The last live stand of The Germs – capturing the band's raw, caterwauling ferocity, underappreciated musicianship behindDarby Crash's feral howls and sly humor – just 4 days before Darby's death. Given the band's well earned reputation for utter chaos, the most stunning thing about this particular recording is how lightnin
g fast brilliant the band is. Don't mistake that statement for polished professionalism. This is The Germs after all, they sound like they might fall apart at any moment – especially given Darby's antics – but Lorna Doom's and Don Bolles's pummeling rhythms and Pat Smear's ferocious guitars are a lot tighter than they were a couple years earlier, though not at the expense of caustic energy. Darby's between songs banter pleading for a beer or lightly berating the crowd are almost lighthearted at times, so you might not guess he was headed for a final self-inflected crash just a few days later. 22 tracks on 2LPs: "Circle One", "Manimal", "Caught In My Eye", "No God", "Strange Notes", "What We Do Is Secret", "Media Blitz", "Communist Eyes", "Let's Pretend", "Lexicon Devil", "Shut Down (Annililation Man)", "Public Image", "We Must Bleed", "Richie Dagger's Crime" and more.
(Run Out Groove exclusive. Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – individually numbered and limited to 1970 copies.)