FUCKED UP: Generations: cassette

Man, I’ve listened to this so many times and I’m still at a loss as to what I should be writing down. If you haven’t heard of this yet, it’s a self-released (though apparently distroed through Deranged) cassette of Fucked Up’s live material, radio interviews, covers, and songs from side projects. On one hand, yeah, it’s Fucked Up. That in itself carries a hell of a lot of sway around this household, I assure ye. On the other hand, there’s so much repetition, tape hiss, and questionable sound quality on here that, while it’s certainly not a trial to listen to, it’s not nearly as seamless as even Epics In Minutes, their singles collection. I mean, “Baiting the Public” is a great song, but I don’t really need to hear three different live versions of it. The extensive liner notes are a plus, they have moments of total brilliance (their cover of the Younghearts’ “Try a Little Togetherness” is a good example) and, if nothing else, Generations is rock-solid proof that the band is capable of putting out (and going a fair way towards upping the ante of) some of the best punk rock around today. That said, it’d also be a pretty shitty and disconcerting place to start if you’re interested in checking out the band for the first time.

 –keith (Deranged)