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Album Review

Fear came out of the same late 1970s Bay Area punk scene that gave us the Dead Kennedys, and not surprisingly, the two bands were sometimes compared. But while the Kennedys were an intensely socio-political band that occasionally got into shock value for its own sake ("Too Drunk to F**k"), Fear was a more consistently humorous, less political band that always thrived on shock value. Fear's rude, crude, dark-humored, and often brilliant lyrics offended those with delicate sensibilities, and Lee Ving wouldn't have had it any other way. Recorded live in L.A. in 1986 but not released until 1991, Live...For the Record captures Fear in all of its twisted, in-your-face glory. Those who haven't experienced the pleasures of Fear would be better off starting out with The Record, Fear's most essential album, but die-hard fans will appreciate hearing raw live versions of classics like "I Love Livin' in the City," "More Beer," "I Don't Care About You" and "Beef Bologna." Although the sound quality isn't perfect — decent, but not perfect — the CD has no problem capturing Fear's vitality. A few of the tunes have a strong political message; "Let's Have A War," for example, is a not-too-subtle commentary on U.S. foreign policy. But for the most part, Live...For the Record is an exercise in reckless, unapologetic fun.

Customer Reviews

Where's track #6?

This is a great live performance from one of the most underrated punk bands of their time. You will not believe the depth of Lee Ving's voice, especially on "More Beer". One complaint, Itunes doesn't have track #6, "What are friends for" for some reason. This is one of the albums shining moments. Itunes, put the track on and give it to the people who have already bought the album and expected it!

i dont know where they get this stuff...

this is easily one of the best punk albums ever. there are many reasons that im not goin to rehash here. i will say this though, this is not an album for diehards. this is any album for even the first time listener of FEAR, and here's why. this was possibly the best show they had ever played. the current line-up of fear had been together for some time, at that point, and had become amazingly tight in a live setting. the studio lps never quite cut it for me "sound-wise". this live recording sounds good, is played well, and is a virtual "greatest hits" of theirs. you are doing yourself a great disservice if you wait any longer to make the purchase...

Greatest Live

This is by far the best live punk CD ever created. The whole F*ck You attitude to the crowd is the best. That is what made Lee Ving the best


Genre: Punk

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Along with Black Flag and the Circle Jerks, Fear helped define the sound and style of L.A. hardcore. Although they actually formed during the first wave of punk back in 1977, Fear didn't release an album until five years later, by which time they'd honed a blistering, thrashy attack that, for all its fury, was surprisingly tight and sometimes even intricate. Which is to say that, musically, the band wasn't as crude as frontman Lee Ving's outrageous, humorously offensive lyrics, which were geared...
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Live...For the Record, Fear
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Punk, Music, Alternative
  • Released: Apr 15, 1991
  • Parental Advisory

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