Thursday, January 17, 2008

466. Circle Jerks - Group Sex (1980)

Track Listing

1. Deny Everything
2. I Just Want Some Skank
3. Beverly Hills
4. Operation
5. Back Against The Wall
6. Wasted
7. Behind The Door
8. World Up My Ass
9. Paid Vacation
10. Don't Care
11. Live Fast Die Young
12. What's Your Problem
13. Group Sex
14. Red Tape


14 songs in less than 16 minutes must be a new record of some kind, and the Circle Jerks in the tradition of Wire make very short punk songs... still they are no where near the quality of Wire.

Circle Jerks make fast and angry music, but then there is not much more to it, firstly it is almost anachronistic, punk is moribund by this time and post-punk/new-wave are in, so this has the feel of the past to it.

Another criticism of the album is the fact that it isn't particularly smart or particularly well thought out, there are also not many hooks, when compared to Wire they are no more than a pale reflection. Of course there are some cool songs here, like Deny Everything or World Up My Ass, so it is not a complete waste of time (particularly as it is so short).

Track Highlights

1. Deny Everything
2. World Up My Ass
3. Group Sex
4. Wasted

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Two songs on the album, "Wasted" and "Don't Care", were originally songs Morris had co-written and performed with Black Flag. The former song appears on the Nervous Breakdown EP, while the latter was recorded during an early recording session for what was supposed to be Black Flag's first full length album. After Morris quit Black Flag, the tapes were shelved. Morris also performed "Red Tape" with Black Flag, although a studio version was never recorded. When Morris recorded and released "Don't Care" with the Circle Jerks (without crediting Greg Ginn, who composed the music), Black Flag responded by rewriting the lyrics, and recording and releasing the song as "You Bet We've Got Something Personal Against You" for the Jealous Again 12" EP.

World Up My Ass:

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