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Check out this new review for Big Takeover Magazine of the Beaver 12″ LP released last year on Dr. Strange Records….

Check out this new review for Big Takeover Magazine of the Beaver 12″ LP released last year on Dr. Strange Records….

In 1981, if you were trawling for hardcore 7’’ records that had more than three songs per side, chances are you ran across a strange- looking EP by DC’s ominously-monikered Beaver, perhaps the weirdest hardcore record in existence then. Its 10 songs were played at an extreme, breakneck speed rife with dense production, odd time signatures, and metal and reggae breakdowns—not exactly standard fare. It can now be revealed, this record marks future-Government Issue guitarist Tom Lyle’s debut recording, and it’s available again on a remastered, remixed, expanded LP that pivots a hotly remixed version of the original EP on one side against nine songs from two earlier demos on the other. My “Buy or Die” pick of the issue! ( 
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“Strange Tales From The Doc” #21… September 1988 Stiff Little Fingers at The Variety Arts Center Los Angeles, Ca.

Strange Tales From The Doc” #19… September 1988 Stiff Little Fingers at The Variety Arts Center Los Angeles, Ca
This was the gig that me and ALL my buddies couldn’t wait for! We all loved SLF and it was the first time since 1981 [I think?] that they came back to the U.S. All original members with the exception of the drummer who at that time had quit the band to join the Red Rockers. Actually Stiff Little Fingers song “Wait and See” was about his departure from the band to join the Red Rockers.
Anyway, back to the gig. They played with some “metal/hard rock” type of a band called Lifeline (no, that’s not it…) I can’t remember. Although I, and the majority of the crowd, didn’t like them at least they were so excited to open up for SLF. They kept going on and on while playing what an honor it was to be there so I cut them some slack. (and no one hunted them down and shaved their heads either)
I’ve seen SLF many times and they are always a great band to see. Imagine a sold out crowd of hundreds of people all singing along to their songs. The air was electric. Even just the way they came onto stage was a pre-mediated plan of energy. Before coming on stage they played one of their songs (I forget which) and got the crowd all amped up. Then they hit the stage and killed it! The crowd went nuts with slammin’, stage diving and singing!
My only regret? Not catching a drum stick the drummer threw out on their last song. It flew inches over my head but I was a little to slow. Would have made a great souvenir if I caught it but at least I have my memories of an amazing gig. Stiff Little Fingers are currently working on an all new full length as I type this. It may ONLY be available from the band so be sure to see this link for more info:

Pictured here is a live shot of the gig and the Marque I took. Oh, and my leather jacket. Yeah, SLF are just about my fav’s)

*Want more info on this story? e-mail me directly at — with Stiff Little Fingers at Dr. Strange Records.

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Beaver “s/t” LP Reissue: Album Review via Freedom of Expression Blog (Frank Foe)

Beaver “s/t” LP Dr. Strange KBD Reissue
“s/t” LP
Dr. Strange Records
ReleaseD: September 20, 2013

Tom Lyle (aka Tom Cleaver in Beaver) eventually ended up in Government Issue. Beaver, originally recorded these tracks for the now “Killed By Death”, DC HardCore 7” that had an original press of 300.

I love this passage from

Beaver started out as a solo project of Tom Lyle’s. Then it became a real band, albeit short lived. Here’s a brief story Tom shared with me.
I was in a DC progressive/new waver band, but became VERY bored with the whole scene. After seeing the Dead Kennedys in April 81 at the 9:30, and then the Government Issue/Youth Brigade/Minor Threat show in June 81 at the 9:30 I started making home demo tapes of me playing all the instruments in the most hardcore style I could come up with. I wanted to get a band together to play out live and used they rhythm section from Square One, the awful band I was in at the time. Then we got asked to record a record for Choice Cuts.

That’s how it was. Hear a band, see a band, change your life… just like that.
Dr. Strange has reissued this on LP, (400 on black vinyl, 100 on white vinyl) and added some demo tracks, also recorded in 1981.

This is rudimentary hardcore, typical for the early 1980s. Tom Lyle eventually ended being an inspiration for me on guitar. I love his guitar style on all of the Government Issue material. I own a Marshall because of him. This is the roots, the developmental stage. Having been involved in hardcore during this time period, I have a certain affinity for all of this material.

Considering the early stage of hardcore, how fast this genre evolved, the lack of technology available for recording, Beaver, and all of their contemporaries were a part of something huge.

This is mandatory if you love hardcore.

Frank FOE

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