Really Red was the backbone of Houston, Texas' underground from the early punk era clear through 80's hardcore. Like The Dicks in Austin, they directly challenged an insanely violent policed department at no small risk to their own lives. Their sound itself had more art and post-punk elements than most, with a musical and lyrical depth on par with bands like Mission of Burma, Wire and Dead Kennedys. Singer Ronnie Bond (aka U-Ron Bondage) was never afraid to push intelligence or mess with Texas. Kelly Younger's guitar style is as unique in its own way as that of The Gang of Four's Andy Gill, while Bob Weber's taut, precise and sometimes unorthodox drum patterns would not be heard again until the likes of John Wright of NoMeansNo. It's all driven forward by the driving, elastic basslines of John Paul Williams.
Here in one place are all the highly sought after Really Red 7"s, plus more from the early days that had never been released in any form prior. It kicks off with the cult classic "Modern Needs" and the even rarer "Crowd Control" singles, followed by an unlikely punk cover of Petula Clark's "Downtown." And finally seeing the light of day is "Little Death," the song Jello wanted for the Alternative Tentacle's compilation Let Them Eat Jellybeans, that only survived on a cassette he found in his vaults. Then it's on to the hardcore era and the News Strings For Old Puppets EP and a final rewind to the live songs originally released as Despise Moral Majority. This is one kickass album, lovingly curated and remastered by Jello Biafra.