The Pagans - Pink Album... Plus !
The Pagans - Pink Album... Plus!
1978-83 recordings. Crypt Records reissue CD 2001
01. Nowhere To Run
02. Give Til It Hurts
03. Multiple Personalities
04. When I Die
05. Slow Street (live)
06. Cry 815 (live)
07. I'm Moving On (live) (Hank Snow)
08. There She Goes Again (live, Reed)
10. Cleveland Confidential
11. Wall Of Shame (live)
12. Not Now No Way (live)
13. Seventh Son Wiped Out (live) (Dixon, Surfaris)
14. Fever (live) (Little Willie John)
15. Mixed Emotions (live)
16. Six & Change (live)
17. Dead End America
18. Street Where Nobody Lives
19. What's This Shit Called Love ?
20. Dead End America (live)
21. Little Black Egg (live) (The Nightcrawlers)
22. What's This Shit Called Love ? (live)
23. I Don't Understand (live)
24. Six & Change (live)
25. Eighteen (Alice Cooper)
26. Final Solution (Rocket From The Tombs)
This 66-minute Pink Album Plus CD is crammed with all but one of the vinyl cuts PLUS loads of raw 1979-1983 live roarers plus 3 live 1988 cuts and 2 cuts of their final recording sessions of 1988.
Extensive liner notes chockfulla 'tude & info by Mike Hudson himself! The Pagans (along with Boston's DMZ & The Real Kidz, Cali's Weirdos and Crime, NYC's Heartbreakers, Cramps and Ramones) were genius poets o' the AMERICAN ROCK 'n' ROLL GUTTER, and their music certainly is TIMELESS.
Smash your head on the ground while listening to all 26 tracks!
Some of the best punk songs ever, 12 actually. The whole album is brilliant with only like 1 weaker song. If you don't agree these are some of the best songs ever done by a punk band well, go back to your NEIL DIAMOND collection.
What this CD doesn't have that the 'Shit Street' comp of their songs does have is 3 super great hits, as strong as the above 5: 'I Juvenile' 'Heart of Stone' and 'Boy Can I Dance Good'. All three are must have true hits by this band. As it is, this album has bonus trax added to the original released vinyl lp version, mostly live trax and they generally are not as strong as the studio recordings. The one live song in particular this has that's not on the 'Shit Street' comp album is a live cover of 'Final Solution' originally done by Pere Ubu. Cool man.
Apparently, these guys started in 1974 under different names, (THE MAD STAGGERS 1974, VENUS IN FURS late 74 to May 75, THE PAWNS early 76) Unclear what those bands sounded like. The PAGANS began in late 1976. I know, I know, IGGY POP and JONATHAN RICHMAN and the MODERN LOVERS existed before that much less a bunch of 60's punk bands. But the PAGANS were the first version of what we came to know as punk bands from the 70's and 80's. The S... Street album mentions DMZ from Boston, WEIRDOS and CRIME from L.A. as also being extremely early punk bands.
This is one of those groups that is best in the studio as opposed to live. Not that I saw them live but all the live trax I've heard of theirs are not as snappy as their studio stuff. Those 5 songs are supreme numbers perfectly crafted, outstanding vocals, perfect blend of vocals/git/bass/drums. I used to call them the U.S. CLASH like I heard some other folks say but getting more into the CLASH in recent years I see that the PAGANS kept it more straight ahead and less artsy, less messin' around musically in different wonderful directions like the CLASH did. No, the PAGANS are more like? I dunno. Slightly bratty, sorta post rock, new punk master song writers. Their singles make the perfect album. Thank goodness for that. They have Street Where Nobody Lives LP and the Buried Alive LP whose studio tracks are scattered onto this and the S... Street CDs.
It's cool that they're from Cleveland and that David Thomas, the vocalist and beating heart of Pere Ubu and also from Cleveland produced some of their songs.
'What's this S. Called Love?' is one of the finest songs of all time. Perfect somewhat fuzzy guitar, the band definitely knows where they're goin' in the song and the vocals just blast it out. Reasonable question too. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
And make sure to check out the previous Pagans post on db: Shit Street!
Pagans ou le punk rock originel des 70s, c'est rauque et crasseux en même temps que classieux, c'est garage et fuzzy, c'est tout ce qu'on est en droit d'attendre de la dégénérescence géniale du rock 'n' roll post-progressive où tous les dogmes précédents sont balancés par dessus bord et où le capitaine a quitté le navire plutôt que de couler avec, comme certaines idoles qui ont survécu on se demande encore comment?! Allez bébé, enlève tes godasses çà va swiguer méchant et les culottes vont être toute-mouillées c'est garanti!
EAC extracted, 224~320kbs Mp3 encoded + tags & scans, time to fall in this shit called love and move on!
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