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Classic Album Review: MIA | Lost Boys

Meet a veteran hardcore outfit whose wit & skills put them a notch above the rest.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


With so many ’80s punk albums out of print, there are plenty of bands from that era that are MIA. Including the actual MIA, a brash SoCal-via-Las Vegas outfit that issued a handful of hardcore discs between ’81 and ’87.

If you aren’t one of the lucky few who owns a scratchy old copy of Murder In A Foreign Place or Notes From the Underground, this retrospective from Jello Biafra’s Alternative Tentacles label will fill that gap in your collection. The 72-minute Lost Boys compiles a whopping 37 essential tracks from this Damned-inspired quartet, whose snide wit (Reality is Killing Me, I Hate Hippies), superior songwriting skills and solid musicianship raised them a notch above the one-dimensional snot-merchants of the day. Bring these boys home.