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Small Circle of Friends: A Germs Tribute
     

A Small Circle of Friends: A Germs Tribute

 
It's a bit odd to have a full-blown, star-studded tribute to a band that only released one album, especially when that band was better-known for their aggressive, audience-baiting performances than their songwriting abilities. Nevertheless, the Germs were a cult favorite among underground rockers for many years, partially due to the

Overview

It's a bit odd to have a full-blown, star-studded tribute to a band that only released one album, especially when that band was better-known for their aggressive, audience-baiting performances than their songwriting abilities. Nevertheless, the Germs were a cult favorite among underground rockers for many years, partially due to the mythology surrounding their self-destructive lead singer, Darby Crash, and partially due to their claim as the first punk rock band in Los Angeles. And that explains why A Small Circle of Friends: A Germs Tribute was created. Allegedly a full four years in the making, A Small Circle of Friends features a full 20 tracks from such alternative rock stars and heavy hitters like L7, Mike Watt & J Mascis, Meat Puppets, Matthew Sweet, Free Kitten, NOFX, the Melvins, Flea, Gumball, Dave Navarro, that dog., D Generation, the Posies, and various one-shot supergroups like the Puzzled Panthers (Thurston Moore, Mike D, Kira Roessler, Dave Markey) and the Holez (Pat Smear with Hole). Nearly every one of the artists deliver passionate, affectionate performances, but they can't quite save the songs from being rather mediocre. After all, what made the Germs compelling were the performances, not the songs themselves -- apart from "Forming" and "Sex Boy," the songs were not that memorable. Still, fans of either the Germs or any of the individual artists involved in the tribute will find something of interest on A Small Circle of Friends. And despite the evident effort of everyone involved in the album, A Small Circle of Friends remains one of those tribute records that you listen to once and then file away.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/27/1996
Label:
Grass Records
UPC:
0601501303821
catalogNumber:
13038

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

L7   Track Performer
Meat Puppets   Track Performer
Posies   Track Performer
Matthew Sweet   Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Gumball   Track Performer
Melvins   Track Performer
NOFX   Track Performer
White Flag   Track Performer
Wrens   Track Performer
Pat Smear   Guitar
J.   Guitar
Monkeywrench   Track Performer
Dale Crover   Drums
King Buzzo   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Mark Arm   Guitar,Vocals
Jon Auer   Guitar,Vocals
Martin Bland   Drums
Mike D   Vocals
Flea   Bass,Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Don Fleming   Guitar
Suzi Gardner   Guitar,Vocals
Kim Gordon   Guitar,Vocals
Rachel Haden   Bass,Vocals
Tim Kerr   Guitar
Kira Roessler   Bass
J Mascis   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Track Performer
Tony Maxwell   Drums
Thurston Moore   Guitar
Keith Morris   Vocals
Mike Musburger   Drums
Dave Navarro   Guitar
Thommy Price   Guitar
Donita Sparks   Guitar
Jay Spiegel   Drums
Ken Stringfellow   Guitar,Vocals
that dog.   Track Performer
Steve Turner   Bass
Eric Vermillion   Bass,Vocals
Anna Waronker   Guitar,Vocals
Mike Watt   Bass,Vocals,Track Performer
D Generation   Track Performer
Richard Bacchus   Guitar
Ronnie Barnett   Bass
Derrick Bostrom   Drums
Dave Fox   Bass
Cris Kirkwood   Bass,Vocals
Curt Kirkwood   Guitar,Vocals
Jesse Malin   Vocals
Howie Pyro   Bass
Danny Sage   Guitar
Michael Wildwood   Drums
Free Kitten   Track Performer
Petra Haden   Vocals
Eric Erlandson   Guitar
Courtney Love   Bass,Vocals
Malcolm Riviera   Guitar
Julia Cafritz   Guitar
Pat Fear   Guitar,Vocals
Buzz Osborne   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Michelle Bodine   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Ibold   Bass
Dave Markey   Drums
Patty Schemel   Drums
Rob Tarbell   Bass
Trace Element   Drums
Jerry MacDonald   Drums
Scott Bodine   Guitar
Charles Bissell   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Rogers   Drums
Kevin Whelan   Bass,Vocals
Jello B. Afro   Guitar
Sean Ysuelt   Bass
Hans Gafvert   Keyboards
Chips Kiesbye   Vocals
Yoshimi P We   Drums

Technical Credits

Eric Carmen   Composer
Bill Bartell   Executive Producer,Tray Photo
Rahn Adams   Contributor,Artwork
Bill Bartel   Executive Producer

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