DOCTOR AND THE CRIPPENS: Singles Unreleased Live: CD

The title pretty much puts a bow on it—a collection of singles, live tracks, and unreleased demo recordings made between 1990-93. Though I was well aware of the name, I’d never actually heard much from these guys back when they were active, so this was a nice introduction. They take a hyper-thrash base and expand into all sorts of wild directions—sludgy Flipper-like dirges, zippy hardcore, Stoogey quasi-psychedelic workouts (compare “Fish” here to the Stooges’ “Penetration”) over thirty-two tracks. Also included are lyrics, liner notes contextualizing everything, and photos to keep you occupied while the disc spins. 

 –jimmy (Boss Tuneage)