The Units – History of the Units

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.

The Units 1980

I really can’t recommend this CD enough. Long Live the Units!

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6 Responses to The Units – History of the Units

  1. MRow says:

    Are these moustaches for real? If so THE UNITS are my new heroes.

  2. Tex Nology says:

    Hey man,
    I’ve been enjoying your LAST DAYS “fashion” blog for a couple years now … I think I saw the WMB/iNight, Leg Warmer review shortly after it came out …

    so it was a real pleasure to see the new (great) review of “History of the Units” there!

    I am a bit upset though, that you failed to comment on our disco suits and fake mustaches on this go-around …
    The one time we actually TRY to look dorky … and nobody notices.
    Cheers anyway

  3. Marcel says:

    I must say the Units, along with the Mutants, Pink Section and Inflatable Boy Clams, put out some of the most amazing music. They are totally under valued for their contribution to punk history. If these bands were from NY there would be articles upon articles and retrospectives and Thurston Moore would go on and on about them and never shut up. At last no they were from SF. When I was DJ years ago in Berkeley I stumbled upon the Units and I totally fell head over heels. Their 7″s are awesome and Digital Stimulation is a totally amazing song.

  4. Joe says:

    Tex — I prefer the disco suits to the leg warmers! OK they weren’t leg warmers. I was wrong.

    I think MROW digs the disco look too. As music bloggers, we clearly set the trends on fashion so readers take note. ;)

    Whats funny about all this is that The Units were responisble for possibly the coolest live photo ever with the shot of them performing amidst a bunch of posed athletes in what looks like a gym in the Hardcore California book so all this talk about “dorky” that I started is pointless. The Units were the coolest ever.

    Marcel – I totally agree. I’m a huge fan of all of those bands. The SF scene was in my opinion, the greatest avant garde rock music scene of the late 1970s.

  5. tz says:

    Just bought this today. Too bad they weren’t able to release a complete box-set with everything they recorded, but this is better than nothing.

  6. Marcel – I totally agree. I’m a huge fan of all of those bands. The SF scene was in my opinion, the greatest avant garde rock music scene of the late 1970s.

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