he Vandals are a really clever, funny punk band from Orange County that I first heard (way late) roundabouts mid-2000. These guys are from Southern California and, at this point in their career, played music that sounded like early TSOL, but jokey. " thanks for the cool site [email protected](Matt Easton) One time someone put on Dance With Me by T. Jokes about skinheads, mohawks, pedophiles and rap music -- not funny. Music - punkish like the EP, but, aside from two or three great tunes, not as catchy. Guess everyone really does steal from everyone else after all.) Really though, there's only about two other good songs here, or two and a half if you count the acoustic Mohawk Town, which I don't. he Original line-up (original enough anyway -- with Stevo on vocals) runs through the entire first EP, three decent songs from When In Rome and a couple of interesting unexpected parodies ("Ghost Faggot Riders In The Sky" and "Dachau Cobana").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.
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.
and I said "hey, this sounds like The Vandals" and everyone laughed at me. He sounds like the annoying jokester friend you had but never wanted in high school.
At fault is probably original singer "Stevo," who makes EVERYTHING sound like a dumb gag.
Quite frankly, this just wasn't the most intelligent line-up the band ever had.
He also turns nearly everything on the album into a fag joke (something that my fans know I would never, ever do), including aforementioned "Ghost Faggot Riders In The Sky," screaming disgusting sexual nonsense throughout "Hocus Pocus" (by Focus) and changing the ending of "Urban Struggle" to "I couldn't make it as a HOMO! He just has a voice that's nice for yelling, and he's clearly comfortable speaking to a crowd. The whole thing just reeks like a pussy with green mucus coming out of it, oozing slowly down a syphilis-infected cock. The other band members get all of maybe three words in.
" 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." I don't understand this joke, having only read one issue of that boring-as-SHIT magazine in my entire life, but maybe you do and that alone makes the whole thing worthwhile. The second verse in the studio version isn't much better than the first, although the studio version does have the tacky, ass-covering "all Nazis die" right before the end. Hell, the songs were good but they weren't that damned good.In conclusion, Government Issue just re-issued everything they ever recorded (and more! [email protected] and Binder (now THERE'S a law firm I'll never patronize): I'm thinking you two fellows must never have gone to any hardcore shows in the early 80s. All the singers did the smart-assy between-song patter thing, even the really really "serious" political guys. Oh, and quit with the complaints about Stevo's jabbering during "Hocus Pocus" (by Focus).The original had vocals and they didn't make any sense either.Besides, what's a punk frontman supposed to do during an instrumental? A bit of context which may explain the gross-out jokes: this show was in early 1983 (or maybe maybe late 1982), which was right around the time Blanche Knott's "Truly Tastless Jokes" came out and was a huge underground hit on high school and middle school campuses back in those pre-Internet days when there was no such thing as porn and nobody ever molested children. So gross/shocking humor was even more popular than usual among the innocent, pre-9/11 youth of America during the 82/83 school year, is all I'm saying.