LAGWAGON: Double Plaidinum: CD

LAGWAGON: Double Plaidinum: CD

 

 

I’ve always had a funny relationship with Double Plaidinum. I should mention that Lagwagon is easily in my top ten favorite bands of all time. It was the first I’d heard a punk band tossing NWOBHM-style leads into the mix; “Island of Shame” was the first video on the life-altering Cinema Beer Goggles video compilation (also my first encounter with Tiltwheel’s “Sappy”!); and Hoss was the first cassette I ever shoplifted. The Joey, Chris, Shawn, Jesse, and Derrick lineup on the first three records remains, in my opinion, one of the most solid collections of musicians in the history of the genre. And therein lies the Double Plaidinum conundrum. The Flippin/Dewey guitar work just isn’t there. And even more noticeable is the lack of Derrick’s incredibly distinct drumming. So it’s not that the songs aren’t great. They are. “Alien 8” is classic Lagwagon, and a few others are amongst their finest moments—but it all sounds, y’know, different… significantly so. And, as a result, I’ve just never had the love for DP that I do for the first three Lagwagon records. That said, I got the vinyl box set as a gift this past December, and I’ve vowed to really delve deeply into the post-Hoss LPs, so I may need to revise this review in the coming months. But for now, I’ll say that Double Plaidinum is a really, really great record that still sounds just a little bit off to me.  –Dave William (Fat Wreck)