The Normals - 1978 Recordings
In Flac - Scans are included
Collection of material from NOLA's finest KBD-era punk outfit The Normals. For the unfamiliar, The Normals claim to fame is the seminal "Almost Ready" 7' (the only record they managed to release during their time), the title cut of which is one of the most perfect slices of punk with a pop edge ever committed to wax and immortalized on KBD Vol. 10. For those already familiar with The Normals' legacy, the question is "What does this disc offer that wasn't included on the "Your Punk Heritage" CD from a few years ago?" Well, the answer to that Jimmy, is plenty. While "Your Punk Heritage" contained some '79 studio sessions and demos and some live material padding from '84, this here disc is made up entirely of 1978 recordings. Meaning, the original two songs from the 7", plus an entire seventeen track demo session from 1978 that seems to predate the recording from the 7". A couple of these appeared on YPH in one variation or another, but by my count only five of these tracks have been heard before. That leaves a dozen honest-to-goodness "new" cuts. How do they sound? Super fine, brother, let me tell ya. Roughed up but still perfectly presentable, a punker and snottier version of the band that appeared on the single. The unheard material has more of a lewd vibe as well ("Suzy Suckoff" "Eat Me Raw"), with "Schoolgirl Domination" and "Feelies" being my pick of the new litter. Did they write anything else as amazing as "Almost Ready"? Of course not. But these guys were far from the one-trick pony that many KBD-era bands turned out to be. This baby is well worth an investment, and honestly a superior compilation to "Your Punk Heritage". Contains brief liner notes from David Normal and lyrics to most of the songs (in Japanese and English) plus a few photos in the booklet. Well done. (terminal boredom)
Special thanx to JPaul for this brilliant contribution!