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Live From the Masque, Vol. 3: Dicks Fight Banks Hate

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Track Listing

    Track Title

    Time

  1. Enwetok
  2. Take That Quaalude Now
  3. Go-Go Bee
  4. The Happy Song
  5. She's Dead
  6. Disneyland
  7. I'm OK, You're OK
  8. Shake & Bake
  9. Shadow Man
  10. Canyon
  11. You Drive Me Ape (You Big Gorilla)
  12. Hideous
  13. Let's Get Rid of New York
  14. Tricia
  15. ABC
  16. Let's Get Rid of L.A.
  17. Idi Amin
  18. Randy's Intro by Dick Brian
  19. Loner With a Boner
  20. Trouble at the Cup

Review

In the late '70s, it seemed like every city had a live album documenting its local punk scene in the manner of Live at CBGB's, and given how long it look for Southern California punk to gain the respect it deserved, it figures that the Los Angeles contribution to this phenomena would surface 18 years after the fact. Like the other two Live From the Masque volumes, this disc wasn't actually recorded at the ~Masque, but at a two-day benefit in 1978 to keep L.A.'s first punk venue open, and captures four of the city's most notorious bands in sloppy but inspired form. The Dickies, L.A.'s first great funnypunks, weigh in with a set recorded a year before their first album emerged, and if they got tighter and more precise with time, their goofy guitar blare and Leonard Graves Phillips' helium-influenced vocal style were already firmly in place. The Eyes (with a pre-Go-Go's Charlotte Caffey on bass) give the Dickies a run for their money in the silliness department with songs like "Take That Quaalude Now" and "The Happy Song," and if their tunes aren't as catchy, they rock just as hard. The Randoms wrote what should have been the L.A. scene's anthem, "Let's Get Rid of New York," and if it's the best thing they had to offer, it's still a great song, and leader Pat Garrett baited the audience as well as anyone prior to Lee Ving. And if the finale from Black Randy the Metrosquad is sloppy and utterly incoherent, it sounds like it would have been a lot of fun to witness. The audio is often dodgy and the performances inconsistent, but anyone with even a passing interest in the birth of California punk will find this disc to be fun and fascinating, and it's less likely to give you a hangover than being there. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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