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Album Review

This Ben Weasel-produced album takes a step back, or so it seems, from the melodic growth shown between Grow Up and Love Songs for the Retarded. Actually, the ratio between melodicism versus dissonant, high-speed punk is probably the same as on Love Songs, but Queers fans have come to expect more. The first three songs, ("Steak Bomb," "Drop the Attitude F****r," and "You Make Me Wanna Puke") are of the dissonant, high-speed (and subsequently less-interesting and fun) school. It isn't until the fourth song, "Teenage Gluesniffer," that the listener can sink his or her teeth into a sweet, juicy pop delight. "Ben Weasel" is a funny anti-Ben Weasel goof. "Mirage" makes the album worth buying, though it is also featured on the excellent Larry Livermore-produced Surf Goddess EP, which is cheaper and has a higher proportion of good songs. [The 2007 edition of the album includes the bonus track "My Old Man's a Fatso."]

Biography

Formed: 1982 in Portsmouth, NH

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Sometimes they are mistaken for a queercore band like labelmates Pansy Division, but one listen to the Queers' adolescent-boy-who-never-grew-up lyrics ("she got no tit," "I'm really goo-goo over you/I'm mentally retarded too," "she's my Burger King Queen," etc.) will dispel that misconception. While some of their songs border on sexism and homophobia, they are simply too goofy and good-natured to mean any harm with their left-back-four-grades, dumb-ass shtick. Formed in 1982, this New Hampshire group...
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