JACKIE SHARK AND THE BEACH BUTCHERS: 2nd Generation Rising: 7”

According to the blurb on the back, Jackie Shark founded Riverside, California’s first punk band, Rabies, in 1977 and said band managed to play the Masque. Wanting a document of the band’s original tunes after it had broken up, Jackie enlisted the assistance of one Jeffery Blast and the result was the original pressing of this single, released in 1978 with a pressing of 250 copies. Naturally, collector geeks froth at the mouth for copies of the original pressing, but Artifix in its infinite wisdom has seen fit to repress it for those of us who are more concerned with hearing the music than paying the equivalent of a college tuition for one fucking 45. Is it worth the trouble, you ask? Well, if you’re big on punk history, Southern California punk history, Riverside punk history, or simply dig primitive rock’n’roll served up with heaping helpings of attitude, then yes, it’s definitely worth the trouble.

 –jimmy (Artifix)