MINUTEMEN / SACCHARINE TRUST: Split: 7”EP

It’s very goddamned hard to speak of the stuff on here, because my first inclination is to just gush like some simp fan boy about how truly fuggin’ fabulous these bands were and how truly fuggin’ mandatory a purchase this is. I mean, seriously, both took the Southern California hardcore template that was barely being forged at the time these tracks were being recorded, roughly 1980-83, and promptly turned the whole endeavor on its head with liberal doses of funk, groove-mongering, and free jazz. You get three songs from each here, all previously released, but all culled from the now-obscure Chunks, Cracks in the Sidewalk, Life Is Ugly So Why Not Kill Yourself and Life Is Beautiful So Why Not Eat Health Foods classic punk compilations, which means you’d have a fucker of a time finding ‘em separately and your wallet would take a severe beating the minute you attempted to procure them. Pettibon and Baiza art, lyric sheet, and some of the best music to come out of the United States—you really cannot ask for more.

 –jimmy (Water Under The Bridge)