GENERICS: Cost Cutter: 7” EP

I’m having some pretty severe cognitive dissonance wrapping my head around the fact that this stuff was recorded by a bunch of junior high kids in 1983. It sounds more like some no-budget U.K. punk band from 1978 than it does some kids from West Virginia in 1983. I mean, these songs sound like they could have been outtakes from the Streets compilation album. How did they avoid sounding like crappy hardcore like all the other teenagers in 1983? Unintentional self-quarantine? They also have their shit together pretty well, given how young they are—they sound pretty legit. I mean, sure, they were world-beaters by no means, but this record has got a pretty cool sound to it. I’m not floored, but I am impressed. The vocals are awfully low-energy, though—somebody get that kid a Pepsi! Oh wait… it was 1983… he probably wanted a Pepsi, and his mom wouldn’t give it to him. There was a lot of that going around that year. BEST SONG & SONG TITLE: “The Bitt.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “The Bitt” was supposed to be “The Bitch,” but one of their moms shut them down on that. –Rev. Nørb (Feel It)