Jughead's Revenge - Pearly Gates
Everything about the packaging and even
promotional material of this CD indicated suck-o-rama,
but the album itself was a very pleasant surprise.
Like buying some monstrous smelly shit coloured coat
at a thrift store because it's the warmest thing you
can afford and then finding a $20 in some long
forgotten inside pocket.
Maybe not a $20, but at least a $5.
The songs are well done pop punk, only lyrically
gritty. Think older Offspring if, instead of being a
college smart ass Dexter had been a really smart truck
driver. The songs are less political than social,
less angry than bitter, less flamboyant than trashy.
These Valley Streets and Lolita were really good
songs -- and don't let me confuse you, this album may
deal with serious themes for a lot of the songs but
there is no agenda being rammed down your throat for
the most part. It still sounds fun and upbeat, in the
event you're one of the sons of bitches who cares only
Hearing their cover of The Cars' "Just What I
Needed" was interesting because it was a fairy true
cover, right down to '80s Ric Ocasek style vocals.
Kill Security, an anti-bouncer song, is
interesting because it makes Jughead's Revenge seem
like one of the only bands I have heard recently who
actually *go* to shows even where they aren't
uber-elite fucking punk rock scenesters (whiny fucking
good looking members of the suburban upper middle
class natural aristocracy wearing punk rock uniforms
for a few years) and actually get hassled upon
occasion. The song's good, too.
Maybe this is what all the other bands with
uber-trashy artwork and badass liner note photos are
trying to be like. It's too bad they aren't.
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