SNFU: …And Yet another Pair of Lost Suspenders: LP

It is no secret how much I love the band SNFU. It is safe to say that I have not seen any other band more times than Edmonton’s punk rock legends (while my memory is starting to fade on exact numbers, it is definitely over fifty times). The first time I saw them play was in early 1992 on their “Wrong Turn Down Memory Lane” reunion tour, and that is the same tour when this live album was recorded in Montreal. Throughout the 1980s SNFU was regarded as one of the best live bands in the world, and when they came back in the early ’90s, they were no slouches either. You can almost hear Mr. Chi Pig soaring through the air or hitting hot dogs into the crowd with a tennis racquet. The songs almost play like a greatest hits collection of the three albums they put out prior to disbanding and the sound quality isn’t bad at all. My complaints are that although I know that it isn’t a bootleg, it just feels like it is. There are no liner notes whatsoever (I had to go online to find anything out about the album), and the artwork is kind of lame. It says Chi designed it, but it doesn’t look like his style at all. Also, they offer an online version with a few extra songs not on the record. Why you would opt not to put “Cannibal Café,” “Victim of the Womanizer,” and “Broken Toy” on the vinyl is beyond me, especially when the album ends with “Electric Chair” but cuts off at the stop near the end of the song rather than the actual end. Why would you do that? In the end, I would place this as the least essential of the band’s three official live albums. –Ty Stranglehold (Artoffact, facebook.com/artoffact)