THE VICTIMS | New release "Charlie"

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Charlie Manson is dead: goodbye and good riddance from The Victims. 

In 1977, The Victims went to see a film called Helter Skelter, a made-for-TV film that received a cinema release in Australia. Helter Skelter depicted the Manson murders and the subsequent investigation and trial. Charles Manson himself had become a notorious figure and for some people he was a pop culture icon, a kind of anti-James Dean. People were endlessly fascinated by the lurid details of the murders and the bizarre world of Manson and his followers, his co-called “Family”. The Victims took a different view - they thought Charles Manson was a total loser. After watching Helter Skelter, drummer James Baker (who went on to gain notoriety in the Beasts of Bourbon and The Scientists) wrote some lyrics and Dave Flick, aka Dave Faulkner (Hoodoo Gurus), set them to music. Charlie was born and became another Victims anthem in the tiny punk scene in Perth, Western Australia. 

Flash forward to the 2017 and Baker and Faulkner performed under The Victims name for the first time in nearly four decades with aussie hardcore legend Ray Ahn of The Hard Ons playing bass. They enjoyed themselves so much they decided to record a half dozen of The Victims songs that had never had a proper recording back in ’77/’78 when they were active. Excitingly for fans of this highly influential punk outfit, these brand new Victims recordings will soon see the light of day. Charlie is the first taste of the sessions which took place at Perth's RADA Studio's earlier this year. Manson himself died the day before the band went in to mix the first couple of songs so he will never hear how little respect The Victims had for him. 

Who cares what he would have thought. Now we can all dance on his grave metaphorically, singing “Charlie Manson, you’re a fool!”.

Andrew Ryan