VARIOUS ARTISTS: Drop the Needle: CD

This CD is a retrospective of sorts featuring the Stilphen brothers, Chuck and Glen, who seem to have left quite a historical footprint on the Boston punk scene. These recordings span the years from 1985 to 1995, starting with the brothers’ stint in Gang Green and progressing through their time in other bands that are perhaps a bit lesser known. I never knew what it was with those classic hardcore bands from Boston in the ‘80s (DYS, SSD, and even Gang Green) that they all seemed to end up playing metal, but the brothers Stilphen went down that road as well (something in the water?) with their respective bands Scratch, Mallet Head, and Celebrity Death Certificate. Personally, I wasn’t too keen on the metal stuff but there is plenty here to keep me occupied, particularly the tracks from Smegma and the Nunz. My only complaint is that the tracks don’t follow a chronological order, but I can be picky about stuff like that. 

 –Garrett Barnwell (Trev)