The Germs M.I.A. - The Complete Anthology
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- Released: October 17, 2000
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Rhino
Rolling Stone - 2/24/94, p.574 Stars - Excellent - "...the Germs' contradictions are not only terrifying but exhilirating, and they aren't willing to reconcile themselves to some Gen-X vision of a cynical young consumers' Utopia...."
Spin - 5/01, p.110Ranked #30 in Spin's "50 Most Essential Punk Records".
Spin - 10/93, p.101"...anyone with a taste for the real thing will grasp the essential greatness of the Germs via their set..."
Entertainment Weekly - 8/13/93, p.74"...one of the seminal late-'70s L.A. punk bands....this is potent, raw, messy stuff..." Rating: B
Musician - 10/93, p.93"...the best music on [M.I.A.] backs up the stagey threat in [Darby] Crash's smack-up flamed-out image...the apex of punk madness in southern California..."
- 2.Sex Boy - (live)
- 3.Lexicon Devil
- 4.Circle One
- 5.No God
- 6.What We Do Is Secret
- 7.Communist Eyes
- 8.Land of Treason
- 9.Richie Dagger's Crime
- 10.Strange Notes
- 11.American Leather
- 12.Lexicon Devil
- 14.Our Way
- 15.We Must Bleed
- 16.Media Blitz
- 17.The Other Newest One
- 18.Let's Pretend
- 19.Dragon Lady
- 20.The Slave
- 21.Shut Down (Annihilation Man)
- 22.Caught in My Eye
- 23.Round and Round
- 24.My Tunnel
- 25.Throw It Away
- 26.Not All Right
- 27.Now I Hear the Laughter
- 28.Going Down
- 29.Lion's Share
The Germs: Darby Crash (vocals); Pat Smear (guitar); Lorna Doom (bass); Don Bolles, Donna Rhia, Nicky Beat (drums).
Includes liner notes by Pleasant Gehman and Nicole Panter.
Personnel: Darby Crash (vocals); Pat Smear (guitar); D.J. Bonebrake, Don Bolles, Donna Rhia, Nickey Beat, Don Bonebrake (drums).
Audio Remixer: Chris D. .
Photographers: Melanie Nissen; Jenny Lens; Ed Colver; Glen E. Friedman.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Lorna Doom; Darby Crash; Don Bolles; Pat Smear.
It's a shame that the Germs are better known for their trashy, charismatic singer Darby Crash's demise than for their music, because M.I.A.: THE COMPLETE ANTHOLOGY proves that they were easily one of the best bands on the LA punk scene in the late 1970s. (According to legend, Crash's fatal overdose wasn't an accident, but a deliberate homage to his idol, Sid Vicious, in an attempt for gruesome rock & roll immortality. Unfortunately, John Lennon was murdered around the same time, and Crash's death never made a blip on the media radar.)
The aptly named collection begins with the astonishingly primitive, yet bizarrely compelling and genuinely hilarious, first single "Forming" (a later re-recording with X drummer D.J. Bonebrake closes the set). M.I.A. also includes the entirety of the chaotic, furious WHAT WE DO IS SECRET release and the streamlined, Joan Jett-produced GI album, plus six previously unreleased songs recorded for a film soundtrack shortly before Crash's death. This 30-track compilation traces the too-brief career of a group that had perhaps more untapped potential than any other American punk band of their time.
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