Pagans The Blue Album

Pagans The Blue Album
Regarded as one of the late ’70s Cleveland punk bands that didn’t win the acclaim or notoriety seen by cohorts Pere Ubu, 1988 live effort The Blue Album strives to revise how this punk rock’n’roll quartet were horrifically overlooked. While the actual recording quality is so shoddy that a ghetto blaster in a tin can would be an improvement, one can still hear the raucous energy and New York Dolls-meets-AC/DC riffing that inspired Pagans. Snotty, loud and lewd, tracks such as "She’s A Cadaver,” "Real World” and "Heart Of Stone” incite a quickened pulse and modest air guitaring. Obvious inspiration for the four-chord riff-rock later championed by the likes of Electric Frankenstein and Supersuckers, Pagans and in turn, The Blue Album, may seem questionable at first but with time to sink into the grey matter, they prove themselves essential to any self-respecting high-energy punk rock’n’roll aficionado. (Smog Veil)