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My wife remembers their first EP from her Maybe you do too! Very fun, excitable high-speed punk rock, messily played and amateurishly produced. Where things change all the time and there's nothing that you or I can do about it??? A change was desperately needed, and came in a nutshell when Joe Escalante replaced the entire band with a smarter line-up in time for the next album! I'll say 7, because Viking Suit cracks me up, and shows that when they wanted to, the old lineup could play the hell out of their instruments, even if the chord progression is lifted straight outta Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, which is essentially Walk Don't Run. It doesn't have the most phenomenal sound in the world perhaps (the drums and bass are mostly buried under the loud, thick distorted guitar thrashing), but the songs are played pretty well ("Anarchy Burger" loses some energy, but I'm not sure why - maybe because the drums are so buried), and the dreaded (by me) "H. Hotel" is cut off after one verse, pleasing my energies and riling my senses to a state hitherto unmodulated.Or maybe, like me, you first heard their music on a popular episode of The X-Files that also featured famous young actors Giovanni Ribisi and Jack Black. Some hilarious lyrics in here if you listen close, especially on "Anarchy Burger (Hold The Government)." Other classics include "Wanna Be Manor" and "The Legend Of Pat Brown." Not much else to say. If you've heard early Bad Religion or Agent Orange, you know what to expect. Interestingly, only the drummer stuck around longer than a few more years. Why can't we force band members to stay in their bands???? But what really stands out about the tape is (A) the way Stevo wastes his obvious charisma and confidence as a punk rock frontman by telling unbelievably lame, gross jokes the ENTIRE TIME, and (b) the excitement of an '80s hardcore show! I'd say five or six, but Stevo basically ruins this thing, especially on "Hocus Pocus" and "Ghost Riders In The Sky." INSTRUMENTAL SONGS DO NOT NEED VOCALS.That's what the kids are chanting about (if you listen carefully, you can hear one kid suggesting it to the other and counting to three).The other chant that keeps popping up--"hand grenade, hand grenade, hand grenade!Best song titles: "Join Us For Pong," "Girls Turn 18 Every Day," "Kill My Tenant" and "The Day Farrah Fawcett Died." There's also a death metal song about the robot girl from the show Small Wonder, if that's any indication of where these guys' heads are at. Sample lyric: "Don't be fooled by world peace or an economy that's stable/The CIA's just got more time to watch you through your cable." Hee! Another thing -- great vocal harmonies begin on this album.Total pop culture reference-isms and ironic sexism. Maybe the music isn't any smarter, but it's tighter and the lyrics are, as a whole, MUCH better. "The Rodge," for example, appears to be some sort of incredibly unfunny inside joke. Very quivery vocal harmonies by guys who probably shouldn't be attempting vocal harmonies. So close to going out of tune, and in fact they occasionally do -- but oh, the effort! Of course, it's about a minute too long and rather unfunny, but man, what a riff.
The Beach Boys are touring with just Mike Love and a bunch of dickheads!!! Turning to the Stevo file first, the guy finds it necessary to recite pre-written "advertisements" for "Vandalco Products" like "Doggy Douche," "Vaginal Vinyl" and "Anal Drainal." Nobody laughs, nobody cares. Plus, the longish pauses between songs just mean more of Stevo being himself.
"Maximum Rock & Roll" was a radio show before it was ever a zine.
KPFK used to feature it late on Friday or Saturday night, and then for some reason they didn't anymore.
" The thing is -- it totally sounds like he's just trying to imitate Lee Ving's performance in The Decline Of Western Civilization (something that my fans know I would never, ever do). As for the punk rock excitement - the kids in the crowd are LOVIN' IT! The crowd is great, though, (all 30 of 'em) and some of Stevo's interaction is priceless: "Looks like we've got some abortion survivals in the front row." "Dachau Cabana" is way too tasteless, though.
Throwing stuff (including furniture) at the band the entire time, laughing and screaming and twice bonding together to shout "BRING BACK MAXIMUM ROCK AND ROLL! Brilliant song to parody, but the way they did it...well, at least Stevo includes a verse of the orignal.
One thing you can't really hear on the recording is the sound of a studio full of drunken suburban punks destroying irreplaceable KPFK audiotape archives...