Pagans – The Blue Album

January 01, 1970

(Smog Veil Records)



Formed in the industrial wasteland that was late-‘70s
Cleveland, the Pagans were the result of the same disturbing musical zeitgeist
that spawned the Dead Boys, Rocket From The Tombs and Pere Ubu. Although their
original run was short, but explosive – they first broke up in ’79 – the Pagans
have crawled back up out of the gutter more than once over the past 20 years,
always fronted by growling vocalist Mike Hudson and buzzsaw guitarist Mike


The Blue Album is
the result of one of those reunions, the Pagans captured live in some dive in Madison, Wisconsin
in ’88. The sound ain’t half-bad, considering the crude recording, and the
performance is the epitome of raw power: drunken, sloppy, and loud, with plenty
o’ feedback, distortion, attitude, and crackling energy. More than a mere
archival document, The Blue Album offers a balls-to-the-wall, first-gen punk-rock experience.


Standout Tracks: “Heart Of Stone,” “Us And All Our Friends Are So Messed

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