999: Self-titled: CD

Jan 18, 2007

This long in the tooth—and still active—band’s first album gets the digipack treatment, including a lyric booklet, liner notes, and bonus cuts from assorted singles. While the band tamed quite a bit by the early ‘80s, this first album catches the band somewhere between their pub rock roots and some raw punk. Where “Emergency” slinks, “I’m Alive” savages, both of them fine examples of what 999 were/are capable of when given the chance. The album is easily a high point in early punk, but the singles tracks, including “Quite Disappointing,” and the stunning “Nasty Nasty,” are the real gems here.

 –jimmy (Captain Oi)