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LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL SO WHY NOT EAT HEALTH FOODS? LP
01. The Bags - We Will Bury You
02. Anti - Up at Four
03. Anti - Repressed Aggression
04. Shattered Faith - Victims of Society
05. Shattered Faith - Short-Haired Thug
06. Shattered Faith - What Happened?
07. China White - Danger Zone
08. MIA - Last Day at the Races
09. MIA - Missing or Captured
10. Ill Will - Ill Will Theme Song
11. Ill Will - Mr. Government
12. The Germs - Media Blitz
13. The Germs - What We Do Is Secret
14. Minutemen - Prelude
15. B People - I Said Everybody
16. Mood of Defiance - Girl in a Painting Part 2
17. Mood of Defiance - Flower Child
18. Invisible Chains - Einstein's Followers
19. Zurich 1916 - Sugars Sugar
20. Zurich 1916 - Interconnected Amplifier Feedback Loop Piece #2 Section E (1979)
20. Vox Pop - Good Times Pt. 1
21. Vox Pop - Paint It Black
22. Powertrip - Iron Horse
Label: New Underground Records
Cat #: NU-44
Still yet another LA sampler. Now it's beginning to take shape: neopsychedelic drawing by Raymond Pettibone and an array of songs, some history, some recent jizz.
Side one begins with an oldie but crudie. The Bags are poorly produced and highly energized. Anti cough up their best two cuts ever especially the perceptive "My Smile is a Mask". Bassist Danny Phillips is very good here. Shattered Faith's social periscope is deadly accurate. Goblin's voice is authentically shaky. China White bash out an effective brew but "Danger Zone" just goes on too long. For people like Barney who don't know who MIA is, this is it. There's more buzzsaw antics, faster than China White's and more rabid. Ill Will live up to their appetizing name. Side one ends with two great live Germs cuts.
On side two, the Minutemen are their great selves. B-People sound rawer than usual (obviously this is early stuff). Mood of Defiance sounds more psychedelic than hardcore but this is facinating pop. The Invisible Chains are a combination of Jonathan Richman, Velvet Underground and the Residents. Marshall Mellow is Residents with female vocals. Zurich 1916 provide electronic jizz. Vox Pop are like garagistes of legend, they make up for lack of production with guts and verve. They also cover "Paint It Black", possibly one of the greatest songs of all time. Jeff Dahl's Powertrip ends all of this with "Iron Horse", proving that punk metal destroys all HM cliches.
-Barbara Rice (from Truly Needy Vol. 2 No. 2, May 1983)
An excellent follow-up to the "Life is Ugly..." LP. I like all of the punk side, which begins with a great old Bags cut, and continues with Anti, Shattered Faith, China White, M.I.A. (not the group on the "Last Rites" LP), Ill Will, and a live Germs track. The B-side contains some experimental stuff by Gary Kail, as well as the B People, Vox Pop, the Minutemen, and Powertrip. Good variation.
-Tim Yohannon (from Maximum Rock'n'Roll #6, May/June 1983)