Various Artists
Decline of Western Civilization
Label ©  Slash
Release Year  1980
Length  37:36
Genre  Soundtrack
Personal Star Rating [1-5]  
  Ref#  V-0173
Bitrate  192 Kbps
  Other   Compilation·
    Track Listing:
      White Minority   - Black Flag  
      Depression   - Black Flag  
      Revenge   - Black Flag  
      Manimal   - Germs  
      Underground Babylon   - Catholic Discipline  
      Beyond & Back   - X  
      Johny Hit & Run Paulene   - X  
      We're Desperate   - X  
      Red Tape   - Circle Jerks  
      Back Against the Wall   - Circle Jerks  
      I Just Want Some Skank   - Circle Jerks  
      Bevery Hills   - Circle Jerks  
      Gluttony   - Alice Bag Band  
      I Don't Care About You   - Fear  
      I Love Livin' In the City   - Fear  
      Fear Anthem   - Fear  
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      Review by Alex Henderson

      While director Penelope Spheeris' second Decline of Western Civilization film examined L.A.'s heavy metal/hard rock scene, her first Decline of 1981 focused on the city's hardcore punk scene. The soundtrack to the first Decline takes us back to a time when punk wasn't mainstream-a time when it was underground, cutting-edge and controversial. Sometimes informative, sometimes entertaining and sometimes shocking, Decline was unlikely to convert anyone who wasn't already a punk admirer. The interviewees (who are either punk artists or simply punk fans) and the music tend to come across as angry and hostile, and if you were among those who didn't comprehend punk in the early 1980s, all that hostility wasn't going to win you over. But among confirmed punk fans, this soundtrack is considered essential listening. Recorded in 1979 and 1980, Decline boasts what was the cream of Southern California's punk crop at the time. Black Flag's "Depression," the Circle Jerks' "Back Against the Wall," the Germs' "Manimal," X's unsettling "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline" and Catholic Discipline's Doors-influenced "Underground Babylon" are true punk classics-forceful, urgent, full of anger and in-your-face. Most of the bands are from L.A., but the exception is the Bay Area's nihilistic Fear, which provides gut-level performances of "I Love Livin' in the City" and "I Don't Care About You" (two of its best songs). This superb album is recommended to anyone with even a casual interest in punk.
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