This is a compilation of alternative bands from the Chicago area circa 1987, and it really is much more "alternative" than the cover would suggest - lots of it is rather quaint indie rock, not pigfuck noise you might expect from looking at the cover or flipping it to find a Big Black song in the track listing. Some of the bands here really remained obscure for a reason, but there is good stuff on it - the aforementioned Big Black in a strangely "funky" sounding edition, the dark Americana of an early version of Freakwater (here called Mojo something-or-other - I first thought it was an alias for Mojo Nixon, but the Internets say otherwise), a cool track by the pre-fame Urge Overkill, two nice otherwise unreleased songs by Joe Haggerty's Bloodsport and (already featured on this blog) Precious Wax Drippings, and so on. Nothing to really get your panties wet about, but still worthy of preservation.
1. Bloodsport - Ink of Your Soul (3:50) 2. God's Acre - 1-2 a Boy's Life (3:33) 3. Mojo Wishbean & Trippy Squashblossum - Little Black Train (2:35) 4. Urge Overkill - Last Train to Heaven (3:41) 5. Precious Wax Drippings - No Place I Can't Go (2:17) 6. The Garden - Walking through the Darkness (4:41) 7. Big Black - Big Money (live) (2:42) 8. The Defoliants - The End (3:51) 9. Permabuzz - Drivin' (3:20) 10. The Sapphires - Evil Eye (2:54) 11. Ungh! - Turn the Light On (2:39) 12. Material Issue - Chance of a Lifetime (3:04) 13. End Result - Truly Evil Thought (2:48)