Live 92

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In the depths of the grunge era, seemingly the only bands in the Bay Area who wanted to sound more like the Sonics than Black Sabbath were the Mummies and the crazed power trio Supercharger. Though the latter group didn't last long, their shadow has remained long through their later invention of the Donnas, who immediately became much less interesting as soon as Supercharger guitarist Darin Raeffelli stopped writing their songs, and bassist Greg Lowery's impressive resume of short-lived garage-punk bands and his estimable Rip Off Records, has dusted off this 1992 hometown set for release. At 14 songs in 24-and-a-half-minutes, this is Supercharger at their purest, bashing through dead simple three-chord riff-punk with the enthusiasm-beats-polish energy that marks the difference between the inspiredly amateurish and the merely incompetent. Essential for fans, but also not a bad starting point for newcomers.

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