Got a notice via email today that AVENGERS: Anthology of the Avengers is set to include the Pink Album. Since this bad boy hasn’t been available for a while, you should take the opportunity to pick it up if you don’t have it in your dusty collection yet.
Seminal San Francisco punk band the Avengers will be performing select West Coast dates celebrating the release of Avengers. This anthology is an eponymous two-CD set collecting the long-unavailable “Pink Album” — their official long-playing studio release — along with outtakes, rehearsal tapes, and live recordings, with liner notes from eminent author and music journalist Greil Marcus. Avengers is being released by Water Records May 15, 2012.
“‘The American In Me’ was a torn flag flown by the Avengers… the best punk band in San Francisco, in moments the best in the country – and what they were claiming was the country itself: the country that the Avengers’ songs said didn’t want them, didn’t recognize them, didn’t hear them, wouldn’t listen.” – Greil Marcus
The Avengers were one of the first and most influential female-fronted punk bands in the U.S. In two short years, June of 1977 to June of 1979, singer Penelope Houston led The Avengers in just over 100 performances, from the Mabuhay and the Masque to supporting the Sex Pistols at Winterland (that group’s legendary final show). They headlined shows with X, the Go-Go’s, and the Dead Kennedys. During their brief existence, The Avengers released the We Are The One 7″ on Dangerhouse Records and the four-song 12″ EP on White Noise. In 1983, drummer Danny Furious and bassist Jimmy Wilsey gathered together these and other studio recordings for the full length self-titled LP – the infamous “Pink Album” – which would soon become the band’s essential release. Out of print for decades, Avengers has been the lost artifact of the first wave of American punk.
New generations of music fans continue to discover The Avengers, and this never-ending demand has spawned countless bootlegs and two official collections of alternate material. As long-time fans wear out their original LP’s and new fans scour the Internet for dubious downloads, the question arises again and again; “When will the ‘Pink Album’ be officially re-released?” After literally years of effort the band has succeeded in making this release possible.
Disc 1 contains the original tracks and tracks order from the 1983 LP.
Disc 2 has the two bonus cuts that first appeared on cassette and CD versions of the “Pink Album” along with live recordings, rehearsal tapes, and studio demos. This set presents twenty-seven different songs and unique versions of four songs — including alternate vocal mixes of “Uh-Oh” and “The American In Me” from the long out-of-print White Noise EP.
May 18th Fri – San Francisco, CA, Café Du Nord
May 19th Sat – Santa Cruz, The Crepe Place w/Pansy Division tix
May 22nd Tue – Seattle The Funhouse w/ Pansy Division
May 23rd Wed – Portland, Dante’s w/Pansy Division
May 25rd Fri – Oakland, New Parrish 1234 Go! Records Fest
May 26rd Sat – Los Angeles – Alex’s Bar w/ the Urinals
May 27rd Sun – Las Vegas PunkRock Bowling – Country Saloon w/ Dickies and