When I posted the "Guillotined at The Hangar" compilation last October, I mentioned that the Reducers' 1st LP back in 1984 was the first independent punk album I'd ever bought. What I didn't realize at the time was that it was still available through the Reducers' web site (www.thereducers.com) for a measly seven bucks. So, I snapped one up a couple of months ago, and here it is-- including the self-censored version of "Out of Step" that I sorta made fun of the last time.
Not having listened to this record in years, I'd forgotten how good most of these songs are; seriously, songs like "All About You" and "So Civilized"-- though they might owe as much to Dr. Feelgood and 70's pub rock as they do punk-- are as hooky as anything ever put out by The Clash, The Knack, or the Buzzcocks, believe it or not. For an unknown record that came out of Eastern Connecticut in 1984, that's pretty amazing, I think. No wonder I ate this up back then, and started craving more stuff along the same lines. Not long after I bought this album, I finally moved to a town that had a couple of decent indie record shops, and bought my first Replacements record; a few months after that, I started a fanzine (Feb. '85), and it was pretty much all downhill after that.
I'm leaving off "No Ambitions", since it suffers sound-wise from being the track closest to the label; I might get to it some other time, if I end up posting The Reducers' first single that it appears on as the b-side (though I don't actually have an original of, just the 1987 repress).
The Reducers -
"Out of Step"
"Small Talk From a Big Mouth"
"Better Homes and Gardens"
"All About You"
(these files are now listen-only)