Various Artists - Home Alive - The Art Of Self Defense - 2x Cassette

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Home Alive - The Art Of Self Defense
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The brutal 1993 rape and murder of Gits lead-vocalist Mia Zapata served as a catalyst for expressions of grief and then concrete positive action on the Seattle music scene. Zapata's musician friends channeled their anger and anguish into the formation of Home Alive -- a non-profit collective promoting creative approaches to ending violence. Among other initiatives, the organization offers a wide array of self-defense classes, workshops and forums. As an international awareness project, two-disc album Home Alive - The Art of Self Defense proves a stunning exception to the well-meaning but often-trite benefit-album treadmill. A total of 44 tracks make for an invigorating, empowering, liberating experience, absorbing the harsh medicine and channeled anger of biting spoken-word contributions with a sugar-coating of power-packed punkish alternative anthems.

The poetry and spoken selections range from reflective passages evoking sombre truths (often from male contributors like Jim Carroll and Andrew Horowitz) to brutally disturbing, anguished rants (Natalie Jacobson, Lydia Lunch), sometimes bordering on numbing hyperbole, but always honest and thought-provoking. Zapata herself is documented with a live solo track from 1991 and a number with the Gits. Surviving Gits appear under the name Dancing French Liberals of '48, and team with Joan Jett as Evil Stig for a live "Go Home." Even the city's majordomos like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden check in with taut, energized rockers rather than standard-issue Seattle sludge. While the inclusion of Nirvana's superb, ironic live recording "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter" (Grenoble, France, 1994) serves as a highlight beacon, the project inspired several second-division alternative acts to turn in some of their strongest, noteworthy performances, among them Love Battery, Fastbacks, Supersuckers, Gretta Harley, 7 Year Bitch and the Posies. Other name draws (not all from Seattle): Jello Biafra, Exene Cervenka, Ann and Nancy of Heart, and the Presidents of the United States of America.

It may sound over-idealistic, but I'll side with the liner note assertion that "everyone who buys and listens to this record is part of the process of creating the awareness that we can change our behavior to deal with the violence that surrounds us while working toward larger social changes." It's almost a guilty bonus that you get such a rawly galvanizing listening experience to boot.
Volume 1
A1–Jello BiafraRob Now Pay Later
A2–Shark ChumW.C.
A3–FastbacksTime & Matter
A3–The Gits (2)Guilt Within Your Head
A4–Green Apple Quick StepParty Dream
A6–Jim CarrollNightclubbing
A7–Monster Truck DriverTime Is Dead
A8–NirvanaRadio Friendly Unit Shifter (Live)
A9–Cristien StormI'm Sorry
A10–SupersuckersShe's My Bitch
A11–Tribe 8Frat Pig
A12–Bobby Miller (3)Keep Your Mouth Off My Sisters
B1–Pearl JamLeaving Here
B2–7 Year BitchMad Dash
B3–The Body Has A HeadA Little Restraint
B4–Lydia LunchWhy We Murder
B5–Los HornetsDig It!
B6–Gretta HarleyDigging & Striking
B7–The PosiesLimitless Expressions
B8–Martha LinehanMary's Poem
B9–Jesse Bernstein*It's Just A Little Bit Of Everything (That's Brought Me Down To This)
B10–North American BisonBroken Dreams
B11–Michael NicholsSensitive Guys Don't Go Home Alone
Volume 2
C1–The Presidents Of The United States Of AmericaConfusion
C2–Ann & Nancy WilsonMomma Why
C3–Exene CervenkaThey Do Everything For Us
C4–The VIVA ProjectMy Man
C5–Mia ZapataSocial Love
C6–Natalie JacobsonGot What Was Coming
C8–Joan Jett Featuring The Blackhearts*, Kathleen Hanna And Evil StigGo Home (Seattle Version)
C9–Andrew Horwitz4th Of July
C10–Kristen BarryJoyride
C11–SoundgardenKyle Petty (Son Of Richard)
D1–Wendy-O MatikTheory Of Mutation
D2–Dancing French Liberals Of '48Spit In Your Eye
D3–Maria MabraSo Long
D4–Kristen KosmasUntitled
D5–Love BatteryColor Blind
D6–Alcohol FunnycarOvertaken
D7–Tamara ParisScared Of Your Shadow
D8–Portrait Of PovertySay So Long
D9–Alison I. MurchieAnother Beer Soaked Night At The Comet Tavern
D11–ChristdriverClean Eyes