Lagwagon
Trashed


4.0
excellent

Review

by Ben Jimenez USER (36 Reviews)
February 10th, 2007 | 15 replies | 8,867 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Does the word "Duh?" mean anything to you? "Trashed" is Fat Wreck phenom Lagwagon's second full-length album, a developed and very enjoyable punk rock record. One of late drummer Derrick Plourde's best works.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

When I began to listen to punk rock, with albums like Lagwagon’s “Trashed”, I was fairly ignorant to its musical construction. The hole in my musical integrity is due to lack of experience with instruments like the guitar, the bass guitar, and the drums. I played violin for a number of years but that was not enough to now compare with my musically sophisticated peers. Luckily for me, there is not an excess of sophistication in the composition of punk rock, and I can provide a decent analysis for interpreting the music.

With Lagwagon, I listened to their music so much in grade school that I overlooked the musical intricacies on all of their albums, as well as the development of their skill. Now that I go back and listen to older albums, I appreciate the work that goes overlooked when you’re only searching for a song fitting for an aggravated mood. “Trashed,” Lagwagon’s second full-length album was a positive progression. Musically, guitarists Chris Flippin and Shawn Dewey complement each other significantly well on tracks like “Coffee and Cigarettes,” and “Know it All.” Their work is more noticeable than in the comparatively repetitive “Duh.” Bassist Jesse Buglione is also showcased on more than a few tracks, but more noticeably “Lazy” and “Rust,” where his bass lines actually warrant attention. The late drummer Derrick Plourde also provides definitive beats which have defined Lagwagon’s rhythm. Lyrically, “Trashed” is a huge leap from their debut “Duh,” because it tackles more socially relevant issues and contains much more serious topics in greater frequency.

Homosexuality. There’s one fragmented sentence that garners attention. During my first listen, my ignorant, pre-teen conservative ears were shocked to hear that the first song on “Trashed” contained a message that was supposed to be given serious thought. Unfortunately I was still an ignorant, pre-teen conservative and did not flex my views for quite a few years after. However, I feel that this was a breakthrough. Songs from “Duh,” like “Angry Days,” and “Of Mind and Matter,” are very interesting and fun to hear, but the bottom line is that they are simple. When I hear “No One” and “Dis’chords” on “Trashed,” I am convinced of their message by the apparent sincerity and the originality of the music. “Trashed” succeeds by being original and (more) thoughtful, whereas “Duh” succeeded by being immensely enjoyable.

“Trashed” is more aggressive than typical pop-punk, though common pop-punk topics such as love and personal issues are frequently examined in Lagwagon’s music. You basically get all of the satisfaction from the lyrics without any whining, which has been replaced by an edgy vocalist in Joey Cape and a rapid-paced group of punks. The album does lack continuity (a cover of Brown-Eyed Girl) but makes up for it with humor with songs like “Stokin’ the Neighbors,” and “Goin’ South.” Both songs are about life on the road or simply life with the band. The light hearted attitude makes the music even more enjoyable.

Lagwagon was fairly original then and they only got better. In comparison to their new release “Resolve,” it is evident how far they have come along. “Trashed” is an essential for any Lagwagon fan, if not a first listen to Lagwagon because it is very accessible.



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lunchforthesky
February 10th 2007



1039 Comments


Great review, I dont really enjoy this kind of pop punk.

Intransit
February 10th 2007



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good work, although you do make alot of (at times) unecessary comparisons to Duh.

Yeah and this album is sort of killerThis Message Edited On 02.10.07

descendents1
February 10th 2007



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, I kinda felt that too, I think I tried too hard to make Trashed look like a progression of Duh without making Duh look too bad and ended up doing a comparison instead of a straight up review. I'll avoid that next time. Thanks for the comment!

StrizzMatik
February 10th 2007



3186 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome album. Most Lag fans consider this their best, which is not true at all... but you can't beat "Stokin' The Neighbors", "No One", "Give It Back", or "Island Of Shame". Derrick's playing on this was sick, and the Joey Cape/Fat Mike duet on "Lazy" is cool too.

downwardstanley
June 24th 2007



18 Comments


Haven't heard the whole album, but I love lazy so I'll probably check this out...

Willie
Moderator
October 3rd 2007



15914 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I love this album... probably one of their best, if not the best... and good review too! (I know I'm a little late on it).

Digging: Nero Di Marte - Derivae

Upsidedown_and_Sideways
October 7th 2007



259 Comments


This CD is rad. So many great riffs. I think Rust is awesome.
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jebus FX
October 8th 2007



301 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

easily their best album.

LifeW4asted
February 12th 2008



46 Comments


Lazy. I love that song

Intransit
February 12th 2008



2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lagwagon albums all seem to follow a general pattern. With a couple exceptions, almost all of the opening tracks are some of the worst songs on their respective albums, or just bad choices for opening tracks, and their closing tracks are all some of the best on each album.

Awesomesauce
February 2nd 2009



1084 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Classic album, definatly Lagwagon's best.

KILL
May 21st 2011



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

m/

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KILL
June 1st 2011



71482 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

yea this is prob their best not brill but yea any1 else not gay?

Romulus
June 1st 2011



8423 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yep best lagwagon although i haven't heard everything by them yet. hoss and let's talk about feelings are awesome too

Shotmaker
April 16th 2012



19 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Classic, classic album.

I have a question though: I heard the original version of this, and certain drum parts produce a brief, "thin", high-pitched sound, kinda like the (annoying) sound of a plastic pen tapping on a table. I especially hear this when listening to certain albums with earphones. The "tapping pen" sound is simultaneously accompanied by a lower, "fuller", more typical drum-pounding sound. Can anyone explain this?



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