Welcome to the soundtrack to my early college years (he emits a *sigh* in the most reluctant manner possible), for better or worse. My reticence towards this one is less exaggerated than I'm letting on. But before delving any further, as the title might imply, this one is a consolidation of three shorter form Self Mutilation compilations, specifically 7" eps, issued by the Aussie Hippy Knight label between 1991-93. If it's "power pop" or anything on a remotely genteel tip you're seeking, best advised you move along.
The Mutilation series was bejeweled with a cabal of the era's most effective and grating noisenik punksters and grunge-amok hopefuls, with virtually none of it's participants breaching into the mainstream. But as an international scene snapshot, this disc exposes the gritty, subterranean muck that even labels like Amphetamine Reptile weren't wiling to approach, or at the very least make a monetary investment in. The likes of Atomic 61, Sandy Duncan's Eye and Meanies may ring a little raucous to some ears, but there's also thecomparatively less high strung Seaweed, You Am I and Superchunk, the latter of whom turn in a casual, 4-track acoustic version of "Cool," worth the price of admission alone. As a parting recommendation, check out Green Magnet School's deliciously raw, but slyly tuneful "Blind In My Mouth," sounding something like a long-lost Dramarama demo.
01. Coffin Break - Cry
02. You Am I - Snake Tide
03. God And Texas - 1066
04. Jonestown - El Segundo
05. Green Magnet School - Blind In My Mouth
06. Free Moving Curtis - Fire
07. Poppin' Mommas - Now I Love Her
08. Sandy Duncan's Eye - Polsen Petroleum
09. Mother's Day - Birdy
10. Superchunk - Cool
11. Erectus Monotones - Tweeter And Quibble
12. Screamfeeder - Snail Trail
13. Vertigo - Shallow Water
14. Nunbait - Shit For Brains
15. Alien Boys - Timothy
16. The Stump Wizards - Fire
17. Seaweed - Selfish
18. Atomic 61 - Pussy Juice
19. Seaweed Goorillas - Incest
20. The Meanies - People Like Me
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