D.R.I. - Dirty Rotten LP (Black Vinyl)
In 1982, hardcore punk was raging all over the world, but more or less every influential, genre-defining band was from the US or the UK. Unlike their British counterparts, however, many of the American bands were trying to play faster than the rest and although there was quite some competition (e.g. Boston's SSD or Austin's MDC), it was three 17 year old kids from Boston who seemed to have come out of nowhere and who took the cake.
Consequently, when D.R.I. finally entered the recording studio to record the Dirty Rotten EP, their only competitors for being the fastest band in the world were Gang Green with their contribution to the "This Is Boston, Not L.A." compilation. Apart from Gang Green, however, there was no other band around in 1982 who played as fast as D.R.I. on this release.
From the first drum beats of "I Don't Need Society" to Kurt's last shouting of "Blockhead!", from 20-second-assaults like "Why", "Balance Of Terror" (the second half, i.e. without the "intro"), "Human Waste", "Draft Me", "F.R.D.C." or "Plastique" to an (over 2 minutes long!) "epic" like "Sad To Be", there is not one redundant note to be found on here. This is hardcore punk at its very best: raw, fast, and in-your-face!
At the time of its release, The Dirty Rotten EP was the fastest album in the world (and it maintained its title for quite some time) and it demonstrated perfectly what hardcore punk was all about: four kids who seemed to explode with creativity, crammed everything into 20- to 75-second songs, then went into a studio to record 22 songs in two days and created a fast, raw and intense masterpiece that still stands as one of the best albums ever made. A truly perfect album!