What Stuff [2000]

What Stuff [2000]

     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
07/25/2000
Label:
Bomp Records
UPC:
0095081407121
catalogNumber:
4071

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Agent Orange   Track Performer
Controllers   Track Performer
Germs   Track Performer
Pandoras   Track Performer
Dils   Track Performer
Kaos & Mystro   Track Performer
Pat Smear   Guitar
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
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
Jean Jordan   Artwork
David O Jones   Liner Notes
Kidd Spike   Composer

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