CIRCLE JERKS: Group Sex: LP

May 08, 2013

From its brevity to the sheer velocity of its tunes, this is one of the gold standards of California’s punk scene, and rightly so. It’s one of those records that many, including me, have spun so many times and that the subtleties of both recording and performance have become embedded in the brain. It’s a veritable laundry list of classic hardcore—“I Just Want Some Skank/Beverly Hills,” “World Up My Ass,” “What’s Your Problem,” “I Don’t Care,” “Live Fast Die Young”—from beginning to end. Sure, a good portion of the music was appropriated and/or outright pilfered from the likes of the Angry Samoans, Black Flag, and Red Cross, but somehow that has never seemed to tarnish the sheen of this twelve-inch slab of mayhem, nor has it aged poorly in the thirty-plus years since it was originally released. If you missed the boat the first, or hundredth, time around, here it is again, this time in blue vinyl glory, for the gettin’.

 –jimmy (Frontier)

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