DROP THE NEEDLE
"BOSTON PUNK ANTHOLOGY"
DROP THE NEEDLE is a very cool compilation CD of some of the best Boston Punk
bands from the old school days. There are a total of thirteen tracks and five bands. The
bands featured include SMEGMA AND THE NUNZ, GANG GREEN, MALLET
HEAD, SCRATCH & CELEBRITY DEATH CERTIFICATE. I was very excited
to check this CD out for two reasons. One being that it's something different than what I
usually get and two, I grew up listening to a lot of Punk Rock back in the 80's when I was
skateboarding. I was a Metal head as well, but everyone I skateboarded with listened to
Punk so I was exposed to a lot of it and came to really love it as much as I love Metal! A
lot of these bands here are in some way connected with the great GANG GREEN. They
were a killer Hardcore / Punk band from the 80's and kind of merged into a Crossover band
later on. I was big fan of them back in the day as well. There is one GANG GREEN song,
which is the original version of "Let's Drink Some Beer" from 1985. This track was also
written by friend of the band Dicky Barrett of THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES.
There are five tracks from SMEGMA AND THE NUNZ which features future member of
GANG GREEN & THE FREEZE. MALLET HEAD has two tracks and consists of three
members of GANG GREEN. CELEBRITY DEATH CERTIFICATE is on two tracks
and features Erich Thaler of STOMPBOX. The last three tracks are from the band
SCRATCH who have a more early Seattle Grunge sound than a Punk sound. They
reminded me of early NIRVANA & SOUNDGARDEN from their first couple albums.
This is a really cool Punk / Hardcore compilation that showcases where a lot of todays so
called Punk bands got their influences. I was a big GANG GREEN fan back in the 80's so I
was very happy to find this in my hands! Pick up a copy of this compilation and see what
real Punk Rock sounds like!