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(MIA): The Complete Anthology

  • 1. Forming
    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
    13. Manimal
    14. Our Way
    15. We Must Bleed
    16. Media Blitz
    17. Other Newest One, The
    18. Let's Pretend
    19. Dragon Lady
    20. Slave, The
    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
    30. Forming
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79954

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Ashford; Geza X; Jack Nitzsche; Joan Jett
    EngineerPat Burnett

    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.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (2/24/94, p.57) - 4 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.110) - Ranked #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) - " 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..."
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