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1 review | 7 people love this record: be the 8th! Early '80s Austin punk legends Big Boys had their 'Where's My Towel/Industry Standard' debut reissued last year on Modern Classics, and this week their other two albums have turned up. The one that's landed on my review pile is the follow-up to 'Where's My Towel', 1983's 'Lullabies Help The Brain Grow'. Produced by Spot, the quartet really diversified their sound this time around from the Minuteme ... »

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Lullabies Help The Brain Grow by Big Boys
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7 people love this record. Be the 8th!
8/10 Mike Staff review, 23 May 2014
Early '80s Austin punk legends Big Boys had their 'Where's My Towel/Industry Standard' debut reissued last year on Modern Classics, and this week their other two albums have turned up. The one that's landed on my review pile is the follow-up to 'Where's My Towel', 1983's 'Lullabies Help The Brain Grow'. Produced by Spot, the quartet really diversified their sound this time around from the Minutemen-esque funky post-punk of the debut into a wild mishmash of speedy punk, weird loose-limbed funk-rock and punchy sax-filled gang-vocalled party anthems.   There's even a ballad of sorts here, 'Sound on Sound', that's not a million miles from Husker Du's quiet and reflective moments, with a sample of a poorly-tuned foreign-language radio station babbling untelligibly in the background. Songs like 'Brick Wall' and 'Assault', meanwhile, have more in common with the Descendents or early Black Flag, and the Minutemenisms are never too far away with tracks like 'Jump the Fence'. This is really the album that showed Big Boys to be a major force in their own right, trailblazing and energetic, goofy but serious skateboarding funk punkers who knew how to bring the party. I'm glad these albums are being reissued.

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