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Editors’ Notes

Not only does 1999’s Bored compile all three seven-inch singles that Destroy All Monsters recorded for Cherry Red between 1978 and 1979, but it also shows the band veering from their experimental cacophony to unleash some Motor City rock ‘n’ roll. Of course the fact that they had guitarist Ron Asheton from the Stooges on guitar and MC5’s Mike Davis on bass helped to kick out the jams. Well-worthy of A-side status, “You’re Gonna Die” was originally the B-side to “Bored” even though it became an influential punk staple that’s been covered by countless bands — dig the skronky Funhouse-era saxophone solo here. “November 22nd 1963” muses on the Kennedy assassination with Niagara doing a semi-spoken word bit sounding a little like Jim Carroll’s “People Who Died” (even though it preceded his recording by over a year). “Nobody Knows” gives insight to the femme fatale punk Niagara would later explore with Dark Carnival.

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Anti-rock is great.

My uncle made me a copy of this for me about a year or so ago. at first i didn't like them, but now, i really like this band. Mostly cuz the late/great Ron Ashton was in it. If you want more stuff by guys in the stooges, check out Sonics Rendezvous band. its even better. Get this, then get anything by sonics rendezvous band.

This is awesome!

I am sorry if the first reviewer didn't like this, obviously you don't know Proto-punk when you hear it. I read Niagra's little article on Obey's website and I must say I had to look them up. This must be the professional stuff she was talking about with ex-Stooges guitarist. Well I checked out the noise stuff and it was cool but I really like this stuff. It rocks major butt. I think most of this was recorded between '73 and '77. It really rocks, just some cool old school punk fronted by a chic with some serious angst going on. Love it.

Fan of MC5, The Stooges, Detroit?

Then this is a must have! "Bored" covers the three single releases of the Ron Ashton/Michael Davis version of the group. Great rock music that fit right in when they performed shows with Pere Ubu and the Dead Boys. Not as "far-out" as earlier work by the band. Totally 5 stars/must have for this one.

Biography

Formed: 1973 in Ann Arbor, MI

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

An anti-rock band founded in direct reaction to the pretensions and complacency of 1970s pop music, the Detroit-based noise deconstructionists Destroy All Monsters earned their greatest attention at the peak of the punk era, thanks to a lineup that included alumni of the MC5 and the Stooges. Named after a cult-favorite Japanese monster movie, Destroy All Monsters was formed in 1973 by art students Niagara (a former model), Jim Shaw, Mike Kelley, and Cary Loren; influenced by everything from underground...
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