FIGGS, THE: Ginger: LP

A reissue of this long-lived (thirty-three years!) and venerated band’s debut. Originally released in 1991 on cassette only, this is the first time it’s on vinyl. What you get is a grab bag of raw-wire energetic, punk-infused power pop with echoes of so many greats—Plimsouls, The Beat, Replacements, Hüsker Dü, Elvis Costello, and maybe a smidge of Big Star—embedded in the DNA of every note. Essential from the start, it ends too soon and it makes you wanna flail gleefully in abandon throughout. –Jimmy Alvarado (Peterwalkee)