CRIME: Murder by Guitar: LP

One of the downsides of the Internet is the loss of mythology following certain bands. San Francisco’s Crime is one of those groups written largely in lore. For a time, no one could acquire their singles and few could hear them on worn mix tapes. And nobody deserved the mystique more than Crime. The band released only three proper singles between 1976-1980 and helped define punk with loud guitars and attitude. “Hot Wire My Heart” is the classic you may have heard. All their songs are that good. You can now use the Internet to order a collection of singles we would have killed for at one point. This LP contains the three impossible to find singles that launched the legend of San Francisco’s self-proclaimed first rock’n’roll band as well as some good demos and such. It doesn’t get better than this.

 –Billups Allen (Superior Viaduct)