Friday, November 16, 2007

430. The Germs - (GI) (1979)

Track Listing

1. What We Do is Secret
2. Communist Eyes
3. Land of Treason
4. Richie Dagger's Crime
5. Strange Notes
6. American Leather
7. Lexicon Devil
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)


This is probably the first punk album on the list that I don't really like. Let's talk about the good things about this album... the cover is pretty great, I quite like the design of it. Other than that there is not much I like here.

This sounds like a speed metal album, only it is boring. Boring, boring, boring. It isn't even the fact that it sounds unpleasant that pisses me off, I've listened to much more unpleasant albums that I liked, but I can't warm up to this.

Actually I am doing this review early in the day because I can't bear listening to it any more. So there.

Track Highlights

1. Shut Down
2. What We Do Is Secret

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Joan Jett, a longtime friend and heroine of many of the band members since her time in The Runaways, was asked to produce the album. Lead singer Darby Crash had originally wanted former Paul Revere & The Raiders vocalist Mark Lindsay to produce, but while Lindsay was willing to do the job, he turned out to be too expensive for Slash Records to afford. Jett's production was initially thought to be too thin when the album was finished and released, compared to the album Crash wanted Jett to emulate (the Sex Pistols' Never Mind The Bollocks). In retrospect, (GI) actually sounds cleaner and more polished than the Pistols' album.

Jett allegedly passed out during the sessions, as claimed by Crash while the band were recording "Shut Down" live in the studio.

Shut Down:

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