The Record (album)

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The Record
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 16, 1982 (1982-05-16)
RecordedDecember 1981 at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, Los Angeles
GenreHardcore punk, punk rock
LabelSlash (SR 111)
ProducerGary Lubow
Fear chronology
The Record
More Beer
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 May 16, 1982 by Slash Records. It was produced by Gary Lubow. The album was reissued on CD in 2007 with the single "Fuck Christmas" as a bonus track.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Record Collector5/5 stars[2]
The Village VoiceC+[3]

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] Record Collector's Mark Rigby called it "probably the most exciting and impressive, one-dimensional, ill-mannered, distasteful, odious 'hate' record ever made".[2]


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.

Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan picked the song "We Destroy the Family" for his 2016 list, "The 10 Best Punk Songs", and said, "Fear’s debut album The Record still gets played backstage before I go on".[6]

"Let's Have a War" was included on the Repo Man soundtrack album and covered by A Perfect Circle on the album eMOTIVe.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Lee Ving, except where noted.

Side one
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
1."We Destroy the Family" (written by Ving and Cramer)1:54
2."I Love Livin' in the City"2:05
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
Fear - The Fear Record.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 6, 2012 (2012-11-06)
RecordedJune 2012
GenreHardcore punk
LabelThe End
Fear chronology
American Beer
The Fear Record
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[7]

In June 2012, a 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.[7] 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".[7] 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".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ving, except where noted.

Side one
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
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


Original version[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"


  • Fear – producers
  • John Lousteau, Andrew Jamiez – engineers
  • Bill Stevenson – mixing
  • Jason Livermore – mastering
  • Cynthia Correl – photography

Album notes[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Deming, Mark. "The Record – Fear". AllMusic. Retrieved June 27, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Rigby, Paul (October 2009). "Fear – The Record". Record Collector (367). Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 4, 1982). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]". Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  5. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 148. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
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  7. ^ a b c d "The Fear Record review". Retrieved 2013-03-11.