Early Singles by the Residents, X, the Germs Reissued
Published Feb 23, 2015Annals-scouring archival imprint Superior Viaduct is set to salute the Residents, X and other early punk and experimental bands in a new 7-inch collection. The package, fittingly dubbed the "Punk Singles Bundle," arrives April 14, with the set containing five reissues of classic first wave punk singles.
First in the package is a repress of the Residents truly bizarre and jarring cover of the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Described in a press release as "belligerent, violent and truly fucked-up," the single had first popped up in 1976 on the Residents' own Ralph imprint. The cover came a year ahead of Devo's funky, mechanized redo of the rock track and is marked by reinterpreted lyrics mourning the absence of taco vendors at the picture show. Superior Viaduct had previously delivered reissues of the band's Santa Dog single and the Residue of the Residents collection.
L.A. hardcore progenitors the Germs' debut 7-inch "Forming" is also a part of the package. The single was first delivered in 1977 on What? Records and features "Forming," the first song written by vocalist and deceased punk icon Darby Crash, on the A-side and a live take of "Sex Boy" on the flip.
The Dils' first single had also originally been pressed by What? records in 1977 and is said to showcase breakneck rhythms, the brotherly vocal harmonies of Chip and Tony Kinman, and a "perfectly punk politique." The West Coast band's record features tracks "I Hate the Rich" and "You're Not Blank (So Baby We're Through)."
L.A. punk leaders X are being represented in the package with a revamp of their debut single. Originally issued through Dangerhouse in 1978, the 45 features early versions of "Adult Books" and "We're Desperate," which were later re-recorded for the band's 1981 sophomore LP, Wild Gift.
Finally, Bay Area derelicts Flipper are being treated to a re-release of their "Love Canal"/"Ha Ha Ha" single. Originally delivered through the Subterranean imprint in 1981, the features "a knuckle-dragging tempo, ear-splitting feedback, basslines to crash your car to and a depraved frontman wailing about uncomfortable American matters." As you might guess, "Ha Ha Ha" also features a few uncomfortable, society-mocking chuckles from singer Bruce Loose.
The "Punk Singles Bundle" is being sold by Superior Viaduct for $40 US ($50 CDN) over here, though single copies of each release are also available. You'll find out more here.