Fear - The Record (Cover Artwork)


The Record (1982)


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.