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Beelzebubba

The Dead Milkmen

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Album Review

Having built up a sizeable cult with surprising mainstream exposure here and there, the Milkmen got as close as they ever would to high-profile success with Beelzebubba. The basic formula and approach of the band hadn't changed a lot, but they did get it all together to create another near-perfect single, "Punk Rock Girl." Sprightly and catchy, it mixes the unexpectedly tender, sweet side of the band with the usual drawling humor from Anonymous — everything from accordion to utterly random Beach Boys (or is that the Mamas and the Papas?) references crop up. Beyond that splash, it was Milkmen time as usual: over the top, sarcastic, and more. Production was the clearest and most radio-friendly it ever was. The band's eternal hatred for trendoids, poseurs, and morons unsurprisingly continued to flourish from the first song in: "Brat in the Frat" targets the title character in question but spends some time demolishing the radical wannabe as well. Similarly amusing slams and smackdowns crop up throughout: "Bad Party," the snarky "Everybody's Got Nice Stuff But Me," and so forth. As an album through and through, Beelzebubba suffers from the same problem as Eat Your Paisley in many ways — a load of potentially inspiring ideas that often don't add up in the end. "RC's Mom" is a good example; if the music is meant to parody funk, it doesn't do it as well as, say, Led Zeppelin's "The Crunge," and if it's a celebration, it's pretty obvious and boring. As for the vocals, well, never mind. But so long as songs like "My Many Smells" and "Born to Love Volcanoes" are around, there's still hope yet.

Customer Reviews

Top-shelf whole milk!

For the aspiring Milkmen afficionado, if there are any, my advice is start with either this album or Big Lizard; both are incredible. Anyone who rates this album below four stars simply doesn't get the Dead Milkmen. Every song is brilliant to borderline-brilliant, hillarious, energetic and, on occasion, marginally culturally insightful. I feel this is the Milkmen's finest available album. They really hit their stide on this one.

great album

Any one who dosn't like this album just doesn't get what they're doing or saying.

Not disappointed.

This is another amazing album from the Dead Milkmen, who never fail to deliver quality music. Definitely worth the buy.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Rock

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

During their heyday in the late '80s, the Dead Milkmen led a crop of college-radio jokesters that also included Mojo Nixon, King Missile, and Too Much Joy, among others. Playing a basic, happily amateurish brand of punk-pop, the Milkmen skewered popular culture, indie trend-followers, and the intellectually challenged, while frequently indulging their taste for tastelessness. Critics alternately praised and dismissed the band as geeky, juvenile wiseasses — virtually every review seemed to contain...
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