WHITE FLAG: R Is For Rocket, U Is For Unreleased: CD

A kinda odds ’n’ sods type deal here, purportedly containing their “first” album, R is for Rocket, along with some outtakes, live tracks and a video for the computer geeks. Many of the songs here are demo quality versions of songs that appeared on S Is for Space, and “Hoppity Hooper” and “Question of Intelligence” appeared on BCT’s Eat Me cassette comp and the first Flipside comp, respectively. The real meat of this, though, is the live show, recorded at a graduation party back in 1982, identified as the band’s first gig. Some of the live banter appeared between songs on S Is For Space, but this is the first time to my knowledge that full tracks have been available. More recent fans might take note that this sounds nothing like their poppier stuff. As for the rest of you, I hear they’re planning to reissue S Is For Space, so consider this the appetizer platter.

 –jimmy (Artifix)