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Album Review

The CD release of Beefeater's two Dischord albums, as with similar re-releases from the Dischord archives, offers good value for the money, including two rarer tracks from the group as bonuses. "Wars in Space" was originally a vinyl single cut that could easily fit in on Lovers, while "Blind Leads Blind," a strong number that originally appeared on a compilation with an anti-vivisection theme, features Ian Mackaye as co-vocalist with Squip.

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the best to come out of DC scene

beefeater is the soul of DC punk with almost everyone in the scene playing a small part of the band this album is important for any collection up there with london callinf by the Clash this album was formed in the reagan years and it all seems so relivent today

House Burning Down-DC Punk Classic!

This is a great collection of Beefeater music--more of a collective than a band, which encapsulates why mid-80s DC punk music was the most challenging, diverse, and above all brilliant. Especially in House Burning Down (tracks 16-27), you can hear what many considered to be the maturation of the Dischord scene circa 1986, using hardcore, slap funk, jam,and raggae to concoct their radical peace anthems. It's really worth getting the LP or CD if you can, just for the art, photos and liner notes. A snapshot of an era, this was one of my first punk albums and is still one of my favorites.

Great album Itunes missing 1 song.

Itunes is missing a song. On the Dischord Records version (DIS64) Song 6 is called Manic D. It is a cover version of Jimi Hendrix Manic Depression.


Formed: 1984 in Washington DC

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

Washington, D.C.'s Beefeater was formed in 1984 by vocalist Thomas Squip (the former drummer in Red C), guitarist Fred "Not Sonic" Smith, bassist Dug E. Bird, and drummer Bruce Atchley Taylor. Plays for Lovers, the band's debut album, was released in 1985 on the Dischord label. Two years passed until the band's follow up and final album, House Burning Down. Prior to its recording, Taylor departed and was replaced by Kenny Craun. The band split several months before the album's release,...
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