Fear, stylized as FEAR, is an American punk rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1977. The band is credited for helping to shape the sound and style of Californian hardcore punk. The group gained national prominence after an infamous 1981 performance on Saturday Night Live. Frontman Lee Ving has been the band’s only constant member. Since its formation, the band has gone through various lineup changes, and at one point featured Flea, later a member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, on bass. The classic FEAR lineup existed from 1978 to 1982 and was composed of Ving, guitarist Philo Cramer, bassist Derf Scratch, and drummer Spit Stix. Here are all of the Fear albums ranked.
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5. American Beer (2000)
“well let me just start out by saying that this album is WAY UNDERRATED! this is probably my favorite FEAR album as it mixes blues with punk and the songs just have new energy that wasn’t apparent on albums such as ‘More Beer’ and ‘Have Another Beer’ although The Record is just as good. If I could recommend two cd’s by this band it would be this one and ‘The Record’ go check em out kids!”
4. Have Another Beer With Fear (1995)
“An energetic and fun album from one of the seminal hardcore punk bands. Their older stuff is supposedly their best, but I like this one a lot. _Have Another Beer With Fear_ continues Fear’s trademark penchant for beer and political incorrectness. You can tell that just from the titles–“I Believe I’ll Have Another Beer,” “Legalize Drugs,” “F— You Let’s Rodeo,” “Public Hangings.” Play “U.S.A.” for a war protester and they’re liable to cry–or try to beat you up. Great stuff if you have a sense of humor, which I do.”
3. More Beer (1985)
“This album is a decidely 80’s example of one of the most interesting LA punk bands from a time long gone. Overproduced? Certainly. But, it’s classic Fear. The good stuff. Sure, we all recommend “The Record” and “Live….For The Record”. In fact, many of the songs here are better represented on the live album. But you can’t go wrong, Fear is Fear. More Beer? All we want is More Fear!! At least from the 80s.”
2. Live…For The Record (1991)
“The first time I ever heard Fear was seeing them on a re-run of Saturday Night Live when I was quite young and I was immediately drawn in by the speed, sloppiness, humor, and energy (hell, they brought their own punks with them). Needless to say, this was the obvious choice for my first Fear record and it is hands down the best. It is a bit of a bummer that they had to clean it up for the radio broadcast, but the songs have so much more of the raw energy that lacks on their over-polished studio albums (first two are still really good though). And if you’ve never seen the Decline of Western Civilization, their set is amazing and their audience abuse is side-splitting.”
1. The Record (1982)
“For a punk record, this is pretty good. And although none of the songs reaches the 3 minute mark, I was surprised to find some almost ‘progressive’ passages on some of the tracks. Really well played stuff, and the vocalist is pretty charismatic as well. The lyrics often border on (or even reach) the offensive, with a sarcastic, nihilistic anti-everything stance that won’t be to everyone’s tastes. I find them often hilarious, but understand that others might feel offended.”