Some records are really hard to listen to, not because of how good or bad they are, but rather because of what they evoke. This one is just such a record. I have so many memories tied up around this band and this album, from assorted fights to assorted drunken parties to being drunk and fighting at assorted gigs. It seems like it was last year or something when this was originally released and it’s actually been nineteen years. Nineteen fucking years. That is an absolutely mind-boggling concept, one my mind almost has trouble grasping. Yeah, it’s still a damn fine album. Yeah, the lyrics are still okay at best and the folks at Captain Oi were kind enough to include the “Give Me Fire,” “Catch 23,” and “Do What You Do” 45s on this. Yeah, I highly recommend it to those not familiar with the band Mykel Board once called “Great Big Hug” (a name that rolls outta my mouth in giggles every time someone mentions ‘em) although I will do so only after I tell them to pick up the Leather, Bristles… and City Baby Attacked by Rats albums first. But good GOD, has it been a long time! I usually try hard not to get all nostalgic for the “old days” or anything, but I’m listening to “Drugs Party in 526” right now and I just can’t seem to help myself. Don’t know about you all, but I’m gonna buy me a 40 of OE, put this puppy on LOUD and remember a time when buying a GBH shirt at the local mall was a completely alien concept.
–jimmy (Captain Oi)