NIP DRIVERS: Destroy Whitey: 12” EP

One of my all-time favorite albums, the Circle Jerks’ Group Sex LP, is only fifteen minutes long. The fact that a record that short can mean so much continues to fascinate me. Destroy Whitey is considered an EP, but at eleven minutes, it’s downright insane how much it packs in. This reissue of it isn’t the first, but it’s the prettiest so far. Housed in a gatefold sleeve, it includes a poster, lyric insert, digital download, and colored vinyl. The band’s lack of political correctness wasn’t really what made them so distinguished, as there were other assimilated hardcore acts treading similar waters in the 1980s. It was the easy-flowing, flawless blend of snotty vocals and fantastic hardcore riffs that made them a keeper. Hardcore doesn’t get much catchier than Nip Drivers. Kudos goes to Slope for repressing this classic, along with the other records in the Nip Drivers catalog. Now is as good a time as any to revisit this truly essential record. –Art Ettinger (Slope)