BOYS, THE: Terminal Love: LP

Jan 05, 2022

Joey Mad Parade’s been releasing a flurry of crucial records of late and this is no exception. As with his 2019 collection of later-period 999 tuneage, The Sharpest Cuts, here he’s compiled a stellar collection of odds and ends (outtakes, alternate versions, alternate mixes, and so on) from one of the U.K.’s most criminally underrated first-wave punk bands. The resulting LP is a smorgasbord of Boys goodness distilled down to twelve tracks crammed with loud guitars, tight and spirited performances, and pop hooks sweet enough to trigger hyperglycemia. While some records of this type feel like contractual obligation throwaways, this bad boy deserves a spot next to the band’s first two albums (no faint praise there) and could easily serve as the starting point for the uninitiated to hear what the hoopla is all about. Fuggin’ choice, this is. –Jimmy Alvarado (Gutterwail, madparade.biz)

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