The Lubricants: “Activated Energy”/“Transformation Vacation” (Rerun Records)
The Lubricants were the first Milwaukee band to self-consciously embrace “punk rock” as defined by the snotty, three-chord, leather-jacketed scenes emerging from NYC and London circa 1976. They were also among the best. The Lubricants’ sole release, a 1980 single, has been reissued on vinyl by a St. Louis label. The memorable, stick-to-the-mind side of the record, “Transformation Vacation,” is a blast of stripped-to-metal raw power with a hook that’s hard to argue with. Plasticland’s Glen Rehse, who reminds us that he was a charter member of The Lubricants, contributes liner notes.