In the early 1980s, Washington, DC, boasted one of the world’s most vital and distinguished hardcore punk communities. Home to Minor Threat, Dischord Records and an ascetic straight-edge lifestyle that disdained booze, sex, and drugs, the city was heralded for its loud, fast music and righteous, left-leaning politics. Hailing from the unhip suburb of Ashton, Maryland, No Trend presented a sneering alternative to that sanctimonious ethos. Cynical, surreal, and eager to call attention to the hypocrisy of both Middle American norms and supposedly free-thinking subcultures, the band mercilessly baited its audience, dressed in atrociously kitschy clothing, and antagonized fans and foes with grinding dirges and contemptuous, tragicomic lyrics. Despite much local hostility, the group managed to make a name for itself nationally, touring often and gigging with the likes of the Dead Kennedys, Sonic Youth, T.S.O.L., Hüsker Dü, The Flaming Lips, Butthole Surfers, Soundgarden, and countless others.

This compilation covers No Trend’s early records: the first LP, Too Many Humans, and two versions of the “Teen Love” EP. The inserts and ephemera from the original releases have been recreated to produce true facsimiles of these vinyl documents. The attendant CDs also tack on the group’s first demo tape and a live performance from the period. These artifacts defined No Trend’s sound and image in 1983 and 1984, and are largely how the band is remembered today.

The booklet accompanying the music was painstakingly assembled from a variety of sources, and it includes photos, show flyers, contemporaneous fanzine reviews, and interviews with leader Jeff Mentges and No Trend’s other surviving founder, Bob Strasser. The box also contains the infamous No Trend “dance” books (presumed lost until recently), as well as several other surprises.


Too Many Humans LP
A1 Family Style 3:15
A2 Blow Dry 5:01
A3 Reality Breakdown 4:00
A4 Kiss Ass to Your Peer Group 3:46
A5 Fashion Tips for the ’80s 1:43
A6 Do As You’re Told 1:06
B1 Too Many Humans 3:57
B2 For the Fun of It All 2:29
B3 Mindless Little Insects 4:20
B4 Happiness Is… 7:03
Teen Love 12″ EP
A1 Mass Sterilization Caused by Venereal Disease 2:40
A2 Cancer 2:24
A3 Die 2:25
B1 Teen Love 7:38
B2 4:46
Teen Love 7″
A1 Mass Sterilization Caused by Venereal Disease 3:02
A2 Cancer 2:59
B1 Teen Love 6:35
Too Many Humans LP
1 Family Style 3:15
2 Blow Dry 5:01
3 Reality Breakdown 4:00
4 Kiss Ass to Your Peer Group 3:46
5 Fashion Tips for the 80s 1:43
6 Do as You’re Told 1:06
7 Too Many Humans 3:57
8 For the Fun of it All 2:29
9 Mindless Little Insects 4:20
10 Happiness Is… 7:03
Teen Love 12″ EP
11 Mass Sterilization Caused by Venereal Disease 2:40
12 Cancer 2:24
13 Die 2:25
14 Teen Love 7:38
15 0:49
First Tape
1 Cancer 2:59
2 Mass Sterilization Caused by Venereal Disease 3:02
3 Teen Love 6:35
4 Hanging out in Georgetown 2:07
5 Kiss Ass to your Peer Group 4:01
6 Family Style 4:34
7 Reality Breakdown 4:34
8 Human Garbage 2:57
9 Purple Paisleys Make Me Happy 3:02
Live at Mabuhay Gardens
10 Do as You’re Told (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 0:49
11 Fashion Tips for the ’80s (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 1:08
12 Mindless Little Insects (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 2:23
13 Reality Breakdown (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 2:08
14 Teen Love (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 4:09
15 Cancer (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 2:17
16 Family Style (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 2:40
17 Blow Dry (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 2:05
18 Kiss Ass to Your Peer Group (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 3:13
19 Mass Sterilization Caused by Venereal Disease (Live at Mabuhay Gardens) 1:38
Live at Cathay de Grande
20 Do as You’re Told (Live at Cathay de Grande) 1:10
21 Fashion Tips for the ’80s (Live at Cathay de Grande) 1:06
22 Mindless Little Insects (Live at Cathay de Grande) 2:05
23 Reality Breakdown (Live at Cathay de Grande) 2:19
24 Cancer (Live at Cathay de Grande) 2:39
25 Family Style (Live at Cathay de Grande) 3:19
26 Kiss Ass to Your Peer Group (Live at Cathay de Grande) 2:51
27 Teen Love (Live at Cathay de Grande) 4:14
28 Mass Sterilization Caused by Venereal Disease (Live at Cathay de Grande)

(Drag City Records)