NORMALS, THE: “Almost Ready” b/w “Hard Core”: 7"

Mar 03, 2011

Another reissue of a silly-rare, silly-good 45 (though the tracks have appeared on CD at least once last decade, on Airline 61’s Your Punk Heritage compendium of the band’s recorded history), from these New Orleans legends, originally recorded and released in 1978. “Almost Ready” is a fine bit of thud-punk that predates bands like the Spits by a number of decades, while the use of the title “Hard Core” beats DOA’s use of the term for “Hardcore ‘81” by three years. Take that fly in the ointment, snobby historians!

 –jimmy (Last Laugh)