|Christian Lunch, Unreliable Sources (Alternative Tentacles, 1990)|
|Middle Class, Homeland (Pulse Records, 1982)|
All the bands, with the exception of The Minutemen, haven't appeared in any of the previous volumes, so these notes are going to be sketchy because I don't have the time to ruminate in any serious way on the tracks. They are also in (roughly) alphabetical order. For what that's worth.
Battery Farley is still pretty much a mystery to me, though it appears an “underground” producer named Jeff Farley is behind it all. There is a YouTube video the band performing an unreleased track, “Bagman on Sunset,” which if anything has an unforgettable snarkey resonance. The LP Dress for Obscurity is pretty interesting, and they seem to be symptomatic of one aspect of “New Wave” here in LA, which is that for all the synthesizers and dance beats, much of it is completely uncommercial. There's a cheap copy of Dress for Obscurity sitting in the stacks at Amoeba Records that I want to snag when I have some cash.
I don’t know anything about Bay Of Pigs except that they recorded an EP called Wife Swapping in Granada Hills and appeared on the first Viva Los Angeles compiltion. I don’t think they are the same band that recorded the LP Plastic Pig.