Pack: S/T 12"

Ugly Pop Records


Nobody can tell us that this 1978 German monster isn't one of the best footlongs of the era, a gnarly slab of pure '70s punk rock recorded in an abandoned WW2 bunker with two mics in one session. 'Pack' is just hit after hit, killer songs delivered with snarl, style and non-stop energy. Essential first generation punk, remastered with extensive liner notes and vintage photos!

Our take: So, the first thing I have to say is something Chels pointed out: the guitarist of the Pack (on the right in the photo on the cover) looks just like that bald guy from the American version of Who's Line Is It Anyway?. Take a look, but I'll warn you: it isn't the type of thing that you can un-see. Now that I've gotten through that little nugget, I can talk about this classic German punk LP. I was kind of surprised to learn in the liner notes for this release that Joerg Evers, the founder, guitarist, vocalist, and mastermind of the pack, has some pretty deep roots in the German Krautrock / prog scene, with his previous band 18 Karat Gold producing many future members of the band Amon Düül, and Evers himself actually working with and eventually joining Amon Düül further down the road. Such a connection might lead you to believe that the Pack are "fake punk" of the type compiled on the Who's a Punk compilation, but this is indeed real punk. It's kind of funny that the Pack are German, even, because what the Pack really remind me of the first wave of Australian bands like the Saints, Radio Birdman, and the Chosen Few. I think the shared part of their DNA is the deep influence of wild, 60s rock and roll bands like the Kinks, the Pretty Things, and the Yardbirds... both the Pack and their Australian bands seem to be playing a version of that style updated for the post-album-oriented-rock world of the late 70s. As with most of Ugly Pop's LP reissues, this comes with some great bonus materials, particularly a big fold-out insert with a detailed history of the band, some really killer photos, and full lyrics for the album, and of course the original packaging is reproduced faithfully with only slight updates. As with their reissues of X, PF Commando, etc., if you aren't the type to plonk down the money for an original pressing but you care deeply about this music this is the kind of carefully put together package you want to own. Oh, and just because I haven't said it enough... this album rips musically. The whole thing was recorded in a couple of hours with only two microphones, and the primitive recording perfectly matches the raw and wild energy on display here. Definitely a keeper.
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