Forward

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Forward' is a compilation of the last works by Richmond, VA punk band, 500$Fine.

500$Fine was a political punk band from the southside of Richmond, Virginia between 1995 and 1997. The band initially started in 1993 as the 'Golden Llamas', but changed their name in 1995 following the enaction of a strict 11pm curfew at All Ages venues around the city by the City Council, that was followed by heavy enforcement by the city's police.

The band was a fan of punk as a vehicle for political change, and appeared on various comps and benefits, hoping to lend a hand to worthwhile causes.

In 1996, bassist and co-founder Patrick Daly, 16, was killed in a car accident. The band held a benefit show to raise funds to release their final recordings on CD. 1000 CDs were pressed, and the label OVOLR! was born, with proceeds going initially to the RVA Punk Nation.

'Forward' was the product of this.

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released January 1, 1997

Forward is a compilation of three recording sessions by 500$Fine.

The first session, tracks 1-9 were recorded in the late spring of 1996 at Glasshand Studio in Richmond, Virginia by engineer Mark Miley.

The second session, tracks 10-12, was recorded in late summer, 1996 at Charlton Studios in Richmond, Virginia.

The third session, Tracks 13-15, were recorded in mid-1997 after the passing of bassist Patrick Daly, at Montana Studio, Richmond, Virginia, by Mark Miley.

The band line-up for tracks 1-12 was:
Gary Llama (Vocals, Guitar)
Patrick Daly (Vocals, Bass)
Matt Dennis (Drums, Additional Vocals)

Tracks 13 + 15:
Gary Llama (Vocals, Bass, Guitar)
Matt Dennis (Drums, Additional Vocals)

Track 14 ('Butterflies') was a gift from songwriter Norman Roscher.
He is accompanied on it by his daughter, and close friend of Patrick Daly, Deanna Roscher.

Additional instruments provided by:
Andrew Clarke (Trumpet on 'Forward')
Jason 'Tink' Steed (Additional Vocals on 'Resist, Destroy, Resist!')

Technical details of the recording: Tracks 1-9 were recorded to a 1" analog Tascam multi-track machine. Tracks 10-12 were recorded to ADAT, digitally. And tracks 13-15 were recorded to a 2" 24-track Otari MTR-90.

Mastering was performed by William 'Bill' McElroy at Slipped Disc Audio in Richmond, Virginia, 1997.

The recordings were released as the 'Forward' CD following a benefit show at St Edwards Church in Chesterfield, Virginia, were proceeds were donated to the band to release the recordings.

The album was initially released as a benfit for the RVA Punk Nation, a group working to open an All Ages, DIY punk space in Richmond, Virginia. Following the passing of that group, the band has redirected all proceeds to the Central Virginia Food Bank.

1,000 CDs were produced through the pressing plant Audio Dynamix (New Jersey) in 1997. The record was the first release on OVOLR! Records (One Voice, One Life, Resist!) - founded by 500$Fine singer and guitarist, Gary Llama.

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Track Name: Learning
Learning to live with less is a need of all to do
Fuck all of their symbols of status, and refine our souls

Loving your brother
Loving your sister now
Will make you happier than any house on a hill
We’ve got to unionize
We’ve got to unify oursleves before it’s too late

We need to destroy the landmarks of socio-economic progress
It’s just their bullshit, when all we need it love, love

Loving your brother
Loving your sister now
Will make you happier than any house on a hill
We’ve got to unionize
We’ve got to unify oursleves before it’s too late
Track Name: For Me
No money, No Faith, No fear,
The last thing that kept you has gone away
The last thing that kept you here has slowly left today
You think no one cares about you
Its the same sad story
Gonna unload a gun in face
Thats not the way

Thats not the way
I care for you
Homeless left for dead on the street
Have it just as bad as you

And life is getting boring
The jokes are getting older now
And everything is similar
It’s too much the same for you
So now you want a change
Stay here for me

Food Not Bombs isn’t your way of helping out anymore
It’s been like a means of survival since you walked out through that door
Now no one cares about you
It’s the same sad story
Gonna unload that gun in your face
You know it’s not the way

End your life? maybe you don’t care
But I do
Stay here for me

And life is getting boring
The jokes are getting older now
And everything is similar
It’s too much the same for you
So now you want a change
Stay here for me
Track Name: Struggle Against
We went so well together, always side by side
But now the days go by and I’m left here wondering why
We aren’t such good friends anymore
I see you walking down the street
I hope you find what your looking for

We’re always fighting
Well it’s a struggle to struggle against
It’s just a conflict of our interests
We’re always attempting to destroy
The society that tears us apart
But we never seem to get that far

Well I got no regrets to carry with me
Somethings just werent’ meant to be, I look back then
And maybe things were not so good
We couldn’t admit who was right, now I would

We’re always fighting
Well it’s a struggle to struggle against
It’s just a conflict of our interests
We’re always attempting to destroy
The society that tears us apart
But we never seem to get that far

So call me what you want
But your the one that sold out being what they want
Track Name: Slave
All the powers in their hands
With a doctrine to enslave
It’s 1996 now all the children must pay
Tied up, and gagged
Vanity displayed
Naked and helpless
It makes this hard to say

We never asked for guns or imperialism
I never aksed for war but your so eager to steal
From the voiceless people
To fill your empty house of lies
on the fucking hill

Lives are commodities, Didn’t you fucking know?
We can kill in the name of God while the saints come marching home
Don’t try to break the bubble that holds in the nationalism
Or youll be against the state with it’s cold gun to your head

We never asked for guns or imperialism
I never aksed for war but your so eager to steal
From the voiceless people
To fill your empty house of lies
on the hill

Fill up your house of lies
Search for something to hold inside
Something to call your own
Something called LOVE
Fill up your house of lies
Search for something to hold inside
Something to call your own
Something called LOVE

LOVE
Track Name: Home
Stopped by your porch, fifteen past nine
I had just sat down to watch TV
Your at the door, starring at the floor
You said take these credit cards and don’t give them back to me

You said we would never part

Parents said you were moving south
Now it’s not a home, it’s just a house

I went to your backdoor, the backdoor was locked
Went to your garage, the windows were shut
At the top of the street, you left your dog’s toy
I used to be your boyfriend, now i’m just a boy

You said we would never part

Parents said you were moving south
Now it’s not a home, it’s just a house
Track Name: Quiet
I don’t want to be tied down, unless I’m tied down to you
Hell lies in loneliness, being without you
So now I wait around, thinking about you
Knowing so damn well, your not thinking about me

I’m not feeling good about my fucked up state
Maybe one day I’ll ask you so you say no way
I think it’s better
Better than living in a dream

Now I lay down too hard
Feeling keep blowing up inside
Will you be there in the next morning, hold my hand while the sun is shining
So now I wait around, thinking about you
Knowing so damn well, your never thinking about me

I’m not feeling good about my fucked up state
Maybe one day I’ll ask you so you say no way
I think it’s better
Better than living in a dream
Track Name: Teenaged
Had a dream, thought I needed to pray
I needed to get away from whats wrong with me
Society is killing me

A stone church’s doors won’t open for me
And I need to get inside
Or else I might suicide

Theres a storm tonight, you can look in my eyes
I play it off as I’m thinking…but I’m crying inside
For you, For you, For you

Have a home but no one’s home
In other words I’m all alone
And all I could ever want is someone like you

Had a lot of money but I’m broke right now
In the city and theres no way out tonight
Me and myself hanging out, and I think about you

Theres a storm tonight, you can look in my eyes
I play it off as I’m thinking…but I’m crying inside
For you, For you, For you

Theres a storm tonight, you can look in my eyes
I play it off as I’m thinking…but I’m crying inside
For you, For you, For you
Track Name: Forward
Resist what our forefathers told us in their hour of need
What we see today is not neccesarily being free
Resist the people afraid of change
Resist the cynic that tells you there’s no fucking way

Because theres a way if you got a brain
Ratify your thoughts, Mobilize your dreams
The future can only give you what you put in
Liberation can only come once you have the guts to begin

Resist the police, and people that tell you what to do
If they try to change your mind their an enemy to you
Resist racist heritage of for which many have died
Remember the tears of which oppression cries
And free yourself

Because theres a way if you got a brain
Ratify your thoughts, Mobilize your dreams
The future can only bring you what you put in
Liberation can only come once you have the guts to begin
to free yourself
Track Name: Caffeine
I don’t understand what caused this fight
And I don’t understand why you think it’s up to you
And I got myself, got myself jaded tonight
I had an opportunity, and everything to lose

The regressions gone
It’s 11:30
The televisions on and I need caffeine

Do you want me to stop seeing you?
Why do you have to cry so late at night

The regressions gone
It’s 11:30
The televisions on and I need caffeine

You can’t give up when you don’t even try
You can’t give up when you don’t even try
Track Name: Quiet (Charlton Version)
I don’t want to be tied down, unless I’m tied down to you
Hell lies in loneliness, being without you
So now I wait around, thinking about you
Knowing so damn well, your not thinking about me

I’m not feeling good about this fucked up state
Maybe I’ll ask you so you say no way
I think it’s better
Better than living in a dream

Now I lay down too hard
Things keep blowing up inside
Will you be there in the next morning, hold my hand while the sun is shining
So now I wait around, thinking about you
Knowing so damn well, your not thinking about me

I’m not feeling good about this fucked up state
Maybe I’ll ask you so you can say no way
I think it’s better
Better than living in a dream
Track Name: Forward (Revolution Dub)
Resist what our forefathers told us in the hour of need
What we see today is not neccesarily being free
Resist the people afraid of change
Resist the cynic that tells you there’s no fucking way

Because theres a way if you got a brain
You got to radicalize your thoughts, Mobilize your dreams
The future can only bring you what you put in
Revolution can only come once you have the guts to begin

Resist the police, and people that tell you what to do
If they try to change your mind their an enemy to you
Resist racist heritage of for which many have died
Remember the tears of which oppression cries
And free yourself

Because theres a way if you got a brain
Radicalize your thoughts, Mobilize your dreams
The future can only bring you what you put in
The Revolution can only come once you have the guts to begin
Now free yourself
Track Name: Compassion
Death walks the streets of a city,
a city that has forgotten how to care
Indifference breeds the disease
That fills out the air
Have we turned a blind eye
to the sea of escalating poverty
We continue to live our lives
Drowing in despair

Too many living in the streets
Too many dying alone
Point out responsibility
Another blood stain on the hands of society

So we continue to waste our time on solutions impossible to define
While we search for an easy answer
Another gives up the fight
Human Compassion we find against the selfishness
We sit complacent and allow the helpless to die off

Doesn’t matter what you know is wrong
Are you content to follow along?
Who will be the first of us to rise and take a stand?
Am I a fool for believing in my fellow man?

Do you have the courage to fight for what you think is wrong
Or are you content to follow along?
Who will be the first of us to rise and take a stand?
Am I a fool for believing in my fellow man?
Track Name: Resist, Destroy, Resist!
Freedom, the ability to live without fear of violence
Or commitment of unwillingful acts
The screams at night
hearing someone you care about being slapped around your own house
But your too scared to do anything about it
And when you finally do something, the victim won’t even press charges out of fear

A child, afraid to think about the warzone their house is
Every other family is Norman Rockwell, while yours loves his work
But is comparable to a warring country
I say war, because thats what it is: A War
A war against patriarchy
A hierarchial disease that places the male as the ruler
The wife an indentured servant
And the children as parents

To witness this violence, this war, strikes a deep dischord on my insides
But to speak of it feels like a flux of all the hate towards the father
This hate has been in my veins, building up inside my veins for the past seventeen fucking years

Resist!

The mother is the architect of resistance
She stands scarred, shaking, but still she stands
She clutches her children with protection
She blocks out the violence
Mother
Strong
Cast from the torture
Release from the ghetto of patriarchy
That transcends all economic-class systems
The resistance can never end
The resistance can never end
Resist
Destroy
Resist
It never ends

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