The progressive music scenes in 1970s Indonesia were largely underground as a result of strict censorship imposed by the dictator Suharto. Those who performed music marked by relentless fuzz, over the top, politically charged lyrics, strong rhythms and a cranky low-fidelity were truly rebellious. And the resulting output has been largely — outside of the confines of this island nation — unheard or ignored. Indonesia, based in large part on the restrictions imposed by Suharto, is better known for the coffee it exports than the music it creates. This situation hasn’t been remedied by the rough-hewn Indonesian bootlegs that dotted the psychedelic landscape over the past five years. Thanks now to the tireless — and expensive — research of Canadian hip hop producer and Southeast Asian music specialist Jason ‘Moss’ Connoy – and the trust that Indonesian rock legend Benny Soebardja placed in Now-Again Records as he traversed his homeland’s islands securing the rights necessary for us to offer you this anthology — we feel like we can, in good spirits and conscience, shine the light on some of the most impressive organizations to offer their take on the psychedelic and progressive rock and funk sounds during the early shocking, shaking days of Suharto’s regime.” Artists: Panbers, The Brims, Rollies, Shark Move, Golden Wing, AKA, IVO’s Group, Ariesta Birawa Group, Terenchem, Benny Soebardja and Lizard, Super Kid, Koes Plus, The Gang Of Harry Roesli, Black Brothers, Rasela, Freedom Of Rhapsodia, Rhythm Kings, Duo Kribo. Housed in a mini-LP tip on sleeve, alongside a 64-page full-color booklet.
“It’s a great one! Hats off to the label for digging deep and coming up with this one.”— Henry Rollins …
LABEL: New Asia
CAT NO: NA5065LP
1. Haai (Panbers)
2. Anti Gandja (The Brims)
3. Bad News (Rollies)
4. Evil War (Shark Move)
5. Hear Me (Golden Wing)
6. Do What You Like (AKA)
7. That Shocking Shaking Day (IVO’s Group)
8. Didunia Yang Lain (Ariesta Birawa Group)
9. Jeritan Cinta (Terenchem)
10. Candle Light (Benny Soebardja and Lizard)
11. People (Super Kid)
12. Mobil Tua (Koes Plus)
13. Don’t Talk About Freedom (The Gang Of Harry Roesli)
14. Saman Doye (Black Brothers)
15. Shake Me (AKA)
16. Pemain Bola (Rasela)
17. Freedom (Freedom Of Rhapsodia)
18. The Promise (Rhythm Kings)
19. Uang (Duo Kribo)
20. Pantun Lama (Murry)