When it’s Not Really a Greatest Hits Album

Old school hardcore fans looking to pick up a Circle Jerks collection take note: Golden Shower of Hits is not a greatest hits collection. It’s their third, and probably worst, studio album. The second side has a medley of punk rock versions of crummy songs from the ’70s. The medley tells the story of the birth and death of a relationship by going from “Afternoon Delight” to “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” which is sort of clever, I guess. But clever enough? No.

Also, it’s probably out of print and its one of the most famous ripoffs in rock history, but the story of “Best of the Beatles” is too good not to share. There’s probably at least one person out there who doesn’t know this story, right? Anyway: Ringo Starr wasn’t always the Beatles’ drummer. Their first drummer was some dude named Pete Best. He was fired and the Beatles became the Beatles. So he put out a solo album featuring his name and the name of his old band. Ever since, bands have been wary of hiring musicians with last names like Hits, Selections and Essentials.

Which is too bad, because Johnny Selections was one hell of a bass player.


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