"The Skinhead Years" by Channel 3 on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

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ch3 great


its great. THe best song is "I Got a Gun", a must have album

powerful and essential socal hardcore


I was lucky enough to see these guys a couple of times back in the day. They were a superb live band, quintessentially socal hardcore but still unique and distinct from their peers. The records collected on this compilation cover all the good releases (never mind their later, ill-advised imitation Aerosmith/hair-band attempts at rock stardom). When I lived in Europe for a time I was able to turn many of my friends there onto CH3's sound. While maybe never quite as popular or influential as Black Flag or the Dead Kennedy's, Channel 3 held their own against the best punk bands playing the circuit at the time. "You Make Me Feel Cheap" and "Catholic Boy" are two greats from their first full length LP, while "Manzanar" is a potent political tune from the same album. From "After The Lights Went Out" Mike Magrann demonstrated his growing literate nature with highly intelligent yet still angry lyrics. His focus was more mature as he and the band grew musically as well. "What About Me?" and "Truth and Trust" are standouts along with "I Didn't Know". Their cover of the Stones' "Stupid Girl" may not rock your world but it is solid and respectful while making it their own. Anyone interested in early 80's hardcore definitely needs this collection. Don't miss out!

About Channel 3

This USA-based hardcore band comprised Mike Magrann (vocals, guitar), Kimm Gardner (guitar), Larry Kelly (bass) and Mike Burton (the most permanent of their first four drummers). Residents of the suburban community of Cerritos in south Los Angeles, they originally formed in 1980. Their first release was an EP on Californian label Posh Boy in 1981. One track from this, ‘Manzanar’, was played heavily by UK disc jockey John Peel, which resulted in Posh Boy’s Robbie Fields licensing a three-track EP to No Future Records. This was headed by the title track ‘I’ve Got A Gun’. ‘Manzanar’ was again present, and concerned Magrann’s mother (he is partially of Japanese origin) being sent to a work camp in World War II. In 1982, Jack DeBaun become their new drummer, and Fear Of Life was retitled I’ve Got A Gun in the UK with some differences in the track-listing. After The Lights Go Out was a superior and more consistent effort, although it failed to recapture the spark of interest that accompanied their first UK single. Ex-Stepmother Jay Lansford strengthened Magrann’s songwriting when he joined the band in 1984. Their 1985 collection for Enigma Records (with Dusty Watson on drums) revealed that the band had comfortably navigated the transition to a more straightforward rock format, without losing that early spark. However, it was to be their last recording. Magrann’s summation of their brief existence ran thus: ‘Channel 3 was a band formed around friendships, if we weren’t playing guitars together we’d probably be bowling or robbing Laundromats together.’

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