ALLIN, GG AND THE JABBERS  Out For Blood  7" VINYL   (TPOS)   7.99

The latest edition of the original 1997 release, featuring the Jabbers-backed version of Allin's outfit. I'm pretty sure that the Jabbers were his first backing band (to be followed by the Scumfucs) and in any event, this gets you some relatively early recordings from the human time-bomb.

The first side has two cuts from a May '83 session at David Peel's Death House, with boombox-level sound quality that makes me feel like Allin is about to reach right through the speakers and cold-cock me. That shreddin' title anthem "Out For Blood" is a classic blast of atavistic hardcore punk that uses a hammering riff suspiciously similar to Venom's "Countess Bathory" (may the chicken n' egg speculations ensue...), fast four chord mayhem blazing at sicko tempos and rotten to the pulpy core; it's a key slice of early 80's Allin / Jabbers work that strips the mascara off your face as brutally as anything this particular incarnation of the band belted out. That's followed by four other songs of lo-fi violence that emit dangerous levels of radiation hatred and contempt; the Jabbers were a vicious crew, balancing right there on the edge between that older late 70s American punk melodicism and the clenched-fist barbarity of first wave Hardcore. "Sixty Nine" is more power-pop abandon, a big clanky Kinks-esque hook busted out of sloppy electric guitars and grubby grin stretching across that mangled mug.

The other side is all from 1982, starting with the one-two Hardcore punch of the apocalyptic fast-as-fuck "Nuclear Attack" and the primitive juiced-up caveman New Wave of "You’re Wrong, I'm Right", both from a Club Merrimack set in New Hamshire. The closer is the utterly silly "Fags In The Living Room", a puerile behind-the-scene dig at the legendary Rhode Island venue of the same name; it's a no-fi pop-goof recorded in GG's bedroom, basically his absurd dragged-out lyrics over a staccato guitar strum. Pretty dumb, but par for the course. It's soaked in the degradation and mindless violence I'm lookin' for with these releases, not to mention its historical significance.