Tonight the Circle Jerks are playing at El CorazĆ³n (7:30 pm, $23). The Circle Jerks! If this were 26 years ago, when they released their first and best album, Group Sex, this would be unbearably exciting news, but, alas, it is not. And, be forewarned that they are opening for Pennywise. Ugh. Regardless, in honor of tonight, here is some Circle Jerks trivia:
In 1979, Keith Morris left his job as vocalist for Black Flag, a band he started with Greg Ginn, and started up the Circle Jerks. To repeat, their first album, Group Sex, is great (fuck you, whoever stole my copy) and should be immediately purchased.
Particularly awesome songs on the album are “Live Fast, Die Young”¯ and “Deny Everything”¯ (which clocks in at 28 seconds). A particularly crappy song is the title track. Two songs on the album, “Wasted”¯ and “Don’t Care,”¯ are songs that Morris wrote with Black Flag, and that he took with him to the Circle Jerks, without crediting his Black Flag (former) buddies.
So what did Black Flag do about this? They got pissed. Then they took the song “Don’t Care”¯ and rewrote the lyrics, turning it into “You Bet We’ve Got Something Personal Against You!”¯—opening with the line, “We know you stole our song”¯—which they added to their Jealous Again LP. Burn.
Speaking of Black Flag:
The comp The First Four Years, which chronicles Black Flag’s first four years, is a terrific album. There’s no Henry Rollins on this disc—instead it features the vocals of Morris, his replacement, Chavo Pederast, and Pederast’s replacement, Dez Cadena. That’s right: three singers, four years. (Morris and Pederast are my personal favorite Black Flag vocalists.) Here you get such classics as “Nervous Breakdown,”¯ “Jealous Again,”¯ “No Values,”¯ the aforementioned “You Bet We’ve Got Something Personal Against You!”¯ and Morris’s Black Flag version of “Wasted.”¯ Before my Group Sex CD was stolen, I used to listen to these two short albums one right after the other—for all the drama between these two bands, they really do complement each other nicely.