The Pagans - Shit Street !
The Pagans - Shit Street
1977-79 recordings. Crypt Records reissue CD 2001
01. What's This Shit Called Love
02. Street Where Nobody Lives
03. Haven't Got The Time
04. I Juvenile
05. Eyes Of Satan
06. I Don't Understand
07. Not Now No Way
08. Don't Leave Me Alone
09. Boy Can I Dance Good
10. Six And Change
11. Dead End America
12. She's A Cadaver
13. Little Black Egg (The Nightcrawlers)
14. Yeah Yeah
15. Heart Of Stone (Rolling Stones)
16. Real World
17. Fortune Teller (N. Neville)
18. Give Up
19. I Can't Explain (The Who)
20. Say No (live)
21. Fortune Teller (live) (N. Neville)
22. I Don't Understand (live)
23. Yeah Yeah (live)
24. Street Where Nobody Lives (live)
25. Heart Of Stone (live) (Rolling Stones)
26. Eyes Of Satan (live)
27. Real World (live)
28. I Juvenile (live)
29. Secret Agent Man (live) (Johnny Rivers)
30. She's A Cadaver (live)
31. Not Now No Way (live)
32. It's All Over Now (live) (The Valentinos)
33. Search & Destroy (live) (Iggy And The Stooges)
70-minute Shit Street CD is crammed with all but one of the vinyl cuts plus loads of raw 1978-1979 live roarers, including 2 most ass-slappin' covers of It's All Over Now and Search & Destroy featuring guest guitar & vocal grunt from Dead Boys Cheetah Chrome & Jimmy Zero!! Also features extensive liner notes chockfulla 'tude and info by lead howler Mike Hudson himself! 33 cuts of classic U.S. punk.
The Pagans were a late 70's punk band from Cleveland, Ohio that were part of the second wave of Cleveland proto-punk and post-punk bands (such as Pere Ubu and Frankenstein). Best known for their sneering 7" single, Six and Change, and controversial lyrics, the Pagans proved to be an influential band that was overlooked during their two tenures. Since then, reappraisals of first-wave punk groups has seen them win acclaim from critics.(Wiki)
One owner's opinion:
The classic studio trax on this CD are some of the best punk songs ever released in America. I've been listening to punk since 1978 and that's my report.
This and the 'Pink Album' are both collections of the Pagans' singles as well as some live trax. None of the live trax on either album are particularly great, either recording quality wise or live delivery wise. They're great to have, given this minimal amount of music the band released. The live trax aren't horribly recorded there's just like some songs where the vocals are too dominant or the overall recording is a bit shabby. Heck, it's early punk rock, what do we expect? All Do It Yourself level stuff. I'm just glad these albums exist to salvage the limited pressed 7"s (200 to 1,000 copies in 1977 to 1979 and 800 copy represses in 1987.
Both albums have great studio hits. This one's got:
'Boy Can I Dance Good', 'Heart of Stone' and 'I Juvenile'. This CD and the 'Pink Album' CD both have more studio trax and have live trax not on the LP versions. The LP version of this CD actually, in a rare move, has a track that's not on either CD 'Jaguar Ride' from 1979.
If you love punk you'll love this album. There's 5 other memorable songs on both albums: 'Not Now, No Way', 'Six & Change', 'Dead End America', 'Street Where Nobody Lives', and possibly their finest song of many: 'What's this S. Called Love? Clearly, one of the single finest songs to come from punk rock ever.
These guys practically imploded before punk actually took off in the U.S. They apparently stopped making studio songs in 1979 then regrouped and did some after that. They deserve to be recognized as one of the finest bands to ever come out of this country. The vocals are perfection, the bass/guitar/drums are tight. It's a total studio band with their live songs just not having the full impact that the studio versions do.
One reason I keep referring to the 'Pink Album Plus' is because it and this CD were both issued by Crypt label apparently working with the band as Mike Hudson, the vocalist gives lots of info for this record and it seems someone really searched the archives (probably someone's box in their bedroom or something) to dust off every single possible song this amazing band ever recorded. That's a good thing. Real good.
It's a royal pain to try to collect their orignal singles. I feel lucky having one reissue single. These 2 albums give everyone a chance to revel in this awesome punk rock. Get it (get 'em both) or be a dope. No question. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Pagans, ou le punk rock originel des 70s, c'est rauque et crasseux en même temps que classieux, c'est garage et fuzzy, c'est tout ce qu'on est en droit d'attendre de la dégénérescence géniale du rock 'n' roll post-progressive où tous les dogmes précédents sont balancés par dessus bord et où le capitaine a quitté le navire plutôt que de couler avec, comme certaines idoles qui ont survécu on se demande encore comment?! Allez bébé, enlève tes godasses çà va swiguer méchant et les culottes vont être toute-mouillées c'est garanti!
EAC extracted, 224~320kbs Mp3 encoded + tags & scans, time to go juvenile and boy can I dance good!
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