If you want the real deal on this one, just go read Mike’s post. He’s in-depth and clear about the whole thing (as always), and lays out exactly what’s here. Me, I’ll just say it’s a cool collection from a band I loved a lot a long while ago. I fell for that whole punk-ska sound, with Toasters and Reel Big Fish and Slackers and these guys and many more, and I still like it now. It’s probably the horns. I always cheer for the horns. Score!
Hit It Or Quit It? Hit!
Off the strength of the Duran Duran Tribute album I got in Toronto last trip, I’ve been rewinding my musical tastes to the early/mid-90s and my ska/punk fixation. It’s been fun!
I’ve already covered this band’s More Noise And Other Disturbances (1992) somewhere in these pages. Well, this 1993 EP offers more fun originals, live tracks, and some covers! My favourites are always the horns. Dicky’s growly vocals, the punk and ska guitars… they had a thing and they did it well!
Someday I Suppose is the one you’d likely know, a nice mid-tempo jam. Think Again is a straight-up sand-blaster Minor Threat cover (with a ska break section). Yeah! Next it’s an Angry Samoans cover, Lights Out, a 0:51 punk punch to the gut. This makes my Short Music For Short People-loving self very happy.
Police Beat, an SSD cover, stomps almost metal, chugging along with menace. Then they switch gears completely and skank their way through the Wailer’s Simmer Down. Next up it’s a live run-through Drugs And Kittens/I’ll Drink To That. It just sounds great. Loved it. Now, this track is 38:45 long, which means the first track is front-loaded, and then they do that silly 90s trick of the hidden track with all the blank space and then another track that comes, in this case, at 36:17. Ah well. It’s another short, live MMB song called Howwhywuz Howwhyam, because why not call it that.
Great EP! Much fun!
I loved this CD in the late 90s, I liked the punk/ska scene with these guys, Mad Caddies, Dropkick Murphys, Save Ferris, all of that.
As for this one, honestly, I liked its predecessor (Question The Answers) better, but this one has some of their biggest hits. You’ll know The Impression That I Get, for sure. Maybe Noise Brigade, maybe the Racal King, all from the top end of the album. The deep cuts are just as good, just as infectious, just as well done.
It was cool to hear this again. I remembered every word and every note. Took me right back, this did!