The Circle Jerks formed in Los Angeles in 1979 when players from the hardcore punk scene—most notably raspy vocalist Keith Morris, who co-founded the seminal punk band Black Flag, and guitarist Greg Hetson from Redd Kross—joined frenetic energies. The other members, bassist Roger Rogerson and drummer Lucky Lehrer, rounded out the original roster. Morris and guitarist Greg Ginn had discovered the sheer joy of fast, loud and extremely short songs while with Black Flag, as captured on the iconic EP, Nervous Breakdown (1978 Sst). Using that aesthetic, The Circle Jerks made an immediate impact in Southern California that same year with their ballsy minute-long detonations.
The band’s maniacal pace soon gained them... Read More