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  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Uni/Slash Records
  • ASIN: B0000057BR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 700,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let's Have A War
2. Beef Boloney
3. Camarillo
4. I Don't Care About You
5. New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones
6. Gimme Some Action
7. Foreign Policy
8. We Destroy The Family
9. I Love Livin' In The City
10. Disconnected
11. We Got To Get Out Of This Place
12. Fresh Flesh
13. Getting The Brush
14. No More Nothing
15. Fuck Christmas

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It's hard to tell whether this is a smart band acting dumb, or a dumb band mining a flash of insight. I'll opt for the former (despite the fact that later releases point to the latter), and assume they're doing it with tongue firmly in cheek. Either way, tunes like "Let's Have a War," "Beef Baloney," and "New York's Alright (If You Like Saxophones)" still feel like a smack in the face 18 years later. Leader Lee Ving later went Hollywood, but none of his film roles match the sneer and menace he offers here; unless, of course, you include the live footage of Fear in Penelope Spheeris's The Decline of Western Civilization. Good frat-party punk. --Michael Ruby

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By patrick on 6 Feb. 2013
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This is one criminaly underrated album. If you like Dead Kennedy's, Black Flag or the Misfits, then this album is for you. One of the few early 80's punk bands that could actually play (and very well at that), FEAR made a punk masterpeice with 'The Record', and I am in awe that there are no reviews for this slice of punk rock genius.

Check out 'Lets have a war', 'Beef Bolognia', 'New York's Alright if you like saxaphones' and 'I love livin in the city' if you want a taste before you buy.
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By andrada on 21 Nov. 2013
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Fear is one example of the best californian punk, ie, a great band from the west coast with songs which blend fury, frustration, optimism, humour and an astonishing mood for anarchy.... just listen and you will understand, there are no words to describe the energy, simplicity and creativity of this master punk group, solid stone among hardcore pioneers.
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By mick on 6 Jun. 2015
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love the album, quality and service is first class
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
One of L.A.'s Finest Ever! 23 Aug. 2004
By K. Brown - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Fear is not just one L.A. Punk's finest groups ever, Fear is one of L.A.'s finest over all groups of all time. Lee Ving & Company has been one of the rare bands that is as explosive on stage as on vinyl. After seeing Fear perform live in 1982, I was blown away with what a tight and kinetic set they lashed out. Where groups like Black Flag brought out the anger in people, Fear came of more like pranksters in overdrive, bringing out the sheer Loco & Chaos in people. I bought this album, wondering how close it was to their performance.

"The Record" did not disappoint, and best catches the essence of Fear. These folks were a unique brand of punk for its day; there were plenty of excellent groups ranting about anger, politics, society. On this album, Lee Ving rants in sort of a Speed-Racer-Villain style, more cussing at the world with a grin on his face and a middle finger extended. L.A. Punks often sounded desperate and defiant; Fear came off as jubilant and defiant.

"There's So Many Of Us" is the perfect start to an album, belting out vocals immediately. It's a fun song saying "Let's Have A War!" No deep analysis, no pseudo-intellectual philosophy, just a loud and simple Guajardian cry for a war just to crank up the stock market and so "you can go die!"

It gets better. Way better! "Beef Boloney" has no redeeming value in a beautiful way, and "Camarillo" is one of those very short, very explosive, and totally unforgettable tunes you will find yourself playing repeatedly.

Perhaps the crowning glory is "I Love Living in the City," one of the catchiest obscene songs I have heard in my life. When I say obscene, I mean no-holds-barred obscene. Nothing abusive, nothing evil, just a song that paints one big nasty picture that will stick in your head. Ratty as the lyrics are, I would lay odds that even the most easily offended clergyman would find himself humming the tune after hearing it only once.

From start to finish, "The Record" is pure adrenaline. There is no resting on this album, just energy and talent from beginning to end. Of all the veteran L.A. Punk bands, Fear is high on top of the heap. And what a glorious heap of music L.A. Punk is!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Brilliant 16 May 2006
By Mike Rhakabit - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I can't think of any other scene in the world that put out such consistently great records as the U.S. hardcore scene of the early 1980's (nor have many other scenes gone down hill so quickly.) Fear's "The Record" is just one of those fine pieces. It is punishing. It takes no prisoners. It offends most people, animals, and clergymen in one way or another. And that's what's so great about it. In an age when most punk consisted of anti-government, anti-social harrangues, which actually worked by the way, these guys had a truly warped sense of humor. Soundwise, think of a heavier, more offensive version of the Circle Jerks, who can actually play their instruments. Thats right, these guys aren't content to just play around with 3 chords, they can play. So in short, they had talent, intelligence, and awicked sense of humor. If you can't handle it, you should go and have a heart attack.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Eminem politically incorrect? Don't make me laugh 16 Jan. 2005
By TimothyFarrell22 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Fans of the Germs will love Fear, and vice versa. Dead Kennedys used punk to show their politics, Descendents used punk to show their angst, and Fear and the Angry Samoans used punk to offend people. Like all great punk albums, this one doesn't last too long (under thirty minutes), but all the songs are full of anger and are just a kick in the face. In addition to being angry and offensive, Fear are funny! Women, New Yorkers, and gays fall victim to Lee Ving. While I strongly dissagree with everything this band stands for, they do it in such a funny way that I don't manage to care. One of the dozen or so hardcore punk classics to come out of LA.
31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Totally without any redeeming moral or social value.... 23 Feb. 2005
By Shotgun Method - Published on
Format: Audio CD
.... and maybe that's why Fear's Record is so damn irresistable. Be warned: Punk rawk prudes and poseurs will die from exposure to Fear. Nothing is sacred--homophobic, sexist, pro-violence, and just plain dirty, this is the album that haunts Tipper Gore in her sleep.

Truth be told, I view Fear as a second-tier West Coast hardcore band--Lee Ving & Co. didn't have Greg Ginn's insane guitarwork and Rollins' cathartic rage and angst, Jello Biafra's social consciousness and political satire, or X's deliriously dark and menacing vibe; nor did they release anything of particular note after this album. However, Fear did have a rad rhythm section in the form of Derf Scratch (bass) and Spit Stix (drums), and a rigid, precise, and aggressive sound that belied their hilariously nihilistic, f--k you persona. Lee Ving was both a complete arsehole and awesome frontman (with a very distinctive, rant-like style of delivery), who had a habit of antagonizing the audience and turning concerts into all-out riots. A total parody of punk, a big joke, though you'd have to be a stick in the mud to care.

Anyway, about three-quarters of this album is filled with incredibly entertaining assaults on common decency, such as the timeless Let's Have A War ("... so you can go DIE!!!"), Beef Bologna, New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones, I Love Livin' In The City, and Foreign Policy.

The only reason why this album is getting a three instead of a four is that Record doesn't capture the intensity of their live sound. Handled by a producer used to AOR bands, Fear sound anemic in the studio instead of bone-crushing. But that still doesn't ruin this album. If you want intelligence or subtle P.C. social commentary, pick up a Bad Religion or Fugazi release; but if you want a no-holds barred, middle-finger-in-the-air party, grab yourself some cheap beer, throw on Record, and crank the volume 'till your neighbors start running for cover. Aww yeah.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
one of the top five punk albums ever. 13 Oct. 2001
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Format: Audio CD
When I was in high school we bought this record because we had a little punk rock air band which we would pretend we were playing songs at high school dances. We were Iowa kids in the early 80's and we thought punk was wild, silly music like Devo and the B-52's. This record (or should I say THE RECORD) was a rude awakening.
After we listened to it in my friend Joel's living room none of us wanted to keep it. We thought it the most vile, corrupt thing we had ever heard. Now, 20 years later it has lost none of it's bite, but through the years my friends and I have become MASSIVE FEAR fans, if for no other reason than the band's extremism has a somewhat charming quality, and the moment we first listened to that record will forever be enshrined as a moment when we lost our innocence.
You know how they always say music gets worse and more violent with each passing generation? I wouldn't agree. This is probably the most aggressive, violent stuff I've eaver heard. Stand out tracks include "I Love Living in the City" "We Destroy the Family" "Let's Start a War" "I Don't Care About You" and "FORIEGN POLICYYYYYYY"
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