MIGHTY IONS, THE: Face Rakin’ Rock: CD

This is a collection of mostly unreleased recordings by an old Boston punk band I’d never heard of. According to the liner notes, a few of the members served in GG Allin’s backup band before he went psychotic, and others ended up in the Lyres and VanDykes, I believe. Judging from the tracks, it’s a shame that they weren’t better known when they were active, ’cause the songs are really good and funny as hell. There’s a wrestling theme running through the disc, so included are a reworking of the Dead Kennedys’ “California Über Alles” so that it pertains to a wrestler named Pedro Morales, as well as a cover of “Somebody’s Gonna Get Their Head Kicked In Tonight.” I wish I’d been able to see ’em.

 –jimmy (Dino, PO Box 802, Northampton, MA 01061)