Circle Jerks
Group Sex


3.5
great

Review

by Neoteric USER (86 Reviews)
December 2nd, 2006 | 32 replies


Release Date: 1980 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 14 tracks in 16 minutes, you do the math.

Circle Jerks are everything you could want from a hardcore punk band. They’ve got the speed, the fury, the shortness and all the elements a band like them should have. Group Sex is considered their peak clocking in at 16 minutes. Now, to compress 14 tracks into 16 minutes is quite the feat and the product of it is desirable. The longest song is 1:35 and the shortest is 24 seconds, so this is here to pwn you in the nuts and run away laughing and taunting. The superior tracks are the high-speed ones while the slower songs end up bumping the tempo in the end. Group Sex is full of humor that can give a guy a laugh, and will leave the listener immersed in the ’what the hell’ factor of the album. All this is contained in a power chord wrapped punk rock attack!

Now, it is a big feeling that the album is supposed to meld into each other, most of the songs have an analogous sound without sounding too much of a rip-off but what the hell does it matter, it’s just fun music, a fast blast of hardcore, there really isn’t much too it. "Deny Everything" is a rapid 24 second song, there isn’t a lot of substance but it’s enjoyable as long as that certain adrenaline rush stays. "I Just Want Some Skank" and "Beverly Hills" meander into each other, both have slow parts and then suddenly speeding up dramatically, more so on the first mentioned. All the songs are just speed oriented punk songs, there isn’t a big mystery flying around it and to a certain extent all the songs are enjoyable. The only song that fails at this is the title track with a big ‘filler’ stamped on it’s forehead. Front man Keith talks about a fantasy sexual experience with square chanting in the apparent chorus, this is the album’s low point as the quality doesn’t drop at all.

The only failure that the album has is it’s over a bit too soon which isn’t actually anything to complain about considering a lot of hardcore albums were rather brief. Keith Morris can’t sing for his life and his voice is rather graining throughout but with this type of music, a beautiful singing voice is what’s not needed. This will do well for fans of hardcore (in fact, it’s essential for hardcore fans to listen to this) and punk fans. Also for someone not afraid of a bit of gruffly, under-produced speedy music. This album has very low production but that just enhances the feeling and that’s the end to that.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Neoteric
December 2nd 2006


3243 Comments


Not much you can do with a 16 minute album.

Two-Headed Boy
December 2nd 2006


4527 Comments


You really did great, this would seem hard to review.

Neoteric
December 2nd 2006


3243 Comments


I've actually had half of it written for weeks so I just went back and tweaked everything I had then just simply expanded on what I had.

godLike
December 2nd 2006


126 Comments


14 songs in 16 minutes? Damn.This Message Edited On 12.02.06

tom79
December 2nd 2006


3588 Comments


Nice review, Circle Jerks are good.

I reviewed an 18 track, 15 minute album though :cool: .

Digging: Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview

MrKite
December 2nd 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Think I'd dig these guys? I'm trying to get into hardcore and punk stuff lately.



RottedFlesh
December 2nd 2006


213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

14 tracks and 16 minutes? Seriously what was the point of this other than making money off as little work as possible?

Neoteric
December 2nd 2006


3243 Comments


Think I'd dig these guys? I'm trying to get into hardcore and punk stuff lately.
You might =


_Mote_
December 2nd 2006


33 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review. I dig the album too.

Excursions
December 2nd 2006


24 Comments


14 tracks and 16 minutes? Seriously what was the point of this other than making money off as little work as possible?


The track list is actually played through twice so the album is about 30 minutes. A good deal of hardcore albums were only this long, or 30 minutes or shorter.

RottedFlesh
December 3rd 2006


213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If I really liked this CD...I'd feel cheated after 16 minutes due to such an abrupt end to the album...even if it plays twice...but to each his own i suppose ^_^

ToWhatEnd
December 3rd 2006


3172 Comments


This was a good review, the summary is pretty funny.

Zmev
December 4th 2006


983 Comments


Bah, Angry Samoan's Back to Samoa is 14 tracks in 17 minutes, but its OFFENSIVE!

astrel
December 4th 2006


2615 Comments


Only 16 minutes, man I listen to single prog songs that are at least that length or longer...I still might give 'em a whirl. (i.e. listen to them on-line but not buy the album unless I am overly impressed.)

JOutlaw15
December 5th 2006


24 Comments


wow....14 tracks in 16 minutes!!!!! that is crazy. im gonna go check it out. nice review, though i dont know the album!

JOutlaw15
December 5th 2006


24 Comments


you can pretty muc listen to the whole album on iTunes. its actually not that bad!~

All_O_Gistics
December 6th 2006


4 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this album REALLY sparked my interest in hardcore and the punk genre in general

Thor
December 8th 2006


10245 Comments


Pig Destroyer's 38 Counts of Battery is 38 songs in about 40 minutes. Now that's some ownage.

El_Goodo
December 10th 2006


1013 Comments


Now, to compress 14 tracks into 16 minutes is quite the feat and the product of it is desirable.


How is that quite the feat? 30 Second songs aren't too hard to write...

MrKite
December 10th 2006


5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Me like this band, a lot.



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