VINDICTIVES, THE: Curious Oddities and the Bare Essentials: CD

In the mid-nineties, The Vindictives released a ton of seven inches and were on half of the compilations that half of the pop punk labels put out. Most of these seven inches were collected into one CD called The Many Moods of the Vindictives. That collection is still one of my all-time favorites. I’ve had it for about eight years or so, and I still dig it out of the CD shelves and give it a spin and sing along to every song and wish like hell that there was more Vindictives. Of course, they also released Party Time for Assholes, an album of all covers, and that’s a pretty cool CD in its own right. Then, there was another album. I’m going to pretend that I don’t remember the title, but I do remember the title because, when I sold it back, I made a mental note to never buy that album again. But, really, what I wanted was more from the Vindictives’ glory days. And now I have it. Curious Oddities gathers eight songs from the time when the Vindictives were at their best, and it’s got all the tales of demons in your head and psychotherapy gone awry that you’d expect from these guys, and they make it fun to sing along to. These eight songs alone make Curious Oddities worth picking up. On top of that, this collection has two Sex Pistols covers (“Seventeen” and “No Feelings”) that make me wonder why I never figured out on my own what a perfect match the Vindictives and the Sex Pistols are. There’s also a funny cover of “Two Ton Tessie,” a demented cover of “Nuttin’ for Christmas,” and a cover of “Jingle Bells” that’s at the end, so it’s no problem to skip it. I have to say, I’m pretty stoked to have this new collection.

 –sean (Teat Productions)