H.E.A.R. THIS Benefit CD
Worldwide Release November 14, 2000
Benefit Bands Press
Release for Benefit Shows Show
H.E.A.R. THIS CD Review!
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H.E.A.R. This - A Compilation CD Benefitting Hearing
Education and Awareness for Rockers Full Length CD,
Sub City Records Rating: 4 1/2 out of 5 Compilation
CDs are sometimes very good and sometimes not so good.
This compilation CD is one of the best out there, featuring
lots of old school punk songs that really make you want
to slam dance. "Moshing"? No. It's called "slam dancing".
The best songs on the album include "Climate of Fear"
by The Lewd (very old school punk which makes me want
to slam Blink-182 into the corner of the stage), "Under
the Mountain" by The Bellrays (think "Humble Pie" jacked
up on trucker speed), "To Evel" by Motochrist (white
trash punk commemorating Evel Knievel's failed jump
over Snake River Canyon in a rocket car, of all things),
"Hey Nick... You Did Okay" by the White Trash Debutantes
(they rule, as mentioned elsewhere on this page), "It's
a New Find" by Shonen Knife (they sound less like the
Ramones than I remember, and their English is getting
better), "My Pill" by the Climactics (reminds me of
what Sonic Youth might sound like if they decided to
play old school punk), "Goin' Downtown" by the Vktms
(reminds me strongly of L7), "Sad Life" by Texas Terri
(reminds me of some of the glam punk from the late 70's),
"Gotta Go" by the Dimwits (more old school punk with
a sense of humor), and "I Gave My Punk Jacket to Rickie"
by Mary Monday (very old and very good!). The best song,
however, is "New School, Old School, F School" by Tongue.
It's a very innovative mixture of HC rap and HC punk
which is like nothing I've never heard before (but in
a good way).
I'm gonna go buy their album. Other bands contributing
to this album are Scared of Chaka, Jon Cougar Concentration
Camp, Damnation, The Avengers, Link 80, Other Star People,
The McRackens, The Contractions, Peter Coyote, Visitor
42, Suicide King N.Y., Gang Bangs U.K., Pissant, Tedio
Boys, Toxic Reasons, and Electric Summer. All of the
songs are very solid, and I suspect I didn't like these
others as much because of my musical tastes rather than
any real shortcomings.
Overall, this compilation is great! It's damned near
impossible for a compilation to get a 5 out of 5 in
a review, but that's mainly because compilations, by
their very nature, are a little uneven.
This CD benefits H.E.A.R, which is dedicated to "raising
awareness of the real dangers of repeated exposure to
excessive noise levels which can lead to permanent,
and sometimes debilitating, hearing loss and tinnitus."
I sure wish I'd heard of this organization when I was
still playing, as I've got permanent ringing in my ears
from sitting too close to countless speakers.