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"'The American In Me' was a torn flag flown by the Avengers... the best punk band in San Francisco, in moments the best in the country -- and what they were claiming was the country itself: the country that the Avengers’ songs said didn’t want them, didn’t recognize them, didn’t hear them, wouldn’t listen."
-Greil Marcus

The Avengers were one of the first and most influential female-fronted punk bands in the US. In two short years, June of 1977 to June of 1979, singer Penelope Houston led The Avengers in just over 100 performances, from the Mabuhay and the Masque to supporting the Sex Pistols at Winterland (that group's legendary final show). They headlined shows with X, the Go-Go's, and the Dead Kennedys. During their brief existence, The Avengers released the We Are The One 7" on Dangerhouse Records and the four-song 12" EP on White Noise. In 1983, drummer Danny Furious and bassist Jimmy Wilsey gathered together these and other studio recordings for the full length self-titled LP -- the infamous "Pink Album" -- which would soon become the band’s essential release. Out of print for decades, Avengers has been the lost artifact of the first wave of American punk.

New generations of music fans continue to discover The Avengers, and this never-ending demand has spawned countless bootlegs and two official collections of alternate material. As long-time fans wear out their original LP’s and new fans scour the Internet for dubious downloads, the question arises again and again; "When will the ‘Pink Album’ be officially
re-released?" After literally years of effort the band has succeeded in making this release possible.

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released May 29, 2012

Disc 1 contains the original tracks and track order from the 1983 LP.
Disc 2 has the two bonus cuts that first appeared on cassette and CD versions of the "Pink Album" along with live recordings, rehearsal tapes, and studio demos. This set presents twenty-seven different songs and unique versions of four songs -- including alternate vocal mixes of "Uh-Oh" and "The American In Me" from the long out-of-print White Noise EP.

The LP is based on the original release and contains the first 14 songs listed below (all of disc one)

Avengers 2 disc set on CD
Disc One:
1 We Are The One
2. Car Crash
3. I Believe In Me
4. Open Your Eyes
5. No Martyr
6. Desperation
7. Thin White Line
8. Paint It Black
9. The American In Me
10. White Nigger
11. Uh-Oh
12. Second To None
13. Corpus Christi
14. Fuck You

Disc Two:
1. Teenage Rebel
2. Friends of Mine
3. White Nigger
4. Cheap Tragedies
5. The Good, the Bad, and the Kowalskis
6. Crazy Homicide
7. Summer of Hate
8. I Believe in Me
9. Your Parents Sins
10. Something's Wrong
11. Money Money
12. Misery
13. Time To Die
14. Release Me
15. Zero Hour
16. The American in Me
17. Uh-Oh

Disc Two info:
1, 2, 5, and 11 were recorded in 1977 at Iguana rehearsal studios by Joey Swales.
3 early version demoed at Wally Heider Studios in 1978.
4 recorded on May 13, 1979 at Peter Miller Studios.
6-8 recorded live January 14 1978 at the Winterland Ballroom.
9 recorded live January 20 1978, at the Mabuhay Gardens (the Miner's Benefit).
10 recorded live August 12, 1978 at the Steamship in Santa Cruz.
12-15 recorded live June 13 1979 at the Old Waldorf.
16, 17 recorded in October 12, 1978 at Different Fur, with additional recording in Los Angeles with Geza X and Rene Daalder.
Tracks 16 and 17 originally released in 1979 on White Noise.

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Track Name: We Are The One
we are the leaders of tomorrow
we are the ones to have the fun
we want control we want the power
not gonna stop until it comes
we are not Jesus Christ
we are not fascist pigs
we are not capitalist industrialists
we are not communists
we are the one

we will build a better tomorrow
the youth of today will be the tool
american children built for survival
fate is our destiny and we shall rule

we are not Jesus Christ
we are not fascist pigs
we are not capitalist industrialists
we are not communists
we are the one

I am the one who shows you the future
I am the one who buries the past
a new species rise up from the ruins
I am the one that was made to last

we are not Jesus Christ
we are not fascist pigs
we are not capitalist industrialists
we are not communists
we are the one
Track Name: Car Crash
Sitting at home all alone
I hear a voice on the telephone
telling me that you're dead
you wrecked your car, you lost your head
dreamt you had a car crash, now you're
dead on the road with your head smashed
well I heard the news, can't be true
look what happened to you

whoa oh no no no no
whoa oh no no no no
whoa oh no no no no

Why did you leave me, where did you go?
knew this would happen and I told you so, but
you didn't listen to what I said
look at you baby, you lost your head

I dreamt you had a car crash
dead on the road with your head smashed
heard the news, can't be
how could you have done this to me?

whoa oh no no no no
whoa oh no no no no
whoa oh no no no no
Gone, gone, gone
you left me

Sitting at home all alone
I hear a voice on the telephone
telling me that you're dead
man, you lost your head

whoa oh no no no no
whoa oh no no no no
you're dead you left me
whoa oh no no no no
you're gone now
whoa oh no no no no
Track Name: I Believe In Me
I believe in me
I believe in me
I make my dreams real
I believe in me
verses ad lib
Track Name: Open Your Eyes
At first I thought you were dead
but now I see you're on of the rest
they drugged you with Muzak and TV sedation
you're one of the blank generation
Open your eyes, open your eyes
You don't see what's going on
Come on, open your eyes, open your eyes
you watch TV to find out what's right and wrong, yeah
Open your eyes
well, they tell you lies and you sing along
Open your eyes to what you respected
Open your eyes you can reject it

I want to upset you, want to make you think
but you eat all their shit
it makes your breath stink
gonna get a job and join a fucking union
that way, you know, nothing's gonna happen

Open your eyes, open your eyes
You don't see what's going on
Come on, open your eyes, open your eyes
you watch TV to find out what's right and wrong, yeah
Open your eyes
well, they tell you lies and you sing along
Open your eyes to what you respected
Open your eyes and you can reject it

Like lemmings you run towards destruction
you can't see the stream of corruption
oh I see you've been blind
you better make up your mind

Open your eyes, open your eyes
You don't see what's going on
Come on, open your eyes, open your eyes
you watch TV to find out what's right and wrong, yeah
Open your eyes
well, they tell you lies and you sing along
Open your eyes to what you respected
Open your eyes and you can reject it
Oh, open your eyes
Oh, open your eyes
Track Name: No Martyr
I am not the lamb
I am not Jesus
I am not ready to sacrifice my innocence
I am not ready to talk to you about politics
I am not ready to taste your corruption
I don't want your money
or your fame and fortune
no, you mean nothing to me
I don't need you

I know you look at me and say
'here's something I can use, abuse'
but, I'm not going for it
I'm innocent and I'm young
but I'm not so naive that I'd fall for it

I don't want your money
or your record contract
fame and fortune
no, you can keep them
I don't need the money that you want to give me
want to use me, no

Don't look to me to be your Jesus Christ
I'm not here for your superficial sacrifice
want to use my youth and my innocence
trying to make a fool of me are you?

you never get me
you'll never use me
I'll never be a martyr for you
No it's not worth it
Won't spill my blood for you
I don't need you
I don't want you
I don't want you...
I'm no martyr for you
Track Name: Desperation
Gotta get out of here
there's nothing for me here
nothing to do, nowhere to go
no words to say, no thoughts to think
Oh, I'm leaving
the pressure's building up on me
the air is really thick, can't breathe I'm leaving
I'm running, I'm running out of time
out of breath, out of desperation

Now you see me, now you don't
can't stay here much longer
the situation I've been making for myself
can't take it, not you
I'm running I'm running
catch my freedom

now you'll see, I won't be here for long
I gotta get out
out from under you
what are you trying to make me do?
I'm running, I'm running
gotta get out
gotta catch my freedom
I'm running, running
I'm running out of desperation
gotta get out catch my freedom
gotta get where I can breathe
I'm running, running out of desperation
Track Name: Thin White Line
I'm riding on a thin white line
Standing in the doorway of cloud nine
And you see me in the window
Of a chauffeured limousine
You see me on the TV, radio and the magazine
Don't ask me how I feel
Or if I'm coming home

You say "Don't go, don't go
Don't go to Babylon."
Well, hey Joe I'm already there

You can hear me for a million miles
I'm surrounded by a thousand dials
And what I want to see
Is a million more of me
Black plastic discs going round
And round and round and round
Don't ask me why I changed
I never did

You say "Don't go, don't go
Don't go to Babylon."
Well, hey Joe I'm already there

I'm flying on a thin white line
Standing in the doorway of what's mine
Please, don't you try and stop me from going in
Don't talk about the blood
Running down my chin
Don't ask me how I feel
Cause I feel fine

You say "Don't go, don't go
Don't go to Babylon."
Well hey Joe I'm already there
Track Name: The American In Me
It's the American in me that makes me watch the blood
running out of the bullethole in his head.
It's the American in me that makes me watch TV
see on the news, listen what the man said.
He said

"Ask not what you can do for your country
what's your country been doing to you
Ask not what you can do for your country
what's your country been doing to your mind?"

It's the American in me says it an honor to die
in a war that's just a politicians lie
It's the American in me that makes me watch TV
see how they burn the SLA
They say

"Ask not what you can do for your country
what's your country been doing to you
Ask not what you can do for your country
what's your country been doing to your mind?"

In the USA!
In the USA!
In the USA!

It's the American in me that makes me watch the blood
running out of the bullethole in his head.
It's the American in me that never wonders why
Kennedy was murdered by the FBI (said)
Track Name: White Nigger
Well, you don't know what you want
working everyday in your restaurant
your life is slipping out of control
lose your job gonna lose you soul

now boy, young and white, so you wanna make it bigger
boy, you better watch your step, white nigger

When you were young you had such big plans
such big ambitions gonna be a good man
I say look at you now, oh what a coward
living your life but you don't know how to live

boy (little boy) young and white, so you try to make it bigger
boy, you just don't understand do you white nigger?

Work like a devil, work like a dog
where does it get you, where do you go oooohhhhh
Work for the money, work for the show
Work for the people that you don't know

I see you driving around in your car
pretend you're not what you really are
just look in the mirror look in your eyes
what you discover will be no surprise
something is missing something's wrong
you got your money but something's gone
something you had right from the start
you should have listened to your heart

Work like a dog, work like a slave,
Work like a devil, and what have you made ohhhhhh no, no, no
Work like a dog, work 9-5
working shaking his hand you're staying alive ohhhhhh no, no where you gonna go
Work work every day
Work your life away and sure it pays
but where does it get you, where are you now
come on white nigger
Track Name: Uh-Oh
Who is that girl you see running down the alley?
She's all dressed in white, must be an escapee
ooh but she's beautiful just like a dream
and you're so hungry for some honey and cream, yeah

oh she's a mystery
you gotta get into her fantasies
so you run around the corner just to see what you can see
and there she is saying don't you follow me, oh no

She's got a smile like a knife in her teeth
and you've got a pressure problem with your sweaty hands, yeah
I've got my business got no time for you
going to a wedding getting married to myself

I am a mystery
you better check it with your fantasies
don't you try to put nothing on me
cause if you do I'm gonna make you very sorry you did

oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh
don't you want me?
oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh
don't you follow me
oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh
don't you want me?
oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh
the answer is no

yeah, I'm a mystery
you better check it with your fantasies
don't you try to put nothing on me
cause if you do I'm gonna make you very sorry you did

oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh
sex shooter
don't you want me?
oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh
don't you follow me
oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh
don't you want me?
oh-oh-oh-uh-uh-oh
the answer is no
Track Name: Corpus Christi
In the beginning there was a void
except for the written word
But I was born in such foolish times
my guilt is guaranteed
now I don't want to burn in hell
John told me that I would
unless I went down to the water
my sins purged in his holy blood

see how they run, sheep to the fold
see how they fall, corpse from the cross

now I got my bleeding heart
and I wear my crown of thorns
and argue with the old men
about the tapestry was torn
I got to sacrifice my ego
it's such a small price to pay
I'm waiting for the resurrection
gonna find out what Christ would say

see how they run, sheep to the fold
see how they fall, corpse from the cross

read another bible story
I've got to find the truth
sending loads of telegrams to God
prove my faith is absolute
I'm going down, down on my knees and pray
maybe I'll buy a talisman
oh, something's got to save me
on the judgement day

see how they run, sheep to the fold
see how they fall, corpse from the cross
see how they run, sheep to the fold
see how they fall, corpse from the cross
kyrie eleison
Track Name: Fuck You
maybe the world's a mess
but baby I like your dress
been seeing you around
hear you're the best in town

I want to fuck you, fuck you, fuck you fuck you
Track Name: Teenage Rebel
everywhere I go people stare
they put me down but I don't care
(they put me down they put me down)
my mirror's telling me my face is a mess
and all my friends
they hate the way i dress
Cause I'm a rebel
rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel,
rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel,
a teenage rebel

Well I'm not in school and I hate work
I break all their rules and they call me a jerk
everybody's trying to tell me how to live my life
If I hear it one more time from you baby
gonna slit your gut with a knife

Cause I'm a rebel
rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel,
rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel, rebel,
a teenage rebel
Track Name: Cheap Tragedies
The doors flew open and the people crowded in
they said, we can't wait for your show to start
and their bodies flew the only way they knew
they're coming straight for the center of my heart
I see your face and I've memorized it
I see your life, I recognize all your petty jealousies
your hidden tragedies, your bitter memories
they'll be the death of you yet, oh
they'll be the death of you yet, oh

now you look down and there's blood on your hands
your frustration went out of control
well, it's your nightmare and it's your life
go on home now, go to bed, go to sleep and dream

you see your face don't you even recognize it?
you see your life you've memorized all those petty jealousies
those hidden tragedies, those bitter memories
they'll be the death of you yet, oh
they'll be the death of you yet, oh
they'll be the death of you yet

you see your face don't you even recognize it?
you see your life you've memorized all those petty jealousies
those hidden tragedies, those bitter memories
they'll be the death of you yet, oh
they'll be the death of you yet, oh
they'll be the death of you yet, oh
they'll be the death of you yet, oh
they'll be the death of you yet
Track Name: Crazy Homicide
Nothing in the world can satisfy you
but you won't give up and be like the rest
nobody cares if you live or die
so you join the party called homicide
you never get caught 'cause you're too smart
invisible boy, you can see in the dark
you're an urban guerrilla with no real cause
but to tear things down, finish things off

What's the point
of living a 2-D life
you may as well blow up
next step is genocide

Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (revolution)
you got nothing, and nothing to say
Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (no solution)
don't give yourseves away

Nothing in the world can satisfy you
but you can't give up and be like the rest
nobody cares if you live or die
so you join the party called homicide

What's the point
of living a 2-D life
you may as well blow up
next stop is suicide

Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (revolution)
you got nothing, and nothing to say
Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (no solution)
don't give yourseves away

Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (revolution)
you got nothing, and nothing to say
Crazy Homicide, Crazy Homicide (no solution)
don't give yourseves away