#tbt to my crazy weekend in Chicago a couple of weeks ago! On Saturday I saw Face to Face for the first time and finally met Scott (he's rad), and on Sunday we got to hang out and watch awesome musicians at Jughead's house, where I geeked out over Homer to fellow classicist Dr Frank. My life feels surreal sometimes! #adventures#punkrock#facetoface#drfrank#mtx#danvapid
Screeching Weasel’s latest “comeback” album (this one, from 2011, is at least their 3rd) is surprisingly strong. The sticker on the front says “Ben Weasel, Danny Vapid, and the gang are back…”, but it fails to explain that in this case “the gang” are a bunch of scrubs you’ve never heard of. Jughead, the only original member besides Ben, is gone. But having Vapid’s vocals back is welcome, and I have to say, the drummer on this record, Adam Cargin, is phenomenal, and it’s his work that really pushes this above most late-era SW releases. There are so many great drum flourishes spread throughout. Of course I’m a sucker for the classic lineup w/ Dan Panic on drums, but going on pure talent, Cargin is the best drummer they’ve had. Of course this is the lineup that all quit (or were fired, depending on whose story you believe) after the infamous SXSW incident. •
But putting aside Ben’s reputation for a moment, this record is packed with good tunes. Dare I say it’s a little more mature than your usual SW record? I dare! Sure it’s still three-chord pop-punk, but I’d put this up there with Anthem in terms of SW records that don’t just sound like a rehash of the same old stuff recorded once again. Lyrically, Ben is in full cynic mode, as he tends to be these days. So there’s not much humor here, but that’s ok. Standout jams: “All Over Town”, “Creepy Crawl”, “Baby Talk”, and “Little Big Man”, which is likely about Brendan Kelly from The Lawrence Arms, who were also on Fat WreckChords. •
This is a cool little live record from the mid-90s lineup of The Queers, featuring half of Screeching Weasel as the rhythm section. I saw this lineup a couple of times, and they were great, a fast and tight version of the band. The setlist is a decent overview of the early Queers material, featuring lots of songs from their breakout album Love Songs for the Retarded, as well as a bunch of 7” tracks and one from their debut, Grow Up. Though released in ’95, it must’ve been recorded while touring for Love Songs, before Grow Up was reissued, and before Beat Off (their best record) came out, as none of that stuff is featured. So it’s a bit of a weird tracklist for the time it came out. But it’s still good! •
The thing that made me super mad about this when I got it back in the day is that the tracklist, so cleverly featured as a setlist page on the silk-screened picture disc, features two tracks that aren’t on anything else: “Fuck Up” and “Beerbreak”. I was excited to hear these unreleased gems! “Fuck Up” is when they start “Noodlebrain”, fuck it up, and then start over. “Beerbreak” is literally when Joe says “Beer break!” before pausing for a moment to drink beer. They aren’t songs. Steamed me right up! Standout jams: “Squid Omelet”, “We’d Have a Riot Doing Heroin”, “Noodle Brain”, “I Spent the Rent”, and “My Old Man’s a Fatso”. #•
After seeing a post from @rockyrochelle145 about the LP version of this classic having extra tunes...I had to get a copy of my own. All these years and I never knew about the LP bonus songs!
A few more faves from the Jughead's Basement show of the Lillingtons and the Jughead and Friends set including some weasel songs and and serious legends like Johnny Puke, Dan Panic, Mass Giorgini, and of course Dan Vapid.
I play In Dan Vapid's band... I've listed to this guy's records and NEVER dreamed I would get to take the stage with him. Dan is a dear friend of mine, and I hope you all listen to his music and rock out with it like we do on stage. Much love to you #danvapid ! @dan_vapid_and_the_cheats_