Attention all puny photocopy punk bands: go fuck yourselves. Give up. Go back to your junior high typing class. Sit in your well-appointed suburban bedrooms decorated with all those rad spikey-haired photo idols. Listen to your itsy-bitsy hardcore records. Nobody cares. I don't. Die Kreuzen don't. I'll listen to this instead. All their greatest stuff, all sledgehammer big, all original. This is so fucking great (in Tim Yohannon's words) that all that horseshit that passes for punk nowadays doesn't even upset me anymore. This exists too, and that's enough. - Steve Albini, 1984
Man, these guys really suck. Steer clear unless you're into bad 80's style arena rock. - Robert Griffin, 1991
By the time crap like Century Days rolled around, most people (including myself) who were rabid fans of Die Kreuzen's earlier stuff had pretty much given up on them. I'll admit that I dug "Gone Away" for about a week, as well as their version of Aerosmith's "Seasons of Whither" (mostly because I've heard it's a real bitch of a song to cover), but that's about it. Of course, the idiots at mainstream mags like Kerrang! and such were all over the Die Kreuzen bandwagon by then, listening to "Lean Into It" and emerging from their King Crimson flashbacks just long enough to think that they were plugging a real punk band, but they weren't even close. In the end almost every Sub Pop band and every grunge record sold in the early 90's would sound exactly like Die Kreuzen, so who was wrong: them, or us?
"Pink Flag"/"Land of Treason", released in '90, was somewhat of a last gasp-- reaching back to cover two proto-punk bands, Wire and The Germs, to which Die Kreuzen held little resemblance to anymore. I'll admit that I think the speedy, Skid Row-ish cover of "Land of Treason" is fairly decent (though I've never heard the original-- not my thing); as for
Die Kreuzen -
"Land of Treason"
(these files are now listen-only)