It Came From Inner Space: The Edmonton Compilation continues a long line of regionalsitic punk compilations, really vinyl coalitions of different factions of underground music pressed to ensure their survival apart from the major label mafia.
The bands included are an an odd lot and the results sound a bit schizophrenic, like an obscurity-laden iPod on shuffle. The pre-Jr. Gone wild (more here) Malibu Kens rough out their cow-punk style, Down Syndrome thrash out a brittle, metallic hardcore, the pre-Pursuit of Happiness band facecrime ply a lo-fi power-pop, The Touch and the Thieves gun for a more rough-edged eighties pop sound, Route 66 get their kicks in the garage and The Standards carry the mod-punk banner. And then there's S.N.F.U. In 1984, S.N.F.U. were the shit and these two-and-a-half ragers justify the legend. Fuck, I didn't know till I tried to end this that an S.N.F.U. post is needed toute fuckin' suite!
It Came From Inner Space L.P.