LES THUGS: Come On, People!: LP

Jul 26, 2013

By now you should know if you like France’s brilliant, classic Les Thugs. One of the best known, if not the best known French punk band of all time, Les Thugs played typical anthems, but with their own atypical, almost Euro-pop spin. Their only live album to date, this record was recorded during their brief 2008 reformation. An extended version is also due out as a double DVD/CD package with even more Thugs hits as performed at the 2008 reunion shows. Foreshadowing the sound that Jawbreaker would bring to the States years later, there’s a “can’t put a finger on it” quality to Les Thugs that makes them such a unique entity in music history. Live albums can be a real drag, but not this one. Acutely well recorded, Come On, People! captures the energy that Les Thugs still had, even in their all too brief reunion. Merci beaucoup, Thugs!

 –Art Ettinger (Slow Death, slow-death.org)