Previously I posted First Record by The Offs. I pointed out that this album could win an award for most under-rated new wave LP ever. A lot of the criticism of the LP stems from the perception that it does not live up to their earlier material, which I believe is untrue.
A lot of us were made familiar with The Offs on Jello Biafra’s classic Let Them Eat Jellybeans comp. The Offs were on side 2 (the arty side) with “Everyone’s a Bigot” which was sort of a reggae/funk driven track. “Everyone’s a Bigot” is also the A Side of thier first single. The B Side is “Zero Degrees” which is one of thier “punkier” numbers. The Offs sound was pretty unique for San Francisco at that time. People have always had a hard time classifying them. Were they a ska band? A punk band? Funky new wave?
I do not own The Offs second single. I remember not liking it much. I thought their version of “Johnny Too Bad” was inferior to The Slickers original version. As far as I know it is not on any other blogs at this point….
Judged in this light, First Record by The Offs was a successful contemporary of The Bush Tetras and James Chance. The final single has a different version of “You Fascinate Me” from First Record along with a solid ska tune. After that, what happened to The Offs?
The Offs – First Single (1978)
A. Everyone’s A Bigot
B. Zero Degrees
The Offs – Third Single (1980)
A. You Fascinate Me
B. My World