HEAD: Heil Head: The Complete Discography 1992/1997: 2 x LP

One of the very earliest (and very best) purveyors of Ramonescore-and-nothing-but, this Seattle quartet ruled the first half of the ’90s not only by righteous swiping of divine source material, but also largely on the strength of their sheer and admirable primitivism. These aren’t people who felt that music began and ended with the first Ramones album, these are people who felt that music began and ended with the first Ramones demo.Songs like “I Can See What You Dig” (lyrics in their entirety: “Oh sweet lady give it to me brown style ’cause I can see what you dig”) were the spiritual successors to pre-1976 taco tunes like “I Can’t Be” and “I Don’t Wanna Be Learned, I Don’t Wanna Be Tamed,” conferring a mightiness to them that other such outfits couldn’t hope to touch. A group like the Riverdales might’ve occasionally tried to emulate Head’s primitivism with minimalism, but minimalism is the result of well-planned, fully self-aware action; with primitivism you just kinda let it all hang out. What doomed Head in the long run was that their concept walked such a razor-thin line between sheer brilliance and utter stoopidity that they really had no place to go with it after a few years. By the time of their first true full-length, The Monkeys (get it?), they had musically progressed just enough to reach the point where they suddenly stopped sounding raw and exciting, and began to sound like just another band who sounded like the Ramones. That said, this double album is an utterly indispensable artifact which you ignore at grave personal peril. BEST SONG: “Magic 8-Ball” or “Hypnotism.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Theme of Head.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: “Discography” misspelled on spine. –Rev. Nørb (Otis Premium Recordings, otispremiumrecordings.bandcamp.com)