Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Blast from the Past: Veni Vidi Vici

Title:  Veni Vidi Vici (Amazon, CD Universe, Tower Records, Yahoo Music)
Artist:  The Forgotten (Official, Facebook, MySpace, Last.fm, Wikipedia)

In the late 1990s a slew of bands emerged that were greatly influenced by ’77 style punk and oi bands like Stiff Little Fingers, Cock Sparrer, and The Business.  This scene was sparked by two records that came out in the mid-90s, the Swingin’ Utters The Streets of San Francisco and Those Unknown’s self-titled album.  Bands started popping up all over the place, but the center of this, for lack of a better term, movement was the San Francisco Bay Area.  One of the defining albums of this time was The Forgotten’s Veni Vidi Vici.  Released on TKO Records, Veni Vidi Vici was a powerhouse of an album.  With 12 songs of non-stop energy, aggression, and hooks, The Forgotten created a record that not only helped define that moment in time but also they also transcended it.  Like all of the really good bands that came out of that late ‘90s street punk scene, The Forgotten was more than just another ’77 rip-off.  This was simply fantastic rock ‘n’ roll music.  Since the release of Veni Vidi Vici, The Forgotten has released three additional full-length records along with a number of EPs. 

I met The Forgotten on two different occasions when they played in OKC; once when they played a show at the Meridian Ave. location of Music Dimensions and once a few years later when they played a show at The Green Door.  The entire band was nothing but extremely nice and fun to hang out with and talk to and I remember both of those shows fondly.  Sadly Veni Vidi Vici is incredibly out-of-print and I haven’t had a copy on CD for years.  Recently I stumbled on a download of the album and have been listening to it constantly since (in fact it is a great soundtrack to go along with Catching Fire, its defiant attitude mixes perfectly with the book).  Hopefully TKO Records will re-release the record so I can get an actual physical copy and so it will be available for people to purchase.  

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