CATHOLIC DISCIPLINE: Underground Babylon: LP

Jul 24, 2013

A vinyl reissue here of a 2004 CD collection from one of Los Angeles’s more mythical bands, a super-group featuring West Coast punk scribe Claude “Kickboy Face” Bessy backed by members of BPeople, Nervous Gender, The Zeros, and The Bags. Prior to its original release, the band’s only recorded evidence remotely available to anyone but the underground tape trader circuit was the one-and-a-half songs featured in Penelope Spheeris’s infamous flick, Decline of Western Civilization, a situation that left them without the level of popularity that X, Fear, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Germs, and The Bags have enjoyed in the years since its release. They apparently never entered a studio or thought to weasel a board recording from the night’s sound engineer, so what’s collected here are audience recordings from three different performances, all of which are varying shades of rough-but-listenable quality, and all showcasing how danged good and creative a unit they were despite being little more than an occasional side project for most involved. Included is a Xeroxed set of brief but meticulous historical notes with pictures and flyer reproductions. Considering the original CD is apparently long out of print and this run is comprised of a thousand copies, all on pink vinyl, it might be a good idea to start a-hunting for a copy.

 –jimmy (Artifix)