The Gears – Rockin’ At Ground Zero

25 Jan

The Gears
Rockin’ At Ground Zero
2009 – Hepcat Records

Axxel G Reese- Vocals
Sean Shift – Drums, vocals
Mike Manifold- Bass, vocals
Eric Arcane- Guitar, vocals

1. Baby Runaround
2. Let’s Go To The Beach
3. Don t Be Afraid To Pogo
4. Elks Lodge Blues
5. Teenage Brain
6. Wasting Time
7. Darlin’ Baby
8. Trudie Trudie
9. High School Girls
10. The Last Chord
11. Heartbeat Baby
12. Rockin’ At Ground Zero
13. I Smoke Dope
14. Keep Movin
15. Last Chance
16. Let’s Go To The Beach (original 45)
17. Hard Rock (original 45)
18. Don t Be Afraid To Pogo (original 45)
19. Girl Crazy (1979 demo)
20. High School Girls (1979 demo)
21. Darlin’ Baby (1979 demo)
22. Heartbeat Baby (1979 demo)
23. Rockin’ At Ground Zero (1979 demo)

It might be because the original release of Rockin’ at Ground Zero was limited to something like 2000 copies, or the fact that The Gears came along a bit later than the first wave of California punk bands, but, for whatever reason, this band and this album have never received the acclaim and recognition it/they deserve. Sure, allot of diehard punk fans know about the Gears. I think that this album ranks up there with the likes of Los Angeles, GI, Damaged and Group Sex. One of the best things about this album is that it is fun and has plenty of energy and attitude. The original LP copy, with the red cover, is a treasure, but this reissue is cool because it also features The Gears’ first 7″ plus a handful of demos.

If you don’t own it, go get it.

Rating: ** * two out of three stars

On with the story . . .

Back in November of 2014, when my brother took me to see Judas Priest there was an enormous opportunity for me to people watch.

One of the best things I saw was a guy with some kids toys two or three rows in front of us. He was about sixty years old. His hair was dyed Gene Simmons ultra-black and looked just as fried as Mr. Simmons hair’. He wore a sleeveless black shirt and was sleeved on both arms with tattoos, so I thought.

As the evening wore on I noticed after his fiftieth time throwing up his devil horns, some of his tattoos started to wrinkle a bit. Being nosy and easily amused by this kind of oddity, I leaned over my seat a bit and noticed that his sleeve “tattoos” were actually clear Lycra with roses and tribal artwork imprinted up and down the sleeves.

It was clear the man wanted to rock, but neither had the funds or pain threshold for real tattoos. So, the next best thing was Lycra.

Too funny.




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2 Responses to “The Gears – Rockin’ At Ground Zero”

  1. 1
    Roger Dean Says:

    Great review!

  2. 2
    Dave Says:

    Yeah, it’s funny how The Gears really went under the radar. Never knew why.

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