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MIXED NUTS DON'T CRACK LP
01. Media Disease - Unwritten Laws
02. Media Disease - Life Unfulfilled
03. Media Disease - Redneck Asshole
04. Media Disease - Sit Down
05. Media Disease - Religion
06. Media Disease - Concentration Camp
07. Chalk Circle - The Slap
08. Chalk Circle - Subversive Pleasure
09. Social Suicide - Born Again
10. Social Suicide - Beat Them
11. Social Suicide - Foul Appetite
12. Social Suicide - 30-Second Holiday
13. United Mutation - Out of Hand
14. United Mutation - D.C. Screws the World
15. United Mutation - Oh-No
16. United Mutation - Lice & Fleas & Vermin
17. Nuclear Crayons - Nuclear Crayons
18. Nuclear Crayons - Catwalk
19. Nuclear Crayons - Blitz Beauty
20. Nuclear Crayons - Man in the Big Hat
21. Hate From Ignorance - Instrumental
22. Hate From Ignorance - Through Posterity
23. Hate From Ignorance - What Do You Say
Label: Outside Records
Cat #: OUTSIDE #2
Too often conformity has limited the boundaries of DC music. This compilation album begins to lift the lid off this city's underground scene.
Media Disease - Is loud, fast and... different. John Lorenz's voice is a grade above the average. John Cobbet plays the guitar so quickly it sounds like static.
Chalk Circle - People lumped this band along with the deathly arty crew from 7th Street. No way. They have a tinge of youthful snottiness that announces to the world: I'm not going to accept this. Their music's slower than thrash, yet still elemental, sincere. These women don't dress up, they play down.
Social Suicide - It's hard to pinpoint just what Social Suicide has over the average thrash band, Brian's impassioned vocals, the topical, catchy songs or the strength that fills their music. "30 Second Holiday" is their best here.
United Mutation - Lead singer Mike Brown attacks the cerebral cortex with his frothing vocals (you can easily picture the saliva dripping from his lips, onto his chin). The band is very skilled, playing music that slows or quickens at a moment's notice. So when are they playing live?
Nuclear Crayons - Half Japanese, Specimen Fred and several basements bands notwithstanding, the Crayons have to be DC's most experimental band. This music has a schizophrenic dub quality that's deceptively simple (on "Blitz Beauty" Kendall Church sounds like he's pounding two little sticks together) childlike and sometimes horrifying. If you enjoy Beefheart, Pere Ubu, the Residents, Birthday Party... eat your brain out.
Hate From Ignorance - Takes their inspiration from jazz-fusion and psychedelia. Like their concert, each song is an exercise in jamming. Their lyrics are the best on the album. Clark does not have enthusiasm in his vocals though, present singer Monica is much clearer. This is a band I will expect to grow in the next year.
Many thanks to Outside Records for dredging up these new bands out of garages and basements. Hopefully these cuts will get them more gigs.
-Barbara Rice (from Truly Needy Vol. 2 No. 2, May 1983)
An excellent DC compilation which deserves a much wider distribution than it has so far received. It contains diverse material from a number of relatively obscure bands, including garage thrash by Media Disease, raw experimental punk by Chalk Circle and the Nuclear Crayons, powerhouse thrash in a Dischord vein by Social Suicide, Neos-type 78 rpm thrash by United Mutation, and garage rock by Hate From Ignorance. The gritty production accentuates the good music, so look for this.
-Jeff Bale (from Maximum Rocknroll #7, July/August 1983)