What Stuff [2000]

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All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
With the plethora plague!? of indie labels today, it's nearly impossible to recall that, in the late '70s, there basically weren't any. If you were a brand new U.S. punk group, your options were few. The major labels were horrified or mocking and dismissive of your style, and the vast network of specialty stores, distributors, and fanzines didn't exist yet. As a result, the phenomenal 1977-1980 L.A. scene went largely unrecorded. And were it not for the handful of new, fly by night, one-man show type labels such as Dangerhouse, What?, Bomp!, Slash, and Skydog, these bands may never had released anything! These tiny imprints' few products now fetch small fortunes far beyond ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jack Rabid
With the plethora plague!? of indie labels today, it's nearly impossible to recall that, in the late '70s, there basically weren't any. If you were a brand new U.S. punk group, your options were few. The major labels were horrified or mocking and dismissive of your style, and the vast network of specialty stores, distributors, and fanzines didn't exist yet. As a result, the phenomenal 1977-1980 L.A. scene went largely unrecorded. And were it not for the handful of new, fly by night, one-man show type labels such as Dangerhouse, What?, Bomp!, Slash, and Skydog, these bands may never had released anything! These tiny imprints' few products now fetch small fortunes far beyond the $1.99 they once sold for, so compilations such as this remain welcome. What?'s kindly proprietor, Chris Ashford, was the best liked of the little labelheads -- amidst grumblings of non-payment/dishonesty from the others -- but he never had the dough to do more than release four singles and a 12" EP then. But what a 1977-1978 roster! And it's all here, with nice extras. Although the Germs' initial single the first release by the scene will be the hook for most, it's really the Dils' debut, the storming, primitive, pummeling "I Hate the Rich" b/w "You're Not Blank" platter, that makes this a must, along with the lesser known, but also red hot Controllers single, and the cuts from the eye-opening, viciously dirty Controllers/Skulls/Eyes split EP. Lastly, there are the three 12" cuts plus one bonus from Johnny Stingray's brief but inspired post-Controllers band Kaos, and one surf instrumental from the earliest Agent Orange. All first rate! Lastly, this CD is more complete than the out of print 1983 vinyl comp What Is It. Besides, this stuff still rips. P.O. Box 7712, Burbank, CA 91510. [The CD reissue was released in 2000.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2000
  • Label: Bomp Records
  • UPC: 095081407121
  • Catalog Number: 4071

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Forming (3:05)
  2. 2 Sex Boy (2:14)
  3. 3 I Hate the Rich (1:40)
  4. 4 You're Not Blank (1:38)
  5. 5 Forming (1:37)
  6. 6 'Round and Round (2:16)
  7. 7 Don't Talk to Me (1:31)
  8. 8 Kill Your Parents (2:04)
  9. 9 On Target (2:49)
  10. 10 Victims (2:14)
  11. 11 Neutron Bomb - The Controllers (2:06)
  12. 12 Killer Queers (1:38)
  13. 13 What Goes On (9:55)
  14. 14 Iron Dream (2:54)
  15. 15 Top Secret (2:05)
  16. 16 Alcoholiday (2:41)
  17. 17 Auto Pilot (1:34)
  18. 18 Red Rockers Rule (2:24)
  19. 19 Surf Beat (2:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Agent Orange Track Performer
The Controllers Track Performer
The Germs Track Performer
The Pandoras Track Performer
Dils Track Performer
Kaos & Mystro Track Performer
Pat Smear Guitar
The Skulls Track Performer
Don Bonebrake Drums
Charlotte Caffey Bass, Vocals
Charles T. Gray Bass
Kaos Track Performer
Chip Kinman Guitar, Vocals
Tony Kinman Bass, Vocals
Marc Moreland Guitar
Joe Ramirez Guitar, Vocals
Scott Drums
Amy Wichmann Bass
Peter Curry Drums
Donna Rhia Drums
Lorna Doom Bass
Lisa Adams Guitar
Billy Bones Vocals
James ? Bass
Mike ? Guitar
John Silvers Drums
The Controllers Track Performer
Endre Elgover Drums
Stenn Gunn Drums
Johnny Stingray Guitar
Charley Trash Drums
Doa Danny Bass
Kidd Spike Guitar
Eyes Track Performer
Technical Credits
Lou Reed Composer
Pat Smear Composer
Chris Ashford Producer, Liner Notes
Darby Crash Composer
Dave Ferrara Cover Photo
Patrick Boissel Artwork
Dave Schultz Mastering
Jean Jordan Artwork
David O Jones Liner Notes
Kidd Spike Composer
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