(MIA): The Complete Anthology

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
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: 081227995423
  • Catalog Number: 79954
  • Sales rank: 12,411

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forming (3:06)
  2. 2 Sex Boy (2:14)
  3. 3 Lexicon Devil (2:06)
  4. 4 Circle One (1:48)
  5. 5 No God (1:54)
  6. 6 What We Do Is Secret (0:44)
  7. 7 Communist Eyes (2:15)
  8. 8 Land of Treason (2:09)
  9. 9 Richie Dagger's Crime (1:56)
  10. 10 Strange Notes (1:53)
  11. 11 American Leather (1:11)
  12. 12 Lexicon Devil (1:44)
  13. 13 Manimal (2:11)
  14. 14 Our Way (1:56)
  15. 15 We Must Bleed (3:05)
  16. 16 Media Blitz (1:29)
  17. 17 The Other Newest One (2:47)
  18. 18 Let's Pretend (2:34)
  19. 19 Dragon Lady (1:39)
  20. 20 The Slave (1:01)
  21. 21 Shut Down (Annihilation Man) (9:40)
  22. 22 Caught in My Eye (3:25)
  23. 23 Round and Round (2:16)
  24. 24 My Tunnel (2:30)
  25. 25 Throw It Away (2:09)
  26. 26 Not All Right (3:57)
  27. 27 Now I Hear the Laughter (2:48)
  28. 28 Going Down (1:51)
  29. 29 Lion's Share (2:31)
  30. 30 Forming (1:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Germs Primary Artist
Pat Smear Guitar
Nickey Beat Drums
Don Bonebrake Drums, Drums
Darby Crash Vocals
Don Bolles Drums
Donna Rhia Drums
Lorna Doom Bass
Technical Credits
Joan Jett Producer
Jack Nitzsche Producer
Pat Smear Contributor
Chris Ashford Producer
Pat Burnett Engineer
Darby Crash Contributor
Chris D. Remixing
John Golden Mastering
Geza X Producer
Don Bolles Contributor
Lorna Doom Contributor
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great

    All I can say about this album is that it's really great. They are defiantely one of the founding fathers of punk that paved the way for many great American punk bands.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Germs...no furter explanation necessary

    The Germs is one of the great Punk bands ever. They set the way for way for bands such as the famous Minor Threat and Adolescents. With they're non-anarchist hardcore sound. Germs is a must buy for any true punk.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    If you like the Germs get this album

    What can I say. The Germs is one of punk rocks founding fathers. If you like their music, or you want to hear one of the founders of punk rock then this album is for you. It has a collection of all their greatest songs on one album. Definitly a good buy!

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    Posted October 11, 2009

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