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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Holy cow! L.A.'s seminal trio, the Urinals, only released 11 songs in their tenure from 1977-1980 (before changing their name to the less restricting 100 Flowers and becoming one of the most respected underground post-punk-pop acts in the U.S.), ten on their three 7" singles and one more on a 7" compilation, all on their own Happy Squid label (they were about the only L.A. band to do that back then). This overdue retrospective somehow triples their output, to 31 songs! Want to hear America's Wire (before Mission of Burma bettered them), only twice as primitive if that's possible, with one quarter the sound quality? Even when they are covering the Soft Machine's "Why Are We ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
Holy cow! L.A.'s seminal trio, the Urinals, only released 11 songs in their tenure from 1977-1980 (before changing their name to the less restricting 100 Flowers and becoming one of the most respected underground post-punk-pop acts in the U.S.), ten on their three 7" singles and one more on a 7" compilation, all on their own Happy Squid label (they were about the only L.A. band to do that back then). This overdue retrospective somehow triples their output, to 31 songs! Want to hear America's Wire (before Mission of Burma bettered them), only twice as primitive if that's possible, with one quarter the sound quality? Even when they are covering the Soft Machine's "Why Are We Sleeping?," they sound like a three-step primer on minimalism, in scratchy, fast, burping, nutso punk with clipped vocals. You can see why the Minutemen covered "Ack Ack Ack Ack" later, but it's the real solid, melodic stuff such as the Last-inspired harmonies of the great A-sides "Black Hole" and "Sex," and "Scholastic Aptitude," and the instrumental "Surfing With the Shah" (which foreshadows the coming of 100 Flowers and later offshoot Trotsky Icepick) that makes so many Angelinos remember this goofy but great trio so fondly. The less poppy-melodic stuff is probably too primal and underplayed for most, but Negative Capability has an unrelenting, authoritative intelligence and sense of humor. Do what the second half of the title commands!
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/1/2005
  • Label: Cd Baby
  • UPC: 653496006720
  • Catalog Number: 5637515204
  • Sales rank: 57,599

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dead Flowers (0:56)
  2. 2 Hologram (2:09)
  3. 3 Last Days of Man on Earth (1:06)
  4. 4 Surfin' with the Shah (2:42)
  5. 5 Black Holes (1:18)
  6. 6 I'm White and Middle Class (0:54)
  7. 7 I'm a Bug (1:12)
  8. 8 Ack Ack Ack Ack (1:00)
  9. 9 Sex (1:09)
  10. 10 Go Away Girl (1:38)
  11. 11 U (0:34)
  12. 12 Scholastic Aptitude (1:26)
  13. 13 I Hate (2:03)
  14. 14 She's a Drone (0:39)
  15. 15 Male Masturbation (1:31)
  16. 16 The Return of Jake Boodler (0:47)
  17. 17 Presence of Mind (2:18)
  18. 18 Sex (1:03)
  19. 19 I'm Like You (0:50)
  20. 20 Orange Anal Sin (4:16)
  21. 21 Salmonella (2:56)
  22. 22 I'm a Bug (1:06)
  23. 23 Ack Ack Ack Ack (0:58)
  24. 24 Mr. Encore (0:51)
  25. 25 Why Are We Sleeping? (2:06)
  26. 26 Shape of Things to Come (1:41)
  27. 27 You're Gonna Miss Me (1:30)
  28. 28 Hologram (1:39)
  29. 29 Jetsons (Main Title) (1:07)
  30. 30 Don't Make Me Kill Again (3:13)
  31. 31 You Piss Me Off (1:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Urinals Primary Artist
Kjehl Johansen Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
John Talley-Jones Bass Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Barrett Drums, Vocals
Jim X Trombone, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Vitus Mataré Producer, Engineer
Byron Coley Liner Notes
William Hanna Composer
Joseph Barbera Composer
Hoyt Curtin Composer
Tom Davis Engineer
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