JOHN THE BAKER / MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS: Unplugged: Split 7"

Jul 23, 2007

Look, I fully recognize MDC’s place in our collective history, and I acknowledge that so much of their lyrical output was based on sarcasm, and I’ll be the first to tell you that, generally, I’m a pretty uptight dude… but holy fuck, this is cruddy. Two songs by MDC, the first a sing-songy campfire ditty about killing cops sung by a nasally guy that I hope to shit is not Dave Dictor, the second a woefully overly dramatic cover of Agression’s “It Can Happen.” John The Baker doesn’t fare much better—two songs that sound like an angry grandpa groaning over his grandson’s instrumental attempts to sound like that slow Stone Temple Pilots song. I mean, the record looks beautiful (a screen-printed cover with Eric Drooker art), John The Baker contributes a pretty interesting insert about winning a case against the police in his hometown and eventually getting some fucked-up cops thrown off the force, and both of these dudes have been active contributors to the punk scene for a long time, but if I have to hear John the Baker screech “The cops are fucking little girls!” one more time I’m going to hurl. As a whole, the record’s just too hokey and poorly executed.

 –keith (Tankcrimes)

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