Fear The Record on 180g LP
Along with Black Flag and The Circle Jerks, Fear ushered in a new face of gritty, fast, angry punk rock which would later be called hardcore by some dedicated fans. While Black Flag and The Circle Jerks represented West Coast inner suburb, art damaged nerds - Fear offered a sometimes sophisticated, sometimes not, always musically innovative antagonism that owed as much to stand up comedy and college boy sarcasm as it did to the glam punk bands who came before them. Led by Lee Ving, the Los Angeles band revels in crudeness, offensiveness, and intensity on its striking 1983 debut The Record, filled with punk classics such as "Let's Have A War" and "I Don't Care About You." As for musicality? This band can play, and while most of the antagonizing is tongue-in-cheek, it doesn't make it any less effective.