MIDDLE OF AMERICA LP
Label: H.I.D. Productions
Cat. #: H.I.D. 1
Released: 1984

1. NAKED RAYGUN "I Don't Know"
2. NAKED RAYGUN "Stupid"
3. SAVAGE BELIEFS "Shake Your Neighbor's Hand"
4. SAVAGE BELIEFS "Double Standard"
5. NADSAT REBEL "I Am the Wall"
6. NADSAT REBEL "Getting Ready"
7. OUT OF ORDER "Survival of the Fittest"
8. OUT OF ORDER "Concerned"
9. ARTICLES OF FAITH "5 O'Clock"
10. RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED "I Came to Dance"
11. RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED "Mean People Suck"
12. RIGHTS OF THE ACCUSED "Yo Yo Yo"
13. BIG BLACK "Big Payback"
14. BIG BLACK "Hunter's Safety (Tommy Bartlett Dies In Pain)"
15. EFFIGIES "Security" (remix)
Reviews:

A good compilation from 1984 of Chicago-area bands. The first side is typical (great) early-80's hardcore punk, the second side (except for AOF) has a more experimental feel. Naked Raygun contribute two of the better songs from their first LP. Savage Beliefs and Out of Order play energetic hardcore with kind of jangley guitars, but it's raw and angry. Good stuff by both bands. The same can be said for Nadsat Rebel. Their first song is more eclectic (kind of sounds like Throb Throb-era Naked Raygun), the second is more rough and straightforward. The Articles of Faith track is off the Give Thanks record -- dark melodic hardcore with complex guitarwork and desperate vocals. Rights of the Accused start off with a straight ahead thrash song. It's got an awsome raw guitar sound and good lyrics about violence at shows. The next two are a little less serious (?). "Mean People Suck" is pretty much a disco song, and "Yo Yo Yo" basically repeats the title over a simple riff. I could swear Big Black's "The Big Payback" is a cover of the James Brown tune, but the liner notes credit the song to Steve Albini. Anyway, both songs feature abrasive distorted bass and guitar over a drum machine beat, with not much in the vocal department. Pretty cool. The Effigies do a dub-influenced extended remix of their classic, "Security." I also like this, although not as much as the original.
-CHRIS



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