VARIOUS ARTISTS: We Went and Recorded It Anyway: CD

I’m still obsessed with any comp with what I consider the “right dates” on it. This is a solid collection of obscure sloppy punk and power pop singles from ‘77 to ‘84 a la the Bloodstains series. Highlights include The Excerpts “Will I Ever See You Again,” a power pop anthem in the vein of The Records. The Rentals “New York” is snottier style punk that sounds as if it could be a lost Dangerhouse track. Some of the songs get as fast as X. The liner notes contain band histories; the bands are from all over the world. It isn’t mind melting, but it’s solid as hell if you love the sound. There are no clunkers. You know whether or not you would like this.

 –Billups Allen (Brutarian Quarterly)