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Methadones leader Daniel Schafer has said that the band's third album, Not Economically Viable, is a concept record loosely inspired by the 1993 Michael Douglas film Falling Down, about a murderous rampage by a laid-off defense systems administrator. (The title comes from one of the film's key lines.) Lyrically, the album is akin to the great X albums deconstructing the Reagan-era American dream, from Los Angeles to More Fun in the New World, but Schafer is a more impressionistic writer than John Doe and Exene Cervenka, without their eye for detail. Musically, however, the album completes the Methadones' slow transition from garagey punks à la early Social Distortion into a more polished power pop outfit with a greater emphasis on vocals (Heavenly's Amelia Fletcher sings her trademark helium-toned harmonies on several tracks) and catchy guitar hooks. Not at all coincidentally, the album ends with the aptly-titled "Straight Up Pop Song," a rueful blend of sardonic kiss-off lyrics and a droning guitar riff that sounds so much like a radio hit by the likes of Jimmy Eat World that it seems likely to be at least partially satiric in intent.

Customer Reviews

Solid release...thank god Jono and his breath are gone tho!

This album is great, way above average, but I think it pales in comparison to the previous two releases. The more albums these guys put out, the farther away they move from pop punk to power pop and I have a feeling they are fine with that, which is cool. If you are a first time buyer and are looking for the classic Chicago pop punk sound, stick to their earlier stuff. I have yet to find much music that can even compare to it. Jono...try a tic tac or pocket pack.

Actually, it's totally economically viable...

but I guess that's the genius behind it. The first track is a little weak, but every other one makes up for it. The classics include "Mess We Made," "Sorry to Keep You Waiting," and "Hit a Nerve" plus many others.


This album is great punk rock!! I love driving down the 1 in NORCAL cranking this. BUY IT NOW!!


Formed: 1993 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

A good band name always gives the potential listener some idea what sort of music to expect. (Bad band names are ones that mess with those expectations: a certain artsy-jangly guitar pop band of the early '90s would have been much more successful had they not been called Vomit Launch, which sounds like the name of a scabrous hardcore act.) Chicago-based pop-punk band the Methadones is an excellent case in point: methadone -- not to be confused with methamphetamine, aka crystal meth -- being the drug...
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