Wheatus
Wheatus


3.5
great

Review

by The Katz brothers USER (183 Reviews)
October 1st, 2006 | 46 replies | 14,205 views


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist


1 of 1 thought this review was well written

Nerd Rock, a small, but recognizable branch of pop-punk and indie rock, is a genre defined by loud guitars, woe is me lyrics and tight musicianship. It’s no secret that most indie musicians of the 90’s would be considered “nerds” (Urban Dictionary definition: An 'individual', i.e. a person who does not conform to society's beliefs that all people should follow trends and do what their peers do. Often highly intelligent but socially rejected because of their obsession with a given subject, usually computers. Unfortunately, nerds seem to have problems breeding, to the detriment of mankind as a whole.) but it’s the ones who focus on this fact in their lyrics that end up categorized with this sad, but fitting title. Through-out the early nineties Weezer would be considered the “kings of nerd rock” but after their ever praised Pinkerton came and went it was clear that Nerd Rock needed someone new. And that someone was destined to be Wheatus.

The name is similar, the sound is similar, and the attitude is similar, so why isn’t Wheatus just considered another Weezer rip-off? The answer isn’t simple, but when listening to the album its pretty easy to figure out. For one Wheatus have a much more fleshed out, experimental sound to them, combining the Cheap Trick meets Pixies vibe of the Weez with the outfits of a true stoner band. For another Wheatus aren’t afraid to get poppy. Weezer wasn’t called power pop for nothing, but their East Coast counter parts bring it to a whole new level, incorporating everything from the sounds of 1970’s soul to the 1980’s pop metal and pop hop scenes into play. Wheatus also have a more distinct sexual appetite, almost all the lyrics involve planting the seed (or lack there of), from the painfully obvious (Hump ‘em and Dump ‘em) to the clever metaphors and pop culture references (Pretty much every other song on the album).

Then of course there’s Wheatus’s claim to fame, the one-hit-wonder of sorts, the pinnacle of god-that-song-rules-but-who-the-hell-played-it tunes, “Teenage Dirtbag”. An ode to Noel, lead singer, Brendan Brown’s high school crush, school bullies and the little ironies that make the world go around. The song is essentially Brendan talking down about himself, his cleanliness and his need to listen to Iron Maiden, but then realizing that “She doesn’t know what she’s missing”. It’s pretty much the standard one hit wonder song, heavy, but catchy, fun and funny. But if there’s one thing that sets Wheatus a cut above the rest it would have to be the guitar tone. Brendan (in addition to laying down vocals he plays most of the record’s guitar) has the tone I wish I could get, a ferocious, clear distortion with loads of sustain and a small amount of treble. The mix is so guitar heavy that it only emphasizes the awesomeness of this tone, the guitars are Godzilla and the rest of the music is Tokyo waiting to be destroyed.

The album is a pop-rock grab bag, with some good, some fantastic and some just plain ugly. For example, album finale Wannabe Gangsta is the kind of laid back tune that bands like Sublime wish they could have written. The tune takes Southern California Jack Johnson like folk-pop, and blends with it with a purely Long Island almost faux emo chorus. The song also features a completely tongue in cheek attempt at rapping by Mr. Brown himself, truly a pop-rock masterpiece. Then there are tracks like the annoying Post-Grunge attack tracks like album opener, Truffles. The riff, despite its impeccable tone, is about as refreshing as hot pizza on a hot day (c’mon, you know how this feels) and sounds like it was written in 1993. Overall the album has its fair share of annoyances, but really pulls everything together with rib-tickling lyrics and bombastic guitar sounds. There are some tracks on this album that should be heard by everyone and some that should have never been released. All in all it amounts to a good release, for sure.

-Joe.



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south_of_heaven 11
October 1st 2006



5433 Comments


Teenage Dirtbag owns just because of its nod to Iron Maiden m/

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
October 1st 2006



15730 Comments


Teenage Dirtbag is the shit all this time later. Good review.

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Neoteric
October 2nd 2006



3243 Comments


This is in my top 3 for worst albums I've ever actually bought but good review none the less

MrKite
April 22nd 2007



5020 Comments


I haven't heard anything from this band except Teenage Dirtbag and that was not good in any way.
This was a great review, though.

Dagget
April 22nd 2007



41 Comments


I think you're mistaken, in that Teenage Dirtbag was, and still is, one of the greatest songs ever. At least it was to me in lower middle school.

MrKite
April 22nd 2007



5020 Comments


Well, I happen to be a teenage dirtbag and I think I should know!

Dagget
April 22nd 2007



41 Comments


But I've got two tickets to Iron Maiden, baby.


Come with me Friday? Don't say maybe.This Message Edited On 04.22.07

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
April 22nd 2007



15730 Comments


Teenage Dirtbag is magnificent, Mr Kite.

hutchison707
October 24th 2007



13 Comments


great review

will try to give this album a listen at some point

MrKite
October 24th 2007



5020 Comments


Teenage Dirtbag is magnificent, Mr Kite.

When did they change the def. for magnificent from meaning really good to really shit????????
Roflolmao! :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:

StreetlightRock
Emeritus
October 24th 2007



3766 Comments


i see what you did there

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charlesfishowitz
August 14th 2009



1794 Comments


hell yeah

WHEATUS MTHRFCKR



Roach
November 2nd 2009



2149 Comments


lol

Jesuslaves
November 2nd 2009



4655 Comments


Unbearable.

pmmets07
August 18th 2010



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i'm gonna listen to this for the sake of nostalgia

Lakes.
August 18th 2010



26617 Comments


wheatus moar like fetus

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random
August 18th 2010



2261 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm actually thinking of getting this.

pmmets07
August 18th 2010



5863 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i only used to like teenage dirtbag. but i got the album and i really really really like it. a lot. and stuff

AtavanHalen
August 18th 2010



17927 Comments


Awful band.

Lakes.
August 18th 2010



26617 Comments


AtavanGaylen.



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