Thursday, September 9, 2010

(The) Razz
"Love Is Love"

(The) Razz were supposed to be the next big thing out of Washington, D.C. when I was in high school. It was 1979, though, so the closest I got to listening to stuff even close to punk rock was Bill Nelson's Red Noise. In fact, I took a copy of their lone album, Sound-on-Sound, to a church youth group party in 1979, and it was immediately taken off the stereo: This is . . . punk rock!

So, I never heard (The) Razz when they were playing, but I was aware of them. They were hard to miss; the graphics for their records (there were three, in total) were eye-catching.

When I was in college, and playing catch-up with the local punk and other out-of-the-mainstream music from my high school years, I bought all three records: two 7" singles, and this live EP released between them. 'Twas a wise investment!

The before they were famous tag on this entry is for Tommy Keene, who played on the second and third records, and co-wrote this song (among others).

4 biased opinions:

Biki Honko said...

love this one!!!!!!!!

Unknown said...

How about a download?!!? PLEASE!! Or one for "Bound and Gagged" by The Razz....

If you know where I can buy copies, PRETTY PLEASE let me know at

Thanks very much.

Unknown said...

The streaming player thing is fixed, Sith. If you click the title of the EP above, there are copies for sale on Discogs; currently, there's one available for only $4.99!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for posting this.

This song shows so well how Razz was a phenomenal live band with devoted local base.I was lucky enough to see them, including during a 'reunion' performance in '97 as warmup for the Monkees at DC's 9:30 club.