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Stage Diving to the Oldies

  • 1. Out of Vogue - Middle Class
    2. Helium Bar - The Weirdos
    3. Bloodstains - Agent Orange
    4. Tearing Me Apart - Agent Orange
    5. Amoeba - The Adolescents
    6. Ladykiller, (Illa Zilla) - The Vandals
    7. Mohawk Town - The Vandals
    8. I Love America - Shattered Faith
    9. Sink With California - Youth Brigade
    10. Abolish Government / Silent Majority - T.S.O.L.
    11. Beneath the Shadows - T.S.O.L.
    12. Oki Dogs - Youth Gone Mad
    13. Wild in the Streets - Circle Jerks
    14. F*Ck Authority - Wasted Youth
    15. Young and Bored - Wasted Youth
    16. I Love Living in the City - Fear
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 72538

  • Credits

    Includes liner notes by Pleasant Gehman.
    "Where were you when it MATTERED?" queries the cover of this album in a snotty, self-righteous tone that perfectly typifies the attitude of punks across the country back in the early '80s, when punk rock tended to be political, anarchistic and relevant. Now that the term "punk" is itself a meaningless anachronism, this collection of ten- to 15-year-old tracks counts as a genuine oldies album, and the roster is a who's-who of the West Coast scene circa 1982: Shattered Faith, Youth Brigade, TSOL, Agent Orange, the Circle Jerks, and more. This album is a made-to-order nostalgia ride and a required-listening textbook on punk rock's American high-water mark. The album opens with "Out of Vogue" by the Middle Class, a pitch-perfect example of self-righteous hardcore in the "We're so cool we're uncool" vein. Agent Orange's "Tearing Me Apart" shows the shape of a more sophisticated alt-rock to come, while TSOL's "Abolish Government" contains all of the classic themes of L.A. anarchic hardcore without any of the humor brought to the same subject matter by such bands as the Vandals, whose "Mohawk Town" is one of the few low points on this album (their classic "Anarchy Burger (Hold the Government)" would have been a much better choice). When it comes right down to it, there's not a single original sentiment or chord sequence to be found here, but then, you can say pretty much the same thing about Gilbert & Sullivan -- the joy is in the perfect execution of a pleasing clich, and that's exactly what you've got here. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (4/7/95, p.93) - "...The speeded-up psychedelic garage bombast has dynamic moments..." - Rating: B
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