The Record (album)

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The Record
Studio album by Fear
Released May 16, 1982 (1982-05-16)
Recorded December 1981 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Los Angeles
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 27:03
Language English
Label Slash (SR 111)
Producer Gary Lubow
Fear chronology
The Record
(1982)
More Beer
(1985)
Singles from The Record
  1. "I Love Livin' in the City"
    Released: June 1978

The Record is the debut studio album by the American hardcore punk band Fear, released in 1982.

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]
Sputnikmusic 5/5 stars [3]

The Record was released on May 16, 1982 on Slash Records with the catalog number SR 111. It was re-released on CD in 2007 with the single "Fuck Christmas" as a bonus track.

The album has been regarded as Fear's best album and as a classic album of the 1980s Los Angeles hardcore punk scene. It has received mostly positive reviews, with Mark Deming of Allmusic rating the album 4.5 out of 5 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."[1] 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."[1] Kurt Cobain listed it in his top 50 albums of all time.[4][5]

Vocalist/rhythm guitarist Lee Ving was interviewed about the original album's recording in Dave Grohl's 2013 documentary film Sound City.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Lee Ving, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Let's Have a War" (written by Ving and Philo Cramer) 2:19
2. "Beef Boloney"   1:47
3. "Camarillo" (written by Ving and Cramer) 1:11
4. "I Don't Care About You"   1:59
5. "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones"   2:08
6. "Gimme Some Action"   0:59
7. "Foreign Policy"   2:14
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "We Destroy the Family" (written by Ving and Cramer) 1:54
2. "I Love Livin' in the City"   2:05
3. "Disconnected"   2:07
4. "We Got to Get Out of This Place" (written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil; originally performed by The Animals) 2:38
5. "Fresh Flesh" (written by Ving and Derf Scratch) 1:44
6. "Getting the Brush" (written by Scratch) 2:32
7. "No More Nothing"   1:31
Total length:
27:03

The Fear Record[edit]

The Fear Record
Studio album by Fear
Released November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)
Recorded June 2012
Genre Hardcore punk
Length 27:21
Label The End
Producer Fear
Fear chronology
American Beer
(2000)
The Fear Record
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[6]

In June 2012, the new lineup of Fear re-recorded The Record in its entirety. With a slightly altered track sequence, it was released by The End Records on November 6, 2012. Due to the sexism of songs such as "Beef Boloney" and the homophobia of the song "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones", certain lyrics were altered for the remakes.[6] The re-recorded album received mostly negative reviews from critics and fans alike. Jason Lymangrover of Allmusic rated it 2.5 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".[6] 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."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ving, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I Love Livin' in the City"   2:01
2. "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones"   2:23
3. "I Don't Care About You"   1:50
4. "Let's Have a War" (written by Ving and Cramer) 2:22
5. "Gimme Some Action"   1:01
6. "Foreign Policy"   0:59
7. "Beef Boloney"   2:09
8. "We Destroy the Family" (written by Ving and Cramer) 1:52
9. "Camarillo" (written by Ving and Cramer) 1:09
10. "Disconnected"   2:08
11. "We Got to Get Out of This Place" (written by Mann and Weil; originally performed by The Animals) 2:38
12. "Fresh Flesh" (written by Ving and Scratch) 1:44
13. "Getting the Brush" (written by Scratch) 2:32
14. "No More Nothing"   1:31
Total length:
27:21

Personnel[edit]

Original version[edit]

Production

Re-recording[edit]

  • Lee Ving - lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Dave Stark - lead guitar, backing vocals
  • Paul Lerma - bass, backing vocals
  • Andrew Jaimez - drums

Additional performers

  • David Urquitti - saxophone on "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones"

Production

  • Fear - producers
  • John Lousteau; Andrew Jamiez - engineer
  • Bill Stevenson - mixing
  • Jason Livermore - mastering
  • Cynthia Correl - photography

Album notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "The Record review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-06-27. 
  2. ^ Robert Christgau - review
  3. ^ Sputnikmusic - review
  4. ^ "Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]". Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 148. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4. 
  6. ^ a b c d "The Fear Record review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2013-03-11.