See, I told you we listen! When we started doing our Re-issues Of Necessity series people started contacting us with suggestions; well this is one of the suggestions!! Classic early punk from Las Vegas' best! 37 tracks in all - includes Murder In A Foreign Place & Last Rites releases.
Around 1983 M.I.A. relocated to Orange County and held their own with all the classic bands of the day, onstage and in the studio.Up north Maximum Rock'n'Roll had adopted them too, bending their own rules to make M.I.A. the only non-Bay Area band on the landmark Not So Quiet On The Western Front compilation.
A normally reserved Jello Biafra offered them this labels services as soon as they walked off stage when he saw them in Las Vegas. The Murder In A Foreign Place ep was the result. It's all here; their side of the Last Rites album (originally split with another band they didn't even know would be on the record). Lost Boysalso includes early demos, lost live tracks and some excellent studio demos that pre-dated their later work.
The LP and CD contain 80 minutes of soaring melodic punk and hardcore with plenty of power and variety. One of the all-time greats at the peak of their powers.
First 1000 LPs come in orange vinyl.
Also includes : early demos, lost live tracks and some excellent studio demos that pre-dated their later work.
Almost 80 minutes of soaring melodic punk and hardcore with plenty of power and variety. One of the all-time greats at the peak of their powers.
P.S.- This is NOT the Sri Lanka/London dance/world music/radical artist/singer M.I.A.. Although our MIA was a band 20+ years before the new M.I.A. even exhibited her first paintings, we think she rocks- just in a REALLY different style of music!
"Here is yet another reason the 80s were a better time for punk. Extensive liner notes and 37 tracks detail the history of one of the finest and most original acts of the 80s hardcore scene. Kicking off with straight-ahead numbers such as 'Modern Way' and 'Small Man in a Big World', this collection quickly turns the corner into more innovative territory. The tempo comes down a little bit, the vocals are more expressive, the arrangements more experimental. 'Murder in a Foreign Place' swings with sickness, snapping fingers serving as the backdrop for dark, ironic lyrics. Smart, sarcastic and witty, this is what hardcore punk is all about."
- Rock Pile
"Alternative Tentacles have started to re-release some really classic stuff on CD in the recent past; MIA would be one such band. They started in 1979 in Las Vegas and broke into the big time with an appearance on the Not So Quiet comp on AT in 1982. This CD collects all the band's recorded works, their four rleleases, plus comp tracks and a few other gems. You can hear bits and pieces that may have had a hand in the evolution of 7 Seconds. This is classic old school Punk at its best, and it comes in a great package with liner notes and a timeline of the band. This west coast Punk Rock will be great for all you fans of TSOL, Agent Orange, and Social Distortion. They apparently also re-mastered these songs because the recordings sound great. Probably the most essential release AT has put out in the second half of 2001." - Volcano
"Just guess how many songs are on this album. No, more. No, more. Close-- but no, more. Well, now you're just being silly. Lost Boys is a greatest-hits collection that contains exactly 37 songs. That should be at least slightly indicative of the length of each song. Recorded from 1982 to 1987, this is SoCal skate punk at its purest. If someone put this CD on and said 'Hey, Bad Religion actually recorded a CD before How Could Hell Be Any Worse and this is it,' I would believe him. I thoroughly enjoy this CD, and I think it's because MIA doesn't have shirts for sale at the mall and they aren't currently trying to salvage themselves on some embarrassing reunion tour (not to my knowledge, anyways)."
- toomuchcoffeeman Magazine