The Gits

Kings & Queens

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In 1988, prior to their graduation from Ohio's Antioch College (where the band was formed), the Gits recorded a collection of tracks for a cassette-only release. The cassette, which appeared nearly 4 years before their first "official" album FRENCHING THE BULLY, features early versions of what came to be Gits classics ("Cut My Skin it Makes Me Human" and "Kings & Queens" are especially good). There is also the inevitable track or two that displays more enthusiasm than actual skill, and the odd cover, such as a gritty, sneering version of the Stooges "Loose" that does Iggy and the boys proud.

Other standouts include a version of "It All Dies Anyway" that is slightly looser and more swinging than the subsequent version from FRENCHING THE BULLY, "Snivelling Little Rat Faced Git" (which, incidentally, was the band's original name), a intricate blink-and-you-miss-it sliver of pure punk, and "Still You Don't Know What It's Like," which recalls X circa-UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN. KINGS & QUEENS is a surprisingly well-formed album for what essentially amounts to a collection of demo recordings, and another must-have chapter in the saga of the Gits.

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