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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing LA Punk Rock, 29 Aug 2013
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I bought this while reading about the LA punk scene in an excellent book called We Got The Neutron Bomb. My interest in the LA scene was fuelled by liking the Gun Club and X. I wish that I hadn't bothered as it is just punk by numbers, it proves that in most cases you really did have to be there to enjoy the music.
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This stuff was once impossible to find in record stores. All I had of the Germs was three tracks on the Upsetter Records punk compilation LP Tooth and Nail. Manimal is a highlight, I prefer the very rough recording on that LP to the later album version. And from that I decided they were a world apart from most other punk bands, their appeal goes well beyond any particular genre. X I think are exceptional too. Maybe the Germs, that's a little too strong for your tastes.

This is a cut and paste from http://blogcritics.org/music-review-germs-gi/ but I read it elsewhere:

<Richard Meltzer had this to say about it in his then-contemporary review for the L.A. Times (as quoted in the liner notes), "The album of the year. The most staggering recorded statement so far from the American branch of New Wave. The most remarkable L.A. studio achievement at least since The Doors' L.A. Woman.">

-- I suppose everyone hearing this LP for the first time when it came out had no trouble 'getting' the band because they knew them from live gigs, from fanzine interviews, even live reviews in newspapers. You can find some vintage LA punk fanzines online, of course.

I don't know whether I'll be interested but thanks for mentioning that book, I'd not heard of it. Cheers.
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