Those Shocking Shaking Days : Indonesian Hard, Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk : 1970-1978

The Unlog cave opens.

You already have sooo many reasons to follow our team on this blog, from newest wonky releases and free downloads, podcasts, forthcoming DnB bangers, etc…

So why would we, again, open a new category on this blog?

Are we facing an ageing crisis, in this music scene in which faster=newer = better? Are we becoming already dayum old bastards turning into an « Old school forever, fuck CD » mode?

Which leads us to the question : for fuck’s sake, who the fuck are you? Who cares? Where’s my bass massage?

1) Honestly, I don’t understand why you are asking such gross questions. I mean, seriously, we’ve been knowing each other for a long time now, right? If not, you might be new here, so it’s time to update and refresh your ears with our Podcast section.

2) The REAL reason  : This new category is a pretext, an open field to « non-new » music experiments. We want to dedicate a new space to sharing some different and inspirational gems to all of you music enthusiastic, and here’s a first one to illustrate my words.


Released on Now Again Records in early 2011 (say what? Exclusive vinyl package on Stones throw?), this anthology gathers a selection of Indonesian psychedelic funk  and progressive rock major tracks originally released between 1970 and 1978, during Suharto’s long lasting dictatorship. Wasn’t Obama in high school in Indonesia in this period? hmmm… interesting…

Ivo’s Group- That Shocking Shaking Day


« The progressive music scenes in 1970s Indonesia were largely underground as a result of strict censorship imposed by the dictator Suharto. Those who performed music marked by relentless fuzz, over the top, politically charged lyrics, strong rhythms and a cranky low-fidelity were truly rebellious. And the resulting output has been largely outside of the confines of this island nation unheard or ignored. Indonesia, based in large part on the restrictions imposed by Suharto, is better known for the coffee it exports than the music it creates. This situation hasn’t been remedied by the rough-hewn Indonesian bootlegs that dotted the psychedelic landscape over the past five years. Thanks now to the tireless and expensive research of Canadian hip hop producer and Southeast Asian music specialist Jason Moss Connoy – and the trust that Indonesian rock legend Benny Soebardja placed in Now-Again Records as he traversed his homeland’s islands securing the rights necessary for us to offer you this anthology – we feel like we can, in good spirits and conscience, shine the light on some of the most impressive organizations to offer their take on the psychedelic and progressive rock and funk sounds during the early shocking, shaking days of Suharto’s regime. »

Track Listing

Panbers ‘Haai’

The Brims ‘Anti Gandja’

Rollies ‘Bad News’

Shark Move ‘Evil War’

Golden Wing ‘ Hear Me’

Aka ‘Do What You Like’

Ivo’s Group ‘That Shocking Shaking Day’

Ariesta Birawa Group ‘Didunia Yang Lain’Terenchem ‘

Jeritan Cinta’Benny Soebardja And Lizard ‘

Candle Light’Super Kid ‘People’

Koes Plus ‘Mobil Tua’The Gang Of Harry Roesli ‘

Don’t Talk About Freedom’Black Brothers ‘Saman Doye’

Aka ‘Shake Me’Rasela ‘

Pemain Bola’Freedom Of Rhapsodia ‘

Freedom’Rhythm Kings ‘The Promise’Duo Kribo ‘Uang' »


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