I know that I am in the minority of people that love Beefeater. I spent a lot of time in the late '80s and early '90s trying, to no avail, to convince people of their merits. So I am not going to do that here, I am just going to say what they mean to me, and add that you will hate this record. When I listen to this I am reminded of so many so-called revolutionary and innovative bands that followed clearly heard them and borrowed from them. Universal Order of Armageddon comes to mind, as well as Alice Donut, Victim's Family, and fellow DCers, Nation of Ulysses, Fugazi and Girls Against Boys. Beefeater were risk takers, completely oblivious or indifferent to trends or what was "punk." The took the peckerwood post-funk of bands like The Big Boys and The Minutemen, added the visceral aggression of Black Flag and The Bad Brains, and topped it off with the sharp introspective intellect of many of the DC bands at the time. The result was something not immediately palatable, something a bit more challenging, but ultimately rewarding and original. Few punks could play as well as these men, and even fewer would dare to create something so adventurous. Again, you will hate this and you will say to yourself "I remember when Cosmic Hearse was the best blog on the interwebs, now the guy posts bullshit that nobody likes, I'm going to head on over to that generic lazy blog and see if they leaked that new Burzum album."