Angry Samoans – Inside My Brain

27 Sep

Angry Samoans
Inside My Brain
1980 – PVC Records
Producer Lee Ving

“Metal” Mike Saunders – vocals, guitar
Gregg Turner – vocals, guitar
P.J. Galligan – guitar
Kevin Eric Saunders – guitar
Todd Homer – bass guitar, vocals
Bill Vockeroth – drums

1 – Right Side of My Mind
2 – Gimme Sopor
3 – Hot Cars
4 – Inside My Brain
5 – You Stupid Asshole
6 – Get off the Air

I first heard about these guys right about the time Inside My Brain came out. There was a big deal made out of their insult song to KROQ DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, who later sued them, called “Get off the Air.” It got them plenty of buzz around town. I have to admit I bought this when it came out, and hadn’t listened to it until about six months ago, I thought it was all right back then, but I don’t care for it so much now. It’s kind of like the Dickies and the Ramones all rolled up in one package, with a pinch of Lee Ving’s arrogance thrown in for good measure. This album just so happens to be produced by Fear’s Lee Ving.

Get Off The Air
“He can’t read baby he can’t talk.
He’s L.A.’s favorite punk rock jock.
Glitter bands and Bowie’s cock,

Are his ideas of new wave rock?

You’re a fuckin’ piece of shit now Rodney.
I don’t think you’re so hot.
You make me laugh with those clothes you wear,
And those stupid teeth you’ve got.

Get off the air!
Get off the air!
You pathetic male groupie, you don’t impress me.
Get off the air! You fuckin’ square,
You’re just a jerk as far as I can see.

8pm Rodney’s on the air,
He’s beating off in Joan Jet’s hair.
Christmas eve, what’d ‘you got,
Four solid hours of power pop rot.

You’re a fuckin’ piece of shit now Rodney.
I don’t think you’re so hot.
You make me laugh with those clothes you wear,
And those stupid teeth you’ve got.

Get off the air!
Get off the air!
You pathetic male queer, you don’t impress me.
Get off the air! You fuckin’ square.
You’re just a jerk as far as I can see.”

Formed in August 1978, in Van Nuys, California, the Angry Samoans were one of the original Los Angeles punk bands, along with Fear, Black Flag, Circle Jerks, X and the rest of the bands that made up the first wave of punk.

Leaning toward the humorous side of punk in the same way as the Dickies, the Samoans songs featured titles such as “I’m A Pig,” “My Old Man’s A Fatso,” and “They Saved Hitler’s Cock.”

Following two EPs, and one album for Bad Trip, they laid low for some time, before re-emerging in the late 80’s via Triple X Records.

Saunders released a six-song solo EP as Metal Mike in 1991, before reuniting with Vockeroth to perform under the Angry Samoans banner.

Rating: * ** one out of three stars

 

 

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