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Album Review

To the extent that they're remembered at all anymore, the Alley Cats are remembered solely for their pretty great 1979 Dangerhouse single "Nothing Means Nothing Anymore" and their excellent live rendition of same in the punk performance documentary Urgh! A Music War This is because pretty much everything else the Alley Cats ever did was awful, with the exception of their second single, "Too Much Junk." Inexplicably, neither of these songs is on this skimpy 10-track anthology, which jams together three tracks from 1981's generically punky Nightmare City and seven from 1982's truly rotten mainstream-bid follow-up Escape from the Planet Earth. These songs are perfect examples of the worst clichés of Los Angeles punk, given stodgy production that doesn't even allow the band's best features (mostly, Randy Stodola's acceptably speedy proto-hardcore guitar riffs and Dianne Chai's bratty kid vocals) their proper due. There is almost no Alley Cats material available on CD other than those two early single sides on various L.A. punk anthologies, but the reasoning behind this strange, half-hearted reissue is mystifying.

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One of the very best punk bands ever

As a teenager in the 80s, I came across an Alley Cats audiotape in the bargain bin at Woolworth's for 50 cents. I listened to it so much that the tape broke, so I bought another one, and that broke too. Then I had to go on ebay for the LP. Now, finally, here it is on ITunes after all these years. Do NOT listen to the ITunes reviewer. The guitar riffs and drum beats are unbelieveable and the female singer's voice is very intense. If you like punk, you need to get this album!

Excruciatingly STUPID iTunes review

Don't believe the iTards behind the stupid review above. From one who was there, I can tell you that the Alley Cats were THE best punk band from the Masque/Honk Kong/Whiskey era. Sorry X. Great attitude, songs, musicianship. Like X, their first album homgenized their original sound considerably, but the quality shines through. Inexplicably, they are not revered like the Germs or Black Flag or the Motels, probably because they broke up too soon to solidify their fan base. Hey, if X can stage a 30 year anniversary reunion, why not The Alley Cats? Come on Randy and Diane. We need you!

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Biography

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s

One of the minor players in the early days of Los Angeles punk, the Alley Cats (Dianne Chai on bass and vocals, Randy Stodola on guitar and vocals, and John McCarthy rounding out the trio on drums) released a number of singles and albums on various labels that made minor waves in the scene, before disappearing and then re-emerging under a different moniker with a larger lineup in 1985. Their earliest output — the single "Nothing Means Nothing Anymore" — was released on Dangerhouse Records...
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