Backstory: Today in the lab, I found myself listening to some of the old local Detroit bands in my music collection. It got me feeling a bit nostalgic, especially when some tracks came on from an old friend’s punk band, the Bourgeois Filth. Shortly before the band split, he’d given me a demo tape of some very rad, very different stuff the band was working on, but I must have lost it years ago… I can’t even remember the last time I had a cassette player, let alone anything to play in one. I still have their sole CD release, but this afternoon I really wanted to listen through that old tape again.
So anyway, tonight I Googled around a bit. The band’s old webpage is still up on AngelFire (Seriously? I had no idea AngelFire was still around…), but hasn’t been updated since their reunion show 9 years ago. Seems like they never got much attention outside of Detroit; I really can’t seem to find anything useful on the Internets about them. What I did find, however, was an old-school German FTP listing of MP3 sites that probably went dark a decade ago. Including, I think, my old dual Pentium Pro basement server. Near the top of the list is an entry for ftp://188.8.131.52/, sharing albums from such fine musicians as Nine Inch Nails, Green Day, Orbital, and the Bourgeois Filth. I’m reading through this thinking, “Wow, that’s exactly what I used to listen to…” when I notice one of the band names: Semblance of Self. That was the name I released my own material under! Seriously! As much as I’d like to think that someone found those tunes cool enough to bother mirroring them on their own FTP server, I really can’t believe anyone did. So… someone’s still linking to an FTP site I ran during the 90’s, and specifically mentions my old band name. Bizarre!
Tragically, I still can’t seem to find anyone who had a copy of that Bourgeois Filth tape and bothered to encode it into MP3s 🙁
Update: Since a few of you have expressed interest, I’ve uploaded the original Bourgeois Filth album. If anyone has MP3s of their last demo tape, I’d love to get a copy!
Another update (March 27, 2012): A digital copy of Bourgeois Filth’s last demo tape has surfaced at Michigan Graveyard!
I was just hoping to find the same thing. I was watching the Goonies last night and remembered B-Filth’s Cover of the Cindi Lauper song. I Remembered that I lost that tape back in 99 or something. But I still have the CD tracks. Though I think the tape was better than the CD. Though I’m actually pictured on the inside cover of the CD, I’ve got the Big Sideburns yelling into the mic with a VoodooGlow Skulls hat on. If you find the tape Let me know!!!!
I’ve been looking for that bourgeois filth cd for years and years. I used to have it but lost in way back. if anyone could send me the mp3 or put em online somewhere I’d be eternally grateful.
I probably sold you guys those CDs at Filth shows, or took your money at the door.
I am Josh Dahl. I was good friends with the band.
Have you guys tried tracking down band members and asking if they have that music?
Also…. I would love to get ahold of whatever stuff you guys have.
I uploaded their self-titled album to http://dropline.net/downloads/music/Bourgeois%20Filth/, enjoy!
I think i have what you guys are looking for. I too had that cassette tape and i lost it somewhere as well. However, i was able to come across pretty much all of their stuff and have it in MP3 format. I wish i could find the artwork 😛 Hit me up if your still looking for Bourgeois Filth. Oi! 🙂
John: Yeah, that would be awesome! I have their entire album, but if you’ve got anything that wasn’t on that, I’d love a copy.
I’m the Micah that Ryan and the guys wrote the Micah Song about. I had a copy of the CD that you mention, but my sister stole it and lost it years ago. I know I’m a stranger, but is there any way you can get me a copy of their disk release, I’d be very very grateful. Please let me know! Thanks.
Wow, I haven’t heard of BOurgeois Gilth in years. I think they were one of the main bands at thr Mosquito Club/Tolkien. I wonder what happened to 10 Cent Can…I found a bunch of stickers that I bought from the band members mom and dad in the Shelter.
Again, wow. I wish SLC had amusic scene like Detroit.
I still listen to Semblance of Self every once in a while. They’re really good tracks to listen to while working/trying to focus.
..and look what popped up when I got nostalgic and googled Bourgeois Filth. I got the CD, split w/Social Scare 7″, and demo cassette from the Vegetarian Grocer show. All are digitized in my collection and I would be happy to share the tunes. By the way I am looking for Nipon records/demo, Half Moon demo, and Vermicious Kennids if anyone has anything laying around.
Tim, I’d *love* a copy of those recordings! Would it be possible to send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org?
thanks for uploading that i lost the cd i had in like 02. i will probably be rocking it all day today at work.
I was more or less obsessed with B Filth in Middle School. They were my idols, and I am proud to say that me and my friends were on several occassions reffered to as “those little kids we see at every show”. I had a dream about them last night and decided to google and see what came up; I found your blog.
I still have the original tape/CD/Latest EP and could get you a copy perhaps if you still need. I have been trying to find the last single they did “The worst part”. That song was dope, eventhough they never really released it. do you have a copy?
Dan, I’d love a copy of their EP! Sorry I can’t help with their last single, I only have their full-length CD.
Huge fan of the band. Completely destroyed their original album through too many listens and I am very grateful I found this thread, many thanks for the post. Would kill for that tape, i am pretty sure the tape deck of my 83 ford LTD ate it up. And Jeff, do you happen to be otherwise known as ‘The Drifter’?
I miss that band! Ryan was my guide to good music when he worked at Flipside Records. Most of Ryan’s recommendations for great bands to listen to are still my favorites. I have the tape, CD, and EP. The CD is on my ipod and i listen to it every couple months or so. I created a page for them on facebook awhile ago. Check it out if you are on there. thanks!
Folks i happen to have a copy of that last album (17 years and counting) and am encoding it to MP3 as i write this. i guess i need to find a way to upload it and provide a link …
Hi there this is a really interesting page with comments about my band bourgeois filth. My name is Ryan Schymick i was the lead vocalist/lyrics in the band. all the members of bourgeois filth were me ryan , Scott Crowley, or scott Filth rich Tschurharts Ryan Vandeberghe Mike Campbell and Ryan flush and ryan opera. We might do a reunion show sometime soon when all the venues open up again thanks for making this talented page todd kuleza and keep punk a threat!!! Love Ryan Schymick Bourgeois Filth