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Founded1982 (1982)
FounderChris Chacon
GenrePunk rock
Hardcore punk
Country of originU.S.
LocationSan Diego, California
Official websiteBCT

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Punk scratches an itch that isn't found else where!

— C.Chacon

Bad Compilation Tapes / Borderless Countries Tapes is an independent punk/hardcore music label founded in 1982 by Chris Chacon and Dave W. in San Diego, California[1]. The label, with a declared DIY ethic, published from 1981 to 1986 twenty-seven compilations on cassette involving 149 groups from 17 countries around the world.[2]. It still sold tapes till around the year 2000. But it made the last 2 tapes of the 27 in 1986. It is considered one of the labels that contributed most to the spread of the European hardcore punk scene in North America [3] [4]. All BCT tapes are available on Anarcho-Punk community for free download.

History of BCT[edit]

1982-1986: Bad Compilation Tapes[edit]

In 1982 BCT published an announcement on the 8th issue of Maximumrocknroll asking to punk groups to send their compositions [5]. The announcement was then reprinted in several European magazines and the Italian fanzines TVOR and Attack Punkzine, which contributed a lot to the internationalization of the label. BCT placed a small personal ad in Rockerilla, the most important alternative music magazine in Italy at the time. Syd Migx, the frontman of CCM (Cheetah Chrome Motherfuckers), responded to it asking the Italian Roberto Schiavo [6], founder of the F.O.G. (Flowers of Grain Records), to send tapes of Italian punk bands to BCT which he did. From those tapes the label made its first Italian compilation tapes. The first tape of the label, titled First Strike, included bands from the US such as Clitboys, Future Ruins, Violation, Vatican Commandos, Mr. Epp & The Calculations [7] (the band of Mark Arm and Steve Turner, which later became Green River and then Mudhoney [8]) and Eat The Rich, while the second tape Music On Fire featured bands from the Italian punk scene such as 5° Braccio, Raw Power, Indigesti [9], Wretched, Stazione Suicida, Crash Box and Rappresaglia [10][11].

BCT logo, a character called Moe Hawk drawn in black and white by Dan, the singer of Eat the Rich from San Jose. Craig Caron, the founder of Schizophrenic Records [12], colored the image and used it to release the vinyl version of the BCT # 18 tape: Thrash, Therefore I Am. Logo was used in BCT catalog and in some of the ads.

The two tapes were followed by other releases featuring many bands from all over the world: the Finns Rattus and Terveet Kädet, the Danish Razor Blades and Disrespect, the Swedes Mob 47, Product Assar, Moderat Likvidation and Anti Cimex, the Germans Äni(X)Väx and Kanalkotzer, the Australians Vicious Circle or the Canadians The Bill Of Rights were just some of the many names that populated the international productions of BCT label.

Between 1986 and 1987 the publications also extended to other formats under the name of BC Tapes & Records, whose first release was a compilation on LP entitled We Can Do Whatever We Want (International Comp.) which saw a mix of European and US bands [13] was a best of the first 11 tapes.

2002s: Reprints and new publications[edit]

In 2002 the label re-issued 5 cds and one lp of 7 of BCT tapes. BCT worked with a consortium of labels for those re-issues: Enterruption of San Francisco, Human Stench of Pittsfield, MA and Schizophrenic Records of Hamilton, Canada who did 2 releases each in conjunction with BCT. Among these reprints there was Senza Tregua: Granducato Hardcore (2002) [14][15], an album that for the new edition commissioned the cover of the album to Winston Smith, the historical author of the Dead Kennedys logo and album covers.

BCT and Italy[edit]

In 1984 Chris Chacon reconfirmed his interest in the Italian scene first releasing cassette releases by Raw Power titled Studio + Live and then the two Last White Christmas tapes, recordings of the LWC gig, December 4, 1983 in Pisa Italy put on by the punk cooperative called G.D.H.C. (Granducato Hardcore).[10] In the same year, some Italian fanzines began to call the label Borderless Countries Tapes, a name that was officially adopted and added to the original name. The name came from the suggestion of an Italian punk via mail.

BCT and tours of Italian bands in the USA[edit]

Following the Raw Power release, Chris Chacon organized a tour of the band [16], which was also the first tour of an Italian hardcore punk band in the States. During the tour, that included 20 shows in 40 days, Raw Power played at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles with the Dead Kennedys in front of more than 5,000 people [17][18]. It was in those days that the independent label Toxic Shock Records of Pomona, California came forward for the release of the second Raw Power album Screams From The Gutter,[10] which was recorded in Indianapolis near the end of the tour, at Paul Mahern's (of Zero Boys) studio in just a day and a half. The album was released in 1985 and sold more than 40,000 copies via independent channels. In the same period BCT published Live in the USA, a cassette with all the best songs recorded on tour (selected from 15 tapes of 20 concerts).

In the autobiographical novel by Silvio Bernelli entitled I ragazzi del Mucchio, the bassist of Declino, Negazione and Indigesti describes the US tour of the latter, organized and promoted by BCT in 1986 [19]. The label, for the occasion, also produced the EP on 7" vinyl The Sand Through the Green [20][21]. The tour, which lasted 40 days with 20 concerts, departed from Philadelphia and ended up in San Francisco, touching also St. George in Utah with the very young NOFX, who had just released their second album [22]

BCT and LWC35[edit]

In December 2018 the 35th anniversary of Last White Christmas was celebrated with the LWC35 concert in the historic Lumiere cinema of Pisa, the first cinema to be opened in Italy (1899). In the cinema hall there was an exhibition of 35 posters made by Italian and international graphic designers and illustrators for the 35th anniversary of the concert. Among the artists who participated with their own work created for the 35th anniversary of the concert there were: Winston Smith, Craig Henning, John Yarbrough (designer of the cover of the first concert release on cassettes), Tuono Pettinato, Vittore Baroni, Giuseppe Palumbo and Prof.Bad Trip. The official poster of the LWC35 festival was designed by Danijel Žeželj.

Some bands released by BCT[edit]


  1. "Chris Chacon interview on Maximum Rocknroll, No. 18 (October 1984) pp.22-23".
  2. "BCT".
  3. Sprouse, Martin (1990). Threat by example. Pressure Drop Press. Bad Compilation Tapes. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. Bestley, Russ; Ogg, Alex; Loren, Dennis (2012). The Art of Punk: The Illustrated History of Punk Rock Design. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Voyageur Press. ISBN 9780760344101. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. BCT announcement on MRR
  6. F.O.G.
  7. Mr. Epp
  8. Mr. Epp And the Calculations
  9. Indigesti Interview on MRR
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Nozza, Diego (2011). Hardcore. Introduzione al punk italiano degli anni ottanta. Fano: Edizioni crac. ISBN 978-88-97389-02-6. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  11. Music On Fire
  12. Schizophrenic Records Interview
  13. We Can Do Whatever We Want (International Comp.)
  14. Senza Tregua: Granducato Hardcore, cassette
  15. Senza Tregua: Granducato Hardcore, LP
  16. Raw Power '84 tour diary
  17. "Visual Vitriol on Project MUSE".
  18. "article on Dangerous Minds".
  19. Testani, Gianluca (2011). Arcana Editrice, ed. Enciclopedia del rock italiano. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  20. The Sand Through the Green
  21. Bernelli, Silvio; Medea, Rudy; Giordano, Enrico; Corradino, Massimo (2010). Indigesti. Osservati dall’inganno. Milano, Italy: Shake. ISBN 888886587X. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  22. Bitonto, Angelo; Senesi, Giorgio S.; Sivilia, Roberto (2015). Italian Punk Hardcore: 1980-1989. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


  • Vv.Aa. (1990). Studies in Latin American Popular Culture - Volume 9. University of Texas Press. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png p.82
  • Ensminger, David A. (2011). Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generation. University Press of Mississippi. ISBN 978-1617030734. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Bestley, Russ; Ogg, Alex; Loren, Dennis (2012). The Art of Punk: The Illustrated History of Punk Rock Design. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Voyageur Press. ISBN 978-0760344101. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


  • Bitonto, Angelo; Senesi, Giorgio S.; Sivilia, Roberto (2015). Italian Punk Hardcore: 1980-1989 Il Film - The movie. LoveHate80, F.O.A.D. Records.

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