Bowling for Soup
Drunk Enough To Dance


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben Greenbank USER (41 Reviews)
January 9th, 2007 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Catchy pop punk at its finest. Well worth a listen.

Bowling For Soup have always for me been the epitome of a good modern pop punk band, they don’t talk themselves too seriously, but have a string of honest, catchy pop punk albums, with this being their second finest achievement behind Let’s Do It For Johnny. Mainly coming to prominence in the pop punk lull around 2002 when Blink 182 and Green Day were of doing other projects and there opened up a space for some new kids on the scene, step up Bowling For Soup armed with one of the catchiest singles in the whole genre and a solid album in support. In terms of sound the band would struggle to be any simpler, pretty much the whole album consists of power chords and palm muting with the odd riff thrown in. It’s all pretty generic stuff, but as far as generic pop punk goes no-one does it better. I’m not really sure why but I've always had a soft spot for this band, where as I’ve grown tired of Fenix TX, Allister and Midtown, BFS have great staying power and I can always go back to them once in a while and still remember every hook. Which I guess is the mark of a great pop punk band.

Nowadays ever pop punk tries to right something intelligent and ironic, see Panic at the Disco and The Academy Is but for the benefit of anyone who doesn’t remember there was a time when pop punk was actually great fun. Case in point being opener I Don’t Wanna Rock, the whole song is, possibly the whole album is, hilarious. It sounds like the Backstreet Boys covering Blink 182 songs, I imagine many of you will stop reading after that comment but in practice it’s great. Lyrics like, “She makes me want to be a homosexual, maybe ill be your best friend, see you naked once in a while,” wont exactly inspire anyone to write poetry but it never fails to entertain. Followed up by what if I remember correctly was the second single Emily, which is equally a great tune. The hook is bigger than their rhythm guitarists, check out a picture of these guys, he’s huge. I challenge anyone to listen to Girl All the Bad Guys Want and not sing along. It won a Grammy award for some bizarre reason but it is a pretty impressive track, in terms of catchiness not musicianmanship. The song is fast, upbeat and actually features a lead riff during the chorus, how novel I know you must be thinking. The lyrics are good for what they do, there not too simple as to be annoying but neither are they even moderately complex, “I’m watching wrestling, trying to be a tough guy, listening to Rap Metal, turntables in your eyes.” If anyone remembers the video it features the band making fun of so called “Mad at your Dad” or “Adiddas Rock.” Put simply its BFS pretending to be members of Slipknot, Limp Bizkit and Korn. From there album gets slightly slower and slightly more melodic. Yet the standards barely drops, both On and On and On and Surf Colorado remind me slightly of the Blue Album Era Weezer if Rivers decided to drop the self hate in favour a game of Frisbee.

Life After Lisa starts of with the classic palm muted verse before a full on chorus with the lyrics, “You stole my heart when Eddie Veder was king, I gave you a foot massage I gave you my ring, You left me for a drummer cause you said I couldn't sing, But, That's ok.” I would say it is probably my favorite song on the whole album, it doesn’t in any major way differ from any of the formula throughout the rest of the album it just seems to be my favorite. Where To Begin is pretty slow for a BFS song, sounding something like the slower songs on New Found Glory’s Catalyst but not nearly as boring and without Jordan’s infamous nasal singing. The album drifts of a little towards the end although Cold Shower Tuesdays and Running From Your Dad are worthy of a mention, as is Self Centered which contains the funniest lyrics in any Bowling For Soup, “She sent a postcard again, She said she had a new friend, I hope that by the end, He throws her heart to the floor, She says he's really ok, I really hope that he's gay, It's not a nice thing to say, But I don't care anymore.”

In you were to visit Bowling For Soup’s myspace you would see that they consider themselves to be part of the genre “Comedy” and while they might not truly be a joke band, they represent the same ideal. It’s about having a good time and playing fun songs. At 18-20 in length depending which version you have downloaded or purchased legally it is excellent value for money. They might not be reinventing the wheel sometimes all you want is four chords and a chorus. Just in case you cant find your Bon Jovi album then BFS will do just fine. I’m hesitant to give this a 4.5 based on its blatant lack of originaility but if you haven’t heard them they are well worth a listen.



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Intransit
January 9th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Good review, but miserably generic and samey album. also,
[quote=review]Nowadays ever pop punk tries to right something intelligent and ironic[/quote]
mega typo son

lunchforthesky
January 9th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

oops i dont know how i missed that.

MrKite
January 9th 2007


5020 Comments


they don’t talk themselves too seriously

Just thought I'd point that out as well.
Good review. I only like that one song that they had as a big hit.

wikuk
January 9th 2007


1110 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Mighty fine review, but I really HATE these guys. There are boundaries when bands try to be funny and catchy, and this band just crossed that line.

lunchforthesky
January 9th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

haha no love for bowling for soup then.

i really like them, always have

i need to read through my reviews a few more times in future.

tom79
January 9th 2007


3376 Comments


I know they're supposed to be fun and all, but these guys are probably one of the worst bands I've heard, or at least based on their last two albums. And the single from their new album, it sounds as though there's hardly no 'punk' left, all pop.

good review though.This Message Edited On 01.09.07

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lunchforthesky
January 9th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i admit that there records have got progressively worse.

ToWhatEnd
January 9th 2007


3172 Comments


I remember Girl All the Bad Guys Want, what a fun song. I actually played that the other day on guitar when I was going over all this retro stuff I used to play, gave me a laugh or two just for old times sake. Nice review.

MrKite
January 9th 2007


5020 Comments


They're probably just trying to get some attention. But still it';s not the honorable (right maybe) way to do it.

lunchforthesky
January 9th 2007


1039 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Its more their songs that are fun, than the actually band members.

CaptainSuck
January 18th 2007


9 Comments


Great review, but these guys make my skin crawl...
Their brand of humor is just too polished to really hit me as respectable or entertaining.

LifeW4asted
February 9th 2008


46 Comments


girl that all the bad guys wants is a great song

ErasersAtBothEnds
October 30th 2009


288 Comments


i dug up this album the other day and remembered what i had been missing

SephirothBlade
December 7th 2009


100 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

lol i liked this

kurtdaniel
October 8th 2011


1 Comments


they arent good enough for me..

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2013


19916 Comments


damn it's been too long since i've heard this one.

IT'S LIKE A BAD MOVIE
SHE'S LOOKING THROUGH ME
IF YOU WERE ME THEN YOU'D BE
SCREAMING SOMEONE SHOOT ME
TRYING TO GET THE GIRL ALL THE BAD GUYS WANT!!!!!


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zakalwe
February 19th 2014


8485 Comments


When it comes to innovative youthful rebellion with thoughtful message this gives The Clash in their prime something to
contend with.
Like all the greats since 2000 (MCR 4eva) this is in not in the least bit trite.


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Crawl
July 21st 2014


1628 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nostalgic. Where to Begin is a brilliant track.

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