1981 was a great year for the American underground. The hardcore formula had just been distilled and punk was still an outlaw with no rules; everything was on the table and the Big Boys were there, angry and knowing, considered and clever. Their songs were smart, not just short fast and loud. As I remember it, this record played part of the lexicon of what came after; where it landed it counted. Now I ain't sayin' it was "ahead" of anything; I hate when records are described as somehow ahead of their time, 'cause all records are made in a SPECIFIC time under the then contemporary circumstances. DUH! Also, it sucks how history is simplified, so now the Big Boys are remembered as "skate rock." I dunno who invented the term, but I've ALWAYS hated it. I know it was a "thing," I was there, but I always thought that term was silly. No one needed goddamn Thrasher to tell them what to listen to!! C'mon, a track like "Complete Control" from Where's My Towel/Industry Standard, did NOT fit into "skate" cliché. The kids then would'a called it "college rock."
Anyway, so this is a fucking great reissue. The LP comes as a gatefold with a stack of inserts and is pressed on one of four different colors. FANCY! It's on cassette too, if you dare. AndLITA backed the hard copy with cool internet action like a Tim Kerr interview via the Light In The Attic blog AND a fantastic LITA-produced Big Boys documentary (also included in Mr. Erdman's earlier post, BTW). HELL FUCKING YES, y'all!