Sunday, April 12, 2009

Reactors, The - 1979 - Meltdown EP (US)

Reactors, The - 1979 - Meltdown EP (US)
Sensing the Social Distortion installment of INE failed to satisfy y'all's insatiable appetite for radioactivity, I decided further exposure was in order. While Three Mile Island may not have delivered on its promise of cheap and easy energy, it sure did wonders for punks with writer's block. Bands calling themselves The Reactors sprung up like bums on a New York City sidewalk, like fistfights at a Texas shitkicker bar, like boredom across the Oklahoma plains. Two thousand five hundred miles away from TMI-2's core, some fallout settled on the Inland Empire and San Bernardino, too, got its own Reactors.
While the 5-song EP has long been scarce, the appearance of "L.A. Sleaze" on 1995's Killed By Death #8½ kicked collector war games into high gear. The record went from seldom seen to virtually vaporized. Luckily, I'd scratched this one off the want list early on and didn't have to face the same heat as my other collecting brethren ... or so I thought.
It wasn't until this summer that I learned my Geiger counter was way off. On a brief stop in Portland, Dr. Abraham King blasted me with a debilitating gamma ray in the form of a rare Reactors picture sleeve variation. While the front of the sleeve was identical, the back had a "cityscape" motif instead of a radiation symbol. Moreover, according to Abe, the "cityscape" sleeve was FIRST. I departed green with my hulkish new burden: find the cityscape sleeve.
A few months later, my nuclear winter thawed thanks to a replacement guitarist. Stored among his records was an expendable Reactors EP complete with the cityscape sleeve. "As for the 2 covers, if I remember correctly what Mike the bassist told me, I think Rob the drummer did one and Dash the singer did one and they printed both up and when one ran out they used the other one. The cover you got was the first one."
And so with the missing Reactors sleeve variation now settled among the stacks so concludes another installment of It Never Ends. Or does it?
source Ryan Richardson at Break my Face (link)


topper said...

great record Felipe....

topper said...

Felipe.......i'm looking for the powerpearls v.a. records

can't find them.....the record store had them all but he sold the last 2 if you find them can u post them

thank you

isksp said...

i'm having some problens with my storage (or the lack of it)... so it's a little bit dificult for me download this hugh comps... but when i get a new HD (amazing how 500gb is almost nothing), i'll search for it (if you help me buy a new hd, that it should be more faster heheh)

always, thanks for your comments, topper


topper said... always take it easy.

And keep up posting those classics.

Anonymous said...

been waiting to hear this forever, thanks! another great post, keep it up.

The Hairy Hands said...

bom pra caralho isso aí. Tem mais material da banda?

The Hairy Hands said...

Realmente sensacional esse disco. Obra-prima. Daqueles que faz a gente pensar "como foi que vivi tanto tempo sem isso"?

isksp said...

esqueci de responder seu comentario completamente, foi mal...

então os Reactors lançaram esse EP e mais um LP q eu jah postei faz um tempo aqui

de novo, foi mal a demora pra responder!