Discography compiled by Erik Otophobia and Jeff, bio by Jeff
Wretched hailed from Milan, Italy circa 1980. Along with bands like Negazione and Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers, they are the ebodiment of the abrasively noisy Italian hardcore sound. The original line-up was Gigi on guitar, Fabio on bass, Giancarlo on drums, and Gian mario singing. This version of Wretched debuted on their 1982 split EP with Indigesti. The music the band created was furious and raw, with trashed guitars, shreiked vocals, and barely-holding-on drums. Although they originally sang in English, they soon switched to their native Italian, finding it better suited to expressing their radical political message. The band took strong anti-war and pro-anarchist stands through their lyrics and imagery. They also self-released all of their records on a label that came to be known as Chaos Productions. The band lived at the infamous Milano squat Virus, which played host to many classic hardcore shows in the early-mid '80's. Wretched lived and breathed the DIY spirit of rebellion that they advocated in their music.
The band recorded their first EP before switching guitar players and drummers in 1984. Daniele (guitar) and Crema (drums) played on the next record, Finira Mai? and on the full length. These releases established Wretched as one of the best hardcore bands in the world. Appearences on BCT tape comps and the seminal international compilation P.E.A.C.E. spread the word of "Chaos non musica" to everywhere punk was being played. Zambo took over drums in 1985, and the band began its shift into more heavy metal territory. They recorded one more LP and a 7" before internal problems (including Mario's shredded vocal chords) and line-up changes forced them to call it quits. Before melting down, they played the last show at Virus with Antisect. Unfortunately, Wretched's strong commitment to doing it themselves meant that their records have always been hard to get outside of Italy. An official CD discography (mysteriously missing the first EP) came out some time in the mid '90s, and the Furious Years of Italian Hardcore compilation CD fills in the hole. There are also plenty of people out there with tapes or CD-R's of this amazing band. It's well worth tracking one down.
WRETCHED/INDIGESTI split 7" (Autoproduzione, 1982)
IN NOME DEL LORO POTERE TUTTO È SLATO FATTO EP (Autoproduzione, 1983)
FINIRA MAI EP (Autoproduzione, 1983)
LIBERO DI VIVERE LIBERO DI MORIRE LP (Chaos Produzioni, 1984)
LA TUA MORTE NON ASPETTA 12" (Chaos Produzioni, 1986)
IN CONTROLUCE 7" (Chaos Produzioni, 1988)
THE FURIOUS YEARS OF ITALIAN HARDCORE PUNK CD (Antichrist/Dionysis, 1995 - has the first EP)
LOTTA PER VIVERE CD (Antichrist/Dionysis, 1996 - has everything but the first EP)
MUSIC ON FIRE tape (BCT, 1983)
P.E.A.C.E. 2xLP (R Radical, 1984) "Mai Arrendersi"
1984 THE SECOND 2LP (New Wave, 1985)
BABYLON: BLEIBT FAHREN LP (Babylon Bleibt Fahren, 1985)
WE CAN DO WHATEVER WE WANT LP (BCT, 1986)
I'VE GOT AN ATTITUDE PROBLEM 7" (BCT/Looney Tunes, 1987) "Fino in fondo", "Schiavo del sistema"
REVENGE OF THE KAMIKAZE STEGOSAURUS FROM OUTER SPACE LP (Ax/ction, 1988) "La Tua Tlorte Non Aspetta"
Looks really cool, especially if you speak Italian. A great resource that has photos, lyrics, liner notes, an interview, a discography, and even sound and video files.