Monday, October 20, 2008
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Milo was released in '81. It was a pretty big change-up, musically. It combined the sound of hardcore punk with personal lyrics. Sure the lyrics were about punk standbys such as girls, parents, and not fitting in. But whereas other bands seemed to whine about it, these guys fucking yelled. Loudly, as a matter of fact. Not that yelling was new, Black Flag's Damaged came out at about the same time. But it wasn't "Raaagh fuck the man fuck the system punk as hell roooargh" yelling. It was "FUCK YOU MOM AND DAD I HATE YOU YOU SUCK" yelling, and we can all relate to that at some point.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
For a band that half of its members are still in high school, these guys are great. The guitar is rockin', the horn section is tight, drums are awesome, and the lyrics are great, when they remember the lyrics.
Really, do it. I just told you to and now you have to. One of the perks of writing this blog.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Simple music rules here. I could fit the lyrics on a napkin, and the chords on a matchbook cover. That doesn't make them any less great. The famous chant of "hey ho, let's go" is still fucking awesome. I guess there's some kind of meaning in these lyrics; Beat On The Brat is about hating stuck-up rich kids, 53rd and 3rd is about Dee Dee sucking dick for heroin money. But really why would you let some silly little thing like meaning get in the way of singing along?
Next time on "Donny's occasional music blog", I'll be doing another of my top three albums; either London Calling or Milo Goes To College.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Happy Monday, time for the first actual post.
I’m going to start this off with the album I’m listening to the most lately: Missed the Boat, by The Steinways.
An introduction is in order. The Steinways are four friends from New York City, who came together a few years ago after their bands fell apart, and made something wonderful. Since then, they’ve put out two 7”s, Rocket Surgery and Unoriginal Recipe, and two full-lengths, Missed the Boat and Gorilla Marketing, which just came out this year.
Listening to Missed the Boat, it’s obvious that the band is fans of Screeching Weasel and The Queers. The short, fast pop-punk, about girls and…well, girls, is infectious and somewhat silly. The band shows a talent for writing memorable hooks, with KTV ending with the line “You’re so pretty, you’re so Asian, kiss me baby, I’m Caucasian.” I mean come on now. Joe Queer wishes he could write a line like that.
Grath, the lead vocalist, manages to convey that same sense of teenage angst and irritation with the ladies that shone through in a lot of MTX songs, while avoiding the dangers of sounding like a whiny little bitch about it. Not an easy task.
Overall, a fun album. It’s not Boogadaboogada, it’s not Love Songs for the Retarded, but it’s damn close. My one complaint is the length. Missed the Boat is 20 tracks, and only 21 minutes long. Not that that’s bad, but it could’ve been a little longer.
The three big pop-punk outfits, MTX, Screeching Weasel, and The Queers, are mostly gone, with just Joe Queer keeping it together. The Steinways look to be taking their place in the trinity for a new generation.
Now we just need a couple more.
I give The Steinways’ Missed the Boat three and a half out of five stars. A valiant effort, a great result, but it could still be better.