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The world’s introduction to Duff, and an album that would change not only the lives of five punks skulking around the streets of Los Angeles, but also the musical landscape all around the world. As Duff recalls, it was an album honed in the clubs of Hollywood.
“That was maybe the only record I’ve ever made, probably that any of us have ever made, where you were out playing those songs in clubs and you were writing them and improving on them for a whole year and a half or whatever it was before we made the record. That probably runs common through every band’s first record. We were very confident, we knew those songs backwards and forwards and we had found the guy in Mike Clink that could really just capture our sound straight from our amps, simply from our amps onto tape. That’s just what we sounded like at that time, it was great.
“The songs were strong to us, we knew we had made the record that we wanted to make. But as far as knowing that it would do well on a huge scale, I don’t think anybody knew that. It goes to prove that you’ve got to write and record the songs that satisfy you first and on those songs we captured our thing, that’s our f***in’ thing.”