This newly remastered vinyl version comes with a download card!
The Alternative Tentacles Reissues of Necessity is back! We’ve hooked another live one from the swirling depths of the most obscure, desirable, and just plain deranged.
Like many early punk pioneers The Eat operated in a near-total vacuum, in that infamous cesspool of clueless retirees and moronic sun worshippers known as South Florida. Forming in 1978 and playing their first show in July of 1979, it took another year before they were able to record. Their classic 7″s were rare and sought after from the moment they came out, distribution was nil, most were given away at shows and crushed on the spot, some even wound up lining a parrot cage. The result is that their 7-inches “Communist Radio” and “God Punishes the Eat” are some of the most sought after and obscenely expensive Killed By Death items ever!
Sure the limited/mangled pressings helped, but the band’s twisted angle on the world has a lot to do with the value placed on their early vinyl. Specifically: political concerns like “Communist Radio”, “Nut Cops”, Kneecappin'” and “Nixon’s Binoculars.” Environmental awareness like “Manatee Smacker,” “M-80 Ant Death,” and “Living Like a Pig,” as well as numerous celebrations of that seedy Florida lifestyle like “Catholic Love”, “Silly Drug Songs”, “Money for the Police” and “Psychotic McHale’s Navy.”
The Eat reappeared sporadically clear through the mid-’90s, yet still seem unaware how wide their cult and notoriety has spread, especially among people who’ve never actually heard them. There’s a lot of information packed into this package to help those latter folks out, in full color!
Both early 7″s are here, the audio dropouts in the five “God Punishes” songs fixed up at last, followed by the entire “Scattered Wahoo Action” cassette album and all the unreleased songs from their aborted “Hialeah” album that was chopped down to their third and final seven inch. Sound is top-floor melodic punk ‘n’ roll – sort of a sped-up Real Kids with rock-bottom Angry Samoans-style lyrics. Disc One’s a whopping 30+ studio tracks, many never before released. The CD version comes with a bonus live disc with two dozen more great-sounding songs and many a crude rude remark from band to audience. A landmark release from a landmark band on a landmark label!