What Records Comp. E.P. 7″

what_comp_sleeve.jpgI really wish I could remember where I got this from. It was when I entered the eBay madness that I realised I had a gem laying around that I hadn’t payed much attention to mainly cause it didn’t had a sleeve. It was re-issued some years ago. What Records was also responsible for releases by The Germs and The Dils. Three classic LA bands with three great tunes. Here’s what Johnny Stingray(who later went on to KAOS) had to say in an interview done in 2001: “– What’s your favourite Controllers song? – My fave controllers song will always be ‘Neutron Bomb’. It was my first song and when I listen to it today, I still love that stupid intro. And my guitar solo kicks!“.


Country: USA
Year: 1978
Label: What?
Format: 7″
The Eyes – Don’t Talk To Me.mp3
The Controllers – (The Original)Neutron Bomb.mp3
The Skulls – Victims?.mp3

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19,170 Responses to What Records Comp. E.P. 7″

  1. Laika says:

    any relations to the Weirdos song? it dosen’t sound the same. great songs anyway.

  2. Solid_Citizen says:

    Two different songs however there is a relation. Skulls wrote their song before the Weirdos, but the Weirdos recorded theirs first. Hence, the parenthetical “The Original” claiming bragging rights.

  3. Jay Thurston says:

    I found this in a used bin for ten cents in 1983! I never even knew it existed before then. Classic indeed.

  4. Dave Mac says:

    I have the What Records? comp album “What Is It?” that I’m now ready to part with after 25 years. With Germs, Kaos, Dils, Skulls, Controllers, Eyes and Kaos. 10 tracks in all.
    Anyone know anything about it?
    Near mint condition so it should be worth a dollar or two by now.
    Try searching for the words what, is and it on the internet. no fun!
    Dave Mac

  5. Artifix Greg says:

    The version of “Neutron Bomb” by the Controllers is a completely different song than the Weirdos. The Controllers were singing their “Neutron Bomb” first, but the Weirdos came up with a song called that too thus the “Original” slapped onto the title. The intro to “Neutron Bomb” is lifted word by word from a famous poem by Randall Jarrell called “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner”. Most college English majors in the U.S. are forced to read the poem at some point. The version of “Neutron Bomb” on this What? sampler is actually a different version than the one that appeared on their What? Records single. Both of these versions are different than the one that we released on the recent Controllers CD “Another Sunny Day” which has their original 1977 demo with yet another version. The Controllers still play the occasional show to this day.

  6. Jay Thurston says:

    I have always enjoyed this version of the Controllers classic tune. I was lucky to have found this record in a 25 cent bin in 1982…I looked for years before that and could not find a copy. Thanks for the info Artifix Greg. Kaos were better than the Controllers to me. RIP Amy

  7. Jay Thurston says:

    It was 1983, not ’82…oops

  8. Jay Thurston says:

    Oh who the fuck cares Jay??? Maybe you found it in 1989 for 50 cents…who gives a fuck?

  9. Jay Thurston says:

    Maybe I didn’t find it, but my mom gave it to me for a Christmas present, because she was in love with Stingray??? Who fucking cares? Not me.

  10. Jay Thurston says:

    Has anyone heard the song Boredom by the Buzzcocks?? Yeah? Who fucking cares?

  11. Jay Thurston says:

    Sorry to keep jamming up this page…but, I finally remembered where I got the record. I was in Boulder Colorado scoring some killer drugs in 1998, and came upon a garage sale. Lo and behold, I spotted this baby, sitting there, with a price tag of 17 cents. That is my story and I am sticking to it.

  12. Chrisss says:

    please for the love of god, post Kill Your Parents from the cd release of this, i can’t get ahold of it anywheres
    72 virgins await you upon completion

  13. The Flakes // Drummer says:

    Don´t have the CD release of this. 72 virgins? Hope they´re all boys.

  14. Caz says:

    I just fucking love The Skulls’ Victim. I first heard it years ago, because Kurt Cobain had the other, longer What compilation listed in his top 50 albums of all time. That twangy lead guitar part gives me a nostalgic feeling, even though this is well before my time. It’s so 80s. Hard to believe this came out in the 70s. Ahead of it’s time, I think.

  15. D. says:

    That’s Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go’s in the first version of The Eyes. Had an impact on Kathleen Hanna. Go-Go’s were a punk band first, before you start in on me. At least they’re in the so-called Hall of Fame.

  16. Dan says:

    That’s Charlotte Caffey of the Go-Go’s in the first version of The Eyes. Had an impact on Kathleen Hanna. Go-Go’s were a punk band first, before you start in on me. At least they’re in the so-called Hall of Fame.

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