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Valley of the Yakes/Blatant Localism

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Combining the tracks from J.F.A.'s Blatant Localism 7" and Valley of the Yakes 12" in a single CD, this 1983 release on now-defunct Placebo Records captures the reckless energy of skatepunk's uncontested champions. On this disc, original members Brian Brannon (vocals), Mike "Bam Bam" Sversvold (drums), Don Redondo (guitars), and Mike Cornelius (bass) bust through 21 tracks of vert skate glorification. The surf textures featured on tracks like "Baja" demonstrate the Phoenix, AZ, band's quirky, more open-minded musical approach that the didactic SoCal '80s punk crowd doggedly avoided. Before the dawn of platinum punk, J.F.A. were happy just to exist in their world of rowdy punk shows and year-round skating in a landscape peppered with half-pipes and empty swimming pools. The Phoenicians made Valley of the Yakes/Blatant Localism strictly to record how much fun they were having, and in so doing, strengthened a generation's claim on rock's original, unfashionable, rebellious identity.