Poison Idea - Darby Crash Rides Again
Back to the glory days of records that featured thirty songs in thirty minutes! TKO begins what promises to be a slew of Poison Idea reissues in the next few months with "Darby Crash Rides Again," which collects twenty nine demos, 7"s, radio sets and assorted outtakes. If you've got about a half hour to kill, you can dip into this set of classic sloppy, raw, obnoxious hardcore from the heyday of 1981-84. It all comes lovingly packaged in vinyl with photos, gatefold sleeve, Xeroxes of show bills, etc, and in a limited edition of 1000 copies (the first 200 are on blue vinyl, so you know).
All the faves from back in the day are here, from "Legalize Freedom" "Ugly American" and "Bounce The Rubble," though the highlight is the live set, a 1983 show on KBOO. Somehow, with hardcore, what sounded like an angry sloppy mess in the studio became an angry, sloppy, GLORIOUS mess in concert. Those tracks make a worthy set a must-have.
Poison Idea never got the props of some of their more famous local rivals, but as you can tell from "Darby Crash Rides Again," they were there from the beginning and dropped the hammer as well as anyone. This is a nice reminder of the casual passion and power of that era, and of its sarcastic waste of the opportunity to really make something last.
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