(MIA): The Complete Anthology

(MIA): The Complete Anthology

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by The Germs
     
 

Another hot punk nostalgia artifact. When this L.A. quartet's lone LP, the Joan Jett-produced (GI), was released in 1979, no one could conceive a Germs anthology, but history has proven the vitality of the maligned West Coast late-'70s punk explosion. "Copying the English" was the putdownSee more details below

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Another hot punk nostalgia artifact. When this L.A. quartet's lone LP, the Joan Jett-produced (GI), was released in 1979, no one could conceive a Germs anthology, but history has proven the vitality of the maligned West Coast late-'70s punk explosion. "Copying the English" was the putdown du jour, but after similar retrospectives on the Weirdos, Dils, Avengers, Zeros, Crime, and so on, (MIA) answers that fraud again. On their first two singles (one the very first Slash record!), these crazy, inept juveniles had no clue. But when "No God" (with its anti-Yes "Roundabout" intro) and (GI)'s vicious, scorching "What Do We Do Is Secret" crash in, the effect is still startling. These heretofore churlish, charming vagrants and louts had suddenly lassoed the beast. Darby Crash snarls like the Screamers' Tomato Du Plenty over Pat Smear's lashing guitar and Don Bolles' hyper power-drums -- his voice is primal, raw, and animalistic grunting, yet the lyrics reveal a brutal social critic hiding amid the total mess, chaos, drugs, and 1980 suicide-at-22 that characterized his "too fast, too soon" life. No "beat on the brat" here. "Communist Eyes," "Land of Treason," and "Media Blitz" are testaments to disaffection, wild desire, and disdain in words and sound, desperate calls to arms that still resonate years later. And (MIA) -- which tacks on other rare tracks, including some from the long-lost Cruising film soundtrack, making this CD 30 songs in all! -- has no "cool" pose. They were just having fun, but they were the real thing, and it burns.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/17/2000
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227995423
catalogNumber:
79954
Rank:
30225

Tracks

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

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