Every one of their first 3 7"s songs sound, pretty much, the same. But I love that song. I've tried to figure out what it is that's the same about them. Definitely the drumming, pretty much the vocals. But, overall, those 3 7"s are just some of the best punk I've ever heard.
I don't know how the MAU MAU's were received in the UK but I do know that in the States they were off the radar of most punx, and continue to be.
Of course, I'm not talkin' about their post 1984 songs which stop sounding like that one same wonderful punk buzzsaw song and get, ugh, what? ting o metal? pop? I dunno, whatever it is, this CD only reminds me how much I don't wanna hear it. Then again, it also allows me to relive the brilliance of their first three 7"s.
I guess they don't have their live lp with the 3 7"s on CD. Ever heard the opening of that gig? It's one of the finest moments in punk record history. As the band is setting up to start, doing odd tuning and whatnot, a record is playing a full volume of some sorta movie soundtrack or classical song, slowly building up until it hits a crescendo and just as that song stops at it's ultimate peak, the band kicks in to their first numba. Whoa man, I still love hearing that.
They apparently opened for MOTORHEAD on a tour that hit San Diego in 1984. Sadly, for me, I missed that show. A friend went and only recently told me of the existance of that show and that he went and, of course, he reported they were awesome.
Some of their songs like 'Society's Rejects' I just break out singing with them when it comes on. Most of the time it's too intense for me cuz I'm 51 now and I don't handle hardcore as well as I used to 20 and 25 years ago. But there's days here and there where this CD hits the spot. Maybe when I'm frustrated from work (or play) or just looking to get zinged again by some of my favorite punk rock. Long live the MAU MAU's (and not that quite ordinary L.A. band either). Yow.