I remember the first time I heard The Buzzcocks. It was in 1995 or thereabouts and someone had made me a tape with them on it. Yes! A cassette tape. These little suckers are making a comeback these days, which is both awesome and ridiculous. A sure sign of success. Anyway, I put the tape
This record is actually NOT Patti Smith’s best, for my money that’s Ethiopia, but the track Rock n Roll Nigg*r is such a phenomenally amazing song that it sweeps the tide in favor of this record being the top spot in her catalog. It’s impossible to imagine a major label artist today putting an album out with a
One listen and this album is in my permanent collection. Instant epic face smashing opus. “Pearl” is a fucking gem! Think QOTSA meets Iggy meets everything cool you’ve ever liked that had heavy guitars meets Gang of Four meets early Nirvana meets drop d guitars meets fuzz. So so so good. No really, so good.
Because they had so many different vocalists, this compilation album with Keith Morris, Dez Cadena and Ron Reyes singing the earliest “hits” is a perfect introduction to the mighty Black Flag. Also has awesome early radio commercials advertising shows at places like The Starwood. Essential listening. Standout Tracks: Gimmie, Gimmie, Gimmie (Keith Morris), Louie, Louie