Beach Blvd (LP)
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Beach Blvd is a seminal compilation album featuring early Californian punk rock bands like Simpletones, Rik L Rik and The Crowd. An influential sampler LP, Beach Blvd helped to usher in the hardcore punk movement in suburban Southern California, aided by DJ Rodney Bingenheimer, who gave the record its first airplay on his weekly radio show Conceived by the controversial Robbie "Posh Boy" Fields, the album gathered three bands with quite different musical styles: the Crowd from Huntington Beach, Rik L Rik from West Covina, and the Simpletones from Rosemead.
The record title advertised the music's suburban origins: California State Route 39, known as Beach Boulevard in Orange County, ran inland from the Crowd's hometown to Rik L Rik's.
Produced by Robbie Fields, all songs on Beach Blvd were recorded and mixed between November 1978 and July 1979 at Media Art Studio in Hermosa Beach, California.
The tracks credited to Rik L Rik are remixesof five demo songs recorded in November 1978by the third lineup of Negative Trend,where he was the lead singer. These versions feature bass overdubs by Jay Lansford, who also added a new guitar track on "Atomic Lawn".