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‘Dr. Demento Covered In Punk’ Set For Release On Jan 12th

Basic CMYKJanuary 12th 2018 will see the release of the two hour demented punk extravaganza, Dr Demento Covered In Punk. The album will feature an eclectic mix of artists including The Misfits, The Vandals, Osaka Popstar, Adam West, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, William Shatner, Shonen Knife and many more, who contribute over thirty unreleased cover versions of the songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary Dr Demento show. The album is hosted by Dr. Demento himself and features guest ID spots and bumper segments to create an unconventional take on Dr. Demento‘s radio show.

You can stream William Shatner‘s cover version of The Cramps‘s Garbageman here

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk can be pre-ordered here

The Vandals Re-Issue ‘Oi To The World’ On Vinyl

Vandals OTTWThe Vandals have re-issued the previously out of print 1996 Christmas classic, Oi To The World, the album has been re-mastered and now features a bonus Overture track. This album has become the soundtrack to many a punk rock Christmas, and after 20 years it’s become a tradition in it’s own right, along with The Vandals annual Christmas Formal that this year will take place at the House of Blues in Anaheim, California on the 23rd December 2017 with support from Ozma and Flock Of Nu Goo.

Oi To The World is available on Vinyl, CD and digital formats via Bandcamp here

The Vandals Announce 22nd Annual Christmas Formal Show

Vandals Xmas 2017The Vandals have now been doing their annual Christmas Formal show for 22 years, and they have announced that this years Christmas Formal will take place at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA on the 23rd December with support from Ozma and Flock Of Nu Goo. The Vandals have also contributed a new track to the Dr. Demento Covered in Punk compilation that is due out in January 2018.

Tickets for The Vandals Christmas Formal can be purchased here

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk can be pre-ordered here

The Misfits To Appear On ‘Dr. Demento Covered In Punk’ LP

Basic CMYKJanuary 2018 will see the release of the two hour demented punk extravaganza, Dr Demento Covered In Punk. The album will feature an eclectic mix of artists including The Misfits, The Vandals, Osaka Popstar, Adam West, Joan Jett And The Blackhearts, William Shatner, Shonen Knife and many more, who contribute over thirty unreleased cover versions of the songs famously heard on the airwaves of the legendary Dr Demento show. The album is hosted by Dr. Demento himself and features guest ID spots and bumper segments to create an unconventional take on Dr. Demento‘s radio show.

You can stream William Shatner‘s cover version of The Cramps‘s Garbageman here

Dr. Demento Covered In Punk can be pre-ordered here

The Vandals – It’s Got To Be Ska (Extended)

the vandalsLong running punk act The Vandals has released a new “joke” song.  The track is titled “It’s Got to be ska (extended)” and initially appeared in a sketch for comedian Reggie Watts.  2004’s Hollywood Potato Chip remains the band’s most recent formal work

Listen to the song below.

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The Vandals - Shingo Japanese Remix Album

The Vandals

Shingo Japanese Remix Album

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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

If you’ve been following the steady flow of Kung Fu Records compilations and DVDs, then I’m sure you’ve seen one of the many Shingo remixes. He’s been doing Vandals remixes for the label for over a year now and has seen many compilations. And I guess they got some good feedback regarding the remixes because the label has enlisted the help of the DJ to do an entire eleven track album of Vandals remixes – cleverly entitled Shingo Japanese Remix Album. But really, this isn’t for the hardcore Vandals fan.

The main thing that sticks out is the fact that Shingo has only taking songs from their two most recent releases, Internet Dating Superstuds and Hollywood Potato Chip. So right away, it’s clear that they are missing some of the band’s better songs – but even if the album did have the band’s highlights, its still not an album for most of their fans. Shingo has taken all the songs and really mixed them up. They are no longer the quick, catchy pop-punk tunes they used to me. Instead, they are now dance songs that could easily be played at any rave. There’s unique beats, the vocals are chopped up and repeated, there’s new, weird, funky sounds added to the background and spliced through the vocals. And to top it all off, there’s even the occasional Japanese vocals thrown into the mix.

It’s clear that Shingo knows what he’s doing, and the songs are mixed well. It just is no longer a Vandals song and that hurts the album badly. It’s not like you really feel the need to skip any songs or throw the disc into the air like a frisbee, it’s just that its no longer a pop-punk album. It is now a dance album and won’t appeal to most of the readers. Although, if you were one of the people who liked any of the remixes in some of the recent compilations, then you’ll probably like the full album of remixes.

 

The Vandals - Hollywood Potato Chip

The Vandals

Hollywood Potato Chip

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Rating: 3.5/5

 
 

 

 

I love The Vandals. Whenever I hear their songs I get excited. Their songs like JackassMy Girlfriend’s DeadI Have A DateIdea For A MovieI’ve Got An Ape DrapePeople That Are Going To Hell, and Anarchy Burger have all become instant classics in my mind. The songs were catchy, fast, hilarious, and the band never got boring. When I heard that the band was coming out with another album, their twelfth studio album, I was obviously excited. So as soon as I got my hands on Hollywood Potato Chip, I ripped it out of the wrapping and slammed it into my CD player; and I must say that even after though the CD is still quite good, it was a little disappointing.

Hollywood Potato Chip rips though 13 tracks in under 34 minutes, and each one of them is in classic Vandals form. Dave Quackenbush’ signature vocals come flowing through your speakers, and its nice to hear that, even after all these years, he really hasn’t lost anything in his vocals. Unfortunately, the lyrics aren’t as good as before. After eleven albums, they are slowly running out of content and the songs seem to be watered down a bit, not as funny or as captivating as before; and definitely not as catchy. This is really disappointing as I have always loved the Vandals‘ lyrical content before hand, and on this album there are only a few tracks which are really up to par. The musical portions are still good, like any Vandals song is. Warren Fitzgerald rips through song after song on his guitar with amazing riffs and fast chords as Joe Escalante backs him up with great bass melodies and then of course, the always phenomenal Josh Freese is behind the kit. What else are you looking for?

The Vandals‘ latest album, Hollywood Potato Chip, is a good album for fans of the band. It does lose some of the power the band is known for though. I wouldn’t recommend it to be the first album you get by these guys. Pick up one of their older ones like Hitler Bad, Vandals GoodLive Fast Diarrea, or Look What I Almost Stepped In first, as those are all classic Vandals albums in my mind.

 

The Vandals to Release New EP

the vandalsSoCal punk legend The Vandals will be releasing a new EP in ‘the near future’. The band originally wrote and  recorded the songs for the Soundwave festival in Australia (and was reported to be Australian themed) but they have now confirmed it will be packaged as a proper EP and released digitally and on vinyl. According to a statement from Kung Fu Records:

“It’s true! What was originally written by the Vandals as an Australian targeted tour E.P. for the recent Soundwave Festival, will now be expanded and improved as a proper worldwide release… Producer Warren Fitzgerald is finishing the tracking right now and 4 to 5 tracks will be mixed by Andy Carpenter (Dwarves, Zebrahead) and released as soon as possible digitally and on vinyl.”

As soon as more details are available we will be sure to report them.

Cake Boy

Feature Length Film

Cake Boy [DVD]

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Rating: 2/5

 
 

 

 

Cake Boy is the third movie done by Kung Fu Films – the section of Kung Fu Records that takes care of all the label’s DVD needs; and haven never seen the previous two (That Darn Punk and Fear Of A Punk Planet), I had no idea what to expect. Quite frankly, my expectations weren’t high. Although I’ve seen the work Joe Escalante (bassist of The Vandals and co-owner of Kung Fu) had done in the past with directing, they had always been live DVDs, not real movies; and then the main character of the movie, Selwyn Hillis, is played by Warren Fitzgerald (guitarist of The Vandals and the other co-owner of Kung Fu Records) who also wrote the movie. So here we have two people, who main area of expertise are immature pop-punk songs doing the three most important parts in a movie.But really, they pulled it off quite well.

The story follows Hillis as he suffers through a abusive relationship and struggles to remain entertained in his pathetic erotic cake store as all his cooking talents are going to waste. Finally, he breaks under the pressure and decides to change his life, and the story of Cake Boy begins. Getting a job from his neighbor, Selwyn soon finds himself being the roadie for none other then No Use For A Name where he learns a completely different meaning of abuse. When he can no longer take the teasing and laughter, he yells at the band, only to find himself stranded in the middle of the highway without his shoes.

So there he is, in a new town, with tons of new opportunities. He quickly finds himself a little place to live, a nice job and is introduced to his boss’ cousin and his life is completely turned around. Encouraged by his hot new handicapped girlfriend, he decides to put his cooking skills to use and goes for the baking gold in a head on head TV competition against the Master Bake of France, Pierre Kiniche; and even runs into his cooking mentor Carl Betting.So here he is, with a new life, a new girlfriend, and new confidence that he had never had before. The story, albeit simple, is inventive and innovative. It isn’t full of gratuitous sex or giant explosions, but rather follows a beaten down baker through all his triumphs and tribulations.

Fitzgerald showed he knew how to write a good script, not just a good pop-punk tune; and he didn’t want to stop there. His acting, although it isn’t great, it is better then a lot of the actors Hollywood spits out. You also get some cameos from people like Escalante, Patton Oswalt of King Of Queens, Brian Posehn of Just Shoot Me and even Bob Odenkirk and Scott Aukerman of Mr Show.

The filming is clearly independent as it seems to be a bit wobbly at times and uneven. The first few minutes, you notice the graininess of the 16mm and 35mm film on the multiple wobbly close ups and you start to wonder if you could stand the entire movie with filming like that. But it soon becomes the past as you become use to the older and independent filming style and even appreciate it a bit more.

The movie won’t win an Oscar, but its not meant to be. Its a simplistic movie about a baker filmed on free nights here and there that doesn’t rely on blood, gore and sex to keep the viewer entertained; the story does that by itself. And plus, the soundtrack that comes along with it has some of the best names in the punk industry at the moment.

 

The Vandals - Live At The House Of Blues (The Show Must Go Off) [DVD]

The Vandals

Live At The House Of Blues (The Show Must Go Off) [DVD]

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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Another Vandals release in The Show Must Go Off!! series? I’m sure I’ve seen them in a the series earlier? Yes, you’re right. “Oi To The World Live” was the first DVD in the critically acclaimed series; but that was only a Christmas special. What about the rest of their songs? There’s a lot to be covered! So Kung Fu Records made the smart choice of putting out yet another Vandals DVD, this time it’s “Live At The House Of Blues“.

Being a big Vandals fan, this DVD/CD (or CD/DVD combo depending on which type of packaging you enjoy more) had great appeal to me right off the start. I was a little worried though, when the first thing I see when I click play is a close up of Warren’s groin area covered only by tight, short, blue shorts.. This confused me at the start, but not to worry they soon leave that shot and go the stage and the band starts playing the series theme song, 4320-1. Their 22 song set includes many of their old classics and some of their newer material (and of course, one Christmas song, Oi To The World). Over half their set comes from Internet Dating Super Studs and Hitler Bad, Vandals Good, with only a couple songs from each of their other albums.

Their live presence isn’t amazing, especially Kung Fu Records‘ owner Joe Escalante, who really doesn’t do much other then play his instrument. But as you get further into the video they do pick it up. Warren Fitzgerald has the most energy of them all. Jumping up, and then falling hard to the ground many times. I don’t know if it’s just me or not, but I found it quite humorous seeing Mr. Fitzgerald running around with nothing but a cape and tight, short shorts on singing about finally having a date (I Have A Date). The final burst of energy from the guitarist makes the DVD and, if you were there, the night, unforgettable. Unfortunately, you see him quickly changing backstage and you get a little glimpse of his “dangly wiener”. This does not please me at all, but some ladies out there might enjoy it. DrummerJosh Freese does what he does best and that is smack those drums as hard and fast as he can. He really is an amazing drummer, for all your drummers out there, check out the “Freese Cam” in the special features section for close up of his drummer techniques.

The sound quality is pretty smooth, and they sound basically the same as their recordings, which is great to hear. If you are not interested in watching the DVD, you can just listen to the CD that comes with it. Overall the CD is fun to hear and is a good live album.