DWARVES: Lick it (1983-86): 2 x LP

If there is one thing that can be said about the thirty-plus-year-spanning career of the Dwarves (outside of the obvious pornography), it is that they have never been afraid to tackle different styles of music (usually with positive results). While most people think of the hardcore punk incarnation of the band as the original, the truth is that long before that, they were Suburban Nightmare, a Chicago garage/trash rock band in the vein of The Sonics or Fleshtones. Recess Records originally compiled these early recordings back in 1999, and have now reissued them in a swell-looking double LP with a gatefold cover. As usual, Blag, HeWho, and company excel at what they put their mind to. Sure, the recording quality is fuzzy and crappy, but that’s kind of how garage rock is supposed to sound, right? An excellent archive to the earliest era of what may turn out to be the greatest band in American history. –Ty Stranglehold (Recess)