Various Artists
Short Music For Short People


3.5
great

Review

by Robby Roark (The Sludge) USER (26 Reviews)
May 2nd, 2006 | 14 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist


One of the more interesting ideas that brewed in Fat Mikes head, "Lets throw a sh*t load of 30 second songs on once disc and release it as a compilation." There is 101 songs to be exact, ranging from every single known punk band (and GWAR) known in the year of 1999. If you got a favorite punk band, chances are, they're on here. Ranging from Green Day, Guttermouth, The Descendents, The Living End, NOFX, The Misfits, Anti-Flag, and so much more. Genre's donít matter because this comp includes pop-punk, garage punk, ska, hardcore, and even some psycobilly. None of this matters unless this unique concept of an album work, does it?

First to point out, with giving a limited 30 seconds to stand out against countless of other acts, some bands tried to out-shock each other it seems. Blink 182's studio version of "Family Reunion," contains George Carlins "Words you cant say on television" and a little nice shocking ending, which I wont dare to repeat here. The Mr. T Experience song usage of the "eff" word is overwhelming, and quite humorous. GWAR's nice love ballad "Fishf*ck" is exactly what the title is, using a fish for sexual pleasures. Nerf Herder's "Doin' Laundry" is quite possibly the most shocking song on here, even out-doing NOFX's "See Her Pee." The Offspring gave a mediocre attempt with "Handgrenades," it just got overshadowed by the previously mentioned."Freehgan" played by Bigwig mentions clubbing baby seals, but not ingesting it.

The surprising elements are easy to see. The Ataris intense rant on the radio continues with Beck, Oasis, 311 and Marilyn Manson (providing someone should break his ****ing neck). Green Day provides a nice acoustic ballad, about a man who planned to have relations with a woman in public, but getting busted by the cops instead. The Living End slap-bass playing style is a force to reckon with. I havenít heard of Hi-Standard, but their song "Asian Pride" has a very nice hook to it, without taking itself too serious. 88 Fingers Louie's "All My Friends Are in Popular Bands" is special because it was recorded towards the end of their time, and its quite a treat here. Avail's "Not a Happy Man" sounds like a happy folk song about being tortured. I'm addicted to "Ketchup Song" by Teen Idols, such a simple song hoping all people would eat ketchup.

What's expected from Anti-Flag is here, a rant of their laundry list of problems in America on "Bring It to an End." AFI give a 30 second blast of anthemic adrenaline on "Hearts Frozen Soil Sod..." Less Than Jake's track "Anchor" doesnít disappoint, as it sounds like anything from "Hello Rockview." Lagwagon's "Randal Gets Drunk's" sounds top notch, as expected. The same goes with "Out of Hand" by Bad Religion, as they express their hatred with some tremendous song writing. Pennywise broad toned guitar style isnít missed here, on "30 Seconds 'Till the End of the World," points to the end of their song that triggers the end of the world (there's an explosion sound effect). "Armageddon Singalong" by Unwritten Law, to anyone who enjoyed anything before "Elva" should enjoy this early Green Day influenced slice of punk. The Vandals are good as usual, but nothing that makes the material stand out more than anything else they did.

Songs that disappointed me is almost overwhelming, because I expected so much more from Guttermouth, at least something more than a mock dealership commercial. I'm sure it was meant to be humorous, but I couldnít catch on. The Bouncing Souls is a huge disappointment, it sounds like an uninspired Italian dangling piece of poo. I hate to be so harsh on it, but I really expected a lot more. Also, as I expected, there is a lot of filler songs on here. Maybe I'm just possibly too mainstream, but bands like (Ken O'Steel, Subhumans, Criminals, The Bar Feeders and about 20 others) just seem bland and boring compared to the better songs on the album.

From the album opener, "Short Attention Span" by Fizzy Bangers, an 8 second song that set the pace. To the final track, "The Count" by Wizo. This album is full of eye opening short tracks by many of the industries best. But with a cd with 101 tracks, there are some expected filler's and boring songs. Many songs here will make you laugh, or even chuckle.

B -



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The Sludge
May 2nd 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'm sorry if I didnt cover any song you wanted to know.
I tried keeping it short and sweet, but not trying to make it seemed rushed.
Hope you enjoy.This Message Edited On 05.02.06

smokersdieyounger
May 2nd 2006


672 Comments


I think that the descendants did it best, alot of the songs were just ripped from 1980s material, like Circle Jerks and Black Flag's songs.

Pyramidman
May 2nd 2006


1340 Comments


holy crap what a dumb idea
good review though

The Sludge
May 2nd 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, I also thought the Descendants also did a great job. It was a pretty dumb idea, but the amount of participation was enourmus.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
May 2nd 2006


16088 Comments


So, is the jewel case for this like 4 feet long?

The Sludge
May 2nd 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

naw, it just the list of bands in small print on the back.

lessthanderek123
May 2nd 2006


96 Comments


wow... that's the craziest idea ever. I'm pretty sure that I don't have the attention span that would be necessary to listen to all the songs on this album

The Sludge
May 3rd 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

It only clocks in at about over 50 minutes or so.

lais817
May 3rd 2006


35 Comments


haha, I LOVE this cd!!

The Sludge
May 3rd 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, I think I'm going to re write this review. The review itself is only about half as long as the list of songs.

Big Tone
May 25th 2006


50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

When you let me borrowed this cd, really liked it. Especailly the nerf herder song I like your reviews, i'll start writing them too, then you can tell me how bad i suck.

nutty_bar
August 14th 2006


194 Comments


Holy crap, I couldn't imagine typing in the tracklistings for this cd.

The Sludge
August 15th 2006


2169 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Guess who did it.... I did, muahahah!

Kronzo
August 4th 2009


991 Comments


So did all these bands write songs just for this album?



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