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  • Audio CD (6 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B00004YLAR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Forming
  2. Sex Boy
  3. Lexicon Devil
  4. Circle One
  5. No God
  6. What We Do Is Secret
  7. Communist Eyes
  8. Land Of Treason
  9. Richie Dagger's Crime
  10. Strange Notes
  11. American Leather
  12. Lexicon Devil
  13. Manimal
  14. Our Way
  15. We Must Bleed
  16. Media Blitz
  17. The Other Newest One
  18. Let's Pretend
  19. Dragon Lady
  20. The Slave
  21. Shut Down (Annihilation Man)
  22. Caught In My Eye
  23. Round And Round
  24. My Tunnel
  25. Throw It Away
  26. Not All Right
  27. Now I Hear The Laughter
  28. Going Down
  29. Lions Share
  30. Forming 2

Product description

Product Description

The essential anthology of the best by the LA hardcore band fronted by doomed lead singer Darby Crash. Includes all of their Joan Jett produced (G.I.) album and key tracks from What We Do Is Secret, plus few tracks from the film Cruising.

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Format: Audio CD
"Mia", by The Germs, is the complete anthology of
energy-charged rawness that sparked off the hardcore punk scene in L.A.
From the very first two tracks, "Forming" and "Sex Boy" (their first single), one can imagine how this raw sound that relied more on attitude and spirit than musical ability, influenced a genre. Darby Crash spews out his charging cry "I the Emperor proclaim, Us the masters we rule the game, Inclination-somethin' to dream on, Deprivation-We are the sons."
Other highlights include "The Slave" and "Media Blitz", inspired lyrics that are spat at you along with the rasping energy of Pat Smear's (one time Foo Fighter guitarist) guitar work. Other fine tunes include the stomping grind that is "Manimal" and "Shut Down (Annihilation Man)".
Cited as a major influence of artists such as John Frusciante & Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), The Germs stood in the ranks of The American Punk Hardcore, alongside the legendary "Black Flag" and the "Circle Jerks" (check out "The Decline of the Western Civilisation"). This album, "Mia", is complete from the days of tearing up infamous venues like the "Orpheum", "The Roxy" and "The Whiskey a-Go-Go" to the final demise and death of frontman, Darby Crash. An essential addition to the listener who seriously wants to explore and experience the raw, powerful sound of the once vital American Hardcore.
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It may be a little bit of a liberty to describe this band as the best-ever but that's not to say that this CD is complete studio works of a truly great band.
The CD starts with the ultimate lo-fi debut single "Forming", a great song despite (or perhaps because of) the very basic recording quality. It sets the scene for this incredible collection and the amount of times it's been covered or ripped off is a testament to its quality. The b-side "Sex Boy" is a very interesting song but this time the recording quality is a HUGE let down. The next three tracks (the Lexicon Devil ep) are amongst the best matching great songwriting, fantastic performances and great recording quality. The GI lp is up next and almost as good, it's standout tracks being "What We Do Is Secret" "Media Blitz" "Rickie Dagger's Crime" and "We Must Bleed". The remainder of the tracks were intended for inclusion in the soundtrack for "Cruising" but only one was used. This is a great shame as although there is a slight drop in recording quality the songwriting only gets sharper and more interesting.
All in all this album is a must have for any true fan of punk (hardcore or otherwise). The Germs may not have had opportunites, playing ability, commercial appeal or mental health of the other classic punk bands but could still make amazing records. Buy this and try to avoid the Germicide lp, unless you want to here the reason why this band is criticised so much!
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Better than the first and only album, this cd contains all Germs songs ever recorded. Not a compilation. A masterpiece for the punk lovers everywhere.
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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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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 75 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars All-in-one Germs 27 Aug. 2011
By Surferofromantica - Published on Amazon.com
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Every song that this seminal LA punk band recorded. Darby Crash crashed and burned brilliantly in the early 1980s. A total anarchist, he played a last gig with the band in order to afford a does of heroin to take him out. Brrrr... Crash is compared to Rimbaud, and his lyrics are highly literate, and the band that backs him up can be heard to improve a lot over the course of the recording; he also sounds a lot like Flipper lead guy Will Shatter, who also died of a heroin overdose. The liner notes are very good, and there are lots of pictures of the band in there. Pat Smear, who is now a superstar with Nirvana and Foo Fighters, got his start in the Germs. The first and last song on the release is "Forming", and you can hear how different the band was at the start and end of their career by listening to this little punk ditty.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars raw, crusty, lightning speed! 10 Sept. 2006
By Moronic Ray Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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Now this album is something else. I was laughing because of the one review I saw saying you must have some insane reason to like the germs. This is actually pretty true, you sort of need a different appreciation of music for this collection. It certainly is raw stuff, they don't spare on sounding like they know exactly what they are doing. a lot of songs though really come together like lexicon devil, media blitz, communist eyes etc. then there are songs like "shut down" which is some 8 minutes of mess. vocals range from pretty crusty to completely raspy to inaudible. Caught in my eye has a chorus saying "I got you caught in my eye" and he sounds kind of like an old man coughing up a hairball or a loogee when singing the word 'eye'. so this probably isn't making the CD too appetizing to you but it really is good stuff. straight up late 70's crusty punk. fast drums, muffled rockin guitars, crusty raspy like fast paced vocals. the germs got it all!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing most of "What We Do Is Secret" EP 28 Jun. 2010
By P. Couture - Published on Amazon.com
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"Lexicon Devil", "Circle One", and "No God" are the original 7" mixes - not the ones on WWDIS. "Round And Round" has been trimmed and remixed. "Caught In My Eye" they left alone.

"My Tunnel" is here, but it's NOT the live version from the EP.

One strange thing about this disc - Darby's vocal on "No God" sounds like a really compressed mp3. Just the vocal. It's the same vocal track that sounded natural on WWDIS, so what happened?

Flaws aside, this CD is worth getting just for the GI album.
5.0 out of 5 stars its cool. 31 Jan. 2017
By SamHain - Published on Amazon.com
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old school punk... its cool.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 Jun. 2016
By Dave - Published on Amazon.com
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Classic piece of my youth.
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