Big Boys - Wreck Collection (2xLPs green/purple) - Used LP
2002 vinyl edition. VG/VG
In 1988, longtime producer/collaborator Spot released (first on tape and second on vinyl) the Wreck Collection of odds and ends, beginning with the impossibly rare (until recently bootlegged) debut 7-inch and running through outtakes and alternate mixes.
AllMusic Review byJohn Dougan: If you are of the opinion thatthe Big Boyscan do no wrong, then this anthology (compiled by celebrated hardcore producerSpot) runs the gamut from grubby-sounding demos to slick selected outtakes. Fairly coherent, this set does little to elevate the Boys' reputation, but is as strong an historical overview as is likely to ever be released.
They were ugly. They were from Texas. They were like nothing anyone had ever seen before. And for a couple years, they were the coolest fucking band on the planet. They were the Big Boys. "I thought I knew a whole lot, that I was a punk rock motherfucker, but mid way through a spin of Industry Standard (Big Boys first album) I realized I didn't know shit." The Big Boys began in Austin, Texas, with their core line up of Tim Kerr(guitar), Chris Gates(Bass), and Randy "Biscuit" Turner(lead vocals). The band's drummer slot was a revolving door for most of their history. The Big Boys were the band that took hardcore's "no rules" ethic to new heights, combining hardcore, jazz, funk, blues, and whatever the hell else they could come up with. They released their first single "Frat Cars" in 1980, and quickly followed it up with the "Live at Raul's" split LP with the Dicks. The Dicks and the Big Boys shared a kinship throughout the early eighties. They both pushed the envelope of hardcore, both had gay singers, both were from Texas, arguably the most underrated scene of the 80's. Yeah, the Big Boys had done the impossible. They put a horn section on a hardcore record. And it fucking RULED. The Big Boys were always quick to say that anyone with heart could do this, a sense of inclusiveness that was essential to them. Their live shows often had the audience spending more time on stage than on the floor, and would often keep singing long after the band had stopped playing, with Biscuit yelling "Now y'all go start your own band!". As he howled in the immortal anthem "Fight Back"-"Are you ready to take a stand? Make a fanzine, make a band. You're telling me you got something to say? Quit your bitching, there's a way!" Their final album, "No Matter How Long the Line at the Cafeteria is, There's Always a Seat!" was released posthumously in 1985. It still got all the essential elements of a great Big Boys record, with their funkiest song yet, "Whats the Word". An "outtakes" LP, "Wreck Collection" was released a few years after the Big Boys broke up, with plenty of material that never saw the light of day. It quickly went out of print, and was quite rare, was re-released as a double lp with live tracks, all compilation tracks, and even the Big Boys' first basement demos. I highly recommend both of these. The Big Boys are absolutely essential. As Ian Mackaye would tell Dischord bands touring through Texas, "You guys are gonna play with the Big Boys. You're gonna have a lot of fun, but, under no circumstances, should you let them open for you. Always open for them. They are IMPOSSIBLE to follow."