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The Weirdos

The Weirdos: Weird World, Vol. 1Weird World, Vol. 1 (1991)
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The L.A. punk scene's best kept secret (much to the perpetual frustration of their fans), the Weirdos have continued to be kept unjustly arcane over the years. There are probably a number of reasons they are always absent from the all time greats list. But what it really comes down to is that they.
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The L.A. punk scene's best kept secret (much to the perpetual frustration of their fans), the Weirdos have continued to be kept unjustly arcane over the years. There are probably a number of reasons they are always absent from the all time greats list. But what it really comes down to is that they never put out a proper album. However, the one EP and handful of singles that are included Weird World, Vol. 1 exhibit a band with authentic ability.

First of all, one has to respect that the Weirdos were doing it before most. They formed in '76, and from the earliest of several various stages of their short time as a band, they were one of the most explosive groups in any of the infantile punk scenes. The first half of the album draws from their earliest stage, which bares a truly unique angularity in their melodies. Dix Denney's guitar blisters and whales, and the harmonies are sporadic and brief, but carry that heavily taut and in-your-face style that is so brilliant in later L.A. punk bands.

John Denney's lyrics are insightful and intelligent. His lyrics range from being passionately scornful ("For U.S.A.") to synically hilarious ("Helium Bar"). His voice sounds like a compound of Jelo Biafra and Jack Grisham. The second half of the album would be a little easier to listen to for people looking to simply add to their catalogue of L.A. punk. Starting from "Fort U.S.A.", the melodies are a little more controlled, and the songs are generally less manic. "We Got the Neutron Bomb" is brilliant song, both lyrically and musically, combining the deadpan with the serious.

For anyone looking to add a lesser known essential to their punk catalog, Weird World is a must have.

 

 
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totalstranga (July 26, 2006)

only 5 comments..well 6 now? still criminally overlooked I see. shit I bought this in the mid-90's during my find all obscure LA punk from the 70's I could phase. Killer stuff.

"youre never gonna blow away FORT USA!!" haha hell yeah

joeg (March 16, 2005)

ugh, gotta get this fucker. this and the screamers material.

Anonymous (December 17, 2004)

Only three comments? Why?

Anonymous (August 19, 2003)

Hahaha. Well fat chance of proving that, as Darby Crash some of the best lyrics in the history of music. But hey...

THE WEIRDOS RULE.

eastbayjack (January 25, 2003)

I agree. I might add that anyone hoping to have a record collection that is made up of vital punk bands from every corner of the globe, this collection of tracks is arguably ground zero for the Los Angeles scene. Placing it in this context, I would argue that the lyrics are much more socially and politically loaded than a band like the Germs or even the Flesh Eaters. I suppose it might be comparable to what Bad Religion did a bit later, however not often dealing with specifics like say, war or religion.

TheOneTrueBill (December 10, 2002)

i can't believe no one commented at all. fuckers need to get more musical growth. The weirdos kick, especially on the "Destroy All Music" 7"

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