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Album Review

Moving from the majors (MCA) back to the indies (Pink & Black, one of Fat Wreck Chords' imprints), Dance Hall Crashers unleashed their heaviest hitting album to date. Label head and NOFX frontman, Fat Mike himself, produced, gracing the album with a grand sound, almost arena-like in its intensity, and for the first time capturing the power and fury of the band's stage shows, driven home by Tim Palmer's excellent mix. The album kicks off with the storming "Beverly Kills," its rumbling drums, and ferocious guitar licks the perfect backdrop for the girls' tale of a malicious, soul-sucking girl, who's a dead ringer for the City of Angels itself. As always, the witty, biting lyrics equal the band's intensity, and never more so than on "The Real You," a slap-down on a deserving suck-up, that storms right out of the grooves. A particularly selfish boyfriend is soundly spanked on the surprisingly grungy "Remember to Breathe," while the '60s-styled pop/rock will not just "Make Her Purr," but you as well. The gloriously poppy skanker "Setting Sun" will keep the egotistical anti-hero smiling, even as he's soundly skewered by the singers. Elsewhere Elyse Rogers and Karina Denike turn a "Cat Fight" to their own advantage, and the boys' dismay, for even these sarcastic girls have a heart, and the duo bare theirs' for all to see on the gorgeous, acoustic "Cricket." Everything fans love about DHC — the sharply pointed lyrics, killer hooks, dizzying rock and pop in equal doses, all in skanking form are captured at their rip-roaring best, and for once not on-stage, but in the studio.

Customer Reviews

Not a bad song on the disc

I feel cd has aged really well. As the title of this review states, there isn't a bad song on the disc. Well, maybe Cat Fight, but that's only because the rest of the album is so very, very good. Buy this. There's absolutely no reason not to...That is if you like punk/ska with female harmonies...

I Love This CD!!!!!!!!!!!

This has got to be one of my favorite CDs of all time. Even after all these years it still rocks! Very catchy songs. The harmonies are great. If you are a ska fan and love original No Doubt, Mighty Mighty Boss Tones, Less Than Jake, and so forth, please do yourself a favor and pick up this album. = )

Biography

Formed: 1989

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

An outgrowth of the legendary Operation Ivy, the Berkeley, Caifornia-based ska-punk outfit Dance Hall Crashers was briefly led by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, Op Ivy alumni who later reunited in Rancid. Both left within weeks of the Crashers' 1989 formation, but the group continued on, now led by vocalist Elyse Rogers and guitarist Jason Hammon; a series of other lineup changes followed, most notably the addition of second vocalist Karina Denike joining in 1990. Dance Hall Crashers disbanded soon...
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