The Poor Man's Rock band Comp was a compilation of West Texas bands. All bands were welcome to submit, but only a select few immortalized their work in this particular compilation. At the time, San Angelo was the hub of the local music scene with bands such as Insanus, The Gorevettes, F.U.K., and God's 4-Letter Word setting up shows in motel conference rooms and playing for crowds of thousands of audience members who couldn't resist pumping their fists to the incredible sounds. Indeed, the music and the imagery produced by the local scene continues to shape West Texas culture well into the third millennium.
In its heyday, it appeared on cassette only and featured 13 incredible artists. It sold about 30 copies, had at least 10 or 15 given away, was later converted to MP3s by “Angry Bob” Hutchison, and continues to be downloaded more than many of the most popular contemporary West Texas acts. In effect, it united a lot of people and immortalized music that otherwise would have been forgotten. In 1997, Volume 2 was in the works but never came to fruition.
Most of the original tracks were recorded with primitive means ranging from tape recorders to 4-tracks. The “sound” of Volume ...