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METAL MIKE, ALISON & JULIA - No Surf Commies / Don't Wanna Be In Love
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The Normals earned their place in punk history with their rock-infused classic single “Almost Ready,” a woulda/coulda/shoulda sort of record that should have propelled them to stardom. The band’s trek from New Orleans to NYC in order to “make it” resulted in the crushed dreams usually associated with such moves, but moreover it may have prevented these LP sessions, recorded in Memphis in 1979, from seeing the light until now. The Ramones had made more of an impact on these guys in the time between the single and these recordings, and while you won’t find anything here with the total impact of “Almost Ready,” there are quite a few songs, deeper in the record, that come very close: the skittering “Everyday” jumps all over a supercharged riff and breakneck speed in their best Jam impression, and there are about three or four others that have the combination of hooks and drive that move it along past a small pondful of local band dreamers from their era. Almost sold out, so if you’re a little bit curious about some scrubby but undeniably rockin’ punkles from near the crash site of ’77, it’s a good one to grip (http://www.myspace.com/lastlaughrecs)
(Doug Mosurock) - from Still Single / Dusted Magazine
Product Code: HAW13
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