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The Presidents of the United States of America (10th Aniversary Edition)

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Album Review

Presidents of the United States of America employed a bit of synergy on Election Day 2004, releasing lovingly remastered, expanded editions of their 1995 debut and the 2000 LP Freaked Out and Small. It was the debut that blew up originally, positing the Presidents in the midst of the mid-'90s grunge explosion with singles like "Peaches," "Lump," and "Kitty." With their modified lineup — vocalist Chris Ballew played a "basitar," while cohort Dave Dederer rocked the "guitbass" — PUSA couldn't create the thick sonics of their fellow Seattle grungers. But their quirky take on punk-pop did help expand the palette of MTV and alternative radio, and make their oddball singles part of the enduring sound of the era. This expanded edition arrives via Ballew, Dederer, and drummer Jason Finn's own PUSA imprint. It includes the original album in its entirety, as well as 12 bonus tracks and demos dating from the same era. (And mindset, as "Carolyn's Booty" proves. "I caught a glimpse of Carolyn's booty/As she was going from the bathroom into my bedroom....") Presidents fans will dig the demos, especially. Taken from Ballew's four-track cassette demos, they're a gloriously weird jumble of muffled Mellow Gold-era Beckisms ("Stranger" and "Boll Weevil," particularly) and the kind of loopy humor that would bloom on Presidents itself. If that's not enough bonus material, this "Ten Year Super Bonus Special Anniversary" edition includes a "Super Bonus Thrillpack DVD," with videos, live material, and commentary from the band. Vote yes on the Presidents!

Customer Reviews

The Presidents ROCK!

If you enjoy quirky lyrics, guitar heavy rock, solid musicianship, and just plain fun, these guys are for you. It's super simple, but that's what makes it so good. You can't help but tap your feet to this stuff. ROCK ON!

(Note this review is on the out-of-print version)

This album was very odd. It was only 37 minutes but yet when i listened it felt alt longer. The better tracks include Popular enough for Weird al to parody Lump, samsh hit Peaches, Dune Buggy, and We Are not going to make it. The odd tracks include Feather Pluckn, Naked And Famous, the tragically short but wonderful Kick out the jams, and Stranger. Overall this album was great but not enough to live up to the hype of 3X platinum

peaches

wow , buy that song , Good old peaches i mean like he talks bout peaches , peaches

Biography

Formed: 1990 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Presidents of the United States of America were one of the most unlikely success stories of the post-grunge alternative rock scene in Seattle. Where the rest of their Seattle brethren traded in heavy guitars and heavy angst, the Presidents rejected torment for humor, writing short, simple, and absurd punk songs that relied more on goofy attitude than sludgy riffs and tormented screams. It was a formula that worked, as the group's...
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