Physical Fatness

Fat Music Vol III
Fat Wreck Chords comp

by jennie

The first track is "Olive Me" from NOFX. Great bass, and sounds like you'd expect NOFX to. It's a song about a failed relationship. "You took the rest/so why not take the rest/why not take all of me?"

Second is Good Riddance, a band I had unfortunately not been aware of. Here they're represented by "Stand," an excellent song about individual strength and prevailing. "There's something to be said for the ones who face the darkness alone ... you don't understand, there's nothing to say when everything seems lost you can bet somehow find a way" (or something close to that :))

Snuff. Wow. "Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads" hit me so stunningly that, after a couple repeats, I skipped to track 18 (the last song), "Arsehole," which is also them. Both songs appear on their CD "Potatoes and Melons Wholesale Prices Straight From The Lock Up."
But "Likely Lads" is first. "What happened to you, whatever happened to me? What became of the people we used to be?" is the group chorus theme to a backdrop of upbeat punk, with a brief horn break. Amazing, always on repeat.

Strung Out's "Ultimate Devotion" is a good song, definitely aptly named (tale of a guy's obsession over a girl). They're a more of a hardcore punk band, adding some variety to this cd. This tune is from their "Vacation" CD.

"Biggest Joke" might just be that if it weren't for such a catchy section when it finally picks up for a second (the "better things to do with my time ..." part). I think Goober Patrol takes some getting used to.

From their CD "Angry Fist," Hi-Standard put forth a cute little whiny pop punk tune about "My Sweet Dog". It's alright.

Woo hoo! Screeching Weasel! Their "Cool Kids" is precisely how I imagine all the 'too punk for you' kids ... "There's a real cool club on the other side of town where the real cool kids go to sit around and talk bad about the other kids. It's a real cool club and you'll never be a part of it." Cool bouncy punk from SW here - another track on the repeat! This song also shows up on their "Bark Like A Dog" CD.

Life is spelled out in Lagwagon's "Raise A Family." I like this guy's voice, and the music is great too - kind of fast heavier punk. This one gets repeated a lot too :)

"...leaves a sour taste in my mouth..." says Bracket's "Sour," off their "Novelty Forever" album. That's how I feel about his voice. Yikes.

The song I knew on the CD when I got it: "Next In Line," from the Swingin' Utters's album "A Juvenile Product of the Working Class." Nice dismal song about life. But another voice that I love, makes it a repeat.

"On The Outside" wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the chick's voice that sometimes joins in - she sounds like that ultra-annoying DHC girl. Makes No Use For A Name sometimes a skip. From the "Making Friends" album.

The Dickies rock! "My Pop The Cop" is cute catchy pop punk. This usually gets a repeat :)

"Painless" sure wasn't. Off the album "Under the Influence of Bad People," Screw 32 are not a band for me.

Propagandhi's "True" is alright. Might be on the skip list.

Tilt was okay too. She's got a good voice, the music is heavier punk, kinda fast.

88 Fingers Louie has another flat-sounding vocalist. It's an alright song if you look past that. "Go Away" is a candidate for a skip.

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes have an awesome cover here with "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard"! Another voice I love (a little off key or strained sometimes, it's cute), and the music is rock and punk. Repeat! :)

What would be an awesome end to this CD? "We're all arseholes, we're a bunch of wankers," sings a detectable British accent from the amazing Snuff, This song is more guitar driven with subtler horns, but again with the group-style chorus. Sigh. A definite repeat!!!!

Seeing as the CD itself is pretty much all good, think I'll repeat that now.

Some contacts:
Good Riddance * 849 Almar Ave. * Suite C-221 * Sabta Cruz, CA 95060
Strung Out * P.O. Box 4963 * West Hills, CA 91308
Hi-Standard * c/o Howling Bull * 2-16-19 Wakabayashi Bldg * 5th Floor * Mejiro Toshima-Ku, Tokyo 171 Japan
Screeching Weasel * c/o Panic Button Records * P.O. Box 148010 * Chicago, IL 60614-8010
Bracket * P.O. Box 305 * Forestville, CA 95436
Propagandhi * P.O. Box 3-905 * Corydon Ave * Winnipeg, MB R3M 3S3 * Canada
Tilt * P.O. Box 4579 * Berkeley, CA ??????
and of course:

Fat Wreck Chords * P.O. Box 460144 * San Francisco, CA 94146

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