CHOPPER: Static/(The Complete Recordings 1994-1998): 2 x CD

Jan 12, 2010

Somehow, I completely missed out on Chopper, despite the fact that I got into punk in 1994, right when this band started. The first couple songs on the first CD are pretty good, but they’re all about thirty-five seconds too long. (Yes, I timed it). If I had just one of these records, I’d probably like this band a little bit more, but when you listen to all thirty-six songs in a row, they all start to sound the same, starting around song four. (And, in case you’re wondering, there are many bands that I could listen to for thirty six plus songs, easy.) Basically, this is a British pop punk/sorta ten percent emo band that sounds exactly like Broccoli (the band, not the vegetable). The first CD has all their 7”s, and the second CD includes the “Last Call for the Dancers” LP and “session tracks” recorded in 1996, which I’m guessing is leftover stuff from other recording sessions. Do I know what “session tracks” are? Not really. If this were a cereal, it’d be Cinnamon Chex. I recently had a handful, and it was okay at first, but by the last few pieces, I was ready to move on.

 –maddy (Crackle)