Punk Retrospective


Posted by ElDorkoPunkRetro

That OFF! box set has kinda put me in the mood for some mid-80's hardcore of the Stupids variety. Their offbeat sense of humor, driving speed and amazing breakdowns set them apart from the standard hardcore band...could be their UK roots showing. All I know is they're beyond classification and not nearly as accessible as, say...Minor Threat.

Comparisons are easy...Redd Kross, A.O.D., Gang Green...but the Stupids encompass and surpass them all in one way or another. I'm not saying they're necessarily a better band, just that they've got a style similar to, yet trancendent of Redd Kross, Gang Green and A.O.D. They figured out 2000's punk in the 1980's...repetitive speed followed by a killer, hook-drenched, melodic breakdown...and did it better.

These 33-song discs are dropping for four bucks a pop on Amazon...don't buy that stupid Starbucks coffee...get one of these instead! Or, you could plop down 20 bucks and get the 67-song Stupid is as Stupid Does: The Stupids Collection
...your choice. Bruce Springsteen, eat your heart out!

[play-button:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16850984/Stupids/05%20Jesus%20Do%20What%20You%20Have%20To%20Do.mp3] Stupids - Jesus, Do What You Have To Do Link source

[play-button:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16850984/Stupids/27%20So%20Much%20Fun.mp3] Stupids - So Much Fun Link source

[play-button:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16850984/Stupids/14%20Always%20Never%20Fun.mp3] Stupids - Always Never Fun Link source

...and the best Springsteen-ish cover ever...

[play-button:http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16850984/Stupids/32%20Born%20To%20F__K.mp3] Stupids - Born to Fuck Link source