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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Deep Cuts From Bloggy's Vault: Punk

Fear, formed in LA in 1977, are one of the prototypical punk bands of the early 1980's. Fear had a brash, tough and cynical warmth all their own. Frontman Lee Ving's vocal performances were a range of rich baritones and blustery growls that tore through material on facism in Let's Have A War in the tradition of The Exploited, vapid youth culture in Beef Baloney and challenged it's audience to survive crumbling metropolises in I Love Livin' In The City. Ving did it all with a wide grin and flex of his pro wrestler guns and Jesus we loved him for it.

Frank Black (Pixies) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) both earned their stripes in the band right after Fear was featured on SNL and in Penelope Spheris's definitive documentary of punk rock in America: Decline of The Western Civilization (1981).

Fear - New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones.mp3

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