Seminal Portland punk band Poison Idea recorded their first album, Pick Your King, on January 20, 1983.
In the 2006 New York Times obituary for guitarist Tom Roberts (a.k.a. Pig Champion), Kelefa Sanneh describes the album thusly:
[The album] squeezed 13 songs onto a seven-inch vinyl record. The best of the bunch — and they’re all great — is a minute-long blast called “This Thing Called Progress.” Roberts sprints nimbly through the chord progressions, creating a hummingbird ostinato while the rhythm section cuts in and out. And Jerry A. roared lyrics that could, with their odd mix of glee and loathing, have been the band’s manifesto: “Have fun this time around because it might be the last/ This thing called progress makes me sick.”
The 7″ was recorded at Recording Ass in Portland and released by Fatal Erection Records.
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