VARIOUS ARTISTS: Cheap Shots and Low Blows: CD

A collection of TKO singles and EPs from 1997/98, most of which are out of print, I think. Bands making an appearance here are One Man Army, the Forgotten, Workin’ Stiffs, Templars, Lower Class Brats, Anti-Heroes, Dropkick Murphys, the Bodies, Dead End Cruisers, the Randumbs and the Truents, respectively. While all the bands are more than adequate at what they do (shit, even the bands I usually loathe sound pretty cool here), the real gems here that make the whole thing worth the green are the tracks by the Bodies and the Randumbs, especially the latter’s “Money Shot,” which still sounds as cool as when my friend Art Muñoz first taped it for me two years ago.

 –jimmy (TKO)