Lost Boys

Lost Boys

by M.I.A.
     
 

M.I.A. was one of the 50 best So-Cal punk bands of the great early-'80s second wave explosion, but for some reason never received much lasting acclaim -- while seemingly all their brethren were acknowledged then and since. Sadly, their two best records, Notes From the Underground and After the Fact, are the period directly after this 37-song compendium.See more details below

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M.I.A. was one of the 50 best So-Cal punk bands of the great early-'80s second wave explosion, but for some reason never received much lasting acclaim -- while seemingly all their brethren were acknowledged then and since. Sadly, their two best records, Notes From the Underground and After the Fact, are the period directly after this 37-song compendium. But Lost Boys, which captures their faster, harder beginnings, is still worth pursuing. This should have been chronological, as M.I.A.'s first release, the pulverizing, white-hot eight songs on their 1982 split LP, Last Rites for Genocide and M.I.A., is buried on tracks 14-21! Please start with them, as they're the best work here (including their pre-1985 zenith, the classic "Tell Me Why," as well as the explosive, tongue-in-cheek "I Hate Hippies"). It also puts in perspective the hardcore-thrash record they made for Alternative Tentacles, Murder in a Foreign Place. While this was their biggest seller, it's their weakest LP, with muffled production and thrash tempos that negate much of the band's melodic strength. Still, as thrash goes, this was a cut above all the sound-alike legions, more in league with Social Unrest, the young (L.A.) Youth Brigade, and the better D.C. bands. The leftist politics on these Murder tracks are anything but shrill and thoughtless, too; the title track is a reasonable condemnation of documented C.I.A. foreign intervention. In any case, hit the Last Rites stuff, and then skip to the 19 also-strong bonus tracks of various rarities (including a lot of great Notes territory in initial stages!) and live vault tracks that follow. These also include covers of hilarious punk-jokesters Alberto Y Los Trios Paranoias ("Kill"), and a lighting tight and fast demolition of the Damned's "Machine Gun Etiquette."

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/03/2001
Label:
Alternative Tentacle
UPC:
0721616025828
catalogNumber:
258
Rank:
177549

Tracks

  1. ROTR Intro
  2. Tell Me Why
  3. Gas Crisis
  4. Cold Sweat
  5. I Hate Hippies
  6. Angry Youth
  7. All The President's Skin
  8. Fucking Zones/Can't Take It No More
  9. Las New Left
  10. Modern Way
  11. Small Man In A Big World
  12. All I Know
  13. What's Your Problem
  14. Boredom Is The Reason
  15. Who Will Survive/Used To Know Me
  16. Murder In A Foreign Place
  17. Las Vegas
  18. Reality Is Killing Me
  19. There Is No Love
  20. Turning Into What You Hate
  21. Just A Dream
  22. Modern Way
  23. Machine Gun Etiquette
  24. Just A Dream
  25. Boredom Is The Reason
  26. Make A Choice
  27. Voices In The Dark
  28. Other Side
  29. Gimme Freedom
  30. Hate Life
  31. Another Day At The War
  32. Tomic Bomb
  33. Who Cares
  34. Tomic Blues
  35. The Schoolboy
  36. Never Again
  37. Rhythm Of Life
  38. Voices In The Dark
  39. Above The Crowd
  40. Haven't You Heard
  41. We Will Speak Out

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