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Group Sex

Circle Jerks

1980

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Group Sex

Rating

2.68

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I imagine this type of music is made for desperate teenagers, to fit in with an obnoxious anti-establishment crowd, pretending to enjoy a disgusting screamishly loud esthetic and inflect misery upon themselves. Luckily for my average score, I have not yet been graced with the opportunity to review heavy metal... The only redeeming quality about this record is that the tracks are very short, but there is no excuse for the abhorrent sound "Group Sex" contains. I am contemplating not giving this record a score, because I feel sad about it averaging out a perfect 5/5 to two 3/5's. However, to be fair to the 1001 albums project, this piece of garbage gets an absolute 1/5 from me.

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4

Classic punk album with a million songs packed into 30 minutes. Love it.

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4

Excellent hardcore punk record. Stupid, bratty, loud. What more do you want?

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I was 9 years old when I attended my first circle jerk. It was a lowly lit room at the Chelsea training ground. I was dressed in a tutu and had my hair in plaits, as was the fashion at the time. My brother shoved me to the middle of the room and then the lights flicked on. I was surrounded by the entire Chelsea first team and backroom staff. They all tugged away at themselves, making strong eye contact with me throughout. I got so swept up by the attention that I didn't realise I was wanking myself. My first time. It was such a turn on. Glenn Hoddle came on my back. Later, we all went out for milkshakes. Somebody bumped into me and I spilt mine all down my front. It was hard to tell what was milkshake and what was jizz. I was completely drenched in both.

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I LOATHE this The only thing that will justify one star is that the longest song is only 1:35 and the entire album is around 15 mins long.

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It felt like a load of 14-year-old edgelords wrote this because they thought it sounded cool. Punk just for the sake of it. The lyrics were juvenile with no real substance - hey, let's write a song about an orgy to piss off our parents, regardless of the fact that we're all virgins! Where's the rage against the machine, Kevin? Go to a protest or something.

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5

In, punk, out. Love Keith Morris and Off! especially. Favorite tracks: "Group Sex", "Deny Everything", "Paid Vacation"

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5

I was very surprised at how much I liked this.

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5

Oh man this took me BACK. I hope I get to rate Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death because boy do I have a story. That album opened up the whole genre of late 70s/80s punk to me that, it seems, I still very much love. This is a great album. Took me back to The DPC (Downtown Performance Center) in Tucson and high school (and beyond) and angst and lyrics and band flyers and everything. Operation really hits differently today than it did in high school lol.

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5

Classic hardcore punk. There's no pretension here. It's a great time and at 15 minutes, you feel inspired to just listen to it again, and then maybe a third time. Side note: I enjoy reading the negative reviews for this. Call it schadenfreude I suppose. I guess it's juvenile of me to feel that way, but I can't help it.

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Definitely not my favorite punk album but it’s a lot of fun.

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Missing song on Spotify can be found here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wW6ykueIhX8 44- Circle Jerks - 21:01 - Deny Everything

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4

As crisp and snappy as an electrified mouse trap baited with Doritos. This is so tight it’s breathless. Fantastically pithy, filthy and fun.

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I have a soft spot for hardcore punk. Had this one on cassette back in the day and they had the album 2xs back to back on side 1, and side 2 was just blank and you were encouraged to record what you wanted on it.

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Circle Jerks: Group Sex. What's not to like?

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Let's normalize 15 minute albums. There's an argument to be made that if you can't get your point across in 0:31 (the length of the album's two shortest songs), then you should just pack up and go home.

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Forget lean, this is a single short-twitch muscle fibre. As an aesthetic and/or statement of purpose, 'shorter and faster than everyone else' won't distinguish them all that much, but their brio and animus might. As will their jkz, which are obvious and the better for it. Henry Rollins should have paid attention.

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take away! take away! ahhh

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Mierda clásica no hecha bajo los influjos de la cocaína.

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5

I can see how this band influenced modern punk/hardcore bands. Pretty solid!

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5

What can I say, I'm a sucker for classic punk.

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I was going to wax lyrical on this then I realised the band is called "Circle Jerks" and the album is called "Group Sex" so anything I write is going to pale into insignificance in comparison to whatever Nigel Spackman writes.

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5

Cram 14 songs into 15-16 minutes of pure energy. This is a great punk album and doesn't need to be longer!

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All speed. All energy. A great way to start the day.

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5

I remember this band from old Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games. I'm a fan of punk rock so this was a great album.

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5/5. Kickass early hardcore man 😎🤙

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5

Great energy, and for once I can actually hear the lyrics in a punk album

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5

Punk a tope. 19 canciones en 23 minutos. Vinilo.

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4

Super short album with songs that last just over a minute on average. Super political and in your face.

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birth of hXc. can't beat it, feel 16 again listening to it. I did NOT know this was recorded in 1980!! So early

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It's loud and gritty. Punk isn't my favorite genre but I can appreciate this album.

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Un disco rapidito, lo cual se agradece, sobre todo también por el género. Me gusta, caótico, muy "raw", mucha energía acá, como que si provoca una acelaración. Quizá lo único que juega en contra es que la duración de las canciones y su abundancia hace que parezca que de repente es un único track largooooo con variaciones. Mis favoritas "I Just Want Some Skank", "World Up My Ass", "Live Fast Die Young" y la canción titular. 8/10

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A este punto ya creo que con un disco de punk en toda la lista hubiera estado bien, lol. Pero bueno... sí me gustó, no puedo decir qué canción me gustó más, parecen todas la misma :v. En su conjunto estuvo chido, pero nada memorable como pa volver a escucharlo.

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4

Fun album. I'm not a huge fan of bands that do purposely short songs, but they do it so well it is still enjoyable.

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fucking jerks! was definitely good

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Nice find, it's funny how it takes less than 20 minutes to play all 15 songs

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10/27 Raw essence of Punk. Standout Tracks: Deny Everything, I Just Want Some Skank, Beverly Hills, Back Against the Wall, Paid Vacation, Don't Care, Group Sex

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Yes please

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It's over in about 15 minutes so stop moaning. Best Tracks: Deny Everything!; Operation; Behind The Door

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Aggressive punk!

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4.5

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Just what I needed on a bright Sunday morning - 14 hard core punk tracks totalling 15 minutes, so quite bearable, like 1 shot of tequila to perk you up. It's like they couldn't be arsed to extend 14 hooks into 4 minutes songs, so listenable! 4/5

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that was surprisingly enjoyable, and such a quick listen at only 16 minutes it also has a really fresh, classic sound for 1980, I think I’ll give it an 8/10

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While overall I don't consider myself - in the broad sense - a fan of punk, I am a huge fan of this album. Keith Morris really embodies the snarling 'fuck you' attitude of punk. There's a sense of irreverence to this album that doesn't swirl out of control like later California punk albums but keeps it from becoming overly sanctimonious like some of the more political-minded punk albums of the time. It's fast, blunt, primitive, and doesn't overstay its welcome. While the band's best track - the cleverly ordered medley Golden Shower of Hits - isn't on this album, this is the most focused burst of overall quality from the band.

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14 songs in 15 minutes. What's not to like?

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Banda norte-americana de hardcore punk. O álbum tem 14 músicas e 16 minutos. Sim! Pelo o que li, é uma característica da banda. Temas como sexo e política são recorrentes em todas as faixas.

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4

Nice sample of hardcore. Short and sweated songs.

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Classic punk. Short, fast, and angry. What more could you want?

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4/5 Very interesting album. Very short but that makes it more palatable for the genre

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Nice early HC, loud and brash but full of actual melody, with a pretty damn good drummer. And at 15min it knows exactly what it is. 4/5.

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Vite fait bien fait Prefs: Operation, Back Against The Wall, Wasted, World Up My Ass, Live Fast Die Young, Group Sex Moins pref: I Just Want Some Skank

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You can hear why this was so influential, but you only need to hear it once!

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2.5

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Punk rock, hardcore, gotta be in the mood. Plays fast and is short.

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14 songs in 15 minutes. The ass song was good

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Very punk I don’t mind it though. Well that was ridiculously short lol

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19 songs, 23 minutes. Can't really go to wrong with that. Plus old punk friend danny approves.

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Fantastic that they fit a whole album into 15 minutes. of all the hardcore punk I've seen this is some of the more enjoyable.

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I expected to hate this but I kinda liked it. Short and to the point. 3 stars.

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I enjoy old-school socal hardcore punk. nothing nuanced about it. just a blast of energy. sadly there's nothing that's amazing about this, just solid attitude.

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15 songs in 15 minutes? Sign me up!

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Buen punk

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3

its okay

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While I think other bands did it better there's no denying its a fun listen.

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I remember listening to them back in the mid/late 80's during a relatively brief period of time during which I was interested in punk and similar styles. The genre was so different from what I had been listening to, and to a sheltered suburbanite in his late teens, it sounded dangerous and exciting. Totally get the "rebelliousness" cliche I was part of. (I don't feel bad about it at all; just part of the growing up process. Still doing it in my mid-50s. Life. It goes on.) Listening to punk music for me these days usually leaves me mostly uninterested, so I was curious to see my reaction to this one. I expected to shrug my shoulders at it as part of a fading broader memory, and I was suprised to find myself appreciating what they were doing. Really great playing by the musicians, the singing and lyrics are catchy and fun, and it isn't to my ears as cacophonous as a lot of the genre is to me (it's okay, kids, go ahead and make fun of my middle-aged sensibilities ;-). Overall, really solid album.

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Brash fast angry punk rock. Music that can only justifiably be made by teens and twenty-somethings. It takes a special kind of athleticism to be able to execute this music and stay in sync with the band. Didn't particularly like this album, but it didn't rape my ear holes like some of the albums on this list (Mekons, Lexicon of Love, Wild Beasts). 3/5

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I mean, what is there to say. Its 15 minutes long with just as many tracks. It's hardcore punk from 1980. Influential, but I doubt many people are going to listen to this for its modern originality.

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Three chords and the truth. Punk rock at its essence. 3.5/5

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Not a huge fan of hardcore punk, but I thought this one was fine. On the lower side of 3 though, still don't think ill come back to it

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Generally a weird punk album

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very classic punk, not my jam but its alright

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Old school punk's not really my bag, but this was an OK listen - didn't find it grating or anything. Fave track - "Don't Care", I reckon...

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doorsnee punk album

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I did not know this album in advance. It is not in the same league as perhaps better known albums from Black Flag, Minor Threat, Ramones etc. ..some of the songs consist of just a few shouts, but there are some great songs on it too (Beverly Hills, Live Fast Die Young) so it is OK; something I would listen to again.

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God the album title and band name combo is eye-roll inducing. But, pleasantly surprised. 15 minutes album... yep it is punk alright. I go back and forth between liking it and not... it feels like it's missing a bit of heart to it for me, it might be just because bands like Dropkick Murpheys and other skank-inducing groups basically co-opted this sound and it ends up being trite and kinda bro-y.

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Waffled between loving and hating this basically on a minute to minute basis throughout the album. The lyrics are so dumb but the concise punch-you-in-the-face punk sound is very appealing.

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thats one for the search history. zuckerbot is gonna be pushing me all sorts of funky adverts now it knows i searched for this. blink and you've missed it. to be fair that was about as much of it as was needed and that deserves some credit.

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shortest album so far

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Goes hard

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Everything about the album cover lets you know what you are going to be in for. Man this music takes me back. I don't want to be a teenager again but having that energy would be nice sometimes. Stars for: fast, energetic, loud. (A little less fun is how well Paid Vacation still works 40 years later)

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Punk barulhento.

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Fast, articulate hardcore

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Great album to have on here when you’re trying to play catch-up, other than that some fine hardcore

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15 min of Punk, that's it.

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Punk?

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Very short only 15 mins long, certainly not the best lyricism going on but very fun and high energy

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Interesting but simply not my thing

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Not a massive fan of this kind of punk

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Not my thing. Just loud, fast, not understandable, punk rock.

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I think there's some decent music here, but it's ruined by terribly crude lyrics and a lack of substance. At least it's short.

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Bonus Star for Speed

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רועש מילים מרגשות עד דמעות כמו ב-"the world up my ass"

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Green Day are better

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Just not a punk person. Too loud and uncoordinated for my tastes personally.

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First track wasn’t available on Spotify. Short and sweet.

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Some novelty songs, about the length of a ringtone. Not much to sink your teeth into.

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super short songs, gutter punk basically. not my thing.

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forgettable

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Hardcore punk, energisk, tempo, kort

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Doven og sur amerikansk rock. Får lidt for meget 00'er garage vibes. Ret kedeligt. Surt. Vil gerne være cool på den ligeglade måde. Vil meget nødigt have nogen som helst form for sex til det her album

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Very very raw and super short, the latter is the best thing about this album

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No comment really. Good length for a punk album that in all reality is noise. Takes intelligence to make it only 15 minutes. An extra star for that.

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Niet voor in de stemming. Normaal lust ik wel een potje punk maar na 2 pogingen heb ik het toch maar uitgezet.

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I imagine some scenario where a group of teenagers gathered and was like, "lmao let's troll everyone by creating a 15-minute long chain of screaming and speedy instrumental fiddling." And just like that, a new subgenre was born, or popularized: "hardcore punk." As if punk is not annoying enough right? I'm not really allergic to the so-called "hardcore" sounds. This one is just repetitive and bland, hardcore for the sake of being hardcore.

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Not really my thing it is pretty noisy. No recognized songs

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Shouty punk. Thankfully the album was short.

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Why in this list? Because the songs are short? Feels actually like one song on repeat.

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Wow quickies the whole way - 20 tracks in 20 mins. Reminds me of bands in high school that would play short hitters that sounds nearly identical and repeat. Music style and format were very consistent through. Pace varied occasionally. No real standouts but no real duds either, just pretty straightforward garage punk.

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I don't mind aggressive songs in general, but this album just was a miss for me. Most of it was not very interesting to me. Some of the lyrics were decent, but a lot of the lyrics here were just lame. I think that punk is one of the worst subgenres of rock, and that's coming from someone who listens to a lot of rock. The guitarist barely plays anything besides power chords. At least some songs have interesting chord progressions, i will admit. The drums were definitely on point and constantly interesting, though; that was the main reason i didn't give a 1. I've reviewed nearly 60 albums and still haven't given a 1. I'm really not sure what it will take; most albums have at least some saving grace that prevents them from being a 1. Am I being too easy on them?

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Hardcore punk. Eh ok aber null neues, alles schon gehört.

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Too ephemeral to leave much of an impression – tracks appear and exit before they are able to leave much of a melodic impression. I get that this is punk, just not seeing much to return to here.

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It's short!

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It’s tight, reasonably well played and probably the shortest album I’ve ever listened to. Its unapologetically punk, and I kinda enjoyed it because of that. 2/5 - I mean, it’s not great though.

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Middle school me would probably like this a bit more. Kinda sounds like a punk rock parody that would appear on Bob’s Burgers.

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Crap Punk. I know it's the style but i hate the production of this early punk stuff.

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Just not my genre.

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Más punkcito que no va ni viene. Quizá podría tener una calificación más alta si lo hubiéramos oído hace un año cuando apenas llevábamos una docena de bandas de punk.

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

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not a fan, ali nije jedan (ima dobrih dijelova).

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For those that aren't into punk...it's a short album :) For me, I think it is pretty decent. Nothing that I am interested in listening to often, but when the mood is right, this will do the trick. A lot of the songs, kinda sound the same, but they really aren't... but they seem to be.... 2.5 / 5

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Thought I would hate this more than I did. Not sure I could have listened to more than 15 minutes though.

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Ok 14 songs and a grand total of 15 minutes. I find this hard to appreciate . There are riffs.. the vocals are shouty. The lyrics are angry and rebellious. production is raw (yeah I know its supposed to be.) There is little to engage with. Don't get it....prob never will. 2.

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Nope

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30 second for this album was wat I needed. Punk is not my music.

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Longest 15 minutes of my life.

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Completely lacking in musicality. Basically a lunatic raving at a mic with some random power chords in the background. This kind of self-serving music is pointless to me.

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Not into power punk.

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Американский панк рок 80х. Трескотня муз инструментов и кричалко-лозунги, скороговорки. Говно. Блювота. Понос.

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Tf is this shit

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That's 15 minutes of my life I won't get back

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Not my cup of tea

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Straight up trash. Short, annoying, and painful, like a rock stuck in your shoe or a bad partner.

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- almost without talent. - trying very hard - drums miss the transitions more often than not - lyrical delivery really shows up how vapid the lyrics are. - it's short and I still didn't finish it

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I knew the name of the band but none of the music. 14 tracks in 15 min 25 sec. I didn't find anything I'd listen to again. There were tracks I would skip every time.

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Sure it was revolutionary blah blah blah so boring in 2021

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מה יהיה עם כל הרוק מפוצץ ראשים הזה לא אוהבת צרחות

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Very unforgettable but mercifully short

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Gimme a break! Another American band late to the punk party so they decide to do speed up the songs and cut them down to a minute to be different. Such juvenile lyrics.

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This is kinda like rating William Shatner’s cover of Mr. Tambourine Man. It’s not his worst song, but all his songs are putrid. Similarly, as far as the hardcore genre goes, there are worse albums than Group Sex, but the entire genre is a 1. You’ll get a good laugh if you find William Shatner’s cover of Mr.Tambourine Man on You Tube. Then at least something positive will come from having to listen to Circle Jerks. Your welcome. --

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Gelukkig duurde dit maar een kwartier.

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Zelfs een album van 15 minuten heb ik niet uit kunnen zitten. Ik denk dat als het album 1 minuut zou hebben geduurd dat het me dan zelfs niet gelukt zou zijn. Wat een bak herrie.

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Goed, hier was ik heel snel klaar mee. En die bandnaam en titel ook.😬

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Very punkish. Sounds like an album that would play during riots or chaos but not really my thing

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I've listened to the first 10-25 seconds of the first five songs and that was enough to conclude that, for me, this is probably the worst album on this list so far. This is basically the pure essence of what I can stand the least in music.

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“If you're looking for nuance, you're pretty much out of luck.”

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1/5 dafuq was that?

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I do not love hardcore punk. I really did not like this,

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Probably the shortest album I’ve heard. Less than 20 minutes and not one of it was worthwhile. All pretty much generic punk screaming and complaining. 2.2/10

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Really not my style

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applies punk filter

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Juvenile for the sake of being juvenile. Feels like music for kids that don't have a taste in music yet and want to pretend they do. It all blurred together as loud without any good reason for being loud. The vocals were eh and the lyrics were worse.

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Not for me.

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I really liked "World Up My Ass"

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Terrible. Just noise.

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What a nightmare.

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All yelling, no substance. Awful lyrics, awful musicality. The band title and album name are a little try-hard, too. We get it, you're edgelords. Thanks, I hate it.

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it’s fine?? i mean, wholly unremarkable. i have heard better punk. i can appreciate the punk genre enjoys going against the grain/system/the man, but circle jerks are trying all too hard. i guess i’m glad no more than fifteen minutes of my life was dedicated to listening to this album.

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Today's Album: "Group Sex" by Circle Jerks - At first this album hit me like a slap to the face, being incredibly abrasive and sounding almost unmusical, but after a while, the manic screaming vocals and frantic instrumentals sort of came into frame. It never got to the point where it sounded genuinely good, but I understand the punk perspective this comes from and I think it's a good example of a punk band being purposely unbearable. The whole album is only 15 minutes long which is extremely merciful and honestly smart because all of these songs work way better as short sonic experiments than as 3 minute tracks making up a 50 minute LP. I have to really emphasize that the instrumentals are really quite good. They sound like they're way too frantic at first, but they really are impressive if you listen in. I think if the album has one huge problem, it's the writing. I don't mind the grating vocals or out of tune guitars as much as lyrics like, "I've got the world up my ass" and "I don't care, nice parents anyway". There are a decent amount of political messages throughout the album, especially in the anti-war track Paid Vacation, but I think it just ends up feeling kind of dated at this point in a similar way Green Day's criticism of Bush's America in American Idiot does and most of the punk ideas just come across as whiny and edgy. "I don't want to live to be34" just scream teenage edge-lord from 1980 headbanging to his bedroom cassette player. Again, I think this album is really surprisingly listenable, but I think none of these tracks have any merit on any playlist and the lyrics are all just sort of insufferable. Also, the vocal delivery is very stagnant throughout and doesn't vary much, which gets annoying even after this short runtime. All I have to say is thank god this album is only 15 minutes. Overall, don't listen to this album. It really just has so few redeeming qualities and only isn't a 1 because some ideas have merit. Score: 3/10 exceeded expectations, but still grating. Highlights: N/A

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Volim punk al je ovo pre HC za mene toliko da je skoro neslusljivo. Pokušala sam naći neku supstancu ili neku ljepotu u tom svemu al nisam uspjela

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Eh, not big on this. Lots of energy, but very little interesting lyricism or much of anything else

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