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  • Audio CD (23 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B007RLKI7K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,571 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8. Manimal
9. Our Way
10. We Must Bleed
11. Media Blitz
12. The Other Newest One
13. Let's Pretend
14. Dragon Lady
15. The Slave
16. Shut Down (Annihilation Man)

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This record needs little introduction, so ours will be brief: produced by Joan Jett, (GI) is a seminal album not just in West Coast punk, but in punk rock, period, wellspring of the Darby Crash legend and start of the illustrious career of Pat Smear (Nirvana, Foo Fighters). Astonishingly, this album has been out of print on CD for years; our Real Gone reissue adds an unreleased bonus track selected by Pat Smear himself—the original album mix of "Caught in My Eye" from the (GI) sessions—and places the platter inside a 4-panel wallet featuring the original album graphics (including lyrics) with additional photos by noted punk scene photographer Jenny Lens and new liner notes by Richie Unterberger that feature fresh quotes from drummer Don Bolles. Your record collection isn't one without the Germs.

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By rrted on 17 Dec. 2013
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
An absolute classic, repressed on full weight vinyl
too. Even 30 years on the Germs are still one of the most
Powerful and evocative bands to have ever played.
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By richard mcmanus on 13 Aug. 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
American punk at it's best
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ronnie rampant on 25 Nov. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had high hopes for this record because lexicon devil is such a classic punk tune, but to be honest I just didn't get it. The vocals are horrendous and at worst a poor imitation of Johnny Rotten. There are a handful of good songs on the album but on the whole I tend to skip through this record pretty quick.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Why settle for this when MIA is still available? 21 July 2009
By D. K. Malone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just wanted to point out that there's little reason to buy this CD when you can get the 'Germs MIA' CD which contains this entire album + the rest of Germs entire discography. I guess MIA costs a few dollars more... if you're pinching your pennies (and who isn't these days?) this one might be the way to go. But man, the idea of going without songs like No God, the first version of Lexicon Devil, or My Tunnel... that would suck.

EDIT: ...and now that this edition is finally unavailable, this review is irrelevant.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Groundbreaking punk/HC album 21 Sept. 2007
By Amazonian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
This record somehow still sounds fresh and powerful almost thirty years after its release - a near-miracle of crystal-clear production and bristling tension. This record straddles the boundary between punk and hardcore; the tunes are mostly snarled, and sometimes off-beat, and the lyrics can have an almost visionary quality. When I heard it played during its debut week (at a college Tower Records), everyone seemed to stop still in their tracks.

This LP eschews melody for a kind of punk poetry - an approach more famously employed by fellow L.A. rockers X. But while X's songs were always informed by a rockabilly flavor, The Germs are almost indescribably disorganized and intense. Nut unlike their live gigs, there's that sense that everything is going to break apart at any moment. The production by Joan Jett helps keep the whole thing going.

It's easy to use the usual stream of adjectives to describe a favored record. This is one where the superlatives may very well fit.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Punq Rokk At It's Finest! 23 Oct. 2013
By John Seminario - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had heard plenty of stories about the Germs when I finally ordered this, but I never expected the delivery guy and I to start moshing and beating the crap out of each other the second I opened it.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
First Hardcore Punk LP Ever 11 Dec. 2008
By Will Smith - Published on Amazon.com
This LP came out in 1979 and was produced by Joan Jett. I love the song melodies and the music has some speed and force to it. Darby can't really sing and the band can't really play all that well but neither can alot of good or great song-writters. Then again, alot of technically accomplished musicians can't write to save their lives.

Anyway, this records is transcendent to me. It has all the growling, distortion, speed and other essential elements of a good punk rock record. It was just ahead of it's time.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
My favorite punk album 31 Oct. 2013
By Scott McArthur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This has got to be one of the best punk albums ever and having it on Vinyl is even better. When I was younger most of my punk music was on vinyl or on a cassette recorded from vinyl, so this definitely sparks some nostalgia along with just the pure awesome. As with most punk music though, the songs tend to be pretty short. Trying to place the needle on a specific song is kind of a pain in the butt, but I don't really care because i usually listen to a whole side at once. I would totally recommend this to any punk lovers.
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