This was a promotional CD released by Reprise Records in conjunction with the release of Silver & Gold, featuring an interview with Neil Young along with excerpts from the then-new disc.
The first and best wave of L.A. punk bands from 1977-1979 all broke up under-documented and unsigned, with the exception of X, the Germs, and, to a lesser extent, the Plugz. But the legacy of incredible pioneers such as the Weirdos, Dils, Controllers, and Screamers was the wide success of the harder, faster, younger bands that followed. The interest the 1977 bands awakened not only inspired the formation of Black Flag, Circle Jerks, T.S.O.L., Social Distortion, Agent Orange, Fear, the Adolescents, and others, but helped create a national market, enabling the newer bands to find labels, put out albums, and tour regularly. the Adolescents were perhaps the first of this second wave to put out an LP widely distributed throughout the U.S., selling well over five digits in 1981 (following on the heels of San Francisco's Dead Kennedys, who broke the doors open with their immortal Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables the previous year).
A founding member of three of the most successful bands of the post-punk era, singer/songwriter Tanya Donelly was born July 14, 1966, in Newport, RI. At the age of 16, she and stepsister Kristin Hersh formed Throwing Muses, which in 1985 became the first American band ever signed to the influential British label 4AD; not only did the Muses' dreamy, swirling guitar sound prove highly influential on many of the alternative acts to emerge in their wake, but they also made any number of unprecedented advances into the male-dominated world of underground rock…
A four-song German-released EP with cuts from Fireships ("I Will Find You") and The Noise ("Like A Shot, The Entertainer") bracketed by German versions of "Auto" (from In A Foreign Town) and "His Best Girl" (from Fireships.) The latter cut, retitled "Favorit," has Hammill (Van Der Graaf Generator) sounding quite unlike himself until the end, with his measured delivery of the lyrics (in a somewhat French accent!) Proving highly compelling. "Auto (Wieder im Wagen)," meanwhile, becomes even more chaotic and surreal than the original, though the mix on this version is very weak indeed. A fascinating curiosity, though.