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Gem of the Week: “Wild in the Streets” by Circle Jerks

19 Nov

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My gem this week goes to the album Wild in the Streets (1982) by hardcore punk band Circle Jerks.

The band is from L.A. and are a great old school punk band. Frontman Keith Morris was originally the vocalist and co-founder of hardcore band Black Flag before he founded Circle Jerks.

Sometimes I just have to pop in this album to get through a crap day and it’s one of my favorites in my collection.

The entire album has an uncompromising mood and vents through common frustrations. The tracks I listen to the most are: “Leave Me Alone” which says it all, “Trapped,” “86’d (Good as Gone) and “Letter Bomb.”

I think Morris has a great voice made for venting as his lyrics seem to roll off the tongue.

So far I have never disliked any band Morris has been a part of. His most recent project is a band he formed in 2010 called Off! According to the band’s website offofficial.com, their latest album release is Wasted Years (2014) and the band is also currently touring.

I listened through Wasted Years and I think Morris can still crank out hardcore gems with Off! while staying rooted in his classic brash style.

Below is a link to listen to Wild in the Streets shared from R.A.C. and Roll Pride’s You Tube channel.

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