Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist Josh Klinghoffer covering Thelonious Monster’s “Anymore” is just one of the many gems on Beat LA: A Benefit for Haiti–a compilation from Narnack Records and Greatminds Records featuring some of today’s Los Angeles artists like Rats, Crystal Antlers, Microphonies, covering bands that shaped and defined Los Angeles’ punk and post-punk sound: X, Black Randy and the Metrosquad,  the Go-Gos, the Minutemen and many more–which benefits Doctors Without Borders and their life-saving endeavors assisting victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Covers of alternavtive radio favorites like fIREHOSE, Wall of Voodoo, Dream Syndicate, the Plimsouls and Cheech and Chong crash up against underground acts’ versions of  grittier bands like the Germs, the Urinals, 45 Grave, Nervous Gender, and Christian Death, with liner notes by LA maestro Gexa X who says:

LA had a FANTASTIC underground scene for a few years, say 1977 to 1982. It never got properly documented but it was huge and it was fun. These songs were part of the soundtrack of my life back then. But there is more to it. This is a healing project too…This album is one of many goodwill gestures people have come up with to help out. The political problems of the Western Hemisphere may be too much to tackle as individuals. But human problems sometimes wake the world up to the need to pull together and do something.

The album is available on iTunes, with links to listen and stream at the Narnack site. And we’ve included some of the originals for your nostalgic pleasure.


Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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