The Pagans - The Blue Album
Record Label: Smog Veil Records
Release Date: February 26, 2008
The Pagans were a short lived punk band that emerged from Cleveland in 1977, only to break up in 1979 and play various reunions afterwards. Generally unknown to most people, they have been considered a fairly influential force in the underground Cleveland scene. Surely if they had stayed around long enough to produce new material, they would have been a fairly well known name in the music community akin to Dead Kennedyís or The Misfits.
How is it?
The Blue Album is an incredibly solid punk album. It hits hard and it hits fast. With the exception of one song, there isnít a song that hits a little past the 2:30 mark, and thatís even with banter from the show they were playing. Yes, this album is a live record (recorded in Madison, Wisconsin 1988), and unfortunately, itís not more polished then a shoddy bootleg; and thatís what hurts it the most. Itís hard to understand what lead singer Michael Hudson is actually saying, and all the instrumental levels are messed up. Itís a shame really, because once you get past the noise, itís pretty clear that The Pagans have made some truly good music. So, if you can get past the poor quality, The Blue Album should be a welcome addition to your punk collection.