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Fear: The RecordThe Record (1982)
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Contributed by: TheresNoHopeForTheKidsJosh \'Power\' L.
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If you haven't seen or heard of Fear before, I recommend immediately proceeding to the link to their performance on "SNL" in 1981. To understand Fear, you have to appreciate their utterly devestating live shows and intensity. This record is a testament to an age of glorious punk rock now decades old.
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If you haven't seen or heard of Fear before, I recommend immediately proceeding to the link to their performance on "SNL" in 1981. To understand Fear, you have to appreciate their utterly devestating live shows and intensity. This record is a testament to an age of glorious punk rock now decades old, a decade of brilliant musicianship being combined with a simplistic, punk aesthetic. Fear's songs were written around Spit Stix's drumming. A former jazz-fusion, Chick Corea worhipping player, he applied his skill to a genre that is cursed with the stereotype of being music for untalented, angry teenagers.

However skilled they may have been, angry Fear certainly was. On tracks like "Let's Have a War," "I Don't Care About You," "I Love Livin' In The CIty," and "Foreign Policy," Lee's seething rage at the status quo is professed with his impressive vocal range and the passionate rhetoric. He doesn't scream, but sings with a rich, melodic urgency that's capturing and terrifying both at once. They avoid making The Record overly politicized by throwing in some clever, non-political songs, though equally raging and intense, such as "Beef Baloney," "Fresh Flesh," which should satisfy anyone's passion for phallic imagry, and the hilarious "New York's Alright (If You Like Saxophones)." The excellent guitar is worth pointing out; there are many tearin' solos that rip into your ears.

There's not much more to say, but I can't stress how phenomenal this record is enough. So go buy it now.

 

 
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totalstranga (July 25, 2006)

Lee Ving didnt come out of the closet, he is married as far as I know. But in a related story I was watching the movie Clue, you know the one from like '85, and Lee Ving is in it. I almost shit, and then i had to sit through that dumb movie because i needed to see the credits to believe it. and Flea was in Fear at one point btw...

JakeRazor (July 11, 2006)

Love that album, cool band. Lee Ving is the man.

5omeDouche (February 4, 2006)

Scary

Anonymous (February 3, 2006)

didn't lee ving come out of the closet?

Anonymous (February 3, 2006)

hey hitler, lee ving might have killed some viet cong, he's a vietnam veteran, you know, but i don't think he killed any jews, but if hitler was in the undertones i would still like them

Anonymous (February 3, 2006)

new york's alright if you like drunks in your doorway, if you wanna get mugged and murdered, if you're a homosexual

Anonymous (February 2, 2006)

"So if Hitler started a punk band who 'sounded good' would you like them too?"

He had a band?

SilentStorms (February 2, 2006)

So if Hitler started a punk band who 'sounded good' would you like them too?

SilentStorms (February 2, 2006)

I care. You dumbass.

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

"the requiem!! watch out for these guys. they are so cool man. i have never heard music like this. oh wait a min.... i have. you fucking shit-fuckers sound like everyother band. i like the vocoder. thats really shnazzy, did you borrow that from ashley simpson? oh and by the way ashley simpson is not punk, nor good charlotte. seriously if you didnt post shit on message boards that do not pertain to the subject you might not be faced with such resentment."

also, they're hella ugly for a teeny-bopper band...

Anonymous (February 1, 2006)

who cares if it's racist, sexist, homophobe or whatever, that's the whole point of the band, idiots discussing, it's racist and sexist, the record is a brilliant punkalbum, say no more and fuck you all

SilentStorms (January 31, 2006)

"LOVE IT. you're a fuckin retard if you don't"

Uhhhh. Yeah. I don't think I'm a retard just because I don't like it. In fact, if you call people a retard not for liking it, I would just assume you are a complete idiot. Stop pushing your views and just say that you like the record. Jeez, no need to put others down just because of their musical preference.

SilentStorms (January 31, 2006)

If this singer is sexist/homophobic I hate this band even more.

SilentStorms (January 31, 2006)

Not terrible, but definately not my thing.

Anonymous (January 31, 2006)

haha blink did open for fear once in NY, tom delonge said this" we opend for fear here when we first started as a band,and that's what we felt at the show,fear'

BrandonSideleau (January 30, 2006)

More like the best I've ever played PERIOD, I love that game.

boba_fett (January 30, 2006)

F.E.A.R. is the best computer game you'll play all year.

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

Requiem didn't even tell us that they're having the biggest story ever in Orange County, or whatever the fuck Diana was talking about.

Cory Gibson's attempt at a mohawk is worth checking out, though. Go do it.

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

damn tipper

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

That ADVISORY sticker didn't even exist in '82.

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

fuck fear. what kind of punk band has a parental advisory label on their record?

joeg (January 30, 2006)

"Other than that though, it's either PURELY humorous and sarcastic.....or utterly homophobic, racist and moronic"

lee ving was going for the 100% total shock rock thing. he got the idea after hearing about the whole sex pistols debacle and thought he could make a quick buck in music by being this outrageous punk rock band. and apparently according to his former bandmates, he wasn't this right wing character in real life. but who knows. what we do know is he was the ultimate self centered prick. the guy regularly took more than his share of money from gigs.

Anonymous (January 30, 2006)

so, uh. we have a new diana gone wrong?

P-Fresh (January 29, 2006)

Is this the album with all the songs about beer on it?

MrStabone (January 29, 2006)

i love this band. one of the best. ian's story was a beast.

we played a show a few months agon and this little college chickie comes up to say hello and that she enjoyed the show. she said that we really reminded her of FEAR and asked if I had ever heard them.

i really wish i hadn't, cause it would have made a funnier story if some 17 year old chick turned this fat fuck in to a FEAR fanl.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

the requiem!! watch out for these guys. they are so cool man. i have never heard music like this. oh wait a min.... i have. you fucking shit-fuckers sound like everyother band. i like the vocoder. thats really shnazzy, did you borrow that from ashley simpson? oh and by the way ashley simpson is not punk, nor good charlotte. seriously if you didnt post shit on message boards that do not pertain to the subject you might not be faced with such resentment.

stop. the world has enough pissing away wed and thursdays.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

Just checked out this band, The Requiem and frankly, it sucks.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

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lushj (January 29, 2006)

It's doubtful that happened, though they're surrounded by rumors about all kinds of stuff. They were probably affiliated with motorcycle gangs and/or chapters of the Hell's Angels- for instance they dedicate a song or 2 to things like "Venice Chapter 2" on the live recordings that I mention below. I definitely get a biker vibe from them.

In terms of the KKK, Lee may be right-wing, but his band has had hispanics and blacks in it for much of the 1990s (and this decade). I don't think someone who played a Klan rally would turn around and have blacks and other non-whites in his band.

BrandonSideleau (January 29, 2006)

Very tight band musically speaking......as in they were not very loose at their playing....it was direct and an assualt on the sense. Other than that though, it's either PURELY humorous and sarcastic.....or utterly homophobic, racist and moronic. As great as songs like "I Don't Care About You" and "I Love Livin In The City" are, I have a hard time listening to any of them after hearing that they played at a Klan rally....how UN rock n roll.

at_the_drive_in_21 (January 29, 2006)

"This was the record that got me into punk rock. I'm 38 now and still consider myself to be a punk."

Dad, get off my computer.

soulbleed (January 29, 2006)

i love livin' in the city. that's all i have to say.

kenjamin (January 29, 2006)

You'll notice that this video features the first televised stage dive ever.

fallingupwards84 (January 29, 2006)

Jamaica's Alright If You Like Homophobes

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

mmm mmm mmm...

LOVE IT. you're a fuckin retard if you don't.
this record is out of control
-Janelle

Nick_V (January 29, 2006)

An incredible album, featuring one of the best punk rock vocalists of all time...

SalsaShark (January 29, 2006)

When Fear played on "Saturday Night Live," Ian, did you go down to "Saturday Night Live" and check it out in New York with Rollins and the gang?

Ian Mackaye: Rollins was not there. I'll tell you the story if you'd like to hear the story about that. At eight in the morning, some point in October, I got a call. I was driving a newspaper truck for The Washington Post at the time, so eight in the morning was brutal. It was Lorne Michaels' office, Lorne Michaels being the producer of "Saturday Night Live," and I get this woman, "Lorne Michaels' office, please hold." I was completely delirious. Lorne Michaels gets on the phone - "Hi, Ian, it's Lorne Michaels of 'Saturday Night Live,' I'm calling you because I got your number from John Belushi. He says that you might be able to get some dancers up here 'cause we want to have Fear on the show." I was completely baffled by this. "Pardon me?" "Hold on a second." John Belushi gets on the phone and he says, "This is John Belushi. I'm a big fan of Fear's. I made a deal with 'Saturday Night Live' that I would make a cameo appearance on the show if they'd let Fear play. I got your number from Penelope Spheeris, who did 'Decline of Western Civilization' and she said that you guys, Washington DC punk rock kids, know how to dance. I want to get you guys to come up to the show." It was worked out that we could all arrive at the Rockefeller Center where "Saturday Night Live" was being filmed. The password to get in was "Ian MacKaye." We went up the day before. The Misfits played with The Necros at the Ukrainian hall, I think, so all of the Detroit people were there, like Tesco Vee and Cory Rusk from the Necros and all the Touch and Go people and a bunch of DC people - 15 to 20 of us came up from DC. Henry was gone. He was living in LA at this point. So we went to the show. During the dress rehearsal, a camera got knocked over. We were dancing and they were very angry with us and said that they were going to not let us do it then Belushi really put his foot down and insisted on it. So, during the actual set itself, they let us come out again. If you watch the show - have you seen it?

FuckYouOiOiOi (January 29, 2006)

say what you want about lee ving being an asshole and a sexist and a homophobe or whatever. but there is no denying the greatness of this album. i'm really surprised it hasnt been reviewed, its one of those classic punk albums...

the_other_scott (January 29, 2006)

i remember really liking fear until i watched "Decline of Western Civilization" and it was just them up on stage calling kids fags and spitting.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

Perfect score? Gimme a break...

Dante3000 (January 29, 2006)

If I remember correctly I remember Ian talking about that show once in an interview.
It was an episode they wanted Belushi to host or something and he only agreed to do it if Fear could play the show.
I guess fear looked to make the show as chaotic as possible hence why they enlisted all the kids to fuck shit up.
I think I also remember Ian saying he wasn't a real big fan of that band but decided to go anyhow...Of course that last part could be a mistake on my part.
-Dante

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

Let's play find Ian Mackaye and Henry Rollins in the video!

gladimnotemo (January 29, 2006)

The music is still pretty off-beat on this album. The only problem with FEAR are the idiot fans that take the sexism seriously.

KirbyPuckett (January 29, 2006)

I have been trying to get into punk records that are a bit older, but not quite as popular as acts like the Ramones, Minor Threat, etc... Someone suggested this album to me and I really enjoy it.

The video is what I checked out first and it is amazing.

Belushi was a fan and got them set up with that.

- Kirby

givemeamuseumandillfillit (January 29, 2006)

That's terrible Ben, really.

Second comes right after first.....!

superdude (January 29, 2006)

I don't know about Fear, but I know I love No Fear.

2nd place is the first loser!

You said it.

superdude (January 29, 2006)

I don't know about Fear, but I know I love No Fear.

2nd place is the first loser!

You said it.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

see how everytime the word homosexual comes in the song, the guy avoids the microphone.. was it a banned word back then? self-censoring? mmh..

SalsaShark (January 29, 2006)

That SNL video blew my fucking mind. I've seen maybe one performance that comes even close to having that level of crowd interaction.

steveman (January 29, 2006)

Wow, that video was awesome. I wish shows were still like that. Now everything around here is just crowds of kids, barricades and assholes. I loved the local shows where every person got into it like this.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

Fear sucks. It's overrated.

Godfather (January 29, 2006)

yeah, that video was cool....best part was ian mackaye skanking....i don't care how cool you are, EVERYONE looks foolish when they skank lol

TheOneTrueBill (January 29, 2006)

This is amazing stuff. Even though "We Destroy The Family" and "Getting Brush" kind of suck, the other songs still make it worth a ten.

lushj (January 29, 2006)

This morning I woke up humming "Bomb The Russians"- and slapped their 2nd record "More Beer" on the turntable. Both of these 1st 2 Fear records are essential. Afterwards, go to the live radio ones ("Fear Live for the Record" and "Living With Fear") or "American Beer".

This record is unstoppable, regardless of how lame some of the songs on this and later records are lyrically ("(The Trouble Today With Women Is) The Mouth Don't Stop" for instance). If you can dig the great band without taking the often-neandrathal lyrics as gospel, this is one of the best LA punk bands ever, hands down.

"You're a fucking pussy!"
"Yeah, next time don't bite so hard when I cum!"

joeg (January 29, 2006)

and in that video, please direct your attention to one young ian mackaye on the right side skanking/stagediving about 30 seconds in.

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

I saw Blink open for Fear in like 92 and you could tell they were scared shitless the entire set.

joeg (January 29, 2006)

great record. lee ving was a fucking asshole. surprise surprise!

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

thanks for the snl link, ive been looking for ages for that thing, didnt think to check youtube...

TheNightProwler (January 29, 2006)

Classic, I'm very suprised that no one reviewed it until now.

etwiels88 (January 29, 2006)

Fear!

cjmarsicano (January 29, 2006)

This was the record that got me into punk rock. I'm 38 now and still consider myself to be a punk.

Dante3000 (January 29, 2006)

Not too well versed on Fear. I like what I've heard of em though.
I must admitt that a large portion of Fear fans I've met have been nearly obese and around their mid thirties.
What an odd market share for your music.
-Dante

Anonymous (January 29, 2006)

I tried to copy and paste my opinion on this record from Word and the site said I blocked for "spamming." Weird.

Anyway, I like it. One of my first hardcore albums.

-Will

inagreendase (January 29, 2006)

That video is so awesome.

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