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Contributed by: FuckYouOiOiOiFuckYouOiOiOi
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The Adolescents' classic self-titled album whips through 16 songs in 37 minutes. It has the gritty sound recording, high energy, and all-around snottiness you'd expect from an `80s hardcore band. It shit-talks cops, the government, and all the bullshit one experiences when living in Orange County. I.
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The Adolescents' classic self-titled album whips through 16 songs in 37 minutes. It has the gritty sound recording, high energy, and all-around snottiness you'd expect from an `80s hardcore band. It shit-talks cops, the government, and all the bullshit one experiences when living in Orange County. It is a must own album for any punk.

The opening track, "I Hate Children," has an unforgettable riff and sets the tone for the rest of the album. The next song, "Who is Who," will have you singing along with the chorus. There are so many great fucking songs on this album like the 'popular' "Amoeba" (what a great fucking allegory), "Rip It Up", and "Democracy," which features singer Rikk Agnew angrily snarling "I don't see the freedom in democracy."

But the best song has to be the five-and-a-half-minute masterpiece, "Kids of the Black Hole." The guitar, vocals, lyrics, everything about this song makes it great; it's maybe one of the best songs of all time and definitely one of the top 3 punk songs of all time.

The ONLY shortcoming of this album is the boring, metallic "Welcome to Reality" near the end. I hate saying it, but this song is really a pain in the ass to listen to. But the next two songs "Losing Battle" and (especially) "Things Start Moving" more than make up for it, and the album ends nicely.

So, if you don't already own this album, GO OUT AND BUY IT MOTHERFUCKER!!!!!! Don't let the plain-looking album cover fool you; this is a sensational album.

 

 
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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
9mind8 (May 29, 2014)

got not these guys late, like 30 years late but glad I did. This album has a timeless appeal

OffspringKickAss (June 23, 2012)

This album is to punk what Babe Ruth is to baseball, simply one of the best.

KimRubin (August 5, 2011)

This album fucking rocks, it definitely is a must have for any punk rocker. And it just makes u wanna tear shit up!

moistphily (June 1, 2010)

Every song is amazing. Great guitar solos too

TheGuwumpkis (October 8, 2008)

simply the best...

fletcher70 (October 1, 2008)

one of the best albums ever released

C-Men (June 29, 2008)

best album ever. in fact, i'm listening to amoeba right this second. great song, great band, and a great album!!!!

allon (November 2, 2007)

Timeless. That's it really, a blueprint for many snot-nosed punk bands to come. It's raw, real, and honest. I felt like aside from "Creatures", the album begins to lose momentum on the last six tracks, but that's about the only thing i find wrong with it.

Jesus_H_Christ (August 17, 2007)

one of the best of the orange county punk bands.

sk8ergrl (July 9, 2007)

I got this album not thinking much of it, because, yeah, the album cover was not very interesting. It was a big smack in the face when I heard I hate Children for the first time. It's addicting. I can't stop listening to the CD. Definitely one of my favorite of all time.

tittytwisterbudy (December 24, 2006)

Must have for anyone who claims to like "punk" music or "good music" in general.

FuckYouOiOiOi (May 11, 2006)

I got this on vinyl a couple of months ago and heard a line i had never heard before: "The girls are hot and full of cheers- pleasers! But they all say no so i jerk white tears- teasers!".

god, i love this album.

clash_city_rocker (May 6, 2006)

This album is one of my favorites. The best song in my opinion is "Kids Of The Black Hole", but i think all the songs are really good.

dazed (November 22, 2005)

"Cos: I feel the same way about both these guys and Minor Threat. If someone had handed these records to me when I was 15 and made me listen, then my high school years would've been much more fun."

I agree, those and the Bad Brains' early stuff. This album is so good I have to listen to it right now.

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

no, rikk plays with my heart

Anonymous (November 21, 2005)

Rikk plays guitar fool

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

It's the LA style by default since The Germs were the only real LA hardcore styled band... And maybe the Consumers.

If Black Flag isn't LA hardcore, what is?

-Will

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Yeah, Circle Jerks/Black Flag/Descendents are from the South Bay (Hermosa more specifically). It's in LA County, but it's a completely different lifestyle -- probably closer to Orange County than the actual city of LA.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

I used to think LA Girl was a Jughead's Revenge song until I heard the original not too long ago and felt like an idiot. I kind of wish I knew who the Adolescents were when I was in High School. It's the prefect soundtrack to teen angst.

Gowb (November 20, 2005)

Cos: I feel the same way about both these guys and Minor Threat. If someone had handed these records to me when I was 15 and made me listen, then my high school years would've been much more fun.

Cos (November 20, 2005)

Black Flag and Circle Jerks weren't really LA bands. Both were from the beach communities (I think Hermosa Beach, but maybe its Redondo or something) and weren't really accepted in the LA crowd of X, et al. Like the Germs, they found more acceptance in the outer regions of LA and Orange County, hence their simillar sounds. Also, Bad Religion is from the San Fernando Valley.

I got this album 6 months ago and fell in love. I REALLY wish I picked it up when I was 16.

--Cos

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

hahah, now i'm kinda afraid fuckyou is gonna write a review of only swears

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

One of the greatest punk records I've ever heard.

This is honestly as close to perfection in music as you're going to get - just flat out classic hardcore.

NickPT

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

i bought this yesterday its so fuckin great

skaboom (November 20, 2005)

Spot on, superdude.

superdude (November 20, 2005)

Oh yeah, my comment was by me.

gladimnotemo (November 20, 2005)

I am all for LA and other OC punk, definately (except Bad Religion, augh), but this is just the soundtrack to suburban teen angst. Maybe they weren't as invovled in the LA scene and whatever, but they brought a classic to the table right away and every note is right-on.

So many perfect albums came out of Southern California! X, Circle Jerks, Germs, Black Flag, this...I love it.

feeeding5000 (November 20, 2005)

Meh. Not the best of SoCal 2nd wave punk. That would be Bad Religion, or the Circle Jerks. Still, better than TSOL's "Dance With Me"

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

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

1. Someone should tell them to change the font size of ther name so it can fit into one line. That was so unfrofessional.

2. How can an adolescent hate children? They're practicaly children themselves.

3. Please don't call me a mother f-er.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Best adolescents song?-------amoeba.

---Trav.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

no mention of "wrecking crew". wtf? it's the best song on the album.

joeg (November 20, 2005)

shit review. score is for the album and me seeing them in a month.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

don't review an album you don't know shit about

givemeamuseumandillfillit (November 20, 2005)

Best 80's punk album? Tied with damaged, fresh fruit, the age of quarrel and i don't want to grow up, but this one might be the most important to me.

Godfather (November 20, 2005)

lol....like jones and almostpunk said, i was looking forward to more vulgarity

but seriously, this is a must have

AlmostPunkEnough (November 20, 2005)

derp, forgot the score.

fuck.

AlmostPunkEnough (November 20, 2005)

good review man.

this shit is the shit, there's not much else to say beyond that. a fucking classic. and jones is right, curse more. fuck fuckity fuck fuck fuck.

TheOneTrueBill (November 20, 2005)

This is one of my favorite albums, but come on FuckYouOiOiOi. Think before you write and submit.

FuckYouOiOiOi (November 20, 2005)

Holy shit, after reading the insert I realize that those last three songs aren't on the real album. I can't believe I missed that before, I'm a fucking idiot. This whole time I thought those last three songs were on the real album. Fucking shit fuck motherfucker!! I was too tired to type a bunch of swears when I wrote the review, sorry. Next fucking time I will fucking make fucking sure I add enough goddam motherfucking swears!!!! And without those last three songs, the album gets a 10.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Like the last comment said:

Orange County punk or "OC punk" is a lot catchier and poppy but thats for a reason. OC punk is surf-punk or skate punk because that's where they came from - it's a mellow lifestyle and everything is almost obliss. LA punk rock is griddy (i.e. Germs, Fear, Bad Religion) because it's in fucking Los Angeles. Take it for what it is... angst-riven o.c. punk rock

LevitateMe (November 20, 2005)

This album is awesome.

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

I admit, it's a good album and all but what a stupid review. Seriously, does punknews.org even review these before they put them up?

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

I admit, it's a good album and all but what a stupid review. Seriously, does punknews.org even review these before they put them up?

lushj (November 20, 2005)

Stone cold classic. The last 3 songs on the cd don't count because they're a seven inch. Every song on the origninal album is fucking great. Very OC punk, D.I. and the Rikk Agnew "All By Myself" record are the next steps if you haven't already taken them. "All By Myself" shows up as bonus tracks on some cd re-issue of another OC punk lp (I forget which one).

Adolescents - the blue album
Rikk Agnew - All By Myself
D.I. - Team Goon
D.I. - Horse Bites, Dog Cries

Anonymous (November 20, 2005)

Adolescents are awesome, but I personally am more into LA punk than the OC, as I like to call it. It's kind of a poppier version of Germs, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, ETCETERA.

-Will

gladimnotemo (November 20, 2005)

The last three songs are from the "Welcome to Reality" 7", so it's understandable they sound a little different from the rest of the album.

That being said, THIS IS THE BEST RECORD OF ALL TIME.

TheNightProwler (November 19, 2005)

Few things about this review...

"Singer" Rikk Agnew??? You sure about that one? He's the lead guitarist, not singer, you're thinking of Tony.

Second, "Welcome to Reality" is an awesome song.

That aside, this album should be owned by everyone who has ever lived.

formerly-blade-runner (November 19, 2005)

KOTBH>...best riff ever!

stevejonestherealbones (November 19, 2005)

hm, kinda disapointed, i expected more cursing. like last time

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (November 19, 2005)

the album cover is classic, fool!

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