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Album Review

At the back of their minds, the Presidents of the United States of America — or at least their leader, Chris Ballew — always knew that they were essentially a one-hit wonder, even if that one hit was an album instead of a single. Being the jesters of grunge meant that their career had a limited shelf life, and once grunge had run its course, so had the Presidents. So, Ballew wisely pulled the plug after a commercially disappointing but musically solid second album, knowing that it would ultimately serve the band's memory better to put an end to the group instead of toiling on for years. As a consolation to fans and the record company, the band released Pure Frosting, a collection of B-sides, live cuts, outtakes and soundtrack contributions. It's just as goofy and sporadically entertaining as their two studio albums, with as many great moments — including their inspired cover of Ian Hunter's "Cleveland Rocks," which was used as the theme song for The Drew Carey Show — as there are downers. And even if these are rarities, there are enough catchy, humorous throwaways here to make it entertaining even for fans that aren't collectors. Of course, casual fans will have to wait for the inevitable hits compilation to get the one definitive Presidents album, but this is a nice addition for dedicated fans, and it's much better than some skeptics would expect.

Customer Reviews

The iTunes review was horrible.

Something is bothering me here. The iTunes review says something to the effect of "The Presidents just died out", which is simply untrue. He makes broad generalizations and presumes to know what the band was thinking, and that they had a limited shelf life. The band came out with their 4th or 5th album last year. Perhaps the reviewer was a little hasty? In any case, the Presidents are a great band, and Pure Frosting is a little something different for you fans. It has alternate versions of songs, and others that really should have been on proper albums (love delicatessen being the first to come to mind). I can't really put a finger on their style, because each song changes it up a little bit. Japan is another fun one. Video killed the Radio star is probably better than the 80's original. Finally, the live tracks are worth the purchase price alone. The Presidents are just as good live as in the studio, and these versions not only do as good as the originals, but one up them. In fact, the live version of Lump incorporates a line that Weird Al used in his parody, showing the immense humor of this great band.

Video killed the radio star

Aw i love this song so much when i was little and my mom turned on the radio i used to say the lyrics i thought they said Video Q the Radio Star Lawl i <3 this Cd

Lump (Live)

There is something bothering me about this song, it could just be me, but after the song is over, I experience a 6 minute silence, that is very annoying on playlists, and i do not know how to fix this myself or any other way to report it.

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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