RUBBER CITY REBELS: Re-Tired: CD

Lesson learned today that I shoulda figured out 20 years ago: never assume. Seem to remember these guys playing around L.A. back in the early ’80s. I always thought they were some sort of power pop band back then and, following the nauseating overkill of the Knack’s “My Sharona,” never paid much attention to them as a result. My loss. As evidenced here, they were adept purveyors of trashy punk rock, and it’s a shame that they haven’t gotten their propers like neighbors Devo and Pere Ubu have. Submitted for your listening pleasure are their tracks from the “From Akron” split LP and a raw but enjoyable live set from Akron’s Crypt club circa 1977/’78.

 –jimmy (White Noise)