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ARTIST
TITLE
Where's My Towel/Industry Standard
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
MCR 903LP MCR 903LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/5/2013

"Skate punk (neé skate rock) may have been one of the defining sounds of Southern California in the late '80s/early '90s, but its origins were in another time and place. It began, in fact, in post-outlaw country 1970s Austin, Texas. That's where singer Randy 'Biscuit' Turner, guitarist Tim Kerr, bassist Chris Gates, and drummer Greg Murray were mixing the prevailing trend of playing hard and fast with playing loose and funky. In 2013 Light in the Attic's Modern Classics Recordings imprint is set to reissue the band's 1981 debut album, Where's My Towel/Industry Standard. The Big Boys came from the same scene that spawned Scratch Acid, The Dicks, and MDC, but stood out with music that ventured far beyond post-punk angularities and hardcore machismo. With features in the earliest issues of Thrasher Magazine and coveted spots on their influential skate rock tape comps, Big Boys were the first band to be labeled "skate rock." Originally released on the Wasted Talent label, their debut album is a classic of American independent music. Lyrically inspired by the group's growing dissatisfaction with the local hardcore scene and how the release of their Live at Raul's split record with the Dicks was handled, musically the album showed a move from the prevailing sound of the time. In this, Where's My Towel's sound has roots in funk, rock and avant-garde noise guitar as much as punk. Original album art expanded to a gatefold 'tip-on' jacket with spot UV gloss. Gatefold jacket features an unpublished 1982 photo of the band by artist Bill Daniel. Includes download card for 320 kbps MP3 of entire album."