The Units -History of the Units (Community Library Records) 2009. Community Library Records has released a great new anthology of synth-punk pioneers The Units early work. The Units are a Last Days favourite, in fact I wrote about them way back in 2006 in my 6th post ever. They were one of the principal reasons I started this blog along with The Urinals, The Deadbeats and The Middle Class. Looking at my original post, I am ashamed to say that I pointed out that the later, more commercial Units looked “dorky and stupid”. While I believe they went in a wrong direction, that was rather harsh and I would like to retract it. I was not the witty wordsmith then that I am today. Growing up in public is difficult, just ask Gary Coleman.
Anyway, I digress. This CD is amazing. My only gripe is I think they should have compiled everything from the early years instead of picking and choosing songs from various releases but that gripe is minor when compared to a. how amazing these things sound remastered and b. the rarities and obscurities on it dating back to 1977. Like Chinas Comidas, The Units were utterly fearless and experimental but in the great California tradition they also approached their work with a kitschy sense of humour that made it all a lot of fun.
I really can’t recommend this CD enough. Long Live the Units!