Wednesday, June 17, 2009

TOKEN ENTRY ready or not...here we come! 7" (1985)

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If you lived in Albany in the 1980's chances are you saw Token Entry multiple times. I think I first saw them at Ruthies Inn in SF with A.F. in the mid 80's, then a bunch of times when I moved home to Albany in 1989. Tim Chunks was always a killer and hilarious front man who was so filled with engergy that the stage could never contain him. I have many fond memories of seeing these guys. I recall buying a Token Entry necklace from them on one of their trips up north. Ernie, the drummer getting out of the van upon arrival and asking a crowd of teen age kids "where's all the pussy at?" The band setting up, and asking the sound guy to throw on their NWA tape, and lastly seeing multiple homeless people in the ghetto of Albany NY walking around with Token Entry shirts.
This ep is pre Tim Chunks on Vox, and instead features Anthony who went on to Raw Deal and Killing Time. The songs are slower, and less produced then the later LP versions, but I still love them. They are catchy, yet dark and to me still hold up to the test of time. As always, comment if you download.

http://www.mediafire.com/?wjnhhjnvgdz

17 comments:

  1. NYHC at its very best! thanks Nate. I owe you. I have been looking for this forever.

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  2. Awww man, I never heard this one. Loved Jaybird and Beneath.. of course - they were such a COOL band for young'n gettin into NY style hardcore stuff. never really though of them as actual "NYHC" though - only a testament to their uniqueness. They were a kinda "gateway band" for me, from stuff like Crumbsuckers, Cro Mags, Agnostic Front, Leeway, to the likes of Gorilla Biscuits, Beyond, Bold, Judge, Outburst, etc.

    I loved their look - the logo, the album covers, shirts, etc. Great band - the full package!!

    Can't download or play music on this computer right now, but stil wanted to give a thumbs up for the post.

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  3. Yes! I have loved TE for so long. Only got to see them once though - in NJ some time around '89 or '90. Apparently they are starting to play shows here and there again. In my opinion they are one of the unjustifiably less-appreciated NYHC bands of the 80's.

    I am one of the rare few who actually loved their final album Weight of the World - when they turned into an RHCP band (which almost every band did to some extent as the 80's became the 90's.) Just like jbm, I loved their whole image - Ernie's artwork, the fact that they always had skateboards (and sang about skating), and I loved going into the city and the Token Entry stickers at the subway stations and just knowing that's where they ripped their logo from.

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  4. thanks for all your rips bro, you got one of the best blogs around!
    keep up the good work!!

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  5. tremendous and under-rated NY Hardcore.
    thanks for this nate!

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  6. I'm not so much into this one. But I loved Jay Bird. One day I was walking to class and I found a Token entry Jaybird t-shirt, an Agnostic Front t-shirt, a D.R.I. Crossover t-shirt and a Belching Penguin t-shirt in a garbage can, sitting right at the top, clean and in good condition.

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  7. thanks for the EP and the story!

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  8. new on blog!cheers

    http://pankerijada.blogspot.com/

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  9. Great record. If anyone wants to hear the unreleased tracks from this session (the 7" was originally to be an LP), it's over at my blog:
    www.bloggedquartered.blogspot.com

    cheers
    vin

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  10. Awesome EP, even better blog. my band is from albany, our drummer is a huuuuge TE fan. keep up the awesome old-fuckin-school NYHC posts brother! if you're ever up in Smallbany, come out and catch us live - we're called Danger Field

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  11. thanks for commenting buddy. I don't miss Albany

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  12. The first two LPs were fantastic, but I'm not sure about that Chili Pepper-ish "Weight of the World" LP. Thanks for posting this EP; I never heard it before, and also I had no idea that Anthony from Raw Deal was in this band for a bit.

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  13. hi thanx for the great post

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  14. If you still have that necklace yo are a very lucky Man ~Nathan

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  15. Saw this band at 288 Lark in Albany NY. Great show. They were great live. The guitarist was the best hardcore guitarist ever.

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  16. pretty sure youth of today played that gig.

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