Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Weirdos

We Got the Neutron Bomb
Frontier

I dunno if the 1989 versh of the Weirdos is supposed to sound like Thin Lizzy with David Byrne on vocals, but it does, I swear. This is volume two of a career spanning compilation series of this seminal LA proto-hardcore band. The first volume was originally released in 1991, and since it contained most of their early, more-well known stuff (which is easy to do, after all, when you've got minute-and-a-half long songs), so this one's more of an odds n' sods affair, hence, the late 80's stuff, which really is fuckin' weird. That's only 3 tracks worth tho- and one of those is a cover of Love's '7 and 7 is', so if' it's the filth and fury yr after, there's plenty here. The Weirdos came along in the late 70's when 'punk' still meant an uglier, more sinister version of rock n' roll, before Black Flag and the Dead Kennedys tossed out all that pussy tunefulness and replaced with flailing rage. Most of the time, they sounded like a less druggy version of their NYC counterparts, as on the teenage rampage rockers "It Means Nothing" ('80) and "Skateboards to Hell" ('79) But, you know how punk rockers get- the Weirdos couldn't even follow the loud-fast-rules rules, and had a tendency towards the wildly experimental, as on the spacey "Hey Big Oil" (from '81's Warhead), or goth-tinged cowpunk like "The Hide-Out" ('80). But hey, stick around through all the sax-skronking and post-punk side-steps, and you will be richly rewarded with live and/or alternate version of needles n' pins haymakers like the title track, "Destroy all Music", and "Barbaric Americana", that are all fire, energy, and attitude. Seriously, man, I know it's hard to imagine, what with corporate sponsored tours and mall rat emo, but punk used to be cool. Here's the proof.

-Sleaze

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