Releases

Jan 2016: triple LP/double CD – Amphetamine Reptile [AmRep 105] – World
disc 1 on white vinyl, disc 2 on translucent red vinyl, disc 3 on black vinyl

Tracklist

  • Dopes 1-3
    • Side A:
      1. U-MenBad Little Woman
      2. The Thrown UpsTraffic Accident Sex
      3. Lonely MoansLots of Life
      4. Helios CreedThe Last Laugh
      5. SurgeryAction Candy
      6. CowsAlmost a God
    • Side B:
      1. Halo Of FliesInsecticide Stomp
      2. MudhoneyTwenty-Four
      3. TarAntlers
      4. God BulliesTell Me
      5. TadHabit & Necessity
      6. God BulliesMussolini
      7. King Snake RoostMy Zippo
      8. Pogo The ClownIntro/End
  • Dopes 4-7
    • Side C:
      1. Lubricated GoatBad Times
      2. Thee Mighty Caesars1977
      3. HelmetImpressionable
      4. Gas HufferBefore I Kill Again
      5. JonestownShort Time Left
      6. The CrowsCapital Hillbillies
      7. Jesus LizardPop Song
      8. UnsaneBroke
    • Side D:
      1. Boss HoggRed Bath
      2. VertigoBig Black Bugs
      3. MelvinsEuthanasia
      4. DwarvesLesbian Nun
      5. Casus BelliTelemarketing
      6. HammerheadGremlin Stomp
      7. Cosmic PsychosHard
      8. Fetish 69Deep Scar Man
  • Dopes 8-11
    • Side E:
      1. SuperchunkBasement Life
      2. GuzzardBites
      3. JawboxLow Strung
      4. GodheadsiloLotion Pocket
      5. BoredomsPukuri
      6. SupernovaSugar Coated Stucco
      7. ChokeboreBrittle & Depressing
      8. Love 666You Sold Me Out #2
    • Side F:
      1. Bailter SpaceGlimmer Dot
      2. Steel Pole Bath TubA Washed Out Monkey Star Halo
      3. Chrome CranksDead Man's Suit
      4. BrainiacCookie Doesn't Sing
      5. Today Is The DayExecution Style
      6. Rocket From The CryptTiger Mask
      7. Calvin KrimeFight Song
      8. GauntKiss Destroyer
      9. ServotronMatrix of Perfection

Credits

Mastered by James Plotkin

Cover design – Dave "Deuter" Johnson
Original "Dopey the avenging reptile" – Haze XXL
Design updates & linocuts – Haze XXL

Info

Brittle & Depressing is taken from the Dope Guns 'n Fucking in the Streets Volume 9 double 7-inch compilation.

This release has the same catalog number (AmRep 105) as the War Pussy 10″ by The Melvins, released the following day by Amphetamine Reptile.

Notes

It all started on a half assed plan, a long since forgotten 'zine talked to me about doing a compilation single to come out with the next issue. The finances were vague to foggy at best, but my then 22 year-old ass was already off and running with the idea.

I was fresh back to Minneapolis after a four-year stint as a Marine, three of which were spent out in the Seattle area. The Seattle connection is pretty obvious on the first DGAFITS with 3 out of 4 bands being from there, and I had just put out singles with the U-Men and The Thrown Ups.

Steve Turner from The Thrown Ups asked if I wanted a track from his brand spanking new band he'd just fired up with fellow Thrown Up, Mark Arm. He sent a tape which I immediately jumped over as it sounded fucking aces. Results being that via DGAFITS, AmRep beat Sub Pop to the punch in releasing the first Mudhoney track!

I ordered the first batch of singles, the deadline on the 'zine was not forthcoming. When the test pressings came weeks later, the response was "Um, yeah not sure when the mag will be ready." Months later, the DGAFITS singles show up hot off the UPS truck from St. Louis and no 'zine in sight.

At that point we had about 2/3rds of the fledging label's assets tied up in this project so I said fuck it and called in a new acquaintance, Dave "Deuter" Johnson, to help on the cover. Once he was given the project's title and the one and only drawing of "Dopey the avenging reptile" (drawn at some point during my stint in the USMC as a never gotten tattoo), the only design guideline was "make it look like a Foetus record." Deuter did better than good, he did great. A screaming crypto-commie/fascist propaganda graphic sporting a twisted take on a radical White Panther Party slogan combined with a new and blistering take on punk/alt music. Perfection.

I stuffed the records in the trunk of my '68 Galaxy 500 while working my day job as a security guard in a downtown Mpls parking ramp. It all fell into place and what's not to love? Apparently, the indie music scene of the time felt the same and they sold out in no time flat.

It was the label's 12th release but quickly became one of Amphetamine Reptile's signature institutions. Some of the singles even charted on college radio charts! The LPs certainly did, which is nigh impossible for a compilation. It was a great way to introduce new bands on the label to the world. It was an even greater way to get to work with bands we loved that weren't on the label. Such as tracking down idols like Helios Creed of Chrome fame to do a DGAFITS track led to AmRep working with him full time. Some of those bands even stopped at the old headquarters and cut their track in our studio; Superchunk come to mind. The series even spouted a few bootleg knock-offs like "Crack Uzis n Safe Sex in the Streets Volume One." Followed by a spate of other labels trying to achieve the same success with their own 7″ compilations.

There's been a couple more DGAFITS released in conjunction with recent AmRep anniversary shows, and who knows, maybe Dopey plays phoenix and resurrects his tired ass. There's been more'n a few new bands that indeed spark the flames.

Haze XXL, CEO/Janitor - Amphetamine Reptile Records