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GI

Germs

1979

GI

Album Summary

GI, stylized as (GI), is the only studio album by American punk rock band the Germs. Often considered the first full-length hardcore punk album, it was released in the United States in October 1979 on Slash Records with catalog number SR 103. The album was later released in Italy in 1982 by Expanded Music with the catalog EX 11. The album's title is an acronym for "Germs Incognito", an alternate name the band used to obtain bookings when their early reputation kept them out of Los Angeles-area clubs. After (GI)'s release, the band would only undertake one more recording session, for the soundtrack album to Al Pacino's 1980 film Cruising. On December 7, 1980, a year after the release of (GI), vocalist Darby Crash killed himself. The entire album was included on the 1993 compilation CD (MIA): The Complete Anthology. In 2012, (GI) was reissued on CD with "Caught in My Eye" as a bonus track, after "Shut Down".

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2.57

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4521

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  • Punk
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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

It is definitely a punk rock album but not a good one. I don't think I needed to listen to this and I don't have a need to listen to it again.

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Sun May 16 2021
4

A blast of self-lacerating L.A. punk in its original glory, (GI) is simply classic; a commanding, rampaging sneer at everyone and everything infused with a particular, disturbed vision. Said vision belongs to Darby Crash, whose proclivities for charismatic manipulation were already well established before he fully spelled them out in lyrics like "Lexicon Devil," here featuring in a re-recording, and "Richie Dagger's Crime." His David Bowie worship was also paramount -- "Land of Treason," "Communist Eyes," and "Strange Notes" are just three numbers featuring his transformation of the apocalyptic aesthetics of albums like Diamond Dogs and Station to Station toward more brutal ends. Practically speaking, his snarling star quality comes through more than his words, but it's more than enough on that front. Pat Smear has an equal claim to being the album's star, though, and for good reason -- not only did he co-write everything, his clipped, catchy monster riffing was as pure punk in the late-'70s sense as anything, wasting no time on anything extraneous. Lorna Doom and Don Bolles keep up the side as a kickass rhythm section, Bolles in particular making a good mark in the first of his many drumming stints over the moons. Joan Jett's production got knocked at the time for perceived thinness, but she and engineer Pat Burnette actually did a great job at recording the band with crisp, strong results. The notorious closing number, "Shut Down (Annihilation Man)," makes for a nicely balanced contrast to the 42-second opener, "What We Do Is Secret." While the latter song is pure hyperspeed, Crash sounding like he's about to run out of breath on the shout-along chorus, "Shut Down (Annihilation Man)," recorded at a club gig, shows how the Germs could (quite intentionally) tick off an audience via long, meandering numbers if they so chose.

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Fri May 28 2021
5

Awesome punk album. Crazy that it was made in '79. Wonderfully produced, every instrument comes in clear, while still being chaotically punk.

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Mon Sep 21 2020
2

Not unlistenable, but not my style.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Proof that music is whatever people will make and whatever other people will listen to, everything else is extra.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
1

the fucking worst noise i’ve ever listened to.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
1

I’m double vaccinated so didn’t think I’d have to put up with Germs. My first reaction was this sounds very basic and I can't understand the lyrics but the same could be said for The Clash's 1st album (which I rated 5) so I thought I should give it a chance. I looked up the lyrics to a few songs (including Communist Eyes and Lexicon Devil). Lexicon Devil seems to be about a dictator (possibly Hitler); it’s not necessarily taking a positive view but not taking a negative one either. The lyrics coupled with the violence incited at their concerts indicate that Darby was a nihilist. (I haven’t heard anyone being called a nihilist since The Big Lebowski). I immediately booked my booster shot so this is hopeful the last of the Germs showing up.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
5

Great classic punk.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
5

An important album for LA/hardcore punk, and it still sounds great and powerful

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Fri Nov 19 2021
5

One of my favorite albums of all time by one of my favorite bands. There's no denying the songwriting here is great - the songs all have great melodies and the lyrics are clever and poetic in a good way. I would even say Darby was one of the best lyricists in punk, maybe music in general. The music is also great, very catchy, fast enough, energetic and short as it should be. I'll admit I often skip Shut Down, but it's not actually a bad song. All in all, an absolute masterpiece.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

There's just something about this album... Its attitude, its strength, its lyrics... it is one-of-a-kind indeed... and jewel of the crown of US punk

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

My knowledge of The Germs up until now was limiting to knowing they were featured in Penelope Spheeris' film The Decline of Western Civilization, and that they were a hardcore band. Shamefully, despite their importance to the hardcore scene, GI isn't on Spotify. GI doesn't sound like a band that barely knew how to play their instruments when they were formed. For punk, this is not simple music. Compositionally, it has more in common with the Pixies than the Clash. There are start and stop rhythms, odd time signatures, and the chord sequences are not the standard I, IV, V beloved by punk bands everywhere, and all of this is played at breakneck speed, with energy to match. It would be tempting to lay this at the feet of guitarist and co-composer Pat Smear, who later went on to tour with Nirvana, but the truth is that bassist Lorna Doom and drummer Don Bolles match him step for step. They're a damned good rhythm section. As for frontman Darby Crash, he sustains a near inhuman level of energy, even if you can hardly understand a word he screams/sings. I feel like I'm not doing a very good job of explaining how good this band is. The thing is, Smear writes really strong riffs and instrumental hooks, and there's a wide range of stylistic variety for hardcore punk. It's just a shame you can't understand what Crash is saying and that he isn't technically a strong singer. Also, as fun as GI is, it starts to wear you down after four or five songs and there's sixteen tracks! At a mere 38 minutes, GI feels really long, even punishing. One last thing I should mention. Joan Jett (yes, that Joan Jett) does a great job of producing, imparting GI with a clarity of sound that reveals that the Germs were not just mindless hardcore punk thrashers.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

The newest member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame - PAT F’N SMEAR!!!!!! Great album with lots of punk rock anthems. Best when kept short and sweet. I liked the 8 minute Shut Down track but it did feel like it took some unnecessary detours Fave tracks: “Lexicon Devil” “Communist Eyes” “Richie Dagger’s Crime”

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

Another one of these 'influential but not actually entertaining to listen to' ones

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Thu Sep 23 2021
2

Nee...

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Sun Dec 12 2021
2

Les Minutemerde ont encore échoué dans leur couverture, on les reconnait immédiatement.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
5

Classic album. If only Darby lived.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
5

Hard punk f******

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Thu Nov 18 2021
5

👍🏼👍🏼

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Fri Dec 31 2021
5

One of my favorites albums of all time

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

germs!

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

A mad band, though only the rhythm section benefits, musically speaking. Hardcore moves fast enough that misses and hits are obvious; Remarkably, Germs veers back and forth between success and failure in the space of seconds. Repeatedly. This is a remarkable set to have captured on wax. The bass and forward momentum carry a listen or two and one hopes there are grimy depths to plumb.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

5 Absolute quintessential punk fucking rock. Lexicon Devil is what got me started (s/o THUG2) and I’ve listen so many times since. Top shit

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Wed Oct 19 2022
5

A proto-hardcore classic

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

Great classic punk

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Wed Feb 10 2021
4

Classic punk, hilarious start for these guys, but a great addition to punk history

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

Echt lekkere harde California punk. Zit ook nog wel een hitje op

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

In 1979?!? Nonstop action like a grindhouse film of music.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
4

lekker punk

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Thu May 06 2021
4

yaaas lawd, yaaaassss

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Looking at the cover I want to say it's electronica like Kraftwerk or something, but 1979... probably just post-punk/new wave lol. lol it's punk, actual hardcore punk though and not new wave! Wasn't expecting that. This is a fun enough little album. It does just what it sets out to do: get from A to B in the shortest, fastest, loudest way possible. And it's still got a lot of melody/catchiness going on along the way. 4/5.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Punk brutal.

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Good hardcore punk. Punk is definitely not my go-to genre, but hardcore is my favorite sub genre. This is messy, angry, and driving, everything you want from a hardcore record.

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

Fun good punk album, I'm always amazed listening to such old punk albums that would still hold up today.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

Rules

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Thu Dec 09 2021
4

Explosive! These guys are from California but sound like a DC band. Loved the voices and the aggressive snare sound

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

This was excellent, loved it. Like a cross between Dead Kennedys and the Ramones. Definitely a keeper!

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Nasty and heavy

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Unfortunately most of this album was not available on Spotify. I found it all on YouTube. It was pretty good.

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

Punk with rhythm. Love it

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Not my cup of tea but I can why it was influential on hardcore punk.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Raw, sneering, blistering, hyper-paced, classic punk album. The lyrics are pretty impossible to fully discern by ear but surprisingly smart and eloquent. It's incredibly biting political and social commentary, some of the best. Listen, the go read the lyrics to catch the full measure of what this band was about. Album is not on Spotify, go to YouTube. Fave Songs: Our Way, We Must Bleed, Media Blitz, The Other Newest One, Land of Treason, Strange Notes

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Mon Apr 25 2022
4

16 songs, 38 minutes. One of those tracks is 25% of the album. This alone was enough to make me think I'd enjoy this one and I was not disappointed

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Fri Jun 17 2022
4

Très solide punk, belle découverte, définitivement à réessayer

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Solid old school punk.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Over forty years old and still sounds fresh.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

A lot of energy but didn't really stand out for me. I'd never heard it before, so that was good.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

4.5 The Ramones may have invented punk, but The Germs invented hardcore... and the genre owes so much to them for it. It's not for everyone, but man it's for me - I couldn't help but bang my head along even though I was working in the office while listening. Darby Crash is an all-time great punk vocalist (RIP) and Pat Smear (later of Nirvana/Foo Fighters fame!) an all-time great guitarist. Would have loved to mosh to these guys. It's really all killer, no filler here - just 38 minutes of raw, uncut punk. Yeah, not the most versatile record to exist, and maybe some songs blend together, but dammit I had a great time with every single track. Special shoutout to Lexicon Devil for being one of the greatest punk songs ever written. Would listen again in a heartbeat... though probably need to take a minute to calm my anarchical urges. Favorite songs: Liked them all, but love Lexicon Devil

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Classic punk rock at its finest.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Sometimes these foundational cornerstones of a genre leave me less impressed but I could see the point of the hype on this one. The sound is iconic, the lyrical sensibility clever, self-aware, and very punk. No love on YouTube music though, another where I ended up finding an (easily searchable, clearly identified, complete and decent quality) YouTube video on some unofficial channel, still can’t figure out how that works other than I guess no one is trying to fight it.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

No need for a coffee wake-me-up this morning. "(GI)" is the only studio album from the LA punk band The Germs and it is often considered the first full hard-core punk album...GI standing for Germs Incognito. Oh, and it rocks in a pretty relentless way. The album was produced by no other than Joan Jett as the band were big fans of The Runaways. The band consisted of the charismatic (in a hardcore punk way) lead singer Darby Crash, Pat Smear (guitar, he might have been in a few subsequent bands), Lorna Doom (bass) and Don Bolles (drums). The music is pretty much straight-forward hard-core punk..the musicians are top-notch for what they are playing and Darby is unique with his sneer and lyrics. And the lyrics appear to be pretty autobiographical and sometimes political although I'm not sure if it's serious or tongue and cheek or both. This music is very influential; I hear early Husker Du and just about every other hard-core punk band. The album kicks off and the stage is set with the 43 second "What We Do Is Secret." Here's the Incognito. "Communist Eyes" is just a great hard-core song..thumping bass, Smear's guitar, Darby's sneer. Seeing through the Communist eyes. Hard to tell if he's serious or not but he compares it to a double-edge sword and suppression. "Lexicon Devil" might be their biggest song. Kind of a classic rock guitar riff. Has to be autobiographical with a leader making people believe anything with words. "Manimal" is slower and more in the heavy metal category, at least in the beginning. Humans have the power to nature and destroy. The second side starts with "Media Blitz" and comments on media control. "The Other Newst One" is the closest thing to a pop song. It's slower..very Ramones-esque. The band goes horror and Black Sabbath at the end with "Shut Down (Annihilation Man)." This nine-minute long song was recorded live in the studio. Darby brings all his evil out and comments on Joan Jett, Sid Vicious and a lot more. An appropriate way to the end. The first time I came across The Germs was in the film "The Decline of Western Civilization" which prominently featured Darby Crash. I think I went immediately out and tried to find a Germs' album. I need to watch this again. (GI) is a great and influential album. I actually think The Germs were one of the highlights of western civilization in the 20th century...there was a lot worse.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

Punk is not my genre but I didn't hate this.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

violent genius but oh, so sad

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Mon Oct 10 2022
4

Amazing early punk album

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Mon Sep 21 2020
3

Very raw fun punk album, something to be in the mood for but very interesting

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Mon Oct 05 2020
3

Germs are cool

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Wed Dec 16 2020
3

Who says you have to know how to play an instrument to make good music?

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Wed Dec 16 2020
3

Hardcore punk rock is a lot to take. But it gets the job done!

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Fri Nov 27 2020
3

Nice discovery more pop than I would have expected

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Bra ös

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Actually not that bad, even though a bit raw for me

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

good germs!

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Band is good. Guys voice doesn't do it for me.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

It was a fairly straight forward punk album. Not the worst but not the best by far. Probably would be 2 stars if I wasn't biased.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Yes punk!

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

can't play a lot on Spotify or YouTube; trying someone's YouTube bootleg.... can't understand the words of what it can play this is PUUUUNK city has that thing where the singer goes too fast for the drums/base or vice versa not that tight, musically speaking; hard to understand; what I can hear on Spotify has better sound quality than the bootleg; this might grow on me, b/c the simple chords are a little catchy. 3/5.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
3

Bah, it's kind of a fun story, but not particularly excited about this album

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Good but higher energy than my background work music

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Fri May 28 2021
3

Most of this album is pretty bad, but I did enjoy Lexicon Devil and "shut down." 5/10 album.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Never heard of this band or any of the songs. I'm enjoying some of this old punk.

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Sun Jul 18 2021
3

Good punk sound with unintelligible lyrics.

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Sun Aug 01 2021
3

I liked this more than I expected. I like punk but have never been a fan of the hardcore sub-genre. This was a little more interesting than other hardcore punk I've heard. Shame about the heroin and the premature demise of Darby Crash. 3 stars.

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Mon Aug 23 2021
3

I'm not a fan of west coast but damn I liked this album. It's loud and abrasive and offensive at times but the band has a kick ass rhythm section and there are enough tempo changes and possibly even some melodies to keep me interested. Though lacking in Wire's ear for hooks and pop song melodies, GI has enough surprising turns to make me think this is the Punk Flag of west coast hardcore. I'm tempted to give it 4 stars, but 3.5 🌟 is where it belongs

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Tue Sep 14 2021
3

Crusty early punk with surprisingly tight musicianship and solid drumming. Spotify only had 4 tracks available, would love to hear more.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Spotify did not have the full album, only some mixed records. Not bad, but really tough to tell from very rough live songs.

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Thu Oct 07 2021
3

High energy (hardcore?) punk album. I enjoyed listening to it, but I'm not sure that it should be on this list. Quick wikisearch says arguably the first hardcore punk album.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Darby Crash is one of the most influential punk artists of all time, essentially popularizing the hardcore subgenre alongside Black Flag, which began the most popular form of punk out there. Whenever you hear someone's into punk, it's usually a hardcore variety that shaped much of pop punk, which started with this young man. It's raw and carries the spirit of punk more than any other album on this list. This is a proper successor to the nastiness of The Sex Pistols. Tracks are short, minimalistic and chaotic, with incomprehensible vocals. But there's something strange going on here. Follow along to the lyrics, and you'll find them to be a poetic reflection of Darby's psyche and the punk attitude. They're honestly the highlight of this album for me. Production is great, done by Joan Jett. I don't think the intro track was a good choice. They intentionally picked the most abrasive and off-putting with probably the least interesting lyrics, but then again it's like a message telling people this album will be a handful. I like the solos that almost feel rock n roll-like. I'm a sucker for the abrupt stops. Number one issue is the repetitive sound, which makes the whole experience unbearable if not for knowing the chorus and lyrics. The instruments often don't feel like they're working together, but sometimes they do, so maybe they could get everyone to sound better together...? It's hard to criticize what exactly they're going for. The best I can do is look at the tracks I like, and what's lacking in the tracks that feel lackluster. The last extended track "Shut Down" was a good addition. A problem people have with albums like Pink Flag is that there are just too many tracks to digest, so you lose focus in the last third or so. But here, it's replaced by a long mild but still haunting track that showcases their inexperienced band members well. I'd listen to this album again, as soon as it's on Spotify of course. Favorite tracks: Land of Treason, Richie Dagger's Crime, Lexicon Devil, Lexicon Devil, We Must Bleed, The Other Newest One, Shut Down

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

3.4 - I suppose one of the purposes of this listening exercise is to expand my musical horizons. In this case, here's an album I would never think to pick up on my own. I've listened to hardcore punk only in dribs and drabs, mostly struggling to find meaning through the droning guitars and indecipherable growls. I'm left more or less in the same place with Germs but I did find myself attracted by the nihilistic disgust that's grunting and spewing from Darby Crash over some jagged and screechy guitars. It's not music that I connect with personally but I can understand how an angry kid might find solace here. As a side note, it blows my mind that Pat Smear has managed to consistently play in highly influential bands.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

3/5

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

Punk can't hold a candle to the hard rock and prog rock that came before it, but I found this album alright. Drums were very tight and technical, engaging to listen to. Good bass guitar. There were a lot of interesting chord progressions i enjoyed, but the guitar is mostly power chords the whole time, so not all that impressive to me. I appreciate the anger and vitriol, though I never knew what the singer was saying the entire time. I def prefer thrash metal over punk when it comes to "angry" music. Favorite song was Manimal, probably.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Well this was hardcore punk wasn't it! Some of it I enjoyed more than others, but on the whole have to say was ready for it to be over. Listened twice as well as I wanted to give it my attention

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

Punk en estado puro. Un tanto ruidoso y prácticamente todas parecidas. Me gusta el punk, pero más melódico. En ocasiones, demasiado estridente

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

This singer has a hell of a lot of charisma. I hate screaming vocals but this is just short of that and I liked it despite my prejudices. The guitarist is hella good and the bass/drums are incredibly tight. If not for them I think the music would be a hot mess.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

Punk rock! And the best kind, short and quick. I could imagine that this album possibly influenced many an underground punk band afterwards.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: The gash

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Standard Punk. The album they referenced was not fully available on spotify so I could not listen to the whole thing.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

Listened to about 5 mins of this. I get it. I don’t think I really care for early ass punk music…

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Interesting to see this listed as the first hardcore punk album ever! Glad to have listened. In terms of actual music, it felt slightly better than most early punk albums. I'd say a 3.5 at the beginning...shrinking to a 3 with some of the later tracks, but back to a strong 3.5 when considering the influence and what hardcore grew into!

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

Good punk

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Mon Feb 14 2022
3

Bom punk.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Ciekawie mi się słuchało po metalice. Bardzo czuć punk w krzykach wokalisty i agresywnej muzyce. Ogólnie słuchało mi się całkiem ok, w momencie kiedy album się skończył to nie zdążyłem się nim jeszcze znudzić, aczkolwiek nic konkretnego mi specjalnie nie zapadło w pamięć.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

this is a punk album

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Another fast and straight to the point record, I like those

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Fri Apr 08 2022
3

Good.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

I am very in the dark about this one so it will be very interesting… What we do in secret definitely gives an impression of how the album’s will be. If I couldn’t understand the lyrics in communist eyes it might be better but other than the rampaging guitars I don’t think it’s great. When land of treason came on I decided to look at all of the lyrics which are good punk lyrics it’s too hard to know. The vocals get a bit clearer in Richie daggers crime and the song has great guitar parts so well done! Strange notes is also quite entertaining I love the instrumental bits and it ends nicely. American leather is another step down in quality but it’s really short so it’s not a big deal. While having the nonsense singing lexicon devil is a good one. Manimals probably my favourite so far good lyrics the vocals are more understandable and great guitar work especially at the start. I think its the ( lack of) production but our way is so poor quality sounding, but there’s been worse. I love the intro to we must bleed and for the most part it doesn’t disappoint ( weird saying it’s the end of side one at song ten though). Media blitz is alright I like the sample work and I sorta noticed the lyrics so that was good. The other newest one starts with a great slow intro and after that it is a bit of a let down, but at least this song shows that the band can do songs in a slightly lower tempo and the chorus is good but I probably would’ve named it another day another catch. Lets pretend is a very, very typical punk song in my ears there’s better but there’s worse. I like the drumming at the start of dragon lady but after that it becomes just another alright bunk song, I also wish he screamed in the chorus. The slave is so short I don’t hate it but there’s better. Shut down ( annihilation man) has a great intro and by some reading it was apparently recorded live which works un favour for this epic beast of a track but it does drag after the first 3 mins. It reminds me of a b grade sex pistols, not that I hate the album but I’ve herd quite a few better punk albums and quite a few better albums that aren’t even in the book so they can’t be in the generator.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Great for the time it was released, but like many albums of its ilk, it doesn't travel well. Still good, but longer than it needs to be.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

Pretty good punk. Punk isn't always my thing, but these guys fit the bill pretty well.

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Wed May 04 2022
3

Music like this always makes me smile. Cool to know they were among the first hardcore bands out there. Lead singer Darby Crash sounds truly insane. Highlights: “Land of Treason,” “Richie Dagger’s Crime,” “Manimal," "Shut Down (Annihilation Man)"

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Wed May 11 2022
3

An interesting punk artifact - it straddles the line where punk begins to lose me at hardcore - but this album has some wonderfully interesting riffs hidden away and it’s nice and snotty at the right amount. Love the Joan Jett and Al Pacino connection as well - had no clue

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Wed May 18 2022
3

Older punk rock but without quite the same pizazz that makes me love The Ramones and similar

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Never listened to Germs and only one song on Spotify due to licensing. Found some more on YouTube and the rest of the album was fine. Reminded me of the NYC Hardcore compilations of the late 80s. Was surprised that Pat Smear was part of this band and also Belinda Carlisle.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
3

Better than I thought it'd be (after only seeing Germs on Decline of Western Civilization )

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

I'd not heard of this band nor heard any of their work. The sound is quite a nice representation of the late 70s punk style but with more clarity, which I like. Even back then, I found a lot of studio-recorded punk music to overdo the distortion to the point at which a lot of the music was just too muddy for me. I read the Wikipedia article and it's cool that the album was produced by Joan Jett and that Pat Smear is the guitarist here. I have always appreciated punk and similar styles as a cultural phenomenon even though for the most part punk, thrash, speed metal, and so on, are usually a little too harsh and grating for my own personal auditory aesthetic. I'd attribute it to my being middle-aged, but it applied in my teen years and beyond, although back then my interest in hard-driving loud music was definitely keener than it is now. Back to this album: I like it. More rhythmically tight and musically skilled than I would expect from a punk album. I read some of the lyrics, too, as I listened, and they are often intelligent and witty. Good stuff here.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

I need to come back to this

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

I don't like punk rock but this wasn't too bad. I was able to finish it.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Old school punk isn't really my thing so this largely left me cold. I did start to warm up to it towards the end, I guess. Fave track - "Lexicon Devil", maybe? I quite liked the proggy drawn out "Shut Down" too....

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

Wow, I really enjoyed that. Wasn't sure at the start, but the short punchy songs really got me going. All topped off with a cruisy come down at the end.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

hardcore parkour

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Pretty good stuff. Can really hear the Bad Brains influence.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Basic punk

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

The phrase 'American Hardcore Punk' often makes me wince. But this is potentially where it all started and its actually enjoyably raw and innocent.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

(3.4) I feel like I’m back playing Tony Hawk Pro Skater. Really like the sound. I bet Ben hates this.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
3

Flui bem o hardcore com jeito de clássico.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

No gimmicks, no games, just straight hard core banging. In the middle of budgeting time at work and somehow this relieved some frustrations. Also kept my co-workers out of my office while it was being played, so I listened like 3 times straight. Haha. Definitely a different punk sound from Sex Pistols or Ramones. Straight in your face. I liked it and felt like kicking my bosses ass after I listened. +1 for Pat Smear I'll give a 3

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

This rocked

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Good punk album, but not iconic

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Tue Sep 27 2022
3

ничего в этом не понимаю

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Mon Oct 03 2022
3

This is actually quite good, as far as these "hardcore punk" albums go. I like the riffs and the angsty energy delivered in the vocals. But there is a reason their peers didn't go beyond 16 minutes, with individual tracks seldom reaching 3 minutes. Hardcore punk songs are basically straightforward bursts of energy. make it a little too long and it turns into noise. PS. That's a pretty odd cover. I though it was an ambient-electronica album at first. I like it, it's not corny or pretentious like other punk album covers.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

This was a bracing dose of punky goodness, but I don't really get why it's important.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

This is what people think of when they think of Punk. It has the attitude people expect and want from it.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Surprisingly liked this one, despite it being an absolute chaotic mess. I can imagine an audience going absolutely mental to this and that’s something I tend to look for in music. Loud and messy but a lot of fun, I do love a bit of punk rock every now and then

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

Okay, some pretty big thoughts here. I want to like this more than I do. I recognize the value of this sound of Punk, and the instrumentation side I absolutely vibe with, and occasionally when I forget the lyrics are actually words and think of them as instruments i can groove to it, but I know I'd enjoy the songs better, and connect with the message more, if it was like 20% more understandable to me. And I listen to a lot of music people tell me they can't understand, amd a lot of foreign music in languages I'm not perfectly fluent in, so i know it isn't REQUIRED that lyrics be easy to grasp... but something about this style o punk v9cal just doesn't land the way i wish it did for me.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

first listen like the energy, but it's all the same

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

6/10

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Thu Nov 24 2022
3

Not bad. Hadn't heard of them before, but they have a crazy history, and of course an early Pat Smear band which is nuts.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
3

Punk

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Hardcore :(

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Mon Feb 22 2021
2

Hardcore just isnt my cup of tea, but I appreciate the historical importance of the album

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

får en tvåa för det instrumentala.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
2

Punk är ju punk. Mäktigt i kontexten av industrin när den kom, hur stor kontrasten var gentemot radiomusiken osv. Kommer jag lyssna på denna igen? Förmodligen inte.

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

Jevilongos. Rollo. Todo igual.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
2

Mm, beetje te rommelig

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Fri Jul 09 2021
2

Was led to this album originally due to Pat Smear being involved but it’s a world away from Nirvana let alone Foo Fighters. It’s not bad but not brilliant, and it is appropriately chaotic. Only learned it was produced by Joan Jett who obviously liked to end songs really abruptly. Energetic hardcore punk, Lexicon Devil being the pick of the bunch.

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Fri May 28 2021
2

Sounds like a punk album.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Couldn’t really get into this album. Mostly all sounded the same.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
2

The only studio album by the band Germs is arguably one of the first hardcore punk albums released. The music definitely fits the hardcore punk sound, but it's not the type of music I'm into. It was weird to me how many songs on the album were under 2 minutes long; and then the final song is a whopping 10 minutes long because of the improvisation by the band towards the end of the song. Forgettable album by a forgotten band, but at least it was the first hardcore punk one!

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

Vaikkakin alkuaikojen settiä, niin peruspunkkiahan tää oli. Ei mitään mistä pitäis liiemmin innostua.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

Genrelle tyypillinen levy, suoraa menoa ilman mutkia. Ei se oma juttu kuitenkaan...

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Mon Sep 27 2021
2

This is a first. I had to listen on YouTube since Spotify doesn't have the full album. That's who I am. I'm also a tender lover, but that's not really important right now. Here are my 5 favorite comments from various YouTube members for this album: 1. I used to hide my weed in this cassette. Good memories. 2. I'm 48 years old and I still play this really loud when I get pissed at my neighbors. 3. Drink vodka. Turn this shit up on max. Light the furniture on fire. Have a party! 4. Wtf even is this? I feel bad that someone even had to produce this. That's not music. 5. The album cover is the first known photo of Amazon's Alexa.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

I was hoping this was going to be brilliant but actually found it a bit boring.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

Punk rock Shame can't listen much of it

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Sun Dec 12 2021
2

C'est bon les Minutemerdes vous pouvez sortir de votre cachette.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

Well I found this hard to listen to, this has never been my thing at all. It really stresses my brain and makes me feel bad. Positives: I could hear the lyrics clearly, every instrument sounds distinct not all melted into one sound like some hardcore punk. The songs all sound very similar though to me.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
2

When I saw the clean Simple album cover I thought this was a modern EDM or electronic band. Wrong! Frenetic and very very samey. The pace didn’t let up and sound different until around the 10th song but by then I had tuned out. I think the Ramones did it much better

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

Sorry, too abrasive for my ears.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

Pretty awful and lacking melody. First time I stopped two thirds through. Not the worst so I’ll give them 2 stars because they don’t sound dissimilar to an old noisy band I used to mess around in, but I knew our limitations!!

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Thu Feb 10 2022
2

First time Iv heard of Germs, loud and in your face, can see the influence this album had on music I listened to as a teenager. Can’t say it’s an album I enjoy listening to now, but probably deserves its place on the list.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

Average sounding punk. 2/5

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Sun Feb 27 2022
2

Typical punk, nothing special, nothing must hear.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

Du hard rock

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

No to najniżej oceniany album na razie mamy, heheh. Dając 2 zawyżam średnią na razie. Nie zgodzę się z opiniami poprzedników, że to nie ma miejsca na liście 1001 albumów. Doskonale ma tam miejsce, mało tego - niewyobrażalnie bardziej na to zasługuje niż enty album Neila Younga czy Cohena. Dlaczego? Bo album ten przyczynił się do pchnięcia do przodu gatunku. Niezależnie od tego, jak się tego słucha, chłopaki przenieśli punk w rejony bardziej hardkorowe, więcej BPM, więcej agresywności, więcej punku w punku. Polecam w ogóle poczytać historię zespołu, naprawdę śmieszne momentami. Czy umieją grać? Nie, absolutnie. Masakra. Czy wokal jest przyjemny? Dupy nie urywa. Czy wystawiłbym temu 1? Absolutnie nie mogę - jest to album nie tylko istotny dla gatunku, ale też wcale nie tak nieprzyjemny do słuchania. Kilka kawałków ma naprawdę ciekawą lirykę i całkiem cytowalne cytaty można z tego albumu wycisnąć, choć faktycznie zrozumieć ze słuchu ciężko. Nie będę pewnie wracał do jakichś pojedynczych kawałków z niego już pewnie, ale nie żałuję odsłuchania tego nihilistycznego clusterfucku. Ogólnie słuchanie całości przypomina mi akcję, gdy spotkaliśmy w zoo małpę, która się zesrała na rękę i to zżarła. Ta płyta wywołuje podobne emocje - zdziwienie, lekkie przerażenie, ale też lekką fascynację tak jawnym nasraniem na normy społeczne (czy w tym przypadku muzyczne). I czuję pewien podziw w stosunku do muzyków, którzy tak jawnie i świadomie łamią zasady.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
2

They know artist who understand build-up. They just think they're all cowards. The visual that accompanied my listening to the album is that of imaginary band members, with dishelved hair, screaming their hearts out, spitting words, spittle flying, staining the crowd that just nods silently. There's undoubtadley passion in this music, but it's a little too covered in spit and incomprehensible words to fully get it. That being fair, the latter half of the album was much calmer and pleasant to listen to, with 'Media Blitz' being a suprisingly pleasant song. All that was not enough to recover from the pit the early songs put us in.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

"GI" is a spurt of adrenaline that feels like being kicked repeatedly in the head by a group of spotty, sweaty boys. Germs' only album, it seems to capture a band in a frenzied state of adolescence before Darby Crash's tragic and untimely end. I can't fault the energy, or the passion: "Lexicon Devil" and "Richie Dagger's Crime" are two of the catchiest songs here, both coming relatively early in the proceedings. Unfortunately, after this point, things derail somewhat into noise. Everything is very one-note, with thrashy guitars and drums, simple basslines and (the biggest flaw) totally indecipherable vocals. It's a shame because Darby Crash was clearly a talented lyricist- the words here are at least eloquent and interesting, employing a number of different perspectives, images and ideas. At least, they're worth more than being spat out and thrown away. The pacing is also all off: 15 songs of 1-3 minutes followed by a ten minute jam centred around the same riff. It's a lot to stomach, but really each minute of the whole album ends up feeling indistinguishable from the last. A couple of interesting connections I learned are that Joan Jett produced this album (either she didn't try very hard or she captured the band's blinkered, nihilistic vision perfectly- most likely the latter). And Belinda Carlisle was briefly a member of the band before they recorded this, but never played a show with them due to illness. It's crazy to consider the trajectory she ended up going on in comparison with Darby Crash.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
2

Pretty good early punk, but the sneering voice grates after a few tracks.

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Wed May 04 2022
2

I tend to innately enjoy raw music but this didn't do much for me. The lead singer's voice sounded kind of boy-ish, like a neighborhood bully trying to act tough. He was 21 when this was released though so maybe that's why. This is Pat Smear's first band which I didn't know! He was the second guitarist for Nirvana's amazing unplugged performance and also is a member of the Foo Fighters. Reading about this band and the singer Darby Crash (great stage names in this band- the bassist was "Lorna Doom") has been enjoyable. Maybe more enjoyable than listening to the album. Darby naturally had a fucked up youth and went to a very weird school that blended elements of scientology and allowed students to make their own classes; so Darby and Pat made a Fruit Eating class where they would go to a market and eat fruit and then return to school. Like most albums, I ended up enjoying this more after reading some background about the band and also hearing it more. Sometimes I write these in a more formulaic way but I find this stream of consciousness way to be fun at the moment so I'm not going to remove my initial thoughts which were more negative than my final thoughts on the album. Overall I think while maybe it was influential at the time, this one didn't do too much for me.

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Wed May 04 2022
2

i can't say nothing about this.i liked only one song,but it's not so bad

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Thu May 05 2022
2

I feel like I usually like punk. But didn't like this at all, and found it all rather forgettable.

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Fri May 06 2022
2

Think that people needs lots of knowing about slang to understand punk rock bands like this lyrics. In my country we have had proto punk bands as "La pesada del rock and roll" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zrv8rpAooQ4 Billy Bond y La Pesada del Rock and Roll (also known as La Pesada del Rock and Roll or La Pesada) was an Argentine supergroup that pioneered hard rock, psychedelic rock and heavy metal in Latin America. It was formed in 1970 by producer Jorge Álvarez (co-founder of the Mandioca record label) and singer and producer Billy Bond, who would become the band's leader. La Pesada included renowned Argentine musicians who took their first steps in rock, such as Pappo, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Javier Martínez, Claudio Gabis, Alejandro Medina and David Lebón, among others. La Pesada also collaborated in the recording of several albums by different artists, among them Vida, the first album by Sui Generis. A concert of theirs at the Luna Park Stadium in 1972 ended with incidents and fights against the police, and that affected the band's future possibilities of diffusion. They continued releasing albums, both their own and those of other artists, and split up in 1974, with Billy Bond moving permanently to Brazil. However, the main legacy of the band, to have served as a seedbed for numerous musicians who would make emblematic stories in Argentine rock, had already been fulfilled. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) About proto-punk Proto-punk (or protopunk) is the rock music played mostly by garage bands from the 1960s to mid-1970s that foreshadowed the punk rock movement.[4][5] The phrase is a retrospective label; the musicians involved were generally not originally associated with each other and came from a variety of backgrounds and styles; together, they anticipated many of punk's musical and thematic attributes. Anyway Ive was interested in investigate something about GI (found in Wikipedia) GI, stylized as (GI), is the only studio album by American punk rock band the Germs. Often considered the first full-length hardcore punk album,[2] it was released in the United States in October 1979[8] on Slash Records with catalog number SR 103. The album was later released in Italy in 1982 by Expanded Music with the catalog EX 11. The album's title is an acronym for "Germs Incognito", an alternate name the band used to obtain bookings when their early reputation kept them out of Los Angeles-area clubs. After (GI)'s release, the band would only undertake one more recording session, for the soundtrack album to Al Pacino's 1980 film Cruising. On December 7, 1980, a year after the release of (GI), vocalist Darby Crash killed himself. and about punk rock Punk rock (also known as simply punk) is a music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s. Rooted in 1960s garage rock, punk bands rejected the perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often shouted political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
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This album is raw and unpolished, just as hardcore punk is. It cost $6,000 to record in 1979, which is equivalent to about $24,000 today. That’s not a whole lot of production and it shows. To some that rawness is appealing. Not to me. I was glad when the album was over.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

The careers of Pat Smear, Belinda Carlisle, and Joan Jett are three fascinating threads to pull on, and their intersection in the brief but significant history of the Germs is kind of cool. As for "GI," Smear is the best thing on it. Everything else is muddy, but the guitar sometimes shines. While hardcore punk may thrive in that muddiness, eschewing the need to play proficiently or clearly with singing not intended to be good or even pleasant, the muddiness on "GI" made it so that none of the songs was able to rise out of the muck.

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

I endured this. Nothing spectacular in the lyrics but a tolerable drum and guitar. Disposable

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Sun Jul 17 2022
2

The band are thrashing away well but Darby is just irritating.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

Interesting but not really my jam

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Wed Aug 31 2022
2

Very punk, not for me

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Fri Sep 02 2022
2

Felt like a Tony Hawk game

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Sun Sep 04 2022
2

Glad to see punk rock representation but I never really liked the Germs. They didn't have an innovative sound or impact the mainstream so they don't really need to be on this list.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
2

Bit too punky for me

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

There's better punk albums IMO

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

I just really struggle to differentiate hardcore stuff

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Sun Sep 25 2022
2

Another landmark punk album that’s borderline unlistenable (surely just a coincidence). And only borderline because it’s brief (mercifully so).

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

Suffered through it

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Mon Oct 17 2022
2

I was pretty much expecting to dislike this - early punk is not my thing at all, although I do love a lot of later 90s punk-influenced music, especially Sleater Kinney and Sonic Youth. But those early days when you went to a punk show in order to get trashed and brawl? Yeah, not my thing. The Germs were so notorious for shows that ended in violence they were banned from clubs in LA and had to change their name to (GI) to get gigs! All that said, I was surprised by how much I liked this album. I think it's the crisp production that makes it so compelling to listen to. Apparently this is not how they sounded live and listening to some live recordings confirmed that. But here each instrument comes across clearly and there is a surprising amount of skill here ... It's still not my thing but I couldn't bring myself to hate it at all. 2.5/5

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Wed Oct 26 2022
2

GI is alright if a bit paint-by-numbers punk from that era. Nothing really standing out and grabbing my attention though.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
2

Not my thing at all but they seem pretty talented for punks.

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Sun Nov 27 2022
2

Didn’t do a lot for me

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Mon Nov 02 2020
1

If you read this, i've jumped out of my window.

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Fri Jan 08 2021
1

1979. Key Songs: Lexicon Devil

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Fri Feb 19 2021
1

Ew

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Thu Feb 11 2021
1

Not my jam. Some decent sounds but not for me

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Mon Feb 15 2021
1

Not on Spotify but it sounds like I would hate it

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Wed Jan 27 2021
1

Although having worked for a short period as a sound engineer in hard rock an trash metal and commercial music, I could not really appreciate this hardcore punk album. Although I could recognize a lot of riffs in the music to be hard rock and trash metal riffs.

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Wed Apr 07 2021
1

Spotify didn’t seem to have this one. Listened YouTube for like 10 seconds. Not my style

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Fri Apr 23 2021
1

Ew.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
1

“GI” by Germs (1979) This is a supremely enjoyable album. The cover art perfectly expresses the amount of music on the record (pause for laughter), but the lyrics, man, are primo. Lyricist (and ‘singer’) Darby Crash gives us some of the most politically and psychologically astute conceptions ever expressed in commercial music—all in service of anarchism and nihilism, ideologies rejected by most thinking people, and most non-thinking people too. I mean, the substance is atrocious. But it’s done so well. It’s like reading Nietzsche between the lines: Do a line, read a few paragraphs, then do another line. I would suggest not listening to this album, but rather printing the lyrics and quoting selected gems at random to friends, family members, and co-workers (“You are what you’ve seen”; “Progressed to the point of no distinction“; “I'm looking through Communist eyes”; “Calculate the thrones”; “Bite the hand that needs you”; “Evolution is too slow”; etc., etc.). Crash provides angry, antisocial, cynical, morbid feelings expressed in fine poetic cast, by reaching widely across the English language for sayings, idioms, and lexical choices that perfectly fit the staccato rhythm of rage. It’s evil, falsehood, and ugliness conveying the good, the true, and the beautiful. It’s simply great. Here’s a small sample (from “Media Blitz”): Don't steal your eyes off the TV screen Can you realize we're what we've seen Take an injection from the mad machine Don't read the papers read between the lines We're vision rapers and we seed the signs You'll play your part in the master mind We feed the science We deal in riots We play by ideal time We're a government fix All social convicts Watch the idle rhymes Hip hop artists could learn a lot from this poetry. Sadly, a year after recording these lines, Darby Crash killed himself (the day before John Lennon was murdered, so there wasn’t much press for Crash’s demise). Well, at least his lyrics live on. As an album, this is terrible. But as art, it soars. 1/5

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Thu Feb 18 2021
1

Fucking awful punk rock. I will never understand.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
1

Dan denk je Stille Zaterdag rustig op te starten, krijg je dit!

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Sun Apr 04 2021
1

Na 1 nummer al klaar mee. Pat Smear van Nirvana en Foo Fighters zat hier bij, maar daar is dan ook alles mee gezegd.

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Fri Apr 23 2021
1

i probably would've killed myself too if i was responsible for creating this garbage

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Fri Jul 09 2021
1

No idea if this album is of significance. Not heard of them. Not inclined to go any further.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
1

Didn't like anything about it. Especially vocals.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
1

1.5

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Mon Sep 13 2021
1

Not for me. At all.

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Thu Sep 23 2021
1

I don't like it when he hijg/roept in de micro :(

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Wed Oct 06 2021
1

I started listening to the 1001 albums with the intention of giving each album at least one full listen. And today I broke that intention. I got about 6 songs in and realised it’s all the same noise but with different (indistinguishable) lyrics attached to the tracks. in 1979 this may have been “cutting edge” today in 2020 it’s just noise, and not the good type either. It should be left in the 70’s it’s hasn’t aged well

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Wed Oct 13 2021
1

nope, like the worst of nu metal and American punk

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Fri Oct 22 2021
1

Couldn't even finish this

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Mon Nov 01 2021
1

Just not a vibe I'm into right now

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Thu Dec 02 2021
1

2/10

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Fri Dec 17 2021
1

This is peak punk. Can't understand anything the singer is saying though. 3/10.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
1

Since this came out in 79, I guess I can't make my comment about the fact that the hardcore guys were just punk wannabes who showed up too late. Some critcs say Germs lyrics are brilliant, but I've read them while listening to the tracks and still couldn't make them out - at times, I was sure I had the wrong song. However, I will say honestly, that I like this at least twice as much as all the hardcore that's been sent our way so far.

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