Sunday, March 27, 2011

Behjan Mirhadi (1969 - 2010)

Before continuing with this post, please visit this earlier post for Behjan.

Many collectors of Killed By Death records had at some time likely had some contact with Behjan. He was one of the more knowledgeable and dedicated collectors I had ever met. I think our first contact was sometime in the mid-1990's. In the following years we traded a number of cassette tapes. Many of the records on those tapes later became more known in the rush of Killed By Death, Bloodstains and similar compilations that appeared in the late 1990's.

I didn't have much contact with Behjan over the past several years. We had exchanged several emails last year after he found me on Facebook. Like many, I was shocked to learn via the Yahoo kbd group of his passing on December 8. Here is a sample of the comments in response to the initial posting:

"Behjan was definitely one of the more interesting and enthusiastic folks I interacted with in my early days of collecting"

"very sad to hear this. behjan was a champion detective and a close ally in the 90's kbd discovery era."

"Behjan, such an enthusiastic punkrock fan, and very good at sharing music... I'm sad... Thinking of the great comp tapes he had sent and the cool bands he had turned me on... Can't believe he's gone !
RIP Behjan... wherever you are, your spirit will live on through all those who truly share music before anything else.

"His love and dedication for this music was truly amazing, and I guess his love for the oddest of odd is legendary... And he always stuck to it, even through the troubled times that he surely had...
RIP Behjan, and I hope you'll meet some of your KBD heroes wherever you are...

"I always knew he was a true obsessed fan and championed from his heart. He loved obscure, horrible, black humored, the underdogs and dregs if there could be such a thing in Punk Rock Music."

"We should put together a compilation of all the stuff he obsessed over finding. I remember in recent times The Nothing and Monroe. If anyone want to put together a list it would be a good tribute and well in the spirit of how he interacted with his friends."

The comment from the last quote above is what lead to what you are reading now. The kbd group came up with a list of some of Behjan's favorites over the years. There was a list he made back in 2000:

( NO sequence ):

" STRYCHNINE " by S O N I C S ( forever ! )
1- " hyper-exaggeration " ...ACTIVE INGREDIENTS 80us
2- " prisoners of time " ...MARK TRUTHE AND THE LIARS 79us
3- " into the 80s " ...THE NOW 79uk
4- " feel the pain " ...BUREAUCRATS 79can
5- " teenage lifestyle " ...PENETRATORS 78us
6- " les crepules de camaret " ...FATSY WATAIRE 78fra
7- " you will better know when i'm gone" ...JUMPERS 78us
8- " u.r.e. " (university radio exeter) ...SCABS 79uk
9- " someday " ...GENERICS 83can
10- " nobody loves me " ...BABEEZ 78oz

With this list and contributions from various posters the following compilation was arrived at:
Hand Grenades - "coma dos"
Nick Pagan - "this is not a test!"
XYZ - "long distance"
Les Olivensteins - "fier de ne rien faire" (FRA)
Alcoholics - "going outside"
Rock Bottom and the Spys - "rich girl"
Die Kreuzen - "pain" (from 7")
Koro - "700 club"'
Deep Wound - "lou’s anxiety song"
Willful Neglect - "(white collar) not guilty"
Breakouts - "no more" (from 12")
The Sonics - "strychnine"
Active Ingredients - "hyper-exaggeration"
Mark Truthe and the Liars - "prisoners of time"
Jumpers - "you will better know when i'm gone"
Bureaucrats - "feel the pain" (CAN)
Fatsy Wataire - "les crepules de camaret" (FRA)
The Scabs - "u.r.e." (university radio exeter) (UK)
Generics - "someday" (CAN)
Babeez - "nobody loves me" (OZ)
The Favorites - "I Can't Live (Without You)"
Circle X - "heartbreaker"
Defectors - "Cash Advance"
Nothing - "Scream'n'Cry"
The Desendants - "Unnational Anthem"
Monroe - "Polio for the people" (or "Disco Fever"??) (NL)
Spittin’ Teeth - "2nd generation" (from Siren comp)
Remod - "Life Of The Party" (or "Gaygirls Dance"??)
Hammer Damage - "laugh"
The Essentials - "turn off your radio"
The Features - "job satisfaction"
Sado-Nation - "I'm trouble"
The Fix - "signal" (from At the speed of twisted thought LP)
Hollywood Squares - "hillside strangler"
Revenge – "We’re Not Gonna Take It" (UK)
Those Intrinsic Intellectuals - "Radio Iceland" (UK)
Voice Of The Puppets - "I Don't Want To Know" (UK)
Penetrators - "teenage lifestyle"
Cardiac Kidz - "get out"
Reactors - "i want sex"
Pathetix - "don't touch my machine" (UK)
Remo Voor - "Frogrammer" (or "toilet love"??) (GER)
Opus - "Good Procedures"
Fensics - "Full Time Job"
Karanteeni - "antti" (from Anna palaa, Frank! LP) (FIN)
Helen Keller - "surfin' with steve & e.d. amin"
The Now - "Into The 80′s" (UK)

I've added the song "Hold Me" by The Victims. The other song from that acetate only recording was included on the No One Left To Blame compilation. In one his last emails to me he had mentioned how much he wanted to hear it. Sadly I never got around to sending it to him at the time.  

Some of these tracks (The Nothing, Active Ingredients, Hammer Damage, The Now and Mark Truthe & The Liars) you will find over at the Punk Business Manager post for Behjan, which I trust you have already checked out.

The rest have been gathered together here as Behjan's Punk Hits. Enjoy, and whatever you drink, have one for one of the biggest fans of obscure punk rock that there ever was!

Update April 3 - I had planned to include some of Behjan's favorite Swedish bands but missed them ... so ABKK, Jonström and Morgan were added. I want more ... !!


Punk Business Manager said...

Very nice posting! And thanks for linking to my memorial posting for Behjan. The RapidShare file with 45 songs in it- wow! Lost of great stuff in there of course, and nice to have it all it one place. And a few tunes I have never heard before, like the Defectors' "Cash Advance". And thanks much for including the other song from that Victims acetate (and a separate link for the Remod 7" which I had never heard of before). I listened to all 45 songs during a few long commutes this week (good old Chicago traffic!) and specific songs triggered memories of Behjan during the time that I knew him so that was nice. Thanks.

Punk Business Manager said...

One more thing- here is the track listing for the 45-song compilation that I typed out (I didn't see one "master" track list in the text of your posting):

1. Alcoholics- Going Outside
2. Babeez- Nobody Loves Me
3. Breakouts- No More
4. Bureaucrats- Feel The Pain
5. Cardiac Kidz- Get Out
6. Circle X- Heartbreaker
7. Deep Wound- Lou's Anxiety Song
8. Defectors- Cash Advance
9. Desendants (OR)- Unnational Anthem
10. Die Kreuzen- Pain (original version from "Cows and Beer" 7"EP)
11. Essentials- Turn Off Your Radio
12. Fatsy Wataire- Les Crepules De Camaret
13. Favorites- I Can't Live Without You
14. Features (UK)- Job Satisfaction
15. Fensics- Full Time Job
16. Fensics- Tornado Warning
17. Fix- Signal
18. Generics- Someday
19. Hand Grenades- Coma Dos
20. Helen Keller- Surfin' With Steve & E. D. Amin
21. Hollywood Squares- Hillside Strangler
22. Jumpers- You Will Better Know When I'm Gone
23. Karanteeni- Antti
24. Koro- 700 Club
25. Monroe- Disco Fever
26. Monroe- Polio For The People
27. Nick Pagan- This Is Not A Test!
28. Les Olivensteins- Fier De Ne Rien Faire
29. Opus- Good Procedures
30. Pathetix- Don't Touch My Machine
31. Penetrators- Teenage Lifestyle
32. Reactors- I Want Sex
33. Remo Voor- Frogrammer
34. Remo Voor- Toilet Love
35. Revenge- We’re Not Gonna Take It
36. Rock Bottom and the Spys- Rich Girl
37. Sado Nation- I'm Trouble
38. Scabs- U.R.E. (University Radio Exeter)
39. Sonics- Strychnine
40. Spittin’ Teeth- 2nd Generation
41. Those Intrinsic Intellectuals- Radio Iceland
42. Victims (NJ)- Hold Me
43. Voice Of The Puppets- I Don't Want To Know
44. Willful Neglect- (White Collar) Not Guilty
45. XYZ- Long Distance

Anonymous said...

wow. this is a fucking epic compiliation. surfin with steve and edi amin! woooo