A trawl through the Portland, Oregon hardcore heroes' earliest recordings (named in deference, incidentally, to doomed Germs frontman Darby Crash, whose influence on P.I. vocalist Jerry A. cannot be overstated). First up is the previously unreleased Boner's Kitchen demo from 1981, which, thanks to digital remastering, frankly wouldn't sound much like a demo anymore, were it not for the band's intentionally shambolic performances and ad hoc chatter in-between songs. Interestingly, these first six tracks showcase the playing of original Poison Idea guitarist, Chris Tense, who exited long enough to make way for the arrival of legendary Tom "Pig Champion" Roberts, before rejoining the band on bass. Next up is an expanded version of 1982's Darby Crash Rides Again demo, which arguably sounds even more caustic and crude, but packs plenty of raw power to go with the emergence of better structured songs like "All Right," "Pure Hate," etc. The only way to top this is with a venomous and belligerent live set, and so that's what the listener is treated to, by way of a live on-the-air session captured at a 1983 benefit show for Portland's KBOO, which sees Poison Idea verbally castigating the charitable public amid spirited performances of "Typical" (dedicated to all of the "masculine punks" in the audience), the Ronald Reagan-bashing "Spy," and the similarly truculent "Ugly American."
Poison Idea - The Early Years, Volume 1: Darby Crash Rides Again - New LP
Single-album version, 26 cuts! Color vinyl.
This LP collects tracks from the band's earliest days, side one housing demos from 1981 and 1982, the flipside featuring the live-on-the-air set from the 1983 KBOO radio benefit. Much of this material is appearing on vinyl for the first time. All the recordings have been meticulously restored by Enormous Door Mastering for this release. Really, this LP is a complete no-brainer for POISON IDEA fans or any fan of the early days of American Hardcore Punk.