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Classic Album Review: Leftöver Crack | Mediocre Generica

The New York punks deliver some smoking nuggets on their intense sophomore LP.

This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


Whether it’s self-deprecation or social commentary, it takes some guts to call your band Leftöver Crack and title your album Mediocre Generica.

Thankfully, guts are something this Lower East Side foursome has in abundance. Along with a whole roster of intense, adrenalized hardcore, punk and ska tunes to back it up. It’s all right there in front of your nose — and, occasionally, upside your head — on this second full-length album. Bristling with anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-homophobic fury set to frenzied thrashing and lumpy herky-jerk, many of these 13 cuts (sample title: Nazi White Trash) were actually penned by the band’s previous incarnations as No Commercial Value and Choking Victim, for those keeping score at home. Which means, in a way, these smoking nuggets of Crack really are leftovers. Mediocre and generic? Not so much.