The importance of “Noise the Show” cannot be overstated. It was perhaps the second regional hardcore punk radio show to exist, considering that Maximum Rock n Roll Radio was up and running in 1979 on KPFA in Berkeley, CA. Also, many of the bands that were played by Sommer did not even have a record out when their sounds were broadcasted. For example, tracks from the Beastie Boys demo were played 6 months before their “Pollywog Stew” EP was released in July of 1982.
This episode starts off with some standard UK punk fodder (Anti Pasti, Blitzkreig, UK Subs) and improves with tracks by the Damned, Menace, and the Business. Hairs raise on the back of my neck when Sommer plays the then brand new Battalion of Saints track, “Don’t Believe” by Kraut (which wasn’t even out yet officially) and announces a gigs for Kraut, Heart Attack, the Betrayed, and the Stimulators.
Sadly, when I received these tapes, they did not include any information regarding when they were originally aired. Because I will be posting several more episodes of “Noise the Show” on this site, I will refer to them in the chronological order that I post them. Thus, this is known as tape one.