FRANTIX: My Dad’s a Fuckin’ Alcoholic: CD

As many of the Killed by Death cabal of punk aficionados would be happy to attest, the title track to this retrospective honoring an obscure Colorado punk group is a superb slab of fucked-upness—sloppy playing, earworm-inducing riff, howling vocals, a mound of grime just falling off and stinkin’ up the entire place, and a chorus that just begs to be shouted full-lungs by everyone on the planet who’s pissed off at their perpetually inebriated parental figure. The rest of the disc is no less swell: making appearances are both of their über-rare EPs, a demo that sounds just as blissfully chaotic as their official releases, and an off-the-board live recording that starts off with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Interstellar Overdrive,” (real punks know the only true “punk” thing a band can do is bum other punks out by playing “hippie” proto-prog shit and this, with its free-form noise fest sandwiched between Barrett’s memorable descending scale riff, has long been a prime pick on the “songs with which to bait a punk crowd” list), then descends into several tunes that flail and wail their way into your hearts before the whole shindig draws to a close with a live version of the aforementioned titular track. Throw in some great pics and liner notes and you have yourself a party, kids. 

 –jimmy (Alternative Tentacles)