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Formed out of L.A. in the late 1970s initially as a punk parody band, the Urinals music was basically a deconstructed mix of garage rock, no wave and surf rock that resulted in a sound akin to an even more minimalist punk take on Pink Flag
era Wire, influencing later greats like the Minutemen in the process. Regardless of things like influence and importance, the quality of the music hasn't diminished one bit; this is a record I could listen to all day.
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compilation is the best way to discover the Urinals and includes their three self-released 7”s in chronological running order along with several live performances and assorted odds and ends. Outwardly crude in terms of overall sound and presentation, a couple of listens to these songs should reveal that these guys were actually a good deal more sophisticated than most of their contemporaries. Despite my earlier lazy comparisons to other bands it was also a sound that was really their own. With most tracks coming in at just over a minute in duration and stripped down to their bare elements, it’s a record that demands repeat plays, as twangy, harmonized classics like “I’m a Bug” "Black Hole" and “Sex” manage to be at once catchy, rockin and smart under their endearingly shambolic lo-fi veneer. After renaming themselves as 100 Flowers in the early 1980s they would go on to make music of a slicker, albeit still worthwhile kind but to experience them at their best, look no further.