Nisid Hajari
September 06, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

A Small Circle of Friends

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Various Artists
Producers
Grass

We gave it an B

A small circle of friends? The roster of stars on this homage to seminal L.A. punks The Germs reads like a who’s who of punk and post-punk America — everyone from Black Flag bassist Kira to Courtney Love. Like all tribute albums, Germs (Tribute) A Small Circle of Friends thus suffers from serious overkill (21 songs from a band that put out one album?) But at least the assembled alternarati are talented and varied enough to impose individuality upon these repetitive hardcore romps. An energetic nod to punk spirit that’s less dated than its sound. B

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