Adolescents Live 1981 and 1986
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- by Adolescents ~ Live at the House of Blues ~ $14.38
- Released: January 23, 1990
- Label: Triple X Records
- 2.Who Is Who
- 3.No Friends
- 4.Welcome to Reality
- 5.Self Destruct
- 6.Things Start Moving
- 7.Word Attack
- 8.Losing Battle
- 9.I Got a Right
- 10.No Way
- 11.The Liar
- 12.Rip It Up
- 13.L.A. Girl
- 14.Wrecking Crew
- 16.Kids of the Black Hole
- 17.The Peasant Song
- 18.Do the Eddy
- 19.Liar, The - (bonus track)
- 20.Who Is Who - (bonus track)
- 21.Wrecking Crew - (bonus track)
Adolescents includes: Tony Montana (vocals); John O'Donovan, Pat Smear, Steve Roberts (guitar); Rikk Agnew, Peter Pan, Casey Royer (drums); Frankie Agnew, Alfie Agnew.
Includes liner notes by Tony Montana.
Personnel: Frank Agnew, Alfie Agnew, Rikk Agnew (vocals, guitar); Casey Royer (vocals, drums); Steve Soto, Tony Montana (vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Frank Agnew; Tony Montana.
The title says it all, even if the liner notes don't quite indicate where one set of shows ends and the other begins. Capturing the two major existences of the original band during the '80s, in hyperbrattish debut-album days and slightly more calm (but only just) Balboa Fun Zone times, in all cases the Adolescents rip through things with energy and attitude to burn, and come out winners each time. Fidelity isn't always the best, but it's much better than many tapes out there, with more emphasis on the treble than anything (though Soto's underrated bass-playing abilities come out more clearly here than on the original album, actually!). Unsurprisingly starting with a rip-roaring take on the deathless "Amoeba," the 1981 tracks capture the fivesome (average age: 18) kicking out the jams with the best of them, with a brace of tracks (including a not-bad snarl through Iggy's "I Got a Right") rapidly disposed of one after the other, following terse introductions, if any. The versions of the three songs from the Welcome to Reality EP sound much more fun than the studio takes, so losing Rikk Agnew before the recording of that release really did have an effect. The 1986 performances throw in a couple of tunes from Balboa, but otherwise revisit the first-album days with spirit, not to mention including some funny between-song asides (introductory words: "Hi! We're the Bangles!"). The renamed Tony Montana adds a great little essay about the history of the band with the liner notes, including some classic stories (being beaten up in high school for singing in a punk band, for one) with the basic history. As both slice of life and straight-up music, Live is a keeper. ~ Ned Raggett
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