Day 15 of Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Today I got another album from a band that I have never heard of. I’ve never heard a single song from the San Diego band, Rocket From The Crypt. The title of this album is Scream, Dracula Scream! Released in 1995, this was RFTC’s first major label recording. When I put on the first track, Middle, I was blown away with the energy and uptempo of the song. Surely, I thought, they can’t keep up with this throughout the record? Well, that’s exactly what they did. Scream, Dracula Scream! Keeps the pedal to the metal on all 14 songs. I can only imagine that being at one of their live shows would be a blast! The vocals of lead singer and guitarist Reis are aggressive, without screeching into my ears. The drummer, Sean Flynn, pounds away and gives the songs a serious back bone. Super talented drummer! Almost all of the band members lend backing vocals and the song Misbeaten shines because of it. (Maybe my favorite song by the way). Last but not least, they have horns beautifully blaring on all songs and I’m a sucker for that, really gives that 90’s Ska vibe. I really enjoyed all of the songs and had zero urges to skip any of them. Other songs that really need attention are Born In ’69, On a Rope, Come See Come Saw, and Fat Lip. Scream, Dracula Scream! Is filled to the brim with re-playability. If you want an album to pump you up, this will do the trick. It’s totally rad! One thing I like the most about this project, so far, is that some of the music is completely unknown to me, but becomes some of my favorites of the week. I must admit, I always get a little bummed and intimidated when I receive something totally unfamiliar, at first, but it can be so rewarding sometimes. Sure, I am excited to totally nerd out on albums that I know already like the back of my hand, and those albums will be fun to write about, but that’s not what this project is all about. It’s called Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, not re-listen to albums you’ve heard a gazillion times already and act like a Know It All… I’m having a blast! Please share your thoughts, opinions, and memories below. Even if that means shaming me for not knowing about this super dope band beforehand. Peace!
This wS a pretty underwhelming listen. Decent straight ahead rock and roll with a punk edge. Not sure why it should be on this list. I feel that the list should be reserved for albums that are either outstanding or influential and I don't think this either. 2.5 🌟
I had heard of RFTC but never listened. I didn’t realize the same guy formed this band and Drive Like Jehu. This is obviously up my alley. It’s got some ska vibes on a some songs, which is usually about the amount of ska I can handle. I would probably give it a 4.5 realistically. It is a little too long. I wish it was 11-12 songs rather than 14. I don’t know which songs I’d cut, though. I tend to prefer front halves of albums to back halves anyway, not sure why.
Sounds like the most generic 90’s punk rock ever, it’s very of it’s time. The singer has the typical snotty punk tone of a thousand punk rock singers before him. It’s basic and derivative and not special. I didn’t outright hate it, but I think a more impactful punk band should have their spot on the list.
A thrill ride, like a rickety wooden rollercoaster hurtling at speed; driving rhythm section, stabbing horns, charismatic frontman; slick back you hair, rev up your motorcycle, pull on your leathers. Rock music like it should be done - get in, get out fast, look good whilst you do it.
When this started, I thought, oh lord this is not what my frayed nerves need today. And I turned it off. Then I restarted and turned the volume down and it was much better. I completely missed this band at the time but I dig this punky, grungey (grungy?), alt-rock sound. (My spell check likes grungy but my eyes don't.) Reminds me of Faith No More, Soundgarden, Elvis Costello. Misbeaten sounds like The Beatles feat. Frankie Valli. I love On a Rope, Young Livers (yes!), Ball Lightning, Suit City, and Come See Come Saw. WOW! I love this!
Well damn. This is a fine gem that I never knew about. It's like this album is perfectly situated at the crossroads of everything punk - what came before, and what came after. I was surprised to to get something that sounded so much like old school punk in the mid-90's (i.e. paralleling the development of pop-punk, without crossing over). And yet it also has those horns/sax to give it that ska feel without being a "college rock" album in the style of Reel Big Fish. And heck, there was even some noodling in there that spoke to the midwest emo/math rock sensiblities. Good listen.
Damn, what a fun album! Just packed with jams, I bet they would be a blast to see live
Hi-Octane rock and roll energy, hollering and whooping, cracking riffs and pounding drums, with the salsa piccante of a horn section. The sound of a rock and roll gang. They do rather run out of puff by Ball Lightning - the album is "front-loaded", with Born in 69 and On A Rope the best tracks by far, and there are several songs towards the end that are a bit lumpy - but it's still a refreshing blast!
The expeditions into genre territory like ska and surf are the most fun and also the best parts of the record. However, I have no taste at all for the (grungy?) vocal style and that is constant over far too long a time. I'm intrigued by some of the music and my take sweetened after the first two tracks. Please, people, lose the butt rock "growl".
Thai album is so boring. The energy level is consistent and just palls. It is recorded and mixed in such a way that an individual track would pop when played on the radio as the best thing you heard that hour, but listening to the whole album is exhausting. I hate his whiny voice, which just seems like posturing. I hate the arrangements. there is no point. It generically 'rocks', but there is no real grit to it. I'm sure they put on a decent live show (and it seems like they do a lot of live gimmicks), but these songs bore and tire me. I give it a second star because it is energetic and decently recorded. Actually, I think Come See, Come Saw is just a a re-write of Know Your Product by the Saints. One star off for plagiarism of a far better song.
After some crappy albums I couldn't connect with, we get this one, which I absolutely adored. Such great energy! I feel like this album doesn't deserve to be on the list- but it is an absolute classic in my opinion "Used" was a really standout track.
Strange mix of rockabilly music and instrumentation with vocals that tended towards metal.
Fun fact: these guys wrote a song for yo Gabba gabba. I knew a few songs from this album in advance - on a rope, dropout, and used. Listening to the whole thing, those songs are still the standouts, but the whole album has an energy that I love - specifically how the rhythm section drives it and is bolstered by the horns throughout. Bass clef represent! I love how the horns blend into the background at times, but add richness to the low tones. I’m probably being a star too generous, but I gotta respect when an album makes me move around and gets me amped!
Best finding so far... Imo
Why did I love this
By far the best album on the list so far. Fell off a bit for me at the very end, but very solid throughout. Plus if its good enough for Yo, Gabba Gabba! Its good enough for me.
It's kinda retarded I had never listened to this before. Good stuff
How has it taken me 35 years to become a fan of these guys? Right up my alley!!
Absolute rock and roll bliss, incredible energy, felt like I wanted to run a marathon and punch something at the same time
Loved the singles from this at the time, but I never had the album. They were so different to everyone else at the time, the kind of rock and roll Primal Scream road tripped, but with a hint of ska. Loses a bit of momentum after the first three tracks, but still one-of-a-kind.
There’s something about this that I really like and I can’t figure it out
excelente!! it was very moody and energetic
Rocket From the Crypt should have been huge. A punk rock band that thought they were a Stax soul revue. Scream, Dracula, Scream may be their best. Their major label debut is a very impressive, creative endeavor.
Interesting album, enjoyed the energy
More fun than I was expecting, a bit of ska in there. I didn’t realise they did On a Rope.
Enjoyed it, no songs I initially recognised but it was a nice change of pace
REALLY dig this album. Will give this another spin for sure.
I never gave this a shot because I hated how their name so clearly aped Rocket from the Tombs. But it’s nice solid well crafted mid-90’s alt rock. Crunchy and tasty.
Good punk rock (maybe pop-punk?). It's so whiny that if they made it today you'd be certain it was ironic, but in the 90's, who could really tell? I wasn't sure about this album the first time around but sat on it for a while and gave it another spin and felt a bit better about it second time. I give it 4/5, but only barely, it's right on the edge of being a 3.
Honestly a pretty fun punk album for me.
Dont care much for his voice, but the music was actually really solid. Favorite tracks: “Young Livers,” “Fat Lip,” and “Salt Future”
pleasant surprise, did not know these guys
Rock and roll is coooool
never heard of them but surprisingly liked them for this style of music
This one brings me back! The title got my attention and I bought this CD (remember those?!) right off the rack when it was first released - thought it was going to be kind of hardcore punk, but was closer to the pop/ska band Madness than the Sex Pistols. Standout track is “On a Rope”, but I like the rest of the album too. Good for an upbeat party, or easy feel good listening. Cool artwork.
I got such hyped with this. That's how I imagine classic rock music. Definitely I will listen it again. However I don't think it's something special for 5.
Really liked On a Rope. A very repetitive song but not long enough for it to be a problem haha.
Took some time to warm up to, not the best start to an album, almost threw me up. But as it went through it became more enjoyable.
Great punk. Better than most of Nirvana's catalog.
Love it, raw punk rock n roll!
Really enjoyable, not sure why i never got into these guys. Like a nice mix of Rancid, Less Than Jake, and indie rock.
lowkey really liked this one, i was vibing. 8/10
A good punk album Raucous yet palatable, would listen again
Punky and melodic, rancid vibes
New to me - and loving it.
Surprised by this album, really enjoyed it.
Never heard of them, but this album was great! Exactly my type of rock. Dips a bit in quality by the second half, could have been 10 minutes shorter given the genre, but I really did enjoy it!
Soft 4 stars. Had low expectations for an album with a scorpion on the cover, but was not disappointed.
Love being exposed to more punk
Great punk music after the 80s is tough to come by, but this is great punk music. They’re using horns without skewing into ska, which is impressive in and of itself. Definitely an album and a band I will revisit. Atom Willard’s drums are a highlight, but he’s one of my favorite players so I may be a little biased here.
Hmmm. This cover looks like a warning to listeners like me. Although that font draws me in. Dracula and a scorpion? Never mind that. Into the breach! The first two songs were a bit rough. Although the lyric “you only kick half an ass” interests me… Actually found myself enjoying “On A Rope”. Pretty sure I’ve have heard this song before. Really like “Young Livers”. The opening sounds almost festive! Are those bells? Is this a metal ska album? Those are some nice harmonies. What is happening? “Drop Out” is pretty good too. I’m not sure I can sustain the necessary energy for a whole album of this, but I’m liking some of this quite a bit more than I thought. “Used” is my favorite song yet. Throw in a sax and some orchestration and… bells?! This song is pretty great. “Ball Lightning” - ‘you want some cheese with your whine?’ Really liking this song too! Nice backing vocals! So glad to have pressed on in this journey. Enjoying some good 90s guitar work. Ok now we are on “Fat Lip”. I can barely take the verses. But I am liking the chorus. Rocket From Crypt is not making this easy… then again “fat lip learns slow.“ I started to notice some quality percussion in “Suit City” but it and “Heater Hands” feel like too much work for me to listen to. “Misbeaten” is a little more melodic and adds a horn section… and the backing vocals at the end are a pleasant surprise! Love the ending! “Come See, Come Saw”... Horn forward with a pun title? Guitar solo at the end? Temptations-style backing vocals?! Yes, please! This might be my favorite track. “Salt Future” takes it down a notch. A song about Salt Lake? Well it probably won’t be embraced as the city’s unofficial song but there are those harmonies again. “Burn Alive” ends with a high production value song that I warmed up to as it progressed. Listened to this three times now and, while there’s three or four tracks I’ll likely keep skipping, I’ve added this to my library and will be listening to this again. I did not expect this to be the case at all…There’s variety, cleverness and quality musicianship throughout the album. A genuine surprise to me!
Dug it. Very much my kind of sound.
Not sure why I enjoyed this as much as I did
Pretty interesting and unique album. Like punk rock with real instruments. Talented instrumentals behind shouting lyrics.
Nice discovery here! Steady side A. Connected with most of the songs. Side B is a different story. Made some research on the band and looks like the guys were real characters, hosted raffles during concerts, used gigantic spin wheels on stage to decide set lists, played kids shows… fun stuff I will definitely include some of these songs to my playlists
J'ai lancé en mode "du punk... Meh", mais finalement c'était bien cool.
Great energy and really fun melodies, just not catchy enough. Also not a fan of the vocals. I feel like if this album was redone and tightened up, it could be this really cool vampy theatrical piece
Ok I don't think I've heard any of this before, but it feels like I have. I like it! Rocks just right. Bit of rockabilly but not so much it turns me off. I would happily listen to a few of these tunes again. 4/5.
Punk rock noventero. No llega a vinilo.
Really dug the guitar and drums on a lot of these tracks
Honestly not in the mood for this kind of thing much anymore - loud and angry is a young man’s game. Still, this is that being done about as good as it gets. Fast songs, lots of variety, unflagging energy. Surprised I hadn’t heard of this before.
Very surprised that I haven’t heard of this band. It’s a little harsh but I like it. Post-punk in the vein of Rancid who I love. I’m a broken record about this (no pun intended) but really missing the half star option as I’d give this a 3.5. Rounding up this time
Ihan hauska ja nopeetemponen. Tais pyörähtää pari kertaa ympäri ja hyvä niin
Not a big fan of the album. 2.5/5 stars. Living End & Billy Talent are better in my opinion.
Not bad. I felt the songs were missing hooks.
Musikalisch erinnern sie mich an Foo Fighters, aber textlich und im Gesang bleiben sie auf der Strecke. Guter Versuch! Ich höre mal in das neuste Album „Vintage Piss“ rein. Die Titel sind zumindest amüsant!
did not like it as much as Jesse, but it was better than I expected
Not too bad, there are some strong poppy punk songs, although the latter half of the album blurred together and felt rather filler-ish.
Not bad. Like the voice that sounds like LTJ, but the rhythm not that much
alright, not too good not too bad
Pretty okay album. Decent songs, not too memorable though. Nothing too bad. Middle of the pack
Ihan asiallista rokkijytkettä jota kuunteli oikein mielellään. Bändi oli itselleni täysin vieras. Vahvat Danko Jones-vibat tuli ihan postiivisessa mielessä. En kyllä ymmärrä mitä tämä levy tekee listalla, kun esim Hanoi Rocks teki ~saman paljon paremmin jo vuosikymmenen aiemmin.
Hot Snakes with a horn section. While the arrangements are somewhat simple and SJR's voice can't carry all of the tracks, there's a solid core of great balls-to-the-wall rock songs here.
It was okay, I'm a fan of the brass under otherwise pretty heavy rock but didnt grab me
The very beginning stuff was a bit too hard and electric for my taste, but it got a little more to my taste later in the album. Not too bad, but I don’t know that I’d be looking them up.
Fun album though
“Scream, Dracula, Scream!” by Rocket from the Crypt (1995) Well, this is new (to me). And it’s good, although I don’t recall that Dracula ever needed Van Helsing’s encouragement. I always thought the scream was a reasonable and expected, if spontaneous response. The scorpion in the cover art is a nice touch. Nonsensical lyrics are okay when the verbalizations are carefully chosen to reflect the meter and mood of the music. That is definitely not the case here. “You put a bullet through your nose” (on “Used”) is one of the few meaningful lines on the record. Hmmmnn, redemptive. And the title of the track “Come See, Come Saw” is clever, but a greatly missed lyrical opportunity. But the album is characterized by high quality, hard driving rock (and even pop and ska) progressions and riffs, well supported by a strong rhythm section. Very competent, but not genius. Plenty of engineering and mixing variations, with tasteful and powerful distortion. Some creative end-of-track fades. “Young Livers” (another clever title) is well arranged, with colorful backing vocals and horn section. Indeed, the backing vocals and horns throughout this album are what favorably sets it apart from so much else. This album is a nice execution of what they’re trying to do, if a serious listener is in the mood to treat his/her angst by being submerged into someone else’s. Kind of a sonic self-medication. Just don’t get addicted. 3/5
I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Slap bang in the middle 2.5.
A band that Ishould be more into than I actually am, but just never quite got into them. "On A Rope" is an absolute classic and I remember seeing them at Glasto 98 but I've never listened to this album in full. It was a good vibe but I'd def cherry pick the best songs (by which I mean "On A Rope"). 6/10
Menevää rokkia, vähän sellaisia teatraalisia sävyjä paikoitellen. Olisikohan sanoituksissa ollut sitten jotain erikoista, kun ei tämä muuten ihan hirveästi ajatuksia herättänyt?
Semiok, ei oikein suuria intohimoja tai inhoja tän suhteen. On tämmöistä tehty paremminkin.
Ok jytinää. Tykkään periaatteessa, mutta ei mielestäni ansaitse kolmosta kovempaa arvosanaa.
Danko Jones vaikutteet heti alusta alkaen. Näköjään tehnyt homman jo ennen Danko Jonesia. Musiikki uppoaa, mutta ei nyt mitenkään erityisen mieleenpainuva. Levy uudelleen kuunneltavien laariin. 3.5/5
Pretty damn good. High energy, good beats. 100% reminds me of the early punk days.
Tällaiset levyt ainakin allekirjoittanut ostaa turhankin helposti. Uusi ja ihan mukava tuttavuus. Mielellään töiden ohessa kuunteli kolmannenkin kerran. Ekalla kuuntelulla tunnelmat vähän latistui, koska aloitusbiisi Middle lupasi vielä rehellisempää punk rockia, mutta sitten loppulevyn biisejä höystettiin paljon myös trumpeteilla, viuluilla ja saksofoneilla. Jos tämä levy mahtuu 1001:n listalla, niin voisi olettaa listalta löytyvän myös Rocket from the Cryptia aiemmin aloittaneita kalifornialaisia rock-bändejä, joita riittää (CCR, Guns N' Roses, Van Halen, Santana, The Eagles, The Doors, RHCP, Green Day, Pennywise ja varmaan paljon muita unohtamatta hevimmältä puolelta Mötley Crüeta ja Metallicaa).
3.5/5 nice punk/rock album, i'll have to relisten.
Starts strong but peeters out. If it was an album of the first five songs it would be incredible.
Some fun jams and riffs in there but probably not anything that will stick with me. Never really been interested in ska and this hasn't really changed that
On a Rope Ball Lightning Third wave ska meets pop and street punk
Fun with lots of influences that are apparent
Is this Ska or Pop Punk? I bet this band is a fun concert but I find it is kind of generic. There are a thousand bands that sound like this.
This album didn't really grab me. It wasn't bad, just a bit meh.
Too ska for me.
- first good punk album I've listened to - surprising orchestration - some standouts but not enough to make punk a thing for me.
Sounds a bit like Scooby Doo chase music from the mid 90's, and that's more than fine.
pretty peculiar, it has elements of 80s hardcore, but also Cramps-style and maybe even paving the way for pop punk bands that came in the late 90s?
Decent 90s punk album that's a bit too long and lacking a big hit
Some real high-energy stuff. I was unfamiliar with the band and their music. Reminds me a little bit of Mighty Mighty Bosstones and similar bands -- hard-charging fast-paced rock with a horn section. Some of the tracks were fun.
Pretty rockin', pretty '90s, pretty great.
Didn't mind this. There were no standouts but nothing really bad either. Probably would have been a cool band to see in concert, but the songs didn't have any staying power for me.
I liked the vibe of this album more than I liked any particular song. It’s a decent rock album with good production and is very of its time but nothing really stands out in particular.
Not bad, but the songs sound kind of borring and generic. This thing did come out in 1995 though, so I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt that this album probably wasnt generic at the time.
It was ok just not memorable and no need to listen to again.
Decent. Would make a good fictional band in a movie. It’s what I kept thinking as I listened. “This music is good, I thought to myself, but not enough to be well known.”
I had no idea what to expect from this - fun! Fav new track: Born in '69
I dig it
it's fine, but I probably could have died without needing to hear it
Better than I expected from a "punk" album that's 43 minutes long with only 14 songs, but still not very good. The songs are too long, too slow, and both too melodic and not catchy enough. 2.5/5
I guess it’s not bad as far as punk music that was released 20 years after punk started. But it’s still punk released 20 years after punk started. Sex Pistols 1) couldn’t really play but 2) they were relevant. These guys meet just one of the two. I feel charitable giving a 3 but it sounds like they did some fun stuff in concert.
A fun album. Somewhat unremarkable. One of those "I don't hate it, maybe I even like it, but why is it one of the essential 1,001 albums of ALL TIME???" albums.
Wie had dat gedacht. Ik vind deze punk plaat gewoon leuk!
I dont think Ill listen to this ever again but glad I got to once.
Based on the cover of the album and the name of the band, I thought I was going to hear something along the lines of Slayer or Suicidal Tendencies. I liked this album more than I thought I would, but it still landed at "okay" after rounding up. "Misbeaten" and "Used" were the peak of my interest, but overall I was just waiting for the album to get over. I did not dislike the album, but I'm not sure if I liked the album either.
This is a slightly more palatable Smashmouth. I waffled between a 2 and a 3 and eventually went higher on the strength of their best song. Best track: Young Livers
I liked this. Proper balls out rock from the 90s alt years, surprised I hadn't heard it before
I didn't mind this album at all but I don't think it was that good. Kind of sounded like a lot of things I like but just not good enough, a bit like the Offspring, Sum41, Green Day etc but kind of missing something which I can't put my finger on. But I did enjoy it.
I like Rocket from the Crypt, but am surprised that this is considered a must-listen album.
I'd never heard of this band before, pretty fun listen.
Bien. Rock ochentero. A veces me recuerda da Counting Crows, la voz del señor.
A decent fun album - a bit too sneery for my liking but can’t fault it much otherwise
Decent riffs. I do enjoy the brass instruments on what is essentially a pop punk song. I guess that hints at a ska/rock steady influence. I'm not enamored with this album though.
🎶on a rope, on a rope, got me hanging on a rope🎶 Did not know that I knew this band! It was good, but I won’t seek out more of their music
Definitely one of the weirdest band+album name combinations I have received off of this list so far. I had no idea what to expect going into 'Scream, Dracula, Scream!' based on the artwork and my lack of knowledge on this band; however, after giving it a listen, I would say that this was a fairly interesting project but not one that is 100% deserving of a spot on this list. Don't get me wrong: I was enjoying myself throughout this one and noticing myself tapping my foot a lot more than I usually do when going through a new album. It clearly has some strong punk influences but reels these back to create some solid alternative rock tracks with high energy. It was particularly cool to see them incorporate strings and horns as it really boosted their overall sound and made them just a bit more unique. While all of this is great, I wasn't a huge fan of the growly voice the lead singer put on throughout, and a lot of the songs ended up blurring together by the end of the somewhat long listen. These were not enough to ruin it completely for me, but they do make me bump this one down a bit on the rating. 3/5. NOTE: I found out later that the leader of this band was also one of the founders of Drive Like Jehu, a band that made one of my lowest rated albums so far. I can 100% say I enjoyed this project way more than that one. Much more my speed.
This album sounds a bit as if Elvis Costello felt like starting a punk-rock band in the 90's with a brass section. And there's nothing wrong with that. It rocks away really well. The brass section gives it a little more schwung. But it's not really either catchy or punk enough to really hold interest long.
Sounds a lot like other albums, entertaining though
Generic mid-90s, precursor to the ska revival
Some good tracks. Not something I'd listen to again.
Okay, I was really prepared not to like this, and the first few songs did nothing for me. But once you get get past those, this is a pretty solid album. It's catchy, has great energy, and it's distinct from a lot of what was going on musically in the mid-90s. These guys are pretty good. Fave Songs: Used, Drop Out, Fat Lip, On a Rope, Suit City
The definition of fine. I did not hate it but would be happy to never hear this again. I really did not like the singer’s voice which was hard to get past. It was a little too much like the whiny 90s ska of a tony hawk video game soundtrack for my taste. I don’t think the horns really added much thoug I usually love horns. I did think Used sounded like Bruce so that’s a plus.
Some creative genre blending, reminds me of Sublime in places.
Oua, grosse découverte pour moi ici. J’entends des influences sur les bands qui suivront comme The Bronx, Every Time I Die et certains moments plus calme de Dillinger Escape Plan. Les brass sont subtiles, mais c’est plein d’énergie et j’aime ça.
Generic, unenjoyable, alt-rock
It was an album. I didn't much enjoy it, but it kept me awake so there's that! 2.5
Not really my bag, man.
Huoh, välillä herätti lupauksia, mutta eipä lunastanut....
oh yeah...THAT song. (on a rope) i didn't like it then, and i don't like it now.
Sound is cohesive, and has a certain Southern California Rock sound to it that is nice, but throughout I kept thinking it was just noise. I would love stuff similar to this, but it just didn't click.
TRUE SCORE - 2.5 The band/album name and artwork really got me hype for some hard punk tracks, but when the album kicked off I definitely was getting poser vibes. About halfway through I softened that stance because they had fantastic horns throughout and you know I'm a horn ho! Aside from the brass and a great rhythm section, by the end of the album I still felt like this singer wasn't genuine. He sounded like someone trying too hard to sound tough. I understand that a huge part of musical performance is to escape into a persona or play up an aspect of your personality that might not be prevalent in your everyday life, but much like a great actor even though I know you're playing a character I have to believe you. While the music wasn't bad this really put me off the entire album and I just could never really connect with its message or sound.
Expectations for this album started off low and only slightly improved. Another band you’d find on an American Pie soundtrack. Didn’t really vibe off of this at all.
Didn’t enjoy this at all on first listen but gave it a second listen and enjoyed it much more. Goes to show! Pushing a 3 but falls just short. I’m sure they sing about cheese and wine on one track 😂
Scream, Nicky, Scream Babylon Zoo are more deserving than this lot
Nothing special, very generic.
I was disappointed that I didn’t like this more. Flat, homogeneous? The energy level was high, but just nothing really catchy.
Started off as a pretty good punk rock album, but god damn the song heater hands sucks. 5/10
Nothing stands out as particular good or bad. I may explore the style a bit more, but likely won’t return to this album or artist.
Hmmm. Not really feeling this.
Maybe I'm too old
It was alright, just definitely not my style.
Didn’t get to spend as much time with this as I could have. I liked the clever lyrics/titles and hearing a horn section in a hard rock sound. Didn’t love the vocals personally, although they fit the title just fine.
Pretty decent punk album if nothing particularly spectacular. I dig the trumpet flourishes. The book makes it sound like removing the "soothing woodwind and strings replacing the silence between tracks" was an improvement but to me that sounds like it would've been a much cooler album.
If there is Punk Muzak genre, this album would be the Sgt Peppers. It was fine and harmless - which is not how I want my punk music.
Inte heeeelt uruselt men bra nära.
Not really for me.
Couldn't give this the time I'm sure it deserves because my phone doesn't allow for private sessions and I didn't want to further pollute my Spotify algorithm.
At first I wasn't real impressed with this album, but it grew on me a bit. It's a solid mid-90s punk album with a unique-ish sound due to the horns. But, overall, I can't point to anything really intriguing or special about it.
ANOTHER band I've never heard of. How in the hell did this end up on the list? Was it like a local battle of the bands to see who gets to open for the 'Stones? I kid. I kid. As rock records go, this sounds cool. There are elements here that remind my of Refused's "The Shape of Punk to Come" and that's great! That record better be on this list if "Scream Dracula Scream" is... All that being said, if I would have heard this in 1995, I would have bought it right away. But the guy's voice kinda sucks. So...2.5 rounded down to 2.
Non mi fa impazzire, soprattutto il cantante. Mi annoia abbastanza.
A lot of energy throughout the album. Limited vocals but decent instrumentals. Ska meets punk sound with brass mixed into drum/electric on most songs. Not the worst thing to listen to but probably won’t come back to this. Ball Lightening, Born in 69, On a Rope 2.5
Bit of fun
Dit is toch wel een van mijn lievelings-genres, het kan en mag vn mij allemaal wel veel gruiziger en groezeliger. Dit is allemaal wel braafjes
ça sonne un peu comme Elvis Costello en crise identitaire à mes oreilles
Punk pas assez pop pour me plaire je pense.
Another one I’ve got no idea why it’s on this list. The single ‘On a Rope’ I never liked at the time. I started off not liking this at all, but it did grow on me a bit, but it’s just simply not one of the best signs ever made.
maybe not as bad as I thought, but definitely not great. I actually thought they were a metal band, so was glad to hear some horns.
Really disappointing record. Feel it is just anonymous 90s major label punk. Not surprised it didn't catch on in the US. 1.5/5
Not for me
Ew did not enjoy this. Just a bit cringe and samey for me. That american singing voice that's a bit embars
WAAAAHAHAHGHHDHHDGGGHGH They all screamed. They danced like worms sprinkled with salt. They made a big mess in the massive mansion. But Dracula didn't scream. He just sat there, unmoved, bored as hell. Should I go out at the next sunrise and end this misery? He thought. He looked back at those men. Still hammering the floor to the same tune. It was disappointing really, they were impressive at the beginning. I miss terrorizing humans, he thought. But I must do what is best... And at that night, Dracula migrated to Hotel Transylvania.
Lively. Shame that on a rope was out the way so early.
They don't start lightly anyway.. More guitar and drums than I usually enjoy, but good to get a change every now and then. Not really my style I don't think. Misbeaten wasn't bad, saved by the cool guitar riff and background synth. The album warmed on me a little bit, but the whole thing wasn't on youtube, and I wasn't too sorry. The use of trumpets throughout the rock is fresh though.
I thought the instrumentation was solid throughout the album, but I'm not a fan of the lead singer's voice. Everything was fine, but nothing was particularly catchy or stand out.
Their energy is admirable, and don't mind the horns but the music is so cookie-cutter edgy mid 90s that it is boring as fuck. Like it was made to be on Tony Hawk's Pro Skater.
There were some good riffs but nothing really stood out.
This is all well played, but nothing's really catching me here. Favourites: "On A Rope"
homie this is not good
1995. Key Songs: On the Rope
Not for me
Not for me
Come back Electric Prunes all is forgiven!
same problem like with last one, rocky but super repetitive and boring af
I did not enjoy this album at all, I couldn't finish it. 1/5 stars.
jaja que coños?, porqué?
Lo quité ALV
Slightly better than expected but I definitely won't be listening to it again!
Jag mår illa. Trots hur opartiskt jag försöker förbli från vilka genrar som jag preffererar och inte preffererar, trots hur mycket jag än försöker bortse albumets oangenäma titel och trots hur mycket jag försöker bortse albumets vidriga omslagsbild på skorpinionen kan jag inte bortse smärtan jag kände av den musiken. Det enda jag kan berömma albumet med är dess förmåga att hålla sig runt om 40 minuter.
Is this a joke?
Dawno takiego wycia nie bylo, prosto z hameryki, plyta ktora kojarzyc mi sie bedzie jedynie z scigalkami w ktorych sie zlomowalo fury, bo tak samo odsluchl tego albumu mnie zezlomowal
Not my bag.
I find this so boring. I'm not in the mood for it this week, I'm sure if I had more time and was in a better mood I'd find something I really like about it but I don't have the patience haha. Boring and shouty.
Why this atrocious mid-90s punk album could ever deserve a spot on this list is completely beyond me.
I can't believe this is from 1995. It's about 15 years too late. Maybe it takes that long for this kind of sound to travel to San Diego. Uninventive, uninspiring and tired. Who decides this qualifies as one of the greatest?
So they pumped up their obnoxious sound with horn and string arrangements to make it even more obnoxious? Has no business on this list. I could think of several dozen albums from the era that could take its place. Would normally be 2 stars but I'm feeling crabby today and the shitty font choice and graphic design on the cover are pissing me off. At least Photoshop that grey speck out near the scorpion's right pincer.