samedi 19 février 2011

Ytterbium 70 - Futur Soldat Suisse / C'était Du Vent / Le Temps Ne Tombe Pas En Panne (1983)

Let's now focus on subversive punk rock made in Switzerland ! The story about this band from Lausanne goes like this: a certain "CAM" (nickname) formed Ytterbium 70 in the 70's. In 1983, the band released this provocative and subversive EP "Futur Soldat Suisse" (Future Swiss Soldier), openly promoting antimilitarism. All the songs were composed in 1979 by CAM. Pressed in France, the records got blocked for some time at Thônex's customs post because a swiss customs officer didn't want to take responsibility for letting subversive stuff into the country ! It led to the temporary seizure of 2000 copies and created some buzz in the papers because cases of censorship are rather seldom in Switzerland. It finally went very smoothly as the authorities decided there weren't any reason to destroy the whole stock, fortunately for us ! The single began to sell from April 1st, 1983. Nevertheless, the single was unexpectedly removed from sale only ten days after ! Was the Confederation in the know ? We'll probably never find out. Anyway, it explains why the record is now mega rare and can reach 300$ a copy ! 

"Ytterbium 70" later became "SM-69". Just a detail: all the songs are sung in french; I may translate some songs but it will take some time. If you understand french you can always have a look at the band's website !

Futur Soldat Suisse

C'était Du Vent / Le Temps Ne Tombe Pas En Panne

Rarity Indication

Rather common



Very rare

Almost impossible to find !

Holy Grail !!!