Various Artists


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A snapshot of the American indie rock scene circa the late '80s as interpreted by the fine folks at Hoboken's Away From the Pulsebeat fanzine. Green (Jeff Lescher) even provides a theme song, the power poppy "Away From the Pulsebeat" -- one of the strongest tracks on the collection. Other notable contributions include Mudhoney's driving version of the Dicks' "Hate the Police" (which can now be found on several of their releases, including March to Fuzz), Jad & David Fair and Daniel Johnston's spare "Ashes on the Ground," and Urgeover Killdozer's sludgy, Steve Albini-produced take on Crow's "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games with Me)" (retitled "Evil Womyn"). The latter group is exactly what it sounds like: Chicago's Urge Overkill in collaboration with Madison, WI's Killdozer. The early Beat Happening selection, "Christmas," which eschews guitar in lieu of an atonal recitation from Calvin Johnson about "disappointment, heartache, pain" over a grating rhythm track, is certainly one of their most arresting, but not necessarily one of their best.

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