The legendary first album Whatever presented a Doughboys that had a definite hardcore punk edge, instead of the hard rock sheen they later adopted for their breakthrough album, Crush. There are definitely glimpses of the band's keen knack for melody here, but the tempo is generally cranked too high to sustain it for any length of time. A few of the tracks are absolutely wonderful, though, like the turbocharged "You're Related and the more melodic "I Remember." After original label Cargo went out of business, the band reissued it on their own Spahn Ranch label.
Dean Martin Encore of Golden Hits collects 20 tracks recorded during the singer's tenure with the Capitol label in the '50s. Included are the original versions of "That's Amore," "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine," and "Memories Are Made of This." Since numerous Dean Martin collections from both his Capitol and Reprise years are easily available, pass on this single disc compilation from Germany.
This second collection of early, otherwise unavailable EPs, demos, and compilation cuts from F.Y.P. is not a favorite of the band, but fans apparently demanded that this early stuff be available again, so the band threw together this 43-song CD. But after the first few numbers from the Idiocy 7", like "Jerkoff" and "Toss My Cookies," which are F.Y.P.
standards, the record veers back to when F.Y.P. had yet to hone its skills. Some of these songs are a bit derivative of any typical hardcore band that's been banging around in a garage for a few months, while others sound like practice sessions. They're all recorded as raw as can be, while some sound like they were written on the spot. Also, it's hard to get through the whole record. This one is only for voracious fans of the band who want to check out what they were doing in their infancy from the late '80s to early '90s.