vegetarian cannibals Before the Fact (LP, £15.95)label: Cass Records
Originally released on cassette in 1990 in a micro-pressing of lord knows how few copies. These three teens holed up in Grosse Pointe, MI eked out one of the most unadulterated, punk statements ever laid to tape. Recorded on a single condenser microphone via boombox, featuring covers of the Beatles' "Helter Skelter" and Butthole Surfers' "Gary Floyd" and unparalleled original songs attacking MTV, drug testing, conformity and all other sorts of harbingers of teen hate. This was originally slated for release by Cass back in 2004 and we're just now getting it done. LINER NOTES BY JACK WHITE. Before the Fact is one of the most important things Cass has ever had the pleasure of releasing. If there ever need be an approximation for late '80s equivalent to the suburban teen garage phenomenon of Back From the Grave and the 1960s, this is it.
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