VICTIMS, THE: Self-titled: LP

These seventh sons of seventh sons of sons-of-a-guns from Perth might be best known for their 1978 A-side, “Television Addict,” which has made the rounds on various compilations. It’s a cool song and all, but it never truly floored me: Songs about television oversaturation were common as dirt amongst the lower echelon punk bands back in the day (a claim fairly well supported by the fact that this band’s contribution to Killed By Death #4 was a wholly different song entitled “T.V. Freak”). I liked it, but it wasn’t really the kind of thing that required me to build a new chamber in my soul for the express purpose of housing its praise, like “Just Head” or “Communist Radio” did. That song’s B-side, however—“I’m Flipped Out Over You”—now that is a fucking triumph of humankind. That high-velocity-yet-tuneful roar—three chords and a cloud of dirt (presumably spinning counterclockwise)—it’s like these guys were Teengenerate when Teengenerate were still eating shrimp puffs and watching Mazinger-Z. Let the west coasters and the east coasters argue until they’re blue in the face about whether it was Middle Class or the Bad Brains who put out the first hardcore record—I think the Aussies have legit skin in the game, and this is made all the more amazing by the fact that the main dude in this band went on to form ’80s college radio darlings the Hoodoo Gurus. This album is solid, stem to stern. We’re looting your hemisphere! BEST SONG & SONG TITLE: “I’m Flipped Out Over You.” FANTASTIC AMAZING TRIVIA FACT: This two-color, foil-stamped, gatefold jacket acts as a tribute to the band’s original hand-stamped single sleeve, but in a really fancy, costly way. –Rev. Nørb (In The Red, intheredrecords.com)