Why? What? When? Where? Why?
Bomp Records, 1979
With the exception of "Happy People", the Ramones-infected opening cut, I never much liked this record. Not much energy, easy targets (jocks, repressed suburbanites, couch potatoes, gun nuts), boooring rockabilly cover- It was just a totally unispired follow-up to such great songs as "Destroy All Music" and "We Got the Neutron Bomb" - I guess we all have to grow up sometime.
- Cosmic Waste has beaten me to posting "Happy People" - go check out their MP3 page (Black Flag, Vandals, Germs, Fear, MORE) for scads of SoCal punk... see also videos, band flyers and the photos links.
- John Denney wrote a short history/obit of his band and the great punk rock virtual museum Breakmyface has it - here's the well said summary paragraph:
My last acknowledgement: Musically speaking, the Weirdos were a speeded-up Rock and Roll hybrid, equal parts Stones, Faces, Who, Stooges and New York Dolls. But without a doubt, the main catalyst in the development of the Weirdos was the release of the Ramones' first album. That's what pushed us over the edge. See kids, we respect our elders.
- The official Weirdos site is now defunct but here's a fan site (Weird World Web) that is infrequently updated.
- A recent cover of "Happy People" by The BiPolar won an NYC song competition. Here's the MP3 - recommended for back to back listening.
- This record is still available from the late Greg Shaw's record label -- click on the album cover picture above (it's their image, so give them some love and peruse their catalog).