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Circle Jerks’ Keith Morris shares the tracks that inspired him

Circle Jerks’ classic hardcore punk album Group Sex is getting the reissue treatment and to celebrate its latest repress the band’s frontman Keith Morris compiled a playlist of tracks that caught his eye in the early 1980s.

Or, as he put: “This is a list of the music that interested me from 1980 through 1983. Punk rocks, smelly socks, and go out and lick some skunks.”

It covers bands the Circle Jerks toured with like Minor Threat and the Cramps, early movers in the hardcore scene such as Bad Brains and D.O.A. and the post-punk of Wire, Devo and Magazine.

Also featured are less obvious influences like the punk-informed pop band The Pretenders and influential metal band Judas Priest.

The playlist’s four-year span saw the Circle Jerks release Group Sex (1980), Wild in the Streets (1982) and Golden Shower of Hits (1983), and it’s the first of those that new label Trust Records is currently putting out.


Launched in October 2020 as a home for classic punk and hardcore records, Trust’s current focus is a 40th Anniversary deluxe reissue of Group Sex, with Wild in the Streets due to follow next. The label’s plans also include releasing 7-Seconds’ by The Crew, Sound & Fury by Youth Brigade and Agression’s Don’t Be Mistaken

Meanwhile, Circle Jerks will be headlining the second day of the US Punk Rock Bowling festival in September, the line-up for whose 22nd outing also includes Descendents, Frank Turner, Gorilla Biscuits, Anti-Flag and The English Beat.

Keith Morris’ Playlist in Full

Wire – Outdoor Miner

The Pretenders – The Wait

The Plugz – A Gain A Loss (currently unavailable on streaming services)

The Plimsouls – Zero Hour

The Zeros – They Say That Everything’s Alright

D.O.A. – The Enemy

The Flesh Easters – Twisted Road

Judas Priest – Breaking The Law

Squeeze – Another Nail In My Heart

Devo – Gates Of Steel

Basement 5 – Last White Christmas

The Jim Carroll Band – Wicked Gravity

Killing Joke – Requiem

The Soft Boys – Tonight

The Psychedelic Furs – Mr Jones

X – Universal Corner

Minor Threat – Small Man, Big Mouth

Magazine – About The Weather

Cramps – Primitive

Mission Of Burma – That’s When I Reach For My Revolver

The Flesh Eaters – Digging My Grave

Pete Shelley – Homosapien

G.B.H. – Race Against Time

Legal Weapon – Equalizer

Gun Club – Bad Indian

The Misfits – All Hell Breaks Loose

Flipper – Way Of The World

Echo And The Bunnymen – The Cutter

R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe

The Wipers – Over The Edge

Bad Brains – Right Brigade

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