Funny how Austin’s Big Boys were considered by many to be hardcore and/or skate punk. Sure, they were skaters and they were punks but their music isn’t so easily put into either of those categories. Back in the early 80’s, if you were doing something out of the ordinary or mainstream you were considered a punk. Punk was not just Sex Pistols, Clash and Ramones. In those days punk was what you made it, and Big Boys were one of the originals who made it up as they were doing it.
Don’t let the hardcore, skate punk tag scare you off. Big Boys had more in common with Gang of Four, XTC, Pylon, the Embarrassment and the Minutemen. Back in the early 90’s Touch and Go reissued the band’s full output on CD on the Skinny and Fat Elvis disks. Those two CD’s are highly recommended to get the full Big Boys picture, but up until now nobody had done a vinyl reissue. Light In the Attic has just changed that via their Modern Classic Recordings imprint. They have just reissued the band’s first album Where’s My Towel aka Industry Standard on vinyl in an array of colors in a vibrant yellow gatefold sleeve. Not only is it pretty to hear, but pretty to look at too.
My pre-order came in on Saturday and the record was on my turntable most of Sunday and then on my headphones at work today. It has been total fun to rediscover Big Boys in the vinyl medium they way it was originally intended. The years have not made this record any less vital, humorous and intelligent.
stream: Big Boys – Self-Contortion (from the Light In the Attic reissue)
Check out this short documentary that LITA had made for the reissue. Guitarist Tim Kerr and bassist Chris Gates (Singer Randy “Biscuit” Turner died in 2005 from Hepatitis C) reminisce about what it was really like.