VARIOUS ARTISTS: Mystery School Records Presents Forbidden Fruits of Rock N Roll: CD

This compilation includes twenty-seven songs by twenty-seven bands, mainly from the seedier pockets of punk. The high points are previously unreleased tracks by The Hookers, Self Made Monsters, and Barbatos. Other popular bands featured include Dwarves, Midnight, ANTiSEEN, and Brody’s Militia. As with any quality comp, a handful of the groups are totally new to me, the best of which are the Briefs-like Mommy Sez No and the brutal Pier Six Brawlers. Not that calling a comp way above average is saying much in the dreaded world of comp-land, but this really is well worth looking for.

 –Art Ettinger (Mystery School, mysteryschoolrecords.com)