The Record is the debut studio album by the American hardcore punk band Fear. It was released on May 16, 1982 through Slash Records with the catalog number SR 111. The album has been classified as Fear's best album and as a classic album of the Los Angeles hardcore punk scene in the 1980s. It was re-released on CD in 2007 with the single "Fuck Christmas" as a bonus track. In 2012, the group re-recorded The Record in its entirety and released it on November 6, 2012 as The Fear Record through The End Records. Vocalist/rhythm guitarist Lee Ving was interviewed about the original album's recording in Dave Grohl's 2013 documentary film Sound City.
The Record was released on May 16, 1982 through Slash Records with the catalog number SR 111. It has received mostly positive reviews, with Mark Deming of Allmusic rating the album four and a half our of five stars and stating that it "makes sense that John Belushi was a big fan of Fear, because The Record sounds like the punk equivalent of the movie Animal House -- puerile, offensive, and often reveling in its own ignorance, but pretty entertaining on a non-think level while it lasts." He also stated that Fear had a "fairly unique perspective -- they seemingly embraced punk as an efficient way to piss off everyone around them, and there's no arguing that they achieved their goals with flying colors on their first and best album, The Record." The album has been regarded as Fear's best album and as a classic album of the Los Angeles hardcore punk scene in the 1980s.
In June 2012, the new line-up of Fear re-recorded The Record in its entirety with a slightly-altered sequence of track listing and released it through The End Records on November 6, 2012. Due to the sexism of songs such as "Beef Bologna" and the homophobia of the song "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones", certain lyrics were altered for the songs. The re-recorded album received mostly negative reviews from critics and fans alike. Jason Lymangrover of Allmusic rated it 2 and a half out of 5 stars and stated "the reason why this was made is a complete mystery. The '80s version is obviously the way to go. It's a perfect snapshot of the snottiest band of the punk movement baiting everyone and everything around them". He also said that "Finances played into the band disbanding before, so there is a good chance that this version was devised as a way to cash in. Even if the reasons are more innocent, and Ving believed that his time spent playing the guitar parts live for three decades would help him update his masterpiece, times have changed."