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This is one of my all-time favorite punk records from the U.S.A. Like most American (and Australian) Punk of that time, the anger, dark humor, and nihilism were real. This was no English-we-wish-were-New-York-circa-1975 art-student Punk. Although the major cultural centers like L.A., New York, and San Francisco had flourishing, albeit completely-underground scenes, many of the best bands hailed from seemingly-unlikely places like Cleveland (the Pagans), New Orleans (the Normals and the Skinnies), Portland (the Wipers), Seattle (the Lewd), and Texas (where do I begin? Vomit Pigs, the Dicks, the Huns, Really Red, Bobby Soxx, The Next...). Seemingly-unlikely places I said, well, in truth these locales were precisely where something like Punk would grow and flourish. Many of these bands came from cities that were decaying and had seen better days, both economically and culturally. In the Consumers' case, Phoenix had become a vast, sprawling air-conditioned nightmare for retirees. Disco and bad Country ruled the Phoenix airwaves, as cool as Punk may seem now, no one took it seriously in its heyday, especially in Arizona. The Consumers along with the original version of the Feederz were Phoenix's first contribution to the new, stripped-down, Rock-n-Roll that was dismissed as "Punk Rock" by record executives, musicians, clubs, radio, etc. etc. Growing up in Phoenix I had heard the Feederz' records but the Consumers were elusive, owing to the fact that they had never released a record. I knew older Punks who had at least heard of them but no one could say what they sounded like. I had always assumed they were, sadly, lost to history. In 1996 when In-the-Red Records unearthed and released the eleven songs the Consumers had recorded in January of 1978 in Phoenix before heading to L.A.-where they quickly imploded-I was stunned upon hearing them for the first time. The songs are so great; catchy, raw, and not too polished. The lyrics are absolutely perfect; sarcastic, anything but P.C. clever, dark, and ultimately funny, everything I love about real Punk. The Consumers are the ONLY reason I could feel proud to be from Phoenix. Buy this and look for the limited-edition vinyl re-issue.

All My Friends Are Dead (Remastered), The Consumers
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