Germs (The) - Media Blitz (Live Recording) (Music CD)

Release Date: 13 August 2012
Artist: Germs (The)
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This collection of the Germs' rare tracks and previously unreleased live performances gives the listener an understanding of just how chaotic and disorganized a band can be. Each track is a butchering of their usually poetic and entertaining brand of punk. Darby Crash rarely sings but chooses to slur his lyrics into an incoherent growl. The band remains consistent behind Crash, as he provides the entertainment with continuous banter with the audience. The only thing robbing this album of being a legendary car crash of a live show like Metallic K.O. is that this is a collection of live tracks from various dates and venues. It appears to be simply thrown together by Don Bolles, the Germs' drummer for the majority of the album. The congruency found on Germicide is not evident on this album, with the material drawing from several different performances. The first two studio tracks give way to a variety of live performances from the Hong Kong Café and the Whiskey. These performances are sloppy, but that is to be expected from a band with a lead singer that had to consume a cocktail of drugs to perform live. The recordings are murky, but Crash manages to give the sloppiness character and provide an entertaining album despite its numerous imperfections. ~ Matt Whalley
Release Date: 13 August 2012
Artist: Germs (The)

1. Forming (Studio Recording 1977/Version)
2. Round ‘N’ Round (Studio Recording 1977/Version)
3. Sex Boy (Studio Recording 1977/Version)
4. Strange Notes (Live at The Hong Kong Cafe 1978)
5. Caught In My Eye (Live at The Hong Kong Cafe 1978)
6. Let’s Pretend (Live at The Whisky 1979)
7. Lexicon Devil (Live at The Whisky 1979)
8. Manimal (Live at The Whisky 1979)
9. Our Way (Live at The Whisky 1979)
10. Shut Down (Live at The Whisky 1979)
11. What We Do Is Secret (Live at The Whisky 1979)
12. Art (Live at The Whisky 1979)
13. Communist Eyes (Live at The Whisky 1979)
14. Lions Share (Live at The Whisky 1979)
15. Media Blitz (Live at The Hong Kong Cafe 1978)
16. What We Do Is Secret (Live at The Hong Kong Cafe 1978)
17. Lions Share (Rehearsal 1979/Version)
18. Throw It Away (Rehearsal 1979/Version)

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Catalogue No: CLPCD9011