PRICKS, THE: Self-titled: 12”” EP

Before American, before Def Jam, before the Beasties or Slayer, before all that, Rick Rubin was strummin’ away in a combo called the Pricks. F’n hell, Rubin even produced this record, which sounds live with the hollow-sounding vocals and drums. The NY sound of the time owed a lot to Richard Hell and Junkie Thunders, and the Pricks wore those influences proudly on their sleeve. There’s even a bit of the No Wave thing goin’ on in the funkified “Whole Lotta Love” (t’aint the Led Zep song, bro!).

 –Matt Average (no label, good luck)