25 years ago, New Wave in the Washington DC area was gasoline on the ground waiting for someone to toss a lit cigarette onto it. My store in Rockville, MD, Yesterday And Today Records, and Bill Asp’s Virginia Record & Tape Exchange were the only outlets for the records and very few local clubs were interested in booking new acts. Dave Howcroft, who wrote the original liner notes for this record, had a show on WGTB-FM called the "Pugsley Dog Hour" that championed the new music from the UK, NY, and the West Coast, with side trips to Akron & Cleveland. The show brought in a number of the artists on the album; many others were customers of Y&T. Howie Horowitz from the Music Machine in Baltimore supplied Jad & David Fair with their first effort as Half Japanese. Many of the bands were one shots, some went on to other bands, some went to jail and did not pass Go. The album is a reflection of a scene at a moment in time and stands as a musical legacy a quarter century later. I typed the original song and musician credits with two fingers, dymo-labeled the thanks (George Hoen please forgive me), and was thrilled to have Kim Kane from the Slickee Boys do the front artwork as well as the label design. It was the first album on my label, Limp, but not the last. :30 Over DC came out in 1978 on vinyl and here it is again all these years later on CD — a valid work today ... honest!! -- Skip Groff
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