Time for some straight up punk rock as we revisit Screeching Weasel’s BoogadaBoogadaBoogada!.
A mix of hardcore to pop punk tracks, BoogadaBoogadaBoogada! remains punk rock staple and one of my favorite albums. Purchased second hand with who knows what else, it worked it worked its way into my heart from the opening lines of “Dingbat”. The one thing I really remember upon first listen was getting to “Sunshine” and thinking, “Wait, isn’t that that song that was in the Flintstones?” The song, “Open Up Your Heart (And Let the Sunshine In)” was still fresh in my mind because I had recently listened to Saturday Morning Cartoon’s Greatest Hits which, coincidentally, has also gotten the flashback treatment. (See here.) It’s a track that encompasses everything I love about the album, in that it’s honest and playful at the same time. It’s also one of my favorite songs on the album because, well, I’m a sap. That said, you should open up your hearts and let the sunshine in. And you should also open up your ears and let the sweet sounds in. Happy Friday folks!
Today, I’d just like to ask a simple question, based on the people of Krikkit from Life, the Universe, and Everything. If you looked up at the sky to only see darkness and were told there was nothing in the world except your planet, would you be content?
In honor of Saves The Day’s newest release, let’s dip back into 1999 with my first purchase from them, Through Being Cool.
Carrying over from my high school daze, pop punk was heavy in my wheelhouse in the early aughts. I, however, didn’t really know the band when this album came out. It wasn’t until I sold my soul to Hot Topic that I ever really heard any of their music. I remember the start of my time in that store and the numerous times Stay What You Are played since it was still within a couple of months of its release. Of course this was mixed in with the one Christmas mix that was sent the store that consisted of Blink 182, The Ramones, Mojo Nixon and a few others. If you’re confused, I started working there on a Black Friday. In that first month, I got a solid dose of Stay What You Are and also developed a solid hatred of Mojo Nixon’s “Christmas, Christmas”. Not Mojo Nixon himself, just that song. I also remember having to manually censor the F-bomb in “Firefly”. Think of the kids, man.
Though, not sick of Stay What You Are, it didn’t end up being my first purchase since I was already getting it hammered into my ears at the store. I opted instead to work my way backwards with Through Being Cool. Upon first listening, it instantly became one of my favorites. I also wondered why we weren’t playing that in the store. As a whole, it packs far more fun and upbeat songs.
Of these fun and upbeat songs, most people recognize “Shoulder to Wheel”. Listening to it now, it’s rather simple and the line “I’m having a bad week, I miss my mom,” is definitely a sign of where they were at the time. It was quite fun to sing along with people though, especially if you were in a car. “We’re rockin’ oouuuuuuut!” Thankfully, five albums later, they’ve grown up a bit and are still making music. And on that bit o’ sunshine, I leave you with some tasty pop punk tunage for your aural consumption. Happy Friday folks!
Hello (all two of you) readers! I’ve been a rather awful with posting lately, but the good news is I have some renewed vigor and ideas to remedy that. Starting with this, the first dose Monday Morning Coffee (title subject to change). That little spark to get the week going. I envision these being completely random topics from today’s metal mascots to rants on music related current events to Q&As. There’s more to come, but enjoy this for now.
There has been a question brewing in my weird little brain for quite a long time. Who would win in a fight between Iron Maiden mascot, Eddie the Head, and Dio mascot, Murray? The problem is, how does one even start to judge how that fight would go? Let alone be completely objective about it. I suppose first, you’d have to examine each one on its own.
I’ve got Butch Walker on the brain with news of a new song and release date of his new EP, so I figured why not go back to the start for me with Marvelous 3′s Hey! Album.
It was the late 90′s and my brother says to me, as he often did, “Hey, you might like this.” And boy, did I. I never really stopped liking it actually. This album absolutely holds up for me. Even the cheesier parts still work. You may have heard of their one hit, “Freak of the Week” on this album. This ends up being what most people remember, which makes me quite sad, because there’s so much more.
In honor of The World’s End, which is out right now, I thought it appropriate to take a musical journey back to the not so distant past with the Hot Fuzz OST. Also, for good measure, maybe revisit the Shaun of the Dead OST in a previous flashback.
Ok, if you haven’t seen this film yet, you probably should stop now and go watch it. It’s equal parts parody and homage to the action film genre and it’s all parts awesome. So now, not only is this film awesome, the soundtrack is equally awesome. Like the Shaun of the Dead soundtrack, this also has film dialogue cut into the songs helping keep continuous flow throughout the album. We start the whole thing off with Timothy Dalton’s gravely voice before the drums kick in to the familiar opening of Adam Ant’s “Goody Two Shoes” and Martin Freeman sets things up.
Let’s travel back to the late 90s and my high school daze with When I was Born for the 7th Time by Cornershop.
I was reminded of this when randomly watching the identity parade round of an episode of Never Mind The Buzzcocks. Cornershop was another music recommendation from my friend steeped in knowledge of bands from across the pond. Isn’t it kinda funny how some friends end up being the go to for certain music. Like, you think, “Hey, I need a new Brit pop band to listen to.” and you just check with a certain friend and boom, you’re listening to Cornershop. This album actually reminds me of my weekend mornings at the, wait for it, cornershop. Heh, I couldn’t resist. Anyway, it wasn’t the music I would stomp around to before the store opened, that was much louder and aggressive. This was tame yet fun enough to play while customers came in and out for their coffee or cold cuts or whatever. And occasionally when “Brimful of Asha” played, some people might even recognize it while paying for their breakfast.
Cut to present day, and I’m still finding a little magic left in the album. Lovely mix of indie pop with eclectic instrumentation. So how about we get to some of the…