New Bad Things ‎– Concrete

Rainforest Records ‎– RR011
Vinyl, 7", Limited Edition, 45 RPM


A1 Concrete
A2 Knott Street
B I Suck



Applause on B sampled from "Cheaptrick, Live At Budokhan"

Wraparound, hand silk-screened sleeve. Limited to 610 numbered copies. Some copies have two (very poorly printed) stickers.



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July 22, 2010
edited over 3 years ago

John Peel said about this record; "one of the best and most sought after and most obscure records of the year. No one knew where it came from and I never managed to track down another copy of the record, although people offered me daft money for the one I've got. I wish I could tell you where to get a copy". The single reached no.16 in the 1993 festive fifty.

For me it's the best indie pop single of the 90s.... a hilarious stream of vindictive invective which manages to insult that most talismanic band of the indie world - the Velvet Underground. The New Bad Things hailed from Portland Oregon and busked the song on the streets.... making up lyrics as they went along. They put the song on the b side of the single to 'put it to bed'. It didn't stay in bed for too long though ... as a year later they re-recorded I Suck with added hip hop 'scratching'.... and additional scurrilous lyrics. This re-recorded version is equally as hilarious as the original and well worth tracking down (Sticky Records 1994): New Bad Things - Serious Cat

In 2009 the SL Records singles club re-issued the original I Suck as a free download which is still available for all to hear on the website A promo CDr was also issued at the time: Dufus / New Bad Things - SL Records Singles Club (Volume Two)

I obtained my copy from someone who was emigrating and was selling all their records. A bit later I bumped into someone with another copy. I offered him £75 for his copy but he would not accept. Don't blame him.
"Come for the irony - stay for the love" New Bad Things 2009.

I see you can get it now for as low as £12.... unbelievable.