A Small Circle of Friends: A Germs Tribute

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/1996
  • Label: Grass Records
  • UPC: 601501303821
  • Catalog Number: 13038

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forming - NOFX (0:54)
  2. 2 Sex Boy - Free Kitten (2:27)
  3. 3 Lexicon Devil - Melvins (1:39)
  4. 4 Circle One - The Holez (2:55)
  5. 5 No God - D Generation (2:03)
  6. 6 What We Do Is Secret - Mike Watt (0:43)
  7. 7 Land of Treason - Ruined Eye (3:09)
  8. 8 Richie Dagger's Crime - The Posies (2:56)
  9. 9 Strange Notes - O-Matic (1:57)
  10. 10 Manimal - White Flag (2:07)
  11. 11 We Must Bleed - that dog. (1:39)
  12. 12 Media Blitz - Flea (1:57)
  13. 13 The Other Newest One - Sator (2:58)
  14. 14 Let's Pretend - The Wrens (2:44)
  15. 15 Dragon Lady - Matthew Sweet (3:02)
  16. 16 Caught in My Eye - Gumball (3:11)
  17. 17 Not All Right - Meat Puppets (4:01)
  18. 18 Now I Hear the Laughter - Puzzled Panthers (3:18)
  19. 19 Lion's Share - L7 (2:43)
  20. 20 Shutdown - The Monkeywrench (22:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
L7 Track Performer
Meat Puppets Track Performer
The Posies Track Performer
Matthew Sweet Multi Instruments, Track Performer
Gumball Track Performer
Melvins Track Performer
NOFX Track Performer
White Flag Track Performer
The Wrens Track Performer
Pat Smear Guitar
J. Guitar
The 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
Yoshimi Drums
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
Technical Credits
Eric Carmen Composer
Bill Bartell Executive Producer, Tray Photo
Howie Weinberg Mastering
Rahn Adams Contributor, Artwork
Bill Bartel Executive Producer
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