Germ Free Adolescents

Honor Dishonor (Germ Free Adolescents)

Germ Free Adolescents
From 1987 to 1991, the Germ Free Adolescents slunk from Kent to Cleveland like the undead bastard children of the Cure and A Flock of Seagulls. Borrowing the band's title from an X-Ray Spex album, a rotating lineup of gloomy guys adopted names like Dave Despair and Stic Catholic and played gothy post-punk for local Bauhaus fans who needed something to dance to on the weekends. The spider-hair lads even made it as far as CBGB's before realizing they were a few years late and several bucks short (as evidenced in this retrospective's no-fi production).

On cuts like "Stitches," the band drenches songs in washed-out guitars while setting their keyboards to creepy-crawl. If you were on the scene, the disc might make a nice souvenir. If you weren't, it just sounds tinny and derivative. Thank the powers of darkness that Trent Reznor and Pro Tools came along.

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