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Oh yeah! About time this LP saw the light of day again! This collection of Avengers studio recordings from the original punk era (entirely recorded between ‘77 and ‘79, but not pressed until ‘83) from San Francisco’s seminal girl-fronted troupe of hellraisers is one which still gets regular plays from this ReviewBot, and this reissue faithfully recreates the original bright pink sleeve art.
The punk rock contained on this record had a massive effect the first wave of hardcore musicians, with the Dischord lot all unashamedly citing these guys as a massive influence (the mighty Circus Lupus even cover one of these songs in the 20 Years Of Dischord box set!). There have been other collections of Avengers recordings since, but none are remotely as definitive as this one here, which is rarely out of rotation at my house.
What has always struck me about this band is just how great the tunes are. It’s pure rock’n’roll pop cranked up a notch with furious and frantic vocals spit over the top. So many classic tracks on here...’Open Your Eyes’, ‘We Are The One’, ‘The Amerikan In Me’, ‘White Nigger’, ‘Corpus Christi’...any one of those would be a welcome addition to any early punk mix tape or DJ set. If you consider yourself a fan of punk rock and don’t yet have this album, now’s your chance to finally get hold of a copy without breaking the bank on an original or forking out for a potentially dodgy bootleg. Very cool record.
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