“Punish Or Be Damned” by The Screamers
The Screamers never released an official recording. Ever. Not one. Sure, they were one of the hottest bands in L.A. for a time, but they never made a record. They cut several demos and a few of their shows at the Whiskey A Go Go were bootlegged and appear in dodgy collections like In A Better World, which I consider Mandatory Punk, and someone even put together a cool Screamers DVD awhile back, but—let me say it again—there are no official Screamers records. The band simply never made an album. Ever. End of story.
(Except… there are rumors, alright? Rumors that The Screamers recorded a full-length album but shelved the tapes, having decided that the recordings were unsatisfactory. Meaning there could be a pristine, studio-quality recording of The Screamers sitting in a closet somewhere, and if you found it, you’d be a goddamn millionaire. So if you’re in the mood for a treasure hunt, why not go searching for the Holy Grail of L.A. Punk?)
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