Murphy’s Law – Murphy’s Law/Back with a Bong
A very good friend recorded me these albums when we we’re still in college. At that time it still wasn’t compiled as a 2 in 1 album so I have to record it on both sides of the cassette tape. Very classic hardcore albums, one of the best that came out of the NY hardcore scene. Murphy’s Law is a great band and these albums is what made them a household name. Here’s a review for a more detailed description:
The eponymous Murphy’s Law debut is perhaps one of the most rocking New York punk releases to appear in the ’80s. The manic tempos, masochistic vocals, and other hardcore signatures are toned down here to better suit the group’s party message. Apolitical when compared to hard-line contemporaries like Cro-Mags and Agnostic Front, Murphy’s Law shoots for an inebriated slice-of-life essence more aligned with Boston’s Gang Green. The right-wing and skinhead references didn’t exactly sit well with some ’80s punk observers who mistakenly labeled the band as fascist. But even a casual study of “California Pipeline” and “Ilsa” reveals an allegiance contrary to the skinhead stereotype. Highlights include the Ace Frehley-inspired guitar work on Skinhead Rebel as well as the rockabilly “Wahoo Day” groove. A must-have for fans of the group and a strong recommendation for any ’80s punk scholar, Murphy’s Law is simply a fun ride. – Allmusic
Now the second half of this 2 in 1 album does not fare that good against the first half but it’s still a joy ride. I also think that the self titled album is much better. Besides it comes as a bargain so who wouldn’t want that, eh? The lyrical themes of drinking and partying is what separates them from other NYHC bands who dwell with the political side. A trait that is shared with Boston’s Gang Green BUT, fortunately ML did not go metal.