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Before the late Jay Reatard started making punk records that were colored in the slightly rosier hues of British pop-punk (think the Undertones, Toy Dolls, Buzzcocks), he made exhilarating, sneering, garage-fume-driven punk rock. Reatard, who died at the maddeningly and tragically early age of 29 in 2010, made these recordings back in 1998 and earlier; F** Elvis Here’s the Reatards (tracks 30 - 39) was a rough, primitive cassette that came before his 1998 debut LP on Goner Records, Teenage Hate (tracks 1-18). Also included in this astonishing package is another collection of early cassette recordings (tracks 19 - 29), serving alongside the Elvis batch as the most raw, formidable Reatard recordings. They are sure to please serious fans and collectors. Whether it’s the pure, time traveled punk of “I’m So Gone,” the bluesy yowl of “Memphis Blues,” or the stomping ’60 garage rock of “I Lie To,” Reatard was punk rock incarnate ... though his heart may have pumped tattoo-black ink instead of crimson-red blood. The man rocked hard, but sadly lived harder; his relatively small catalog of music covers a surprising breadth of style. This collection is the critical starting point.

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What's the opposite of "radio-friendly"?

This kind of music is either specifically FOR you, or specifically NOT for you. This is loud, obnoxious, abrasive, hyper, primitive, make-your-ears-bleed-and-infuriate-neighbors kinda Punk. There is nothing "Pop" or "radio-friendly" about it. If that description sounds at all appealing, then go ahead and check out this record. You'll love it. I listen to it all the time, personally.

One other thing: What kind of slackers does iTunes hire to write their product reviews? It's that "relatively small catalog" bit that irks me. In the space of just twelve years, Jay Reatard recorded more than thirty full-length albums, not to mention countless EP's and 7" singles, with at least a dozen bands. Jay Reatard's catalog is bigger than most artists who lived twice as long as he did. In his time he was probably the most prolific artist in America. And that's part of the fun of being a Jay Reatard fan, in that there's so much great music he left for us to explore. If you like this album, I'd highly recommend that you check out other records Jay recorded as a solo artist and with Final Solutions, Lost Sounds, Destruction Unit, Nervous Patterns, Angry Angles, Terror Visions and Bad Times, just to name a few.


...just wow.


Genre: Alternative

Playing no-frills, lo-fi rock & roll that was raw, wild, and unapologetically manic, the Reatards were the first project of note from Jay Reatard, who would go on to become one of the most celebrated figures on the garage punk scene before his unexpected death in early 2010. The Reatards literally began as a bedroom project, with 15-year-old Reatard making primitive four-track cassette recordings at his home in Memphis, Tennessee, on which he played guitar, sang, and provided percussion in the form...
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