Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The self fulfilling nature of the band's name kind of sums up the whole experience for me. They couldn't have been THAT naive to name themselves something so obvious, but the fact that something so powerfully honest and moving was being made by kids still in high school gave me some sort of renewed hope for humanity. Sure Minor Threat were high schoolers and plenty of great punk rock was born that way, but rarely do people that age have such a well tuned ear for what makes a great composition and the ability to execute those ideas in such a unique way as this.
This a collection of songs from their self-recorded first album, "Sweethearts of the Overthrow" as well as some other great studio takes of songs that were featured on a split with my band at the time. "Do The Rabid" is their anthem. That song will forever hold a special place in my heart. Below is a weird video of the song being performed live by Lil Slugger and members of The Good Old Fashioned Sinners (yours truly on sax). I absolutely loved how this song culminated in Ben just chucking cymbals at an old metal cone of some sort while Joey wildly fucked with the standard formula for a "doo wop" song. Lil' Slugger and The Good Old Fashioned Sinners were definitely cut from some similar cloth. The "band-buddy" relationship we had was an excellent one.
Lil' Slugger went the way of most great bands and is no more, sadly. You can check out Ben and Joey's new projects here and here, respectively. There is, indeed, an unreleased Slugger album currently in the mixing process. I have been lucky enough to hear a couple tracks off of it and I can say that as good as this compilation is, the new album will blow anything on here out of the water. It showcases the band at the peak of their songwriting and their sound is well dialed in by that point. The world holds its breath. For now, here ya go sweethearts.