MENTALLY ILL, THE: Gacy’s Place—The Starbeat Sessions: 12” EP

I must confess, as much as I like The Mentally Ill, I know nothing about them outside the song “Gacy’s Place,” which I’ve heard on bootleg compilations. There is an officially released LP of their stuff which I need to get, and you do too. So, I can’t really compare the differences from these Starbeat recordings to the other recordings. However, if you’re a fan of the KBD punk, and stuff like the Feederz, then this is the band for you. I say the Feederz, because like that band The Mentally Ill were out to offend and provoke. Sometimes it’s clever, sometimes it falls short, but this is punk, and punk isn’t exactly some hippy peace love garbage. With song titles like “Tumor Boy” and “Doggie Sex,” you should know what to expect. I want more of stuff like this. –Matt Average (Last Laugh, almostreadyrecords.com)