MDC: Multi-Death Chicken Stains: LP

May 24, 2022

I fuckin’ loved that first MDC album when I was sixteen. That thing was peppered with hard-hittin’, fast-paced spurts of white-hot fury; if they left you unmoved, it was wise to check to see if you still had a pulse. Of course, the album was also peppered with a few songs where the vocals were so out of whack with the beat that one had to wonder if Dave’s studio headphones were actually functional at the time of recording, but if the job was easy everyone would do it. Nothing they did after the first album really punched my buttons quite the same way—the later stuff they did that was similar to the first album sounded like mere rehash, and the stuff that was a departure from the first album mostly sounded pointless and weird. The one area I thought they continued to excel in was mostly with novelty-type songs—“Tofutti,” “S.K.I.N.H.E.A.D,” “Henry Kissmyassinger,” and, my favorite, “Chicken Squawk.” To make a long story short, this album compiles the divine Chicken Squawk EP, the Multi-Death Corporations EP, the original Stains “John Wayne” 45, and various bonus tracks into one handy package. So, you get some genius (“Chicken Squawk” and all the Stains stuff), some rehash, and some stuff where the vocals were so out of whack with the beat that one has to wonder if Dave’s studio headphones were actually functional at the time of recording, for a very well-rounded MDC experience. Give me convenience or give me death! Whoops, wrong band. BEST SONG: “John Wayne Was a Nazi.” BEST SONG TITLE: “Radioactive Chocolate.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: Contains all the fold-out packaging that came with the EPs, in all its (literally) gory detail. –Rev. Nørb (Beer City, beercity.com)

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