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1. Forming
2. Sex Boy
3. Lexicon Devil
4. Circle One
5. No God
6. What We Do Is Secret
7. Communist Eyes
8. Land Of Treason
9. Richie Dagger's Crime
10. Strange Notes
11. American Leather
12. Lexicon Devil
13. Manimal
14. Our Way
15. We Must Bleed
16. Media Blitz
17. The Other Newest One
18. Let's Pretend
19. Dragon Lady
20. The Slave
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 17, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00004YLAR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,847 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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106 of 113 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Malone on December 3, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Usually I credit Black Flag or the Middle Class or the Bad Brains with being the progenitors of the hardcore punk sound. But sometimes, I think that perhaps the Germs might deserve the credit for it. In any case, the Germs are definitely one of the more influential and memorable groups from the 70s L.A. punk scene, and this CD belongs in everyone's punk collection, right next to the Ramones first two albums, Never Mind The Bollocks, The Clash, etc. One thing that will always set them apart are Darby Crash's lyrics. (...) he was also one of the most creative and interesting lyricists in the history of music.

My only gripe is that the sound quality on the song "My Tunnel" is actually WORSE than the version I taped from Rodney On the ROQ circa 1983.

EDIT- Thank you to the Amazon editor who made the bizarre and arbitrary decision to censor my mention of Darby Crash using *gasp* "DRUGS." Never mind that it's a well documented fact and he's been dead for over 20 years and that I didn't even name the drugs. The bottom line is, Amazon needs to protect the children from the word "drugs." (...)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazonian on November 15, 2006
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From the moment I purchased the album years ago, it was clear that it was going to be one of the classics in the punk repertoire. In reality, the Germs might very well have helped spawn the hardcore moviement, and Joan Jett's production lends a razor-sharp immediacy to the songs.

The tunes aren't so much sung as growled, and Darby Crash's lyrics can be among the most expressive I've heard in the punk genre. There's a grueling intensity to the tunes that's exciting even now. While the band won't appeal to everybody, the record left me slack-jawed with amazement the first time I heard it. The band X may have encapsulated the hopes of the L.A. punk scene, but this record still makes the hackles on the back of your neck rise. There's nothing formulaic here. If you're willing to give it a chance (and that means something more than listening to a bunch of twenty second audio samples), it's hard to imagine your not being moved. That's why this is punk music at its very best.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ludwig J. Pluralist on January 4, 2006
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The Germs were, in my opinion, one of the great and essential American punk bands. Their sound was a particularly primitive stripped down three chord punk; listening to them it sounds as if they could barely play when they started. No matter - neither could other punk legends like Sid Vicious or the Ramones, both of whom were obvious influences here. The other obviously key part of their unique sound is singer Darby Crash. Darby was no poser; for him, punk was a total way of life, one to which he committed his (short lived) life. On songs like What We Do is Secret, Richie Dagger's Crime or Lexicon Devil, you can hear the power of his vocalizing; and you can also hear a deeply buried but inherent tunefulness, deep within the musical muck.

The Germs may have been one of rock's more delf-destructive units, but no matter. Listening here, you can begin to understand why they mattered, and why they have influenced so many bands that followed in their wake.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 26, 1999
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Darby's lyrics are a portrait of living in L.A. The man was taking his art to the edge every performance. He lived his art and died for it. In a world of corporate alternative music, i find myself going back to music like this when true artistic expression was as real as a heart attack. Today's bands dont even come close to this type of reality. They wouldnt dare try.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. I.C.Brown on September 18, 2007
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Your either a Germs fan or not a Germs fan. I like the Germs and am happy to have only one Germs album..."MIA: The Complete Anthology. The quality is a little rough for the first two songs (Forming and Sex Boy), but give me a break, it is what it is...recorded in a garage. What, my favorite songs? Sure, Richie Dagger's Crime, Lexicon Devil, Manimal, Shut Down, My Tunnel, Lion's Share, We Must Bleed, and No God.

Darby was an interesting character and not the mindless monster he was portrayed as. Don't forget Pat Smear was also in the band...How old is that guy now?

I don't want to make claims or tags..."the real punk rock" "How we did it in the old days" "old school punk" blah blah blah....BUT, This is the real deal and not the radio crap pseudo punk of today, whining and crying about girls or relationships or....WTF. "Kid" panned the Germs in his review and called them "nassally" and I suppose it is a fair opinion, but be smart, throw out the low and the high scores. The Germs (Darby) was a scary, entertaining and dangerous (to himself) train wreck of a person.

Your Grandma loved the Germs.

Since my original review I read 'Lexicon Devil'...check it out, it is an interesting read. One of the books about the "punk scene" written in a format of multiple authors...basically anyone that knew him adds there two cents..but still worth the read.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
a little story abt when i first found a copy of gi in nc...
we/d heard tapes of it for a few months, but a copy hadn/t yet come to raleigh. my band was playing in greensboro when my girlfriend and i found a copy of the vinyl in an alternative store (back when alternative was alternative).
as we drove back to raleigh, she read the lyrics, and was *completely* stupified that that was what darby was singng. i doubt she still believes it.
the germs were on such a higher level than the other l.a. bands at the time, except for x. in many ways they and x were peers. mia (gi and all the other stuff they recorded) is an astounding deal. it/s harsh brutal poetry, but it is a must have.
from a 43 year old computer programmer who nevertheless knows poetry when he sees it ...
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