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Starting in 1978, with a mix of hard pub rock like Ducks Deluxe and R&B-leaning punk (like Vibrators, Eddie & the Hot Rods, early Clash, and 999), this greater Miami foursome led by brothers, Eddie and Michael O'Brien, was South Florida's answer to New London, CT's Reducers (especially) before they formed, and Minneapolis contemporaries Suicide Commandos. It was hard to believe this fast, garagey, guitar dance band had come out of a peninsula-stranded area of an old-person's snowbird state. New Yorkers knew them from breathless regular coverage in their local Mouth of the Rat, the greatest handwritten underground rock fanzine of the late '70s. So scenesters bought both their 7" records, 1979's "Communist Radio" and 1980s "God Punishes the Eat," and thus turned out in force, to the band's surprise, when they played the short-lived '80s Club on E. 86th Street (run by a pre-ROIR Neil Cooper). With only about ten minutes of music available on vinyl, the band played the rest of that equally inspired set, songs like "Sub-Human" and "Hey Jackass," that one time — until now, through this 59-track anthology. The entire gleeful overload-the-circuits speed and beer energy of American anything-goes punk, pre-hardcore, is here in spades (think Real Kids, Angry Samoans, Neats). And it just keeps going and going, with the addition of a rare cassette LP, EP, and four gig tapes. Don't miss "Nut Cop," the quickest and neatest; but just a hit and run taste!

Biography

Formed: 1978 in Miami, FL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

It was once said that the Florida punk band The Eat became rockers only because they weren't about to join a bowling league. They made music for their own amusement and never cared especially whether or not anyone liked the songs, and this irreverent attitude helped them pioneer Florida's hardcore punk scene. Their music combined '50s rockabilly and punk, and they penned lyrics that were sometimes political but never preachy, providing a darkly humorous biography of their surroundings or what they...
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