Monday, February 2, 2009

One: We Are The One

"We will build a better tomorrow,
the youth of today will be the tool
American children built for survival,
fate is our destiny and we shall rule..."

How about that for a manifest? Led by spiky-haired singer Penelope Houston, San Francisco quartet the Avengers recorded this optimistic anthem for the legendary Dangerhouse label back in ´77. It´s my fave out of an excellent first crop of early US westcoast punk singles, beating the Screamers, Crime, Nuns, Weirdos, X and the Germs by a narrow margin.

"We are not Jesus Christ
We are not fascist pigs
We are not capitalist industrialists
We are not communists
We are the one..."

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