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The controversial Richard C. and his Wild Rags Label seem to polarize members of the metal community.  Love him or hate him, he was definitely dedicated to the underground scene.  After hearing their 1987 demo, most of the other labels (Steamhammer, Combat, New Renaissance, Roadracer) wanted to hear more material.  At the time, GAMMACIDE didn't want to fool around with another demo, they wanted to put something in the stores!  Wild Rags gave GAMMACIDE the chance and Victims of Science became their top selling release.  Victims was one of the first Wild Rags releases to have a full color cover, along with a lyric sheet and poster.  It was also the label's first release with a UPC barcode, which enabled it to be stocked by record chain stores like Sound Warehouse.  Richard C resisted this move, and also was opposed to the CD format, claiming that these were signs of "selling out" or "commercialism".  However, Rick got the UPC stickers printed up himself, they were affixed to the shrink wrap on the LPs and tapes, and GAMMACIDE made it to the chain stores.  Rick could never talk Richard into releasing the GAMMACIDE LP on CD, although later Wild Rags releases were.  Here is some info on Wild Rags releases courtesy of Nuclear Abominations.

WILD RAGS!
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Country: USA - California
Details: Those many rockers who had the luck of dealing with Richard Cee know this fundamental label from California, lead by the charicmatic Mr.Cee, label already dead for over two years. The points that made Wild Rags so special was indeed the incredible amount of material spawned for dozen of years including among many others, ultra-important acts like IMPETIGO, ORDER FROM CHAOS, BLASPHEMY and NUCLEAR DEATH, all in a completely underground fashion. Dick used to answer every letter in the same day he received it, keeping literally thousands of contacts alive with a dedication which will NEVER had any equals in the future. Here is ju7st the official list of releases from 1987 on but keep in mind this shop was already open ever since the 70's. As Richard once used to say in an interview, he used to see the kids skateboarding in front of his shop, kids whhich later turned up playing in a band called TERRORIZER. The importance of this label for heavy music is undeniable.
Releases:
WRR000 BLOODCUM / NOT US / OUTCASTS / INFAMOUS SINPHONY - Double LP 3 songs each band
WRR001 NECROPHAGIA - Necrophagia 12"EP
WRR002 BLOODCUM - Bloodcum 12"EP
WRR003 PREACHER - Trapped In Hell 12"EP Limited
WRR004 RESISTANT MILLITIA - Resistant Millitia 12"EP Limited
WRR005 ANIALATOR - Anialator 12"EP limited
WRR006 BLOODLUST -Terminal Velocity 12"EP
WRR007 RECIPIENTS OF DEATH - Recipients of Death
WRR008 BLOODCUM - Death By A... Clothes Hanger
WRR009 INFAMOUS SINPHONY - Manipulation
WRR010 OUTCASTS - Outcasts
WRR011 NOT US - Think What You Want
WRR012 ANIALATOR - Limited Edition 12''Colored Vinyl
WRR013 GOD BC - Eargasms In Eden
WRR014 BLOOD - Impulse to Destroy
WRR015 JERSEY DOGS - Don't Worry, Get Angry ! 12"EP
WRR016 GAMMACIDE - Victims of Science
WRR017 NUCLEAR DEATH - Bride of Insect
WRR018 NAUSEA - Crime Against Humanity
WRR019 BLASPHEMY - Fallen Angel of Doom
WRR020 IMPETIGO - ULTIMO MONDO CANNIBALE
WRR021 TOXODETH - Mysteries About Life & Death
WRR022 SADISTIC INTENT - Impending Doom
WRR023 DORSAL ATLANTICA - Searching For The Light
WRR024 HEXX - Quest for Sanity
WRR025 HEXX Watery Graves 12"EP
WRR026 HELLWITCH Syzgial Miscreancy LP
WRR027 ARCANE Destination Unknown LP
WRR028 RECIPIENTS OF DEATH - Final Flight 12"EP
WRR029 NUCLEAR DEATH Carrion For Worm LP
WRR030 ORDER FROM CHAOS Stillbirth Machine LP
WRR031 DEATH COURIER The Demise
WRR032 IMPETIGO Faceless 7"EP
WRR033 HELLWITCH 7"EP
WRR034 NUCLEAR DEATH For Our Dead 7"EP
WRR035 IMPETIGO - Horror of the Zombies
WRR036 MIASMA Changes

 

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