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Album Review

The good news is that this CD brings together all of the early recorded output of this East Bay ska-punk band, including the A and B sides from various 7" singles, a few compilation cuts, and tracks from the band's split album with the Suicide Machines. The bad news is the same as the good news: this CD brings together all of the band's recorded output from the 1990-1993 period, and not all of it is exactly essential. But quite a bit of it is great, and Asian Man CDs list for about ten bucks, so this album can be recommended with confidence to anyone nostalgic for the third wave ska sound of the early '90s. A few tracks are typical to the point of blandness, such as the pedestrian "Martians Don't Skank" and "Dine in Crossfire." But the bright spots on this program are pretty intensely bright: the deeply Clash-influenced "Scapegoat" and "Wailing Paddle," the angular "Spoon," a jig-time ska shanty called "Plank," and the slow, muddy skank of "What's Cooking" (when ska-punk bands slowed down like this, that was the acid test, and the Rudiments passed with flying colors). This collection is recommended.

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Circle Our Empire

Actually, the album review gets at least one thing wrong, the Rudiments were NOT an East Bay band. They were out of San Mateo County, then out of San Francisco. I know this for a fact, because I sat in with these guys on numerous occasions early on, both live and in the studio.

Just sayin'.

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