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In the late ‘70s, San Francisco was fermenting its own new wave/punk scene, and the Mutants were one of its brightest lights. Born of the fecund S.F. Art Institute, the Mutants opted for weirdness and humor over the vitriol and volume of the punk scene, and their brand of “art punk” earned them affection from all corners of the burgeoning scene. They wrote shockingly good songs, with catchy choruses and audible, clever lyrics sung by lead Mutant, Fritz (a.k.a. “Freddy Fox”), a man possessing one of the more notable punk-rock voices of all time. Back-up singers Sally and Sue contributed more than their sweet-tart voices: on stage, the seven-piece band was nothing short of spectacle. Terminal was released in 1982, and while it suffered from classic ‘80s over-production, the original 13 songs — especially “Opposite World,” “Lesson In Time,” “True Story,” “Twisted Thing,” and  “Give and Take” — managed to outshine the overzealous mix. This 2004 reissue includes the band’s 1978 EP, with essential songs “New Dark Ages,” “Insect Lounge,” and the original “New Drug,” and, lastly, three live tracks, including fan favorite “Furniture.”

Customer Reviews

the Mutants should be in the hall of fame

The Mutants have a distinctive voice as a band. They're sweet and bitter, sugar and salt, lovely and lethal, silly and smart, disciplined and chaotic. . . At their shows, you can't sit still. They're untamed.
"Insect Lounge" was a hit single in the Bay Area.
And I love "New Dark Ages" too.

true sf originals

i've been an enthusiastic fan since '78. this group is best experienced live but given the rarity of those occasions, especially for fans outside of san francisco this mutants offering will satisfy. sincere, classic pop rock song craftmanship, this is an original pop rock band that can kick out the jams with the best of 'em. the song's lyrics present various modern culture ironies and oxymorons but never take themselves too seriously. main guitar sound is a tele deluxe, the perfect tenor for these riff-based songs. the mocking backing vox of the girls, sue and sally, poignantly highlight the crooning, somewhat bowie/ferryesque but-way-more perversely fun and insane lead vox by fritz. all three personas present a sublime front to a solid, steady classic rock band. years ago they would fight and argue quite visibly on stage and i have seen real tears and angry physical contact caused by internal goings-on. (part of the show but certainly real). thge mutants are a perverse parody of a rock act but a rock act all the same. no other band like-em. somehow makes a listener feel as if the rock and roll universe has suddenly gone off it's age-caused dementia meds and is ROCKIN OUT, dancing hard and wild, zany and whimsical. a power punk group with a pensive yet hilarious hard edge. "watch out for the furniture!" -hard to tell if the band ever really "meant it!" DOWNLOAD NOW: "new dark ages #1", "new drug" (much cooler/hipper than huey's sentiment), "twisted thing", "furniture" (which could have been an awesome stones hit produced just the right way!) "tribuite to russ meyer" (classic riff that every guitarist has written at least once in his lifetime but captured here in all its darkly meditative glory!), "emotional readout", "opposite world" (could have been a motel's hit!), and of course the infectious "insect lounge" which was a local "bridge and tunnel crowd" favorite and second-wave punks' guilty pleasure!) these guys should of had numerous hits but were plainly too obscure for any corporate pigeon-holing. (a crime that this collection is MISSING: "baby's no good"!

Most Underrated Band

The Mutants are a prime example that it doesn't matter how good you are, that if you're not signed, you won't get the stardom you deserve. The Mutants were excellent, in the studio and live. They had fantastic singers, great character, great lyrics, and a great overall sound. There isn't a song on this album that isn't fantastic. All ages love this band. People can never know how good they are.

Fun Terminal, Mutants
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Metal
  • Released: 2004

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