Posted: Jul 17, 2006 11:13 pm
Why is there a competition?
Crime was a fucking great, sloppy rock n' roll band with a bass player who was all over the place, mostly out of tune, and it worked. Yes, they had a killer "look" and some of the best poster art EVER, but I still think their music is fucking great. Maybe they don't have a knack for melody, but not everyone has to.
The Screamers were the biggest draw as an LA punk band during their heydey, maybe only other competition for poularity was the Weirdos, so for a year and a half or so, they were huge. They had an enormous fan club. Germs, X and Black Flag got bigger later. They recorded a record for Geza X then scrapped it because they wanted to do a "Video" album. A bunch of these clips are bonus footage on the Target DVD. These are the best fidelity fecordings of the Screamers. You can still talk to KK Barrett about this shit on MySpace. They didn't put a record out because they thought it was a "dated" format. Obviously, that was stupid, but it's enhanced their legendary cult status.
Their music is also fucking amazing. I feel like everyone misses on their sense of humor. "I'm Going Steady With Twiggy" ??? All the other synth bands were being cold and distant.
They're both great, this thread is dumb. There's room in the world for 2 bands, you know?