Good Riddance – “For God And Country” LP
Every so often I spot a record that I used to sell back in the first-generation days of this distro, that has been kept in availablity ever since. And it makes me curious to find out how much interest it can still generate a couple* of decades later…(*getting on for three decades. Ouch!) A prime example, here’s the debut album from Santa Cruz’s Good Riddance. With a sound that was all about classic Southern Californian punk – minus both the 90’s cartoon/frat boy humour that you can’t help associate with this label, or the cringe-inducing casual sexism that tarnished a fair few recordings from this same coastal region back in the 1980s (put another way, Lag Wagon/Pennywise and D.I./Descendents). Like fellow label mates Propagandhi, these guys were fired-up on social justice issues, and kept a healthy preference toward hardcore values rather than those mid-nineties throw-away pop-punk products. Yeah, I’m such a self righteous snob. But, ’tis good to welcome this one back in again.