My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: (GI) is the only studio album by Los Angeles punk band Germs. It was produced by Joan Jett and was recorded and released in 1979.
What I think: Of all of the major 1970’s punk scenes I know the least about the LA scene. I’ve been familiarizing myself with it more as of late, but the nihilism and destruction in the scene always steered me away. Lately, I’ve been wading into it through listening to and reading about the albums, but I hadn’t gotten to this one yet.
It has a bit of a hardcore sound with singer Darby Crash growling away at times, and these are things that would usually turn me off. Oddly enough in this case it makes me love the album even more as it makes some of the brief guitar, bass and drums flourishes really stand out. That has a way of really adding a lot when the slow things down slightly. I really like “What We Do Is Secret”, “Richie Dagger’s Crime”, “Our Way” and “The Other Newest One”, but I don’t really think there is a bad track here. The final track “Shut Down (Annihilation Man)” is disturbing and not great for repeated listens, but it is somehow fitting for a band with a short and explosive time in the punk spotlight.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree, it’s really good!
Rating (Out of 5): 4.5/5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (339/440)
Amount that are new to me: 77%