Adolescents “Naughty Women In Black Sweaters: The Complete Demo’s 1980-1986”

Album Reviews | Mar 22nd, 2005

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Record Label: Frontier Records
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I’ve never really been an avid listener of the Adolescents, but I didn’t mind the songs that I had heard. The Adolescents are one of the early punk bands that bordered on the line of hardcore punk and pop punk. Some songs would kick you right in the ass like a Dead Kennedys song while others would have you singing along ala Screeching Weasel.

The Adolescents line up was ever-changing ala Screeching Weasel. The Adolescents that this disc covers was only together for a couple of years or so from 1980-87 and only managed to release a handful of albums or EPs. “The Complete Demos” would probably be something that only the hardcore Adolescents fan would pick up. The quality of most of the songs is very lackluster, but for punk bands in this era it was very common with some songs being above par. Unfortunately, most of the demos sound like they were recorded on a cassette player in the bathroom, which they probably were. I did find it refreshing to listen to some real music after the last few discs that I listened to so this album was a welcome sight. The disc runs in at about a half an hour and manages to squeeze 16 songs into this timeframe.

Bottom Line: If you’re a fan of the Adolescents or early 80’s punk music in the vein of Screeching Weasel or the Descendents, and you don’t mind the raw recording sound, then you would probably enjoy this disc. If you’ve never heard of the Adolescents or want to give them a listen for the first time, your best bet is to try one of their other albums like O.C. Confidential first.
Notable Tracks: I Hate Children, Richard Hung Himself, Amoeba
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