The Weirdos - Destroy All Music!
The Weirdos - Destroy All Music
Original Release Date: 1977. Remastered 2007 Bomp Records Reissue
1. Teenage (Demo)
2. Destroy All Music (demo)
3. A Life of Crime (demo)
4. Why Do You Exist? (demo)
5. Destroy All Music
6. A Life of Crime
7. Why Do You Exist?
8. Happy People
9. Big Shot
10. Jungle Rock
11. Hit Man
12. Idle Life
13. For U.S.A.
The Weirdos were in many ways the greatest of L.A.'s punk bands. In early 1977 their mighty sound and singular style were the big-bang igniting the L.A. punk rock scene, as they proclaimed "we're not punks, we're weirdos from Hollyweird!"
This wasn't just goofy sloganeering, this was a stance intended to distinguish them from the burgeoning punk rock scenes in New York and London.
The Weirdos were not only bringing a new sound and writing teen punks anthems, they were also responsible for their graphics (posters, covers, flyers) and designed their own clothes!
Their 1977 Bomp single "Destroy All Music" was a nihilistic anthem, and is now regarded as a classic, and by the time they made their mini-LP for Bomp two years later they had turned into a powerful, polished band, without losing any of their outrageous attitude.
"Destroy All Music" compiles their first single on Bomp ("Destroy All Music" b/w "A Life Of Crime" and "Why Do You Exist?") and the 1979 "Who, What, When, Where, Why?" in its entirety ("Happy People", "Big Shot", "Jungle Rock", "Hitman", "Idle Life", and "Fort U.S.A.").
Also included in this release is The Weirdos first demo plus some never-before released tracks recorded live and at rehearsal in 1977and 1978.
Although some of these tracks have appeared on various compilations before, they have never been released together in their original form. "Destroy All Music" has been remastered and includes liner notes, as well as cool photos and graphics. Welcome to Hollyweird punks!
If you have never heard the majesty and power that exemplifies the Weirdos early recordings, here's your chance. So get cracking. As Cliff Roman once said "I am looking for a guitar sound that will make your teeth itch and turn the corners of your eyes icy cold" This stuff is the best punk rock that ever came outta the LA Basin... (bdub383 at Amazon)
The Weirdos' sound was influenced by The New York Dolls and The Stooges, but their look was a post-modern farrago that even today would look right at home in the crowded streets of Harajuku.
Destroy All Music was a American punk watershed, and in less than 6 minutes, The Weirdos established themselves as cultural pioneers who deserved to be mentioned in the same breath with The Germs. (myoldkyhome.blogspot)
It's a curious thing. As collectors of punk ephemera age, maintain jobs that can support frivolous habits and continue to stock pile any remotely relevant snotty nugget, this community of nerds, grown ups and label heads seem to ever more resemble jazz collectors. Surely, there's some overlap, but even in the releases being offered up, one notices similarities to track sequencing and packaging.
For instance, would the listener prefer to hear the two existing studio versions of "Destroy All Music" back to back? To a certain extent, it doesn't matter, because this release will be purchased by those that hoard music. These songs are all of a variety of punk that has been disseminated in the past thirty years.
However, the Weirdos helped create what would become trite and clichéd.
There are demos, most of which would eventually become the Destroy All Music disc and the single itself.
Curiously, the Dangerhouse single We Got the Neutron Bomb is absent. With that glaring omission collectors, geeks and completists will unquestioningly keep the Weird World compilations within arms reach. (chewingpine.com)
What really makes this special are demos of the three songs from the first EP and a powerful recording of "Teenage" that trumps the version on Weird World 1. Longtime fans have to wonder how many more demos like this exist. It's manna from Heaven.
These tracks do nothing to change my opinion that the Weirdos were the only LA punk band that truly had it all. Except a prolific recording output, that is. Now who's gonna reissue the Action Design EP??? (B.L. Trudell at Amazon)
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