MEAN JEANS: Jingles: CD

Long time Mean Jeans fan, first time Mean Jingles (missed opportunity for the album name) reviewer here. Jingles is the pop punk product placement album that I didn’t know I needed. I heard Mean Jeans play a few pre-release jingles when I saw them in January, including “Hot Pockets,” and was both amazed, and not surprised. Mean Jeans has referenced brands in past songs, including Applebees in “2 Twisted 2 Luv U,” Cheerios and Frosted Flakes in “Anybody Out There,” Keystone Light in “Case Race,” Coors Light in “4 Coors Meal” and “I Miss Outer Space,” Capri Sun in “School Lunch Victim,” and many more, so this seemed natural. This album is part traditional Mean Jeans songs, part ode to their favorite brands, and part jingles. The songs are so catchy (as a jingle should be), and are sure to get stuck in your head, especially singing “Applebees,” “Sizzler,” or “Wendys (Junior Bacon Cheeseburger)” as suggestions anytime someone asks what you want for dinner. These songs are reminiscent of the commercial tunes that would come on during a break from your favorite early ’90s Nickelodeon show, or in between The Simpsons, causing you to beg your mom for Cheez-Its and Capri Sun at the grocery store. Most jingles clock in under a minute, but a few hit the one-minute ballad mark with an extended story. My favorite songs include, “180069SHRED,” “Polly-O String Cheese,” and the previously mentioned restaurant jingles. Usually, people are against their favorite bands “selling out,” but I would love for any of the brands on this album to use their song. Admit it; commercials would be so much better with a mean jingle. ­–Cynthia Pinedo (Fat Wreck Chords)