SICKO: In the Alternate Timeline: LP/CD

Sicko, for anyone who is not aware of this trio, were one of the best pop punk bands around in the 1990s, in fact I’d go as far as proclaiming them to be one of the best pop punk bands ever. The threesome was notable for providing a cheerful and upbeat contrast to the more prevalent grunge scene emanating from the Pacific Northwest almost thirty years ago. Okay, so it’s not new material but these nineteen old songs have been given a new lease of life through the power of remastering and this is something to celebrate from this Seattle outfit, still occasionally active today. The tracks are culled from four albums and two singles. As they are not in chronological order, they basically provide what could be the set list for a live performance. It’s really good to hear these songs in a different order—as although they are never boring—it is good to have these well-loved ditties in a new sequence. These guys never took themselves too seriously and were able to create songs that had a humorous and off the wall vibe, with “A Song about a Rabbit” being a prime example referencing Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh and Madeline Fogg as it goes. I love Sicko and I love this album. –Rich Cocksedge (Red Scare, [email protected], redscare.net)