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Poison Idea: The Fatal Erection Years (Pick Your King)

Poison Idea are arguably the total antithesis of everything that Sea of Tranquility stands for. They are/were about as subtle as the proverbial brick. Their songs are overwhelmingly short and about as complex as the two times table. They are, however, one of those bands whose influence way outweighs their sales and as such are pretty important. The tracks (forty-five of'em) were released in the early 1980s and unlike much output from back in the day sound relatively undated because the music is so raw and sounds like anybody could make in their garage.

Some of what we find here is unlistenable ("This Thing Called Progress") but equally some of it is pretty inspired and shows exactly why Southern Lord are giving a new generation the opportunity to see the roots of much low-fi guitar music of the last thirty years.

Track Listing:
Pick Your King:
1. Think Twice
2. It's An Action
3. This Thing Called Progress
4. In My Headache
5. Underage
6. Self Abuse
7. Cult Band
8. Last One
9. Pure Hate
10. Castration
11. (I Hate) Reggae
12. Give It Up
13. Think Fast
Record Collector Are Pretentious Assholes:
14. A.A.
15. Legalize Freedom
16. Cold Comfort
17. Thorn In My Side
18. Rubber Husband
19. Rich Get Richer
20. Don't Like It Here
21. Time To Go
Compilation Tracks:
22. Laughing Boy
23. Typical
24. Die On Your Knees
25. I Got A Right
Live At The Met, Portland 1983:
26. Dance Of Rage Live 83
27. This Thing Called Progress Live 83
28. In My Headache Live 83
29. Self Abuse Live 83
30. Slam Dance Jam Live 83
31. It's An Action Live 83
32. Think Fast Live 83
33. Think Twice Live 83
34. Come Out Fighting Live 83
35. Castration Live 83
36. M.I.A. Live 83
37. Pure Hate Live 83
38. My Hard-On Withers In Your Face Live 83
39. Underage Live 83
40. Give It Up Live 83
41. Bounce The Rubble Live 83
42. All Right Live 83
43. Louie Louie Live 83
44. (I Hate) Reggae Live 83
45. Marked For Life Live 83

Added: July 24th 2012
Reviewer: Simon Bray
Related Link: Southern Lord
Hits: 1593
Language: english

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Poison Idea: The Fatal Erection Years (Pick Your King)
Posted by Eldon Hardenbrook on 2012-08-11 12:34:19
My Score:

Jerry A (the vocalist) has been a major inspiration to many of the NW greatest punk bands. He also inspired the way I sang in my own bands, along with a guy by the name of Peter Nelson, who was/is also an incredibly inspired and inspiring punk vocalist. In person Jerry is intelligent and funny, and is generally a really great human being. Poison Idea will always be one of my very favorite bands.

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