MENTORS: Oblivion Train: 7″

The blurb on the back says the recordings here date from 1977 and, if true, it’s pretty clear the Mentors were well entrenched in their later shtick very early on—“Oblivion Train,” an ode to drinkin’, is similar in style to their later hit “Get Up and Die,” while the flip, “Cornshucker,” regales with tales of shenanigans in a brothel. Sound is very-good-demo quality, the front cover looks like they were aiming for a “Sub Pop Singles Club” look, and nice pics of the boys (including one of a comparatively thin El Duce) as fresh-faced degenerates grace the back. This is definitely a must for any fan.

 –jimmy (Stool Sample)