TOXIC REASONS: Essential Independence: CD + DVD

Picked this up outta the piles thinking it was a reissue of a live video released more than a decade back featuring footage of the original lineup’s reunion show. That footage is indeed here, but the main attraction is a CD that contains not only the band’s debut Independence, an album that likely influenced a lot of your fave bands, but also theGhost TownEP, the War Hero single, and a full live set from 1981. What this means is that in one fell swoop you get the earliest releases of one of the best blue-collar punk bands ever to grace this continent. Crank this muhfuggah up and get to smashing the system, bucko. 

 –jimmy (Beer City)