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Fear of a Punk Planet: Anniversary Edition

The Vandals

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Album Review

Fear of a Punk Planet is possibly the definitive Vandals release. There are the covers of corny pop songs ("Summer Lovin'" from the Grease soundtrack and the Beach Boys' "Kokomo") played at maximum velocity and with sneering, snotty vocals. There are the supremely silly lyrics ("Join Us for Pong," "The Day Farrah Fawcett Died"). There are the amped-up, speedy songs. What puts the Vandals over is, believe it or not, the musicianship. Unlike most other punk outfits, the band, especially ace drummer Josh Freese, is tight and focused. They even attempt Iron Maiden-style metal on "Small Wonder" and pull it off. Even if the constant juvenile humor grates after a while, the Vandals are still more composed and entertaining than most. Fear of a Punk Planet may be just a well-played punk album, but for gloriously un-PC punk fun, it's difficult to do better. ~ Victor W. Valdivia, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Pizza Train!

Pizza Train is one of my favorite songs, and the whole album is great!

Pizza Tran

What is a pizza train, turn off spell check. Great album, I miss the old cheap shows in the early 90's! NOFX, Lagwagon, Pennywise, etc, etc, all for less than 10 bones in the same show! They are still missing Slippery When ill. Vandals have entertained for decades, they blow away any music that came on the scene in the 21st century, it's all terrible, over produced you name it! It's just all wrong. Katy Perry bad,(but hot) Vandals good. My rating reflects my taste in music! This album along with Live fast, Slippery When ill were CASSETTES you slapped in and enjoyed em' all.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Huntington Beach, CA

Genre: Alternative

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

Orange County punk veterans the Vandals traced their roots back to the earliest days of their local scene, but didn't really make much of an impact as recording artists until the '90s. By that time, their snide, terminally juvenile humor and catchy punk-pop had done a great deal to set the tone of Orange County's thriving punk and ska scene. Clear spiritual forefathers of bands like the Offspring, blink-182, and Less Than Jake, the Vandals took their cues from early punk comedians like the Dickies...
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