Adolescents The Adolescents
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- Released: July 9, 2002
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: Frontier Records
Q - 12/01, p.1523 stars out of 5 - "...Spotty, frenetic fun..."
- 1.I Hate Children
- 2.Who Is Who
- 3.Wrecking Crew
- 4.L.A. Girl
- 5.Self Destruct
- 6.Kids of the Black Hole
- 7.No Way
- 9.Word Attack
- 10.Rip It Up
- 12.No Friends
- 14.Welcome to Reality
- 15.Losing Battle
- 16.Things Start Moving
The CD of the ADOLESCENTS' classic first LP, originally released in 1981, includes the WELCOME TO REALITY EP.
Adolescents: Tony Cadena (vocals); Rikk Agnew (guitar, background vocals); Frank Agnew, Steve Roberts (guitar); Steve Soto (bass); Casey Royer (drums, background vocals).
Additional personnel: Danny Benair, Mike Patton, Jeff Beans (background vocals).
Principally recorded at Perspective Sound, Sun Valley, California.
The first and best wave of L.A. punk bands from 1977-1979 all broke up under-documented and unsigned, with the exception of X, the Germs, and, to a lesser extent, the Plugz. But the legacy of incredible pioneers such as the Weirdos, Dils, Controllers, and Screamers was the wide success of the harder, faster, younger bands that followed. The interest the 1977 bands awakened not only inspired the formation of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, T.S.O.L., Social Distortion, Agent Orange, Fear, the Adolescents, and others, but helped create a national market, enabling the newer bands to find labels, put out albums, and tour regularly. The Adolescents were perhaps the first of this second wave to put out an LP widely distributed throughout the U.S., selling well over five digits in 1981 (following on the heels of San Francisco's Dead Kennedys, who broke the doors open with their immortal Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables the previous year). Produced by Middle Class' Mike Patton, the debut from these five Orange County kids established the mid-tempo, punk-pop "Southern Cal sound," led by the long, great, pummeling, Johnny Thunders-derived solos of the two Agnew brothers, Rikk and Frank. These soaring, ripping parts still sound great today. As important, songs such as the anthemic "No Way," the classic "Amoeba," the schizophrenic "Kids of the Black Hole," and the glorious "Creatures" endure precisely because they're not just aggressive and speedy: they're super-catchy, heavy-riffing rock & roll, proving again that punk was the true heir to the likes of Chuck Berry, Larry Williams, Bo Diddley, and Eddie Cochran. For the longest while, L.A. teenagers had the spirit, verve, moxie, and zeal to play charged, zippy punk. Hundreds of other bands formed right as Adolescents recorded, such as Bad Religion, Shattered Faith, Youth Brigade, Aggression, M.I.A., and Channel 3! In so doing, L.A. helped resist the diluted explosion of thrash hardcore that swept the rest of the U.S., particularly on the East Coast. [The 1997 reissue tacks on the ace Welcome to Reality EP and Rikk Agnew's overlooked All by Myself solo LP (don't miss "O.C. Life"). This CD effectively compiles all the gold, as later comeback efforts never equaled the standard of these 26 songs.] ~ Jack Rabid
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