NOI!SE: Lost: 12” 45

If nothing else, this is certainly the most goddamn fancy oi record I’ve ever seen in my life. It’s a one-sided, one-song 12”—a format that I can’t rightly say I recall ever seeing before—like, ever—and not exactly the type of thing one considers particularly redolent of the quotidian utilitarianism associated with the genre. It’s pressed on clear vinyl, with the front cover imagery silkscreened in reverse on the back. I think it’s a picture of a boat sinking in a bowl of chocolate milk but I can’t be certain. The back cover imagery (either the lyrics or the Declaration of Independence, plus blood) is then silkscreened over the chocolate milk on the back. There’s a milk-free corner of the record where you can see the bare vinyl, which is tinted bluish except for the song title, which is (somehow) perfectly clear, although I actually couldn’t read it. I thought it said “Lg57” or something (I had to go to the website to find out that the song was called “Lost”). But, I mean, the technical execution on this vinyl is remarkable. It really is. I don’t know why exactly they used all this technical acumen to show a boat sinking in chocolate milk and a song title that looks like “Lg57,” but maybe that’s none of my business. As for the song, it’s quite good, it sounds like a cross between the Angelic Upstarts and Blitz. It would probably be one of the top ten English punk (or whatever) 45s of 1982, were it released at that point. I can’t say it’s ordinary. BEST SONG & TITLE: Unsurprisingly, “Lost.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: I think this whole record is kind of a Fantastic Amazing Trivia Fact, really. –Rev. Nørb (Pirates Press, piratespressrecords.com)