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Their first studio album in over 12 years finds Jody Foster’s Army bathing in the fountain of youth. On Speed Of Sound, JFA return to the roots of the early 1980s skate-punk sound they helped birth back when skateboarding was still an underground endeavor that few regarded as a sport. “Danny Sargent’s Trucks” opens with the same ferocious energy heard on 1983’s Valley of the Yakes as Brian Brannon’s hyperactive vocals spew verbiage that perfectly describes backyard pool skating’s lust for the quest as well as the joy of finding an empty pool behind an abandoned house (and the thrill of getting caught trespassing). In the fast-galloping “Wilson,” Brannon similarly conveys the strange relationship that skaters have with physical pain, while tunes like “16 Hippies” and “Party Like The Amish” show how JFA still have that sense of humor heard on such ‘80s gems as “Preppy” and “Beach Blanket Bongout.” The inadvertently funny “My Wife” is a midtempo number with more relevant lyrics about how it’s not always easy to barge backyard pools when you’re a grown, married man.

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This album is killer... of course. Dudes haven't changed so neither has the music. The one thing different from the classic material is that you can actually understand Brannon now, which I find allows me to be a much lazier listener these days. I kinda preferred the old cloud of dust around "skateboard" every once in a while... it let me imagine all sorts of skate-related antics, and I just kind of made up new lyrics every time I listened. Sigh. Fortunately, Brannon writes good stuff, so no prob. These dudes aren't "trying" to be skate rock (read: a bunch of rich pro skaters in bands with mega sponsors filtered through a magazine formerly edited by Brannon). They invented the genre. Get it.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Phoenix, AZ, punk legends JFA (or Jodie Foster's Army) was assembled in 1981 by Brian Brannon (vocals), Don Redondo (guitars), Mike Cornielius (bass), and drummer Mike Sversvold. Separated as they were from the dying New York and U.K. punk scenes and the '80s punk hotbed in Los Angeles, JFA pursued their own brand of skatepunk that celebrated the suburban release sun burnt skaters experienced while carving swimming pools and desert pipes. JFA performed often in and around Phoenix in the early '80s,...
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Speed Of Sound, JFA
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: May 25, 2010

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