Busted at Oz

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Busted at Oz, front cover

Busted at Oz was a 1981 live compilation, released on Autumn Records. It is thought of as the definitive Chicago punk recording, the one that truly represents the scene's earliest sound. It was recorded at legendary punk club Oz on March 9,10,11 of 1981. The album is still a big hit with punk fans, as it routinely sells for over $50 on eBay. A limited (500 copies) vinyl reissue was pressed by Permanent Records in 2011.

Side One

Side Two

  • Effigies - Guns or Ballots
  • Subverts - State of the Union
  • Naked Raygun - Paranoia
  • Naked Raygun - Libido
  • Da - The Killer
  • Strike Under - Anarchy Song
  • Silver Abuse - Jigaboo Jump

Album Details

  • Album concept by - Dem Hopkins
  • Produced by: Timothy R. Powell, the bands and Autumn Records
  • Recording facilities by: Metro Mobile
  • Engineered by: Timothry R. Powell
  • Mobile Crew: John Groppi and George Kapoulas
  • Sound by: Jeff Pezzati
  • Album design by: Ann Brumbach
  • Back cover photo by: Larry L. Logman
  • All other photos by: Matt Prendergast for S.M.P. Studios
  • Special thanks to: Stacey Kmetyk, Gary Burrell, Bobby Vasquez and Bill Morby


  • According to this review of the shows in the Coolest Retard, the show schedule was:
  • Strike Under's set was plagued by sound problems and "fights among the band."
  • Da was not one of the regular "Oz" bands and their tracks were recorded at their only appearance at the club. According to Terry Nelson, Autumn Records would not release the record without Da's involvement (Nelson was a partner in Autumn and was Da's manager).

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