In 1993 when the LA punk scene was effectively left for dead, RF7 releases it's watershed CD, Traditional Values. With songs that are still a major part of most RF7 live sets, "Light at the End of the Tunnel," "Dead and Buried," "Traditional Values," and Raised on Heroin, this record will likely be the mark left by RF7.
One Flipside writer said it this way..."I talked about the inevitability of this release in a column an ish or two ago--well band associate and producer/engineer Spike Marlin has managed to get the CD released . Now if only I can get to see these guys play live, cause there’s no doubt they were one of LA’s all time great hardcore bands - and the fact they have a CD out at this late date and is their best release ever is a cause for celebration-but it’s makin’ me nuts that I can’t watch ‘em kick out the jams too. There are 3 songs that are tracked back to back that are my life in a nutshell-“I Can’t Control Me,” “Close To The Vein” and “Don’t Fuck With Love.” You can bet this is one of my most played CD’s of ’93. Sends shivers up and down the landalini’s pathway-let me tell you"
20 years out of print and on every serious collector’s “want list,” RF7’s 1993 release “ Traditional Values” is about to resurface.
34 years ago a fledgling punk band entered the scene. It was 1979 in Southern California when Black Flag, The Germs, X, The Weirdoes & The Dead Boys owned LA. Before there was Bad Religion, Before Adolescents, before Channel 3, RF7 emerged with Act’s of Defiance.
A 4 song ep, which Rodney introduced to the world through repeated playing of “Chainsaw Love Affair” on his iconic Rodney on the ROQ radio show. RF7 was soon playing with Fear, Dead Kennedy’s Middle Class and all the rest.
Fast forward 13 years and RF7, after a 6 year absence returns with the blistering punk creativity called, “Traditional Values.” Always tongue-in-cheek the track Traditional Values opens with the line, “Still like to get fucked, still like to get stoned, still like to wake up not sure if I’m alone, I’ve got Traditional Values.” Not the George Bush version of traditional values to be sure.
Through a couple of poorly calculated missteps RF7 chose not to wait for the offer made by Brett Gurewits’ Epitaph Records, which would have, at that time, made RF7 a household name. Instead the bands leader Felix Alanis chose to release the project on Screaming Skull records based on a much faster time to release promise and a higher label focus.
Two months after the release Screaming Skulls records was out of business. Fearless records, hearing the project immediately picked up the CD’s left and rebranded them to Fearless and put them into their distribution channel, but it was too late. The record was considered a rerelease and as such “old news.”
So the record, which was described by Spin records and Forced Exposure founder Byron Coley as the best punk record to come out in a decade had fallen on deaf ears. This sent RF7 into another 5 year hiatus.
RF7, with all original members came back together in 1999 to record “God Forbid,” and has been going along non-stop, but at a level below where they could have been.
Now the chance to hear and own Traditional Values through CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon.com and other partners is a great way to hear a classic piece of punk rock history. Sounding as fresh as ever, this is a record that surely will stand the test of time and likely be the defining record for RF7’s legacy.
If you have not been exposed to RF7, this is the place to start..