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Gorilla Biscuits

Gorilla Biscuits: Gorilla BiscuitsGorilla Biscuits (1988)
Revelation Records

Reviewer Rating: 4.5
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Contributed by: wehavecomeforyourchildrenwehavecomeforyourchildren
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Gorilla Biscuits are fucking awesome. I can listen to this CD on repeat for hours and not get bored with it. Thanks for reading my review. I guess maybe I should say a little bit more, but I'm gonna keep it short. GB play fast, short hardcore punk. Chances are if you're the kind of kid that would.
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Gorilla Biscuits are fucking awesome. I can listen to this CD on repeat for hours and not get bored with it. Thanks for reading my review.

I guess maybe I should say a little bit more, but I'm gonna keep it short. GB play fast, short hardcore punk. Chances are if you're the kind of kid that would like this, you've already got it, but I'll bet there are plenty of younger kids out there listening to bands like Paint It Black who have never heard this and would fucking love it. I'm writing this for your sake.

There's so much that could be said that it's hard for me to think of what absolutely needs to be said to get a kid to check this out. The lyrics are pretty much always great, encouraging positive shit. Sometimes they're even kind of funny, like in "Finish What You Started." Gang vocals shout out "Finish what you started! Be open hearted. Don't be retarded! Just finish what you started!" Oh fuck, and I gotta mention the vocals; in almost every song at one point or another, Civ's voice reaches its peak and cracks and squeaks. And when I say squeaks, I mean squeaks. It rules.

Gorilla Biscuits were some kids who played punk rock the best way they could and the best way they knew how. It's fast, it's sloppy, and it's awesome. Albums like this remind me what punk rock really is and why I love it so much.

By the way, I hate having to give albums stars and numbers. If you give an album a 9/10, that's practically a B+, but if you give it a 10, kids will bitch. A five could mean an average album to some people, and it could mean a failure of an album to others. Everyone interprets the numbers differently. So ignore my fucking star count, read the words and interpret it for yourself. I'm giving it a 9 just to appease you fuckers who will bitch about too many albums getting a 10.

 

 
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fauzi (January 12, 2014)

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xGLEBExCOREx (March 23, 2006)

i personally find this to be the greatest sxe album ever.
i am not myself an edge kid because of the posi-acossiations (and i also cannot stand edgeXtoughguys). but goriilla biscuits are great, a real kick in the gut, and his voice is AMAZING. really.... squeks....

xGLEBExCOREx (March 23, 2006)

i personally find this to be the greatest sxe album ever.
i am not myself an edge kid because of the posi-acossiations (and i also cannot stand edgeXtoughguys). but goriilla biscuits are great, a real kick in the gut, and his voice is AMAZING. really.... squeks....

Anonymous (November 15, 2005)

All depends what era you were in GB definately up there. I have to say Age of Quarrel is hands down the greatest hardcore album EVER. Mags without John is not the Mags. Harley ripped but there a lot of good bassist No one can match John Joseph.

What about Negative FX and DYS?? Bunch of noobs here.

Anonymous (October 30, 2005)

Will,
If an edge band smokes pot, then yes they are fake ass bitches. stop trying to act like you know anything about hardcore.
Because its apparent that you are still in highschool..and a noob. if you actually listen to gb and were able to comprehend 'words' and 'lyrics' instead of just listening to the music maybe hardcore would mean something more than a highshool trend to you.

-Bryan Styles

Anonymous (October 28, 2005)

minor threat equals to hardcore, so every band after them is just hardcore-influenced by them

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

No, I care about the underground ethic. Whether the band likes to (omygawsh!) smoke a little pot or drink is not really a concern.

Your argument only supports the de-evolution of hardcore into a puritanical, tough guy mess.

-Will

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

"PS- I had a Champion sweatshirt when I was like 4. This was about 91. So... Can I say I've been in teh hardCORE for 13 years?"

No, that just makes you a noob.

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

wow will, again you're so hypocritical...now as long as it sounds good, you like it? you change your arguments all the time.

i get a laugh out of your ignorant comments.

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

Hahahaha. Sounds like you all got teh straight edj!

I'm so glad I worry more about good music and less about "staying true" or whatever bullshit meaningless slogan you jocks steal for your own use.

-Will

PS- I had a Champion sweatshirt when I was like 4. This was about 91. So... Can I say I've been in teh hardCORE for 13 years?

Anonymous (October 27, 2005)

Gorilla is wearing a champion hoodie because that's what a lot of hardcore kids wore back then."

Sorry, but EVERYBODY wore a champion hoodie back in the day.....EVERYBODY.

If not, you were a nobody.

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

gorilla biscuits are real and sound great
maybe youth of today were fake but they had great albums
PS: rumours carry....

Anonymous (October 26, 2005)

"Eh, this band is a little overrated. Youth of Today were definitely better.

Especially when Ray fills out verses with "Rawarrrrarrrgh!"s

-Will"

What?
Are you fucking stupid?

Youth of Today were and still are a bunch of sellout faggots.
there are PICTURES of them smoking pot behind CBGBs and the ass kicking that ray cappo got.

some band, i forget who, wrote a song about Cappo getting his ass kicked in buffalo because he claimed edge yet smoked pot. if anyone knows that band,please post.

fuck youth of today
gorila biscuits are real.

-bryan styles

housewrecker (October 25, 2005)

I have a beef with the overrated comment. I got into GB from listening to Youth of Today and Agnostic Front back when all those bands were still around. The first time I heard the entire start today album I knew they OWNED. The way they combined octave chord melodies, hardcore tom-based drum beats and postive lyrics was amazing. Every NYHC band had their selling point - ray's voice and jumps, Pete and Lou's voice and look, Roger's history and tattoos. I'm not trivializing those bands by any means, but when you were a kid those were the big differences you noticed. The GB's brought catchy songs and melody. Everyone from the Youth Crew kids ot the All/Bad Religion kids loved GB. I don't think it's possible for them to be overated.

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

sorry...think that the place where you find sheer terror the second time is filled with wrecking crew, slapshot & DYS

Anonymous (October 25, 2005)

Yeah, Wrecking Crew Balance of terror..great record...and to be honest my 10 magical HC list would be:
1.) Negative Approach
2.) Youth of Today
3.) Gorilla Biscuits
4.) Uniform Choice & Unity
5.) Insted
6.) Sheer Terror
7.) Bad Brains
8.) Cro Mags
9.) Sheer Terror
10.) Agnostic Front - SOIA - Warzone

lushj (October 25, 2005)

"How is this band not overrated? Whenever someone mentions hardcore, they're sure to get a response of "Gorilla Biscuits is the best band ever!" at some point... Fuck that noise. I've always seen GB as the token "old sounding" hardcore band for people who don't know what they're talking about to cream over."

Will is my new dot-org hero. Until he has a subjective opinion I disagree with again. Yeah. Youth Of Today = WAY better band.

And for cracking vocals, check out... fuck, there was a band POINTLESS from deepest NJ around that time. If you can dig out a copy of their demo or a copy of the Philly Zine tape comp I put out in 1987 or 1988 "Are You Too Cool?" you can hear some great youth crew cracked-vocals from a 16-year-old. Shit, now that I think of it, I don't think I ever heard of them after that time. Anyone have any clue of what happened to them? (my e-mail's in my profile if you do know what happened to them/where to find their music on-line)

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

"It was like, when the dark ages ended."

Hrm, I disagree... Early US hardcore was definitely more vibrant and all around more quality than the grindcore/powerviolence cloneband wave. And I really like a lot of grind and powerviolence, but it seems to get bogged down with clones.

Or maybe you meant it was the effective start of real second wave hardcore.

-Will

Russe11 (October 24, 2005)

Hahahaha

stevejonestherealbones (October 24, 2005)

"3. What size is that Champion hoodie?"

haha. fucking huge

superdude,

most record stores have a huge section

its usually near the galloping section

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

i can't get past this band's cheesy generic lyrics

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

"3. What size is that Champion hoodie?"

haha. fucking huge

moneenerd (October 24, 2005)

R.I.P.

sxe8989 (October 24, 2005)

GB is one of the best hardcore bands from the late 80s. Their lyrics are awesome and no one should underestimate this band.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

1988-1989 were pretty magical years for hardcore. It was like, when the dark ages ended. No comment was playing and Infest and Crossed out had either just started, or were about to start. Slap a ham put out its first record in 1989...

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

"I think a person would be hardpressed to name 5 hardcore bands better than they were. The only bands I can think of that were in their league are/were SOIA, Youth and Snapcase."

Oh man, what a statement...

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

"of course they didnt invent hardcore, but who cares they were a great band....and very soon bridge9 will rerelease Wreckinf Crews BAlance of Terror...Yeeha"

Hey, I have the original. Hawker Records, baby! If you want it, make me an offer.

-Ken

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

How many records does Revelation put out a year? Like 2? If Equal Vision can make a comeback so can Revelation.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

dear jesse
choke on drumstick and die soon.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

score is for CIV doing car commericals.

superdude (October 24, 2005)

This review was pretty good, but here's how I would make it better:

1. They should do a split with Animal Crackers

2. Unless they're an Animal Crackers side-project, in which case, nevermind.

3. What size is that Champion hoodie?

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

of course they didnt invent hardcore, but who cares they were a great band....and very soon bridge9 will rerelease Wreckinf Crews BAlance of Terror...Yeeha

kenjamin (October 24, 2005)

Jesse, when are you going to stop insulting bands that many people enjoy? No shit many people here have limited knowledge of hardcore or its origins but to say that Gorilla Biscuits and Kid Dynamite are mediocore is pretty off-base. They weren't original but for the time that each band was around they definitely got the hardcore ideal down pat

FuckYouOiOiOi (October 24, 2005)

Great fucking review man, "I could listen to this on repeat for hours". Fuck yeah. I love this band, they truly epitimize what punk rock should be. Sloppy, fast, aggressive, and energetic.

Jesse (October 24, 2005)

"The only bands I can think of that were in their league are/were SOIA, Youth and Snapcase."

What the hell is wrong with everyone? Gorilla Biscuits didn't invent hardcore. This stuff is passable. It's nothing special. Neither is Kid Dynamite. Both are mediocre hardcore bands. And don't even get me started on Comeback Kid or Bane or Paint it Black. None of these groups really get it right.

Anonymous (October 24, 2005)

hey sometimes they do review great stuff here..pleasant surprise

the_other_scott (October 24, 2005)

talk about a fanboy review

rinjonjori (October 23, 2005)

They get 10-- trust me back in 1988 no one ever tought GB would be the power house that they are and have the legacy they earned-- at least not in NYC, i mean NYHC.
rnanothersunnydayinpop.blogspot.com

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"Finish what you started! Be open hearted. Don't be retarded! "

Those aren't good lyrics, those are cheesy lyrics that didnt take any thought or creativity whatsoever.

dazed (October 23, 2005)

I think I might like this one better than "Start Today" just because Civ really sounds like he's screaming his voice out and is gonna be medically unable to speak for a year or something.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Anyone who thinks the Gorilla Biscuits were overrated is a douchebag, plain and simple. You most likely just got into hardcore/punk recently. GB were some kids who put out arguably some of the best hardcore ever. They played from their hearts and never tried to be what was popular or conform. I think a person would be hardpressed to name 5 hardcore bands better than they were. The only bands I can think of that were in their league are/were SOIA, Youth and Snapcase. I can remember going to CIV shows years after GB broke up and kids would always go the craziest when "Sittin round at home" was played.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

This was the first 7" I bought when I was getting into punk rock in the early 90s and it still rocks as hard now as it did then. It reminds me why I ever got into this music in the first place. Crazy to think its over 15 years old now!

Anyone who thinks this band is overrated needs to step back and take a look outside of the inner circle of punk rock to see that this band never got nearly the amount of credit they deserve.

GB represents a time when bands didn't have to have a personal stylist and a bunch of kids could get together to play music and just fucking rage.

Hardcore, motherfuckers.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Wehavecome... - Anyone who listens to Comeback Kid or Bane should know about GB.

Just for the record, Fall Out Boy's cover made me cringe.

wehavecomeforyourchildren (October 23, 2005)

hey will, i don't think paint it black are a throwback to this sort of hardcore either. i was trying to think of a popular band that young kids listen to nowadays that have fans who would also appreciate GB -PiB came to mind.

can you think of a better one?
maybe champion, but i think their fans would probably already know GB.

gladimnotemo (October 23, 2005)

GB are alright, but it's not the best hardcore by a long shot. Some of their songs are really great ("Things We Say"), then some of it is just completely mediocre. I'd take DC hardcore over '88 hardcore anyday.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

score is for the review, not the album

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Also, I don't personally think Paint It Black are a throwback to this sort of hardcore... This second wave youth crew, positive force stuff.

They take more from Blast, Black Flag, Minor Threat and that whole era.

-Will

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"will,

you always hate whats popular. end of story. your views are always skewed and although you seem to have alot/the most factual info about older bands, your opinion on the actual music is always skewed and not really worth a damn"

No, I just find that this band is horribly overrated. Let me guess, you're the same loser from thr D Plan review...

Youth of Today were originally much more popular than this band... I think GB have had more of a resurgance because "melodic hardcore" is making a comeback, but it's my fucking opinion that YoT totally own them.

-Will

wehavecomeforyourchildren (October 23, 2005)

i'm still getting a feel for writing album reviews and how i should structure them or what i should talk about and i'm obviously stressing the star thing....

gimme some time.

Godfather (October 23, 2005)

will got served

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

will,

you always hate whats popular. end of story. your views are always skewed and although you seem to have alot/the most factual info about older bands, your opinion on the actual music is always skewed and not really worth a damn

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

How is this band not overrated? Whenever someone mentions hardcore, they're sure to get a response of "Gorilla Biscuits is the best band ever!" at some point... Fuck that noise. I've always seen GB as the token "old sounding" hardcore band for people who don't know what they're talking about to cream over.

-Will

swingline (October 23, 2005)

so i was watching spike tv and they had a show on about video games and they interviewed fall out boy about their cover of gorilla biscuits. turns out, according to the member that looks the most gay, "gorilla biscuits is the only reason fall out boy exist"

rkl (October 23, 2005)

gorrlla biscuits overrated?
incorrect.

and yes, that is a nifty button. it makes me feel sexy.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Eh, this band is a little overrated. Youth of Today were definitely better.

Especially when Ray fills out verses with "Rawarrrrarrrgh!"s

-Will

off_the_fucken_map (October 23, 2005)

"Albums like this remind me what punk rock really is and why I love it so much. "

i totally agree.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

"If you give an album a 9/10, that's practically a B , but if you give it a 10, kids will bitch."

not everyone thinks like that. i dont see a 9 and think, barely an A most likely a B...i see it as near perfect.

i dont look at album scores like grades because thats fucked up. that means anything that is not an 8, 9 , or 10 is really poor, but that shouldnt be the case. i dont look at a 70% for average for albums, i look at 5 being average.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

Holy hell that was a bad review. Some people think a 5 star album isn't that good? Who's fucking review is it?

colton (October 23, 2005)

Sup.

thetruman (October 23, 2005)

Being there was even better!

Nick_V (October 23, 2005)

Yo sucka! You got a big mouth! Bi-di-bah!

It's great to see old-school stuff being reviewed. The live stream from CBGBs gave me an adrenaline rush when I watched it.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

start today is way better. this one is fun but a little amateurist. love the intro to high hopes though, breaking free and big mouth are classic too. and it's hillarious how civ's voice cracks in a bunch of the songs.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

good album, but this is one of the shittiest reviews i've ever read.

joeg (October 23, 2005)

gorilla biscuits is crucial.

localh (October 23, 2005)

hold your fucking ground bitches....

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

This is a classic. Deserves 10 stars. Gorilla is wearing a champion hoodie because that's what a lot of hardcore kids wore back then.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

don't pay attention to the stars? Just read your words? But you said it was hard to put into words the importance or goodness of this band or record?

what is a critical mind to do?

threechordsandthetruth (October 23, 2005)

When I read "Thanks for reading my review" I thought the review was over or something.

soulbleed (October 23, 2005)

start today was better.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

This album is fucking awesome. And I picked it up for a tasty £2.49. I love charity shops!

Why is the gorilla wearing a Champion hoodie though?

theundergroundscene (October 23, 2005)

that last paragraph was fucking homosexual

fuck fuck fuck stars fuck

Godfather (October 23, 2005)

god yes

LevitateMe (October 23, 2005)

This band is good

AlmostPunkEnough (October 23, 2005)

comment button*

god forbid i ever preview.

AlmostPunkEnough (October 23, 2005)

was there no comment before? i need to pay more attention.

anyway, great classic stuff on here. unfortunatley my copy of this spent 2 months under my bed, which i didn't know, and is not unlistenable. lame.

TheOneTrueBill (October 23, 2005)

I like the new comment button.

I like this band but I don't like pretty much any other Youth Crew stuff.

Anonymous (October 23, 2005)

G-unit

psychoos231 (October 23, 2005)

Now that is a kickass cover

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