"Self Mutilation vol. 3" is probably the comp that had me thinking for a lot of years that Vertigo were an Australian band, which only goes to show that I probably didn't read the sleeve to this record very well. Despite the obvious noise/grunge factor due to the times, this is actually a pretty decent compilation, and on violet-colored vinyl no less. Vertigo cover the redoubtable Flesheaters, and Nunbait cover one of my favorite songs of all time, the Bastards' "Shit For Brains" (tho it's a decidedly low-calorie version). Then on the flipside you've got the Stump Wizards, from Pennslyvania, with probably my favorite track on the whole comp-- a cover of "Fire" from Brian Wilson's "Smile".
The only band I'm leaving off is Seaweed, who were all poised to become the Kiss of the '90s until, you know, Kiss became the Kiss of the '90s. While their track (the only non-cover on the comp) doesn't completely suck, there's some noticeable wobbles in the source tape, meaning the decision was already made for me.
"Shit For Brains"
Stump Wizards -
(all of these files are now listen-only)