Scream: The Compilation

Rating: 90%

scream.jpgIn 1987, during the Hair and Glam Metal scene, L.A. was already bracing itself for the next wave of Alternative music. Scream was a mid-late 80’s nightclub in Los Angeles, CA. It was here that the next generation of musicians would come about.

To get the word out, Geffen Records releases “Scream, The Compilation.” It was through these kinds of releases that people from all over would get a chance to hear something new that wasn’t exactly being played over the airwaves. It was through these compilations that people could check out new bands and sample their music.


A1 –Jane’s Addiction, Pigs In Zen, 3:59

This was band that I first heard of before they became popular. This song was so refreshing to hear. Up until now, Glam Metal ruled everything.  I remember when the song “Been Caught Stealing” came out. It was such a treat to hear. It was something different.

A2 –Caterwaul, Manna And Quail, 4:47

This band has a great overall sound with strong female vocals. Think of the early 1980’s Alternative sound, but more polished. This band has an overall strong sound which is enjoyable to listen to.

A3 –Human Drama, Wave Of Darkness (Highway 99), 3:34

This band had a lot of potential. They sound great using a collection of the early 1980’s Alternative music influences. It sounds good and the vocals are strong. It has that Rockabilly feel to it when I hear the guitar work on in some of the areas, including the beginning introduction.

A4 –Francis X And The Bushmen, Grey Talk, 4:23

So, the introduction of this song is weird. But there is a a good guitar riff to it. This song screams 1980’s New Wave music.

A5 –TSOL, All Along The Watchtower, 3:03

So, TSOL has been around for a while. It began as a Punk band and now has made it way to more of a Glam Metal sound. This band probably has done one of the best remakes of a popular cover by Bob Dylan. The musicianship is very strong.

B1 –Delta Rebels, Teenage Lipstick Girls, 2:52

This song made no sense at all. But I did like the overall riff and classic rock feeling. It’s upbeat and fun to listen to.

B2 –The Hangmen, Rotten Sunday, 3:36

Psychobilly never sounded so good. I love this version of the song more so, than the regular album version. It’s got plenty of decent guitar work and vocals.

B3 –Tender Fury,  Slaughter The Lion, 3:49

I love the bass riffs on this song. That’s the first thing I noticed when I first heard this. The guitar riff is pretty cool to. I do love the guitar solo on this song. This song has a Punk feeling, but it’s not really Punk. Just another great example of an L.A. band trying to make it to the big time.

B4 –Abecedarians, They Said Tomorrow, 5:19

This song has that classic Alternative feel combined with New Wave and Punk.  It’s full of great guitar work as well as bass lines. The even keeled tempo is nice. It’s enough to get you pumped, but not enough for you to go full blown head bang mode. Now, as far as lyrics go, it’s a bit weak.

B5 –Kommunity FK, Something Inside Me Has Died, 4:10

I love the bass on this song. The bass is what sets this song to a level of greatness. The keyboards gives this song that classic touch of  the late 1970’s early 1980’s Alternative music. Even the guitar itself has that same feeling. Vocally, it’s weird.

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