Upsetting
Sunday, July 27, 2003
 
A long time ago I was in a thrift store looking through all the old cassette tapes. I liked to buy the 90-minute ones for a quarter each and tape stuff off the radio and CD's. I came across a piece-of-shit tape with RAGAN YOUTH written on one side and DESSENDENTS scrawled on the other. Whoever made the tape was so punk they didn't care how the names of the bands were spelled.

The Descendents side I'd heard, it was the fart-happy record Enjoy.

But I'd never heard Reagan Youth, I don't think, though I'd heard a lot about them. How could you forget that classic name?

The little tape was in terrible shape, and I think whoever made it must've just put a microphone up to a speaker to make the copy. There was only about an EP's worth of Reagan Youth before Enjoy started, and even the Descendents were interrupted by a brief bit of the Fishbone song "Cholly."

What I heard -- crude as it was, in recording and performance -- of RY I loved, and I always told myself I would get a real copy of that record. I think the mini solo on "Degenerated" is my favorite guitar solo of all time. (By the way, that song is the one that those guys covered for their big break in the movie "Airheads.")

So this morning, I was looking on the Internet for some info about the RY compilation A Collection of Pop Classics, I found this little bio about the band and how one of the bandmember's girlfriend was killed by a New York serial killer named Joel Rifkin.

Small world, I guess.
 
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