Label: Taang! Records
Released: 1989, Re-released 1990
Produced: Lou Giordano
Chris Doherty – vocals, guitar
Bill Manley – bass
Mike Dean – drums
1. Sold Out – 2:04
2. Terrorize – 0:48
3. Snob – 0:28
4. Lie Lie – 0:37
5. I Don’t Know – 1:03
6. Rabies – 1:27
7. Narrow Mind – 0:44
8. Kill A Commie – 1:08
9. Have Fun – 0:54
10. Selfish – 4:48
I never paid attention to Gang Green when I was a youngster, I didn’t have much of a disposable income, actually, no job at all (until I was 17 ½), and so I only bought what I loved. And occasionally, I would buy a single from someone I had never heard of.
Gang Green was always on my list of bands to check out. TAANG Records have done an incredible job of compiling all these recordings and putting them together so that you get a great overview of their powerhouse music.
Even if you don’t dig Gang Green, if you liked 1980’s American punk, you’ll dig this style, the slow intro’s that burst into buzz saw vocals, fun stuff. Preschool contains material previously released on their Sold Out 7″ EP, and stuff from two compilations: This Is Boston, Not L.A. and Unsafe At Any Speed. The EP was recorded from July, 1981 through March, 1983 in Boston. Released in September of 1997. All ten songs clock in at a blistering fourteen minutes and one second. All in all, a fun listen check them out.
If you get the chance to get a copy of this, go get it.
Rating: ** * two out of three stars
On to the story . . .
Sometime in 1981 I saw somebody wearing a pair of creepers for the first time. I thought they were the coolest looking shoes I had ever seen. I had to get a pair. Later that night I saw the guy who was wearing them out in the parking lot, so I asked him how much his shoes cost and where he bought them, he kind of looked side to side and said they were a bit under $120.00 and he bought them at Let It Rock on Melrose Ave. I almost fudged my shorts! $120.00! I was 15 years old, no job, single parent household, fixed income – I’d never get these shoes! The guy then told me that Let It Rock sold used pairs also; I could probably get a pair for $30.00. Used, no problem, did they smell?
Anyway, after a month or so I had $15.00 saved, and convinced my mom to drive me to Let It Rock and we’d buy the $30.00 pair of creepers. We get there and they tell us that they have never carried used shoes; mind you since I first saw these shoes I had close to 15 people tell to go to Melrose and get the used shoes. Now I find out they never existed. Damn lying-ass punks! The sales lady tells us that the cheapest creepers they have cost $75.00. So, I do my best to convince my mom that this unemployed, broke kid deserves a $75.00 pair of shoes. The selling point is I could pay for $15.00 of it. No go, 15 minutes later we were driving back down Highland headed towards the Valley.
About a month later a shop opened in the Sherman Oaks Galleria that carried rockabilly clothes and they stocked creepers. I went to see a movie at the Galleria one weekend with some friends, and discovered this store. All their creepers were $10.00 to $20.00 cheaper than Let It Rock.
Next day at school the local poser-patrol, a girl named Leslie (I’ve mentioned her before) came up to me and went into a rant about me being at the Galleria, and only posers go there, and how I’d be the biggest poser in the world if I bought creepers at the Galleria. I dismissed her with a comment about her and the horse she rode in on, and as I walked away, she yelled threats of the beatings I’d take from the Suicidal Tendencies gang.
So, I hatched a plan, if I told any and everybody, who asked, that all I want for my birthday, and Christmas is cash I could afford these shoes by next year. And that’s what I did, and shortly after Christmas 1982 I bought a pair of black suede creepers with a rounded front and a buckle across the top from the shop in the Galleria for $65.00. They were $55.00 when I first spotted them, and after six months they raised the price.
$65.00 is the most I have ever spent on a pair of shoes. And the downside of this is midway through my senior year of high school I had outgrown them. Shortly before graduation, I sold them to a rocker kid who dug the look of them.
My creepers and my leather jacket were my prized possessions, and I had to part with both things due to growth. Maybe Chinese women are on to something with this foot-binding thing.
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